Welcome to week 3 of “April Flowers”! This week I will share with you how you can make roses out of ribbon, and it’s really not as hard as it looks!
You will need:
Satin ribbon ***
Hot glue gun
Stick / skewer
Candle + lighter
***Alternative: This same technique also works with synthetic fabric, think polyester and lining satin, or sheer organza. Using fabric may be a more economic option if you are planning to make a lot of these! I found a big roll of thick ribbon on clearance at Michaels for $1, so keep your eyes open for bargains!
Start by measuring your ribbon and cutting out your pieces. You will need 10 pieces that are 1.5 inches wide, and 5 pieces that are 2 inches wide.
Round the corners of your rectangular pieces into “squoval” shapes.
VERY CAREFULLY singe the edges of your ribbon next to a candle flame. Use the heat of the candle to curve the petals slightly so they are a bit convex.
This is what your rose petals will look like at this stage. Put them aside and start with one small petal.
Put a strip of hot glue in the bottom corner of your petal, and fold it down.
Lay down another strip of hot glue and roll in your petal corner to form a bud.
Glue the next 4 small petals around this bud, one at a time. As you glue, make sure to slightly stagger your petals so they are dispersed evenly all the way around.
After five petals, glue in your stick. This is optional- you can continue without the stick if you are planning to use this ribbon rose as a hair accessory!
Continue to glue down small petals 6 through 10, staggering them around the bud, focusing the glue at the bottom of the petals.
Glue down the last 5 large petals. As you glue, do not press them down as much as before, allowing more gaps between petal layers.
And there you have it! Your own rose made of ribbon!
These are beautiful in floral centerpieces and as decor accents, and can be made without the stick for fashion accessories. If you have a wedding or event coming up, consider making some of these to incorporate into your decoration or bouquets!
Here is a quick summary, feel free to pin or save this image for quick reference!
I hope you enjoyed this weeks’ DIY flower! 🙂 There is one more week left, and one more DIY flower project coming your way! If you would like to vote on the next flower project I make, keep your eyes on my Instagram feed (@Throneandthimble) for your chance to decide!