How to Make Ribbon Roses

Handmade, sheer roses from ribbon add a final touch to any table or festive accessory. They're easy to make, with just a few simple instructions. Below, you'll find directions for two types of ribbon roses.

Rose 1

What you need:

  • 1 ½ yards (2.3 meters) of 2 ½ -inch wire-edge ribbon
  • Floral stem wire
  • Green floral tape
  • Glue gun

Here's what to do:

  1. Gather the edge of the wired ribbon. Slide the ribbon along the wire toward one end to make a ruffle.
  2. Glue the gathered edge of the ruffle to the top of the floral stem wire to hold it in place.
  3. Gently wrap the ribbon around the base and around the wire stem, forming petals as you go.
  4. Finish the bottom of the rose by taping floral tape around the base and down the stem [source: saveoncrafts].

Rose 2

What you need:

  • 1 yard (92 centimeters) of 1 ½-inch sheer or organdy ribbon
  • Artificial leaves
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue gun

Here's what to do:

  1. Fold the ribbon diagonally at one end, making a little curlicue that will be the rose's center. Secure this with a tiny stitch.
  2. Fold the long end of the ribbon over one turn. Curve the ribbon at the center of the rose, to form a petal. Stitch it in place at the bottom.
  3. Continue folding the ribbon to form new petals, stitching the bottom of each, until you have 10 petals.
  4. Baste about 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) of ribbon to the bottom of the petals. Pull the stitch to gather the fabric. Stitch the fabric in place.
  5. Wrap more ribbon around the existing petals.
  6. Repeat making petals, as in step 3, until the ribbon is used up.
  7. Glue the finished rose onto the leaves [source: sewing corsage].

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