How to Make a Flower from Ribbons Off Funeral Wreaths

Utilising the ribbon off a funeral wreath to make a rose is a nice way to save it to remember the deceased person. It is also an effective way to recycle ribbon. The ribbon flower you create can be used in a shadow box or other type of craft, such as sewing them onto a handmade pillow. You can also hot glue ribbon flowers to barrettes for little girls to use as a hair accessory.

Light a candle until it forms a small pool of melted wax.

Cut a piece of ribbon that is 7/8 inches wide and 6 inches in length to use for your ribbon rose.

Blow out the candle and gently dip the ends of the ribbon into the wax. Once it cools on the ribbon, the wax will protect the ends from fraying.

Thread a sewing needle with a piece of thread that matches the colour of the ribbon and then tie a knot into the end.

Place the needle into the edge of the ribbon and make a running stitch through the entire length. These do not have to be small, tidy stitches; it will be used to gather the ribbon.

Leave at least 3 inches of thread hanging from the other side of the ribbon and do not make a knot in this end.

Repeat this method on the other edge of the ribbon.

Pull one of the ends of the thread that isn't knotted snugly with your fingers until it forms a tight ruffled edge. Tie a knot in the string at the end of the ruffles so that it will hold it in place. This will form the rosebud portion of the flower.

Re-thread the needle with the thread on the other edge of the ribbon and pull it gently to form looser ruffles. This will make the flower petals of the rose.

Tie a knot near the loose ruffles to secure the rose petals.

Roll the ribbon rose up with your fingers so that it forms a spiral. Make sure you tuck in the corner edges to prevent them from showing.

Stitch through the bottom portion of the rose so that it will not unravel. You are now ready to glue it into a shadow box or use it for other crafts.

Things You'll Need

  • Candle
  • Matches or lighter
  • 7/8-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread to match the ribbon
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