Would you like to know how to make roses with ribbons? This craft project is a great way to add flowers to girl's dresses, pillows, or as a variation for gift wrap. The nice thing about learning how to make roses with ribbons is even if you make a mistake, the ribbon can be reused in a second attempt. This makes your craft project a very inexpensive risk to undertake! So for instructions on how to make roses with ribbons, read on.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
•    ribbon (about 12 inches for a 1 inch wide ribbon; for wider ribbon you'll want more length.)
•    glue, pin, or needle and thread (see final step).


How to Make Roses with RibbonsCredit: Amberdawn 2011Step 1
Fold the ribbon at the halfway point. The two halves should be at a 90 degree angle. Notice it makes a triangle in the center.

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Take the end of the ribbon on the right side (as shown) and bring it across to the other side. Notice how to hold the center in place so it doesn't lift. Keep a finger there to keep it still and in place until after step 6.

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Take the bottom end of the ribbon (as shown) and bring it straight up. You want the center to be pretty well even and aligned, but it does not have to be perfect.

How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68906)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 4
Bring the side end of the ribbon across to the other side. As in the previous steps, you're not pulling the ribbon taut, you're simply making even squares in the center.

How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68907)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 5
Bring the top end down. You're going to continue this process of alternating horizontal and vertical folds until you reach the ends.

How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68908)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 6
Carefully pinch the center. Lift it off the table.


How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68909)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 7
Flip the craft upside down so you see the triangle.


How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68910)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 8
Looks cool when you let go, doesn't it? Just make sure you are pinching the two ends of the ribbon. You're going to allow the center to spring outward.

How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68911)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 9
This is probably the trickiest part. Continue to pinch the ends with one hand. With the other hand, slowly and carefully pull ONE of the ends. This is going to cause the ribbon to gather.

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Stop gathering once you've reached the center. If you keep pulling after you've reached the center, you'll noticed the outer layer of "petals" shrinking away. If your flower is too bulky, shrinking it is good, but otherwise, quit gathering at this point.

How to Make Roses with Ribbons(68913)Credit: Amberdawn 2011Step 11
Gently tug the "petals," rotating them just slightly so they are off-set until you are satisfied with how your rose looks. You'll need to affix the ends in the back with glue, pins, or a stitch. Trim the ends as desired. And that's how to make a rose out of ribbon! Have fun!