You can make a folded rose from ribbon using a historical technique from the European Renaissance known as quilling. It is also known as paper filigree. A hand-held quilling, or turning, tool is all you need to create old-fashioned ribbon roses. If you spend just a minute or two on each folded rose, the effect will be stunning and impressive. You can use them for decorating ornaments, jewellery boxes or gift tags. Ribbon roses are inexpensive to make.
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Things you need
- Slotted quilling turning tool
- Craft glue
Cut a length of ribbon to about 7 inches. A width of 3/8 inches for the ribbon is best, but you can use smaller or larger widths.
Hold a slotted quilling turning tool in your right hand. Insert a tiny bit of one end of the ribbon into the slot. The ribbon should extend flat out to your left.
Roll the turning tool to the left two or three rotations. Now the ribbon is secured to the end of the turning tool. The part of the ribbon that is rolled onto the tool is the centre of your ribbon rose.
Fold the ribbon away from your body at a 90-degree angle. It should now lay parallel to the quilling turning tool.
Roll the turning tool to the left again, taking up the folded part of the ribbon. As you roll, bring the ribbon back down to be perpendicular to the turning tool.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you take up the entire length of ribbon. The ribbon rose will form upside down on the quilling turning tool.
Slide the rose off the turning tool. Let the ribbon rose unwind slightly until it looks like a real rose. You may have to adjust the ribbon coils or folds with the turning tool or your fingers.
Apply craft glue with a toothpick to the inside end of the ribbon and press it against the rose. Hold it in place until the glue dries enough to hold the rose together.
Tips and warnings
- You can buy slotted quilling turning tools at your local craft supply store or at online quilling supply retailers.
- You may need to cut off a small bit of ribbon at the end before gluing it. There may not be enough of the ribbon left to fold and roll again.
- You can use paper quilling strips instead of ribbon to make paper rolled roses in the same way.
- Use the dry end of the toothpick to smooth out the middle of the rose. This will make it look more natural than the crease from the turning tool.
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