Ribbon flowers are a simple but stunning craft that can be used to add a beautiful touch to gifts, clothing, decor items and more. Simple enough for even young children to create, this is a fantastic activity with results that have the WOW factor! Here I’ve provided a full tutorial of how to make ribbon flowers with step by step instructions. Happy creating!
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My mom is amazing. She literally was a crafting expert who worked for years at the hospital teaching crafts and activities to patients who were bedridden. Growing up she was always teaching us new crafts and getting us creating. One of the things she taught all of us how to make flowers out of ribbon.
Originally she taught us how to make ribbon flowers so we could decorate gift boxes but soon we were creating custom flowers for our dresses, hair clips, and even to put on our pony’s bridles when we rode in parades.
One of the coolest uses for these flowers is to customize dresses for a wedding. Simply find a ribbon that matches the wedding colours and you can customize both flower girl and bridesmaid dresses (and even hair pieces) for a beautiful, unique and cohesive wedding party.
OK, so lots of amazing ideas, but I know you are asking… how can I make these amazing ribbon flowers?
Check Out This Video Of Me Making A Ribbon Flower
How To Make Ribbon Flowers Step by Step
First you need some ribbon. Pretty much any length or width will work and once you master the technique you can work with a variety of textures. When you are first learning or working with children chose a silkier ribbon as it helps with the pulling step at the end.
Create an L shape with your ribbon like this:
Now start folding one side, then the other. Back and forth until you have just a couple of inches left on each end.
Grasp the ends and twist together. You will create a beautiful helix shape.
Now this next step requires a bit of feel. Twist until the ends are snug but not too tight.
Now grab one end and pull, if it doesn’t seem to pull through, twist again until it slides nicely. Pull until your flower is created.
You can secure your flower with a little bit of wire, tape, glue or even a few stitches.
VOILA! One beautiful ribbon flower.
Making Ribbon Flowers for Fine Motor Development
Ribbon flowers are a great activity for helping to develop fine motor skills including fine motor strengthening and coordination. Starting at a very young age, kids can make these flowers, but even adults enjoy making them.
Where Can I Use Ribbon Flowers?
The great thing about ribbon flowers is that you can use them for so many things!
Get your whole class making them and use them for gorgeous spring or Christmas decorations in the classroom. For wall decorations, use bigger ribbon for a bolder and larger flower.
For Mother’s Day or any special gift you can make some homemade bubble bath playdough, place it in mason jar and decorate the jar with ribbon flowers.
Customize clothing, backpacks, and lunch bags. One reader shared that she made hundreds of these to attach to her wedding dress. These would be a gorgeous way of customizing a flower girl dress too!
Combine a ribbon flower with a custom stamped tag for a special gift or to really make your backpack or purse unique.
Make a special Lei inspired necklace with ribbon flowers and a metal stamped friendship tag.
Decorate gift boxes during the holidays. If you want your box under the tree or at that birthday party to really standout, make a ribbon flower to decorate your box and make it extra special.
Why not put something extra special in that gift box and make some delicious candy treats with these Candy Science lessons?
What other ideas do you have for using ribbon flowers?