I am a self-confessed Ribbon-aholic, so I love the current trend for Ribbon Flowers. With all the beautiful ribbon to choose from, you need never make the same flower twice and it is so easy to make an embellishment that coordinates exactly with your project. So, I’d like to share with you my ideas for taking ribbon flowers on a step from the basic ribbon flower.
In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to:
• incorporate hatpins into your ribbon flowers (and how to glitter ♥ your hatpins, how cool is that???)
• adapt extra wide ribbon for use in ribbon flowers
• combine different ribbons together to add contrast to your ribbon flowers.
So you will need:
• Various types of ribbon, each about 47cm in length
• 1cm wide extra strong double sided sticky tape
• 3mm narrow double sided tape (not pictured)
• Teardrop Pearl-headed hatpins
• Size-adhesive glue (I use gilding leaf adhesive)
• Lovely sparkly glitter to coordinate with your ribbon
• Pliers (not pictured)
• Glue Dots (not pictured)
Ribbon Flower Using Extra Wide Ribbon with a Hatpin Stamen
Usually for Ribbon flowers you need ribbon no wider than 15mm, but here I am using a gorgeous Cherry Blossom weave ribbon that is over 25mm wide. First take a length of ribbon approx 47cm long. Working on a non-stick craft sheet and using 1cm-wide extra strong double-sided sticky tape, stick the tape half on and half off the edge of the ribbon. Then carefully fold the ribbon in half, matching the two ribbon edges. Work all the way down the length of the ribbon.
Now take your hatpin and place it on the end of the ribbon strip, so that the pearl head is a few millimetres above the ribbon. Fold over the corner edge of the ribbon to “catch” the pin in the ribbon. Loosen the ribbon strip from the non-stick craft sheet and, holding the pin shaft, start to wind and pleat the ribbon to create a flower shape.
If you have struggled with this pleating/winding motion in the past, then having a pearl pin stamen, may help as it gives you something non-sticky to hold whilst you twist and pleat the ribbon.
When you’ve finished, your flower will look like this from above (to the left) and like this underneath (to the right).
Turn the flower over and HOLDING THE PIN FIRMLY, use a pair of pliers to snip off the end of the pin, as close as possible to the bottom of the flower (do not snip off the pin stick without holding it, as it could fly off when cut). Adhere 3 glue dots to the base of your flower and it’s ready to pretty up any crafty project!
Double-Ribbon Flower with Glittered Hatpin Stamen
First, dip your pearl pin head in gilding size glue and leave to dry (approx 15mins). Then dip the pearl head in lovely sparkly glitter of your choice (my choice was delicious Martha Stewart glitters)! Put to one side.
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