Burnt Petal Flower

Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}This flower always gets a lot of comments.  It looks complicated, but it’s not. 🙂 I used 3″ Mystic Blue Grosgrain Ribbon for this flower.


Lighter or Candle
Needle and Thread
Felt Circle
Single prong clip
3/8″ Ribbon (to line your clip)
Hot Glue Gun

First cut out some petals.  The bottom of the petal should be the edge of the ribbon, you won’t need to burn it because it is already sealed.  As you can see I did not worry about making my petals the same.  Real life flowers aren’t perfect. 🙂

If you want, you can make a petal pattern and make all your petals the same.  It would probably work best to use a pattern if you are going to do a 5 petal flower.

Most of the time I make my flowers with around 20 petals.  This just makes them nice and full.

Burn each petal using a lighter or candle.  The more you burn it, the more the petal will curl up.

With a needle and thread stitch along the bottom edge of each petal, connecting them together,

Take the needle through the back of the petal.

Put the needle back through the center of the front and come back up very close to the center.

Finish by taking the needle through the front again.  I know this sounds so confusing. LOL

The picture is much better at explaining.  If you don’t do it this way it will probably look fine anyway. 🙂

Once you have stitched all your petals, pull your thread tight, gathering them together, and shape it to the way you want it.  Take a couple stitches in the back to secure the flower.

Glue a felt circle to the back to hide any stitching and secure the flower even more.

Glue a button in the center of your flower.  I used a button from my Flirtation Button Jar.  Attach the flower to a lined Single Prong Clip, and you are ready to ROCK & ROLL! 🙂

Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Play around with different sizes, colors, and ribbon types.

Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}This flower is made with Chalk Violet Solid Grosgrain Ribbon.  I cut these petals to a point.
Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}I alternated Sarsparilla and Black petals out of 1 1/2″ Satin Ribbon for this flower.
Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}I love this flower in Red Solid Grosgrain Ribbon, so classic.

Burnt Petal Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Look how cute it looks on my baby girl!

You can make these flowers any size with however many petals you want.  Have fun deciding how to make yours!

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  1. Rica
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    How cute is that! I will have to make this! Thanks!

    P.S. – How long do I have till I can post pictures of the bows I made?

    • Shirley
      Posted August 11, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Rica – You have until tonight at 11:55 pm MST. Can’t wait to see your bows!

  2. Posted August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve wondered how to make these.

  3. taylor wilson
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    love this idea for small lenghts of ribbon

  4. Posted August 11, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    So so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  5. lilian
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea! can’t wait to try it! just have to work up the endurance to cut 20 petals:)

    • Cherie
      Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I should have said this in the post but I folded the ribbon, so I only had to cut 10 times. A little better right? 🙂

  6. Rica
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Yes, me too! Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat! 🙂 I started selling them, too!

  7. Millie
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Just darling!! Made my first one! Your step by step instructions are spot on!! Thanks Cherie!!

  8. Nat
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I just love all these bows! I’ve got all boys and no need for hairbows, but these are perfect embellishments for the retro aprons and tote bags I sell at craft fairs. I love them. Thanks for the ideas!

    Oh, and I am totally excited to start sewing Trick-or-Treat bags for my kiddos. I got the CUTEST fabric from The Ribbon Retreat!!

  9. Kayla Outhouse
    Posted August 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    love, love, LOVE IT!! thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Brittany
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful flowers! Beautiful baby!

  11. amber
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Just curious where you got the jewels you placed in the center of some of your flowers, thanks for sharing!!

  12. Lynna
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    thanks so much for the directions i made a 20 pedal and it came out great thanks

  13. Georgina Andreou
    Posted March 26, 2015 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    So cute must make one for my grandaughter thank u again x

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 30, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Georgina! Thank you so much. Have so much fun making one of these adorable flowers for your granddaughter! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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