How to Make Awareness Ribbon Pins

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How to Make Awareness Ribbon Pins
Pink awareness ribbons represent breast cancer. (3 pink ribbons image by robert mobley from

Awareness ribbons are worn and made for many different reasons. Specific colours of ribbons represent specific causes. Some people wear such ribbons to show their support for those living with or lost to a certain disease or medical condition. Other people wear the ribbons to show that they themselves are living with or have survived the disease or condition in question. Whatever your reason may be, making your own awareness ribbon pin is an easy way of showing your hope, care and support.

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Things you need

  • Ribbon, 1/2-inch to 1-inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Small safety pin

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  1. 1

    Purchase a ribbon in the colour of the disease or condition that you or a loved one has or had.

  2. 2

    Cut the ribbon so that it is about 8 inches long.

  3. 3

    Place the ribbon onto a clean, flat surface. Position the ribbon so that it is right side up and vertical.

  4. 4

    Place your left finger on the bottom of the ribbon, holding it in place.

  5. 5

    Grab the top part of the ribbon and fold it across the bottom part of the ribbon to form the awareness ribbon shape. The top ribbon tail should cross over top of the bottom ribbon tail. Pinch the area where both ribbon tails cross to keep the ribbon in place.

  6. 6

    Insert a small safety pin through the area where both ribbon tails cross to keep the ribbon in place. The safety pin can be attached to a lapel, collar, or other part of your clothing.

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