How to Make Satin Ribbon Flowers

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How to Make Satin Ribbon Flowers
Ribbon flowers can be placed in your hair for special occasions. (dark blond up-do with pink flowers image by Paul Retherford from

Simple satin ribbon flowers are used as delicate hair accessories, cute ideas for gift packaging, and for wedding decorations. Instead of purchasing a package of ribbon flowers, you can learn to make your own. Even though they're tiny and quite intricate, they are easy to make. With a few accessories and your ribbon, you can make as many bows--in as many colours--as you like.

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Things you need

  • Wired satin ribbon, 1 1/2 inches wide
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Florist tape
  • Green wired ribbon, 1 1/2 inches wide

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  1. 1

    Measure and cut your ribbon so it's 22 inches long.

  2. 2

    Tie a knot at the bottom of one end of the ribbon--the knot should be about 1 inch from the bottom. On the unknotted end of the ribbon, push the wire from one side of the ribbon through the material so 2 inches of wire is seen.

  3. 3

    Hold the wire in your non-dominant hand. Push the ribbon, gently, towards the knot with your dominant hand. The satin ribbon will begin to riffle towards the knot.

  4. 4

    Hold on to the knot of the ribbon with your non-dominant hand. Begin turning the ribbon clockwise around the knot with your other hand. As you continue to turn the entire ribbon around the knot, you'll notice that the flower shape will start to appear.

  5. 5

    Twist the 2 inches of wire around the knot of the flower to hold the flower in place.

  6. 6

    Cut the florist tape into a 3 inch strip. Stick the first end to the knot, then wind the tape around the knot, over the wire and down the extra ribbon hanging from the knot. Not only will the keep the rose in place but it will make the bottom portion of the flower look like a stem.

  7. 7

    Adjust your petals to make the flower seem like a bud or an opened flower.

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