How to Make Roses Out of Ribbon and Paper Lace

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How to Make Roses Out of Ribbon and Paper Lace
Play around with different ribbon fabrics, sizes and colours. (red ribbon image by Liz Van Steenburgh from

Using some cloth ribbon and a little paper lace you can create your own beautiful roses to adorn whatever craft you are working on from clothing to gift wrap. Creating these tiny adornments doesn't require a master's skill and you can use a variety of different colours of ribbon to make different roses to match the colour scheme of any project at hand.

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Things you need

  • 2-inch-thick red ribbon
  • Measuring tape
  • Red thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Sheet of paper lace
  • Green spray paint
  • Crafts glue

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of ribbon 20 inches long and lay it out vertically on a flat surface. Place your finger on the centre of the ribbon and take the top end and fold it over to the right so that your ribbon makes an upside down right angle.

  2. 2

    Take the bottom end of the ribbon and bring it upward so that you have a right side up right angle. Take the other end of ribbon extending to the right and fold it back to the left, then take the end of ribbon that is at the top and fold it back down.

  3. 3

    Continue folding your ends back and forth and up and down over the centre until you have an inch of ribbon left on each end. You should have a square piece of ribbons layered over each other with two one-inch long end pieces now.

  4. 4

    Grab the loose pieces of ribbon between your fingers and slowly pull the square of layered ribbons outward to display a long piece of twisted and folded together ribbons.

  5. 5

    Press down on one loose end of ribbon holding it to the flat surface, and pull on the other loose end to draw your long piece of intertwined ribbon back in. This is the part where you will start to form your rose as the ribbon is tightly pulled back and wraps together. Your end result will be a rose with one loose end of ribbon much longer than the other.

  6. 6

    Use thread to make a few small loop stitches in the middle of your rosebud in order to keep it bunched together in the rose shape, then cut off the loose ends of ribbon.

  7. 7

    Spray paint a sheet of paper lace with a light mist of green spray paint. You don't need too much spray paint on this thin of paper, so make sure to just use a gentle mist. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

  8. 8

    Cut a circular piece of your green paper lace that is half an inch wider than your ribbon rose bud. Apply a dab of crafts glue to the back of your ribbon rosebud and adhere it to your piece of paper lace.

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