I really hate to date myself, but I was making ribbon roses long before Mr. Cottage and I got married. I recently Googled ribbon roses, and as many different versions that were shown, none of them were my version that I’m about to show you. The ones I looked at either had needle and thread or hot glue you had to use in making one. And all of them looked more complicated than mine.
The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it. ~Chinese Proverb
- 38 inches of satin or grosgrain ribbon, without wire, 1 1/2 inches in width
- Matching shade of 1/8 inch wide ribbon, 8 inches in length
- Pipe cleaner or thicker floral wire
- Green floral tape
Start folding 5 inches from the bottom of ribbon, at right angles. From now on, I’ll refer to this extra 5 inches as a “tail”.
Make another right angle, as shown above.
Continue making right angles until you have around 3 inches of ribbon left. You should have 5 or more layers of right angles.
As you go around with the right angles, try keeping it in a square. Also, try keeping a tiny opening in the center, as much as you possibly can.
When you get to five or more layers or three inches of ribbon left, cut your tail at a sharp angle.
At this point, flip the layers over so they are facing the bottom and the tail you began with is on top. Pull the tail through the center opening of all the layers. If you should have trouble finding the opening, take scissor and put it through the center, as shown above.
Once you get the tail through this opening, both the tail and bottom ribbon will be together now.
Start twisting the tail until your layers begin to form a rose.
Keep twisting until you have your rose.
Hold it tightly together, and tie the 1/8 inch ribbon around the base of the rose.
I used a white ribbon for you to see this better, but in the end you won’t see this white ribbon.
Pull the 1/8 inch ribbon tightly and make a knot.
I took some pipe cleaners and cut them in half and slid it between the two ribbon ends.
Wrap everything with green floral tape. I cut and staggered the ribbon cuts as I wrapped the stem with the floral tape.
If you want leaves, you can get green ribbon and roll and fold them, and glue to the base of the rose. You can also buy faux leaves, if you wish.
* If you use wider ribbon, you’ll need to have a longer length. Likewise, with a narrower ribbon, you’ll need less length.
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