Here is the first in my DIY flower series! We are going to kick things off with this fun loopy ribbon flower, which is probably the easiest ribbon flower I have attempted so far. You can get completely different result depending on the type of ribbon you use for your flower: thicker ribbon, sheer ribbon, even printed ribbon, will result in completely different looking ribbon flowers!
Here is the video tutorial I made, which explains all the steps in depth:
You will need:
Needle and thread
Skewer / chopstick / wire
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Decide how big you want your flower to be. I wanted a medium flower, so I cut my ribbon into 10 cm long pieces. I also made a slightly bigger flower using 12 cm long pieces. The longer your ribbon sections, the floppier your ribbon flower will be!
Step 2: Cut 50 pieces of ribbon, all the same length that you decided.
Step 3: Knot your ribbon at the centre of each piece. Don’t worry too much about the ribbon flipping between the shiny and dull side, as long as your knot is tight and centred, it will look great at the end!
Step 4: Thread your needle and get ready to sew- start with the bottom of the flower, which is 30 pieces. Fold each piece in half, putting the raw edges of the ribbon together. Sew along the edge, 1 ‘in-n-out’ stitch per piece is enough.
Step 5: Once all 30 pieces are sewn together, gather the pieces together by pulling on the thread from both sides, and knot the thread tightly together to hold in place. Cut your thread, and put your bottom flower aside.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining 20 pieces of ribbon. This is your top flower.
Step 7: Glue time! Start by hot gluing your skewer to the centre of the bottom flower. Then, glue the centre of the top flower to the centre of the bottom flower, layering them together. give it a good fluff and your flower is complete!
Instead of a skewer you can also use floral wire, which allows the stem of the flower to be re-positionable. If you are using a wooden stick / skewer / chopstick you can also paint it green to blend in better as a “stem”.
This would look awesome with sheer or organza ribbon, and could come out looking fun and whimsical if you use printed ribbon.
You can use fewer pieces of ribbon for a floppier look. I like my flowers extra fluffy and dense so I used 50 pieces of ribbon per flower.
For the next few weeks there will be lots more DIY spring flowers coming your way, including some other ribbon flowers variations, so stay tuned for more!