Burnt Ribbon Flower

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I’m very excited to show you this burnt ribbon flower.  This flower is so unique and fun for all ages.  I love to wear them!  It is very easy to make and doesn’t take much time. 

Supplies needed

 Approximately 18″ of ribbon,  (I used tutti frutti 2 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbonneedle & thread, button or bottle cap, hot glue gun, scissors, and a felt circle

 Note: the longer the ribbon, the more it will ruffle.

I guess the felt circle didn’t make its way into this picture. 🙂

Cut your ribbon to 18″ or desired length.  Don’t worry about sealing any edges yet.  Take your needle and thread and stitch along one edge.

Stitch along the edge until you get to the end of the ribbon.

When you get to the end gather it tight and shape it into a circle.

Take a couple stitches in the back and tie a knot.

I like to wait until this point to cut off the edge of the ribbon. You could do it before you gather it but I like the imperfect look it gives to cut it after it’s been gathered.

 This is what the flower looks like after it’s been cut.  Now, using either a candle or a lighter, burn the edges of the ribbon.

This is what it looks like after you have torched it.  Really burn that baby!  Burn the edges as well as all the folds and all over.  The more you burn it, the more the ribbon curls  up.

Take the ribbon ends and glue them together so that the seam is in the back.

 Hot glue a felt circle to the back of the flower.

Sew your button to the felt circle.  This button comes from the Retro, Haberdashery Buttons.  Don’t you love it?  I sure do!

After the button feels secure, take a couple stitches through the felt circle and tie your thread in a knot.  Glue to a lined clip and you are done.  You could also glue a bar pin to the back so you could pin it on a shirt or a purse.

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog} 

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Make some in different colors to match other outfits!

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

After making these bigger ones I thought It would be so cute to make two tiny flowers for pig tails!


For theses flowers I shortened my length to 12 1/2 inches.  I used 1 1/2 inch baby pink ribbon.  I repeated all the above steps, except I decided to glue the buttons in the center this time. 

My buttons came from my paradise button jar.  I LOVE having buttons around for my impromptu craft projects!

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I let the edges catch on fire a couple times to really give them the burnt look.

Burnt Ribbon Flower - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I cut two pieces of baby pink 3/8 ribbon to 4 1/2 inches, sealed the edges and lined my clips using hot glue.  The H-185 High Temp Glue Gun works great for lining clips because it has a fine nozzle.

  I love these flowers because they are so unique.  I’ve never seen anyone else wearing one.  I can’t wait to put the two tiny ones in my baby girl’s hair!  She makes everything 10 times cuter. At least I think so!  

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  1. Marilyn Kilgore
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    I love your ideas and excellent directions/pictures…but where can I get the wide ribbon? I had some wired ribbon I had for years and it works beautifully but it is only about 1 1/2″ wide. What makes it so special is that the color changes from white along one edge to yellow at the other and pale gray to a dark mauve. When I trace the petals, I used a coordinating permanent marker and cut the petals to leave some of this color along the edges. Oh yes, it is acetate ribbon and it burns nicely. I like this idea of using one continuous length of ribbon, poppy style . I wonder how it would look it the ribbon was folded in narrow accordion pleats and pressed before forming the flower to make it resemble a poppy more?

  2. Barb Solano
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I loved your tutorial……..great idea and your description kept me laughing as well…fun and useful…my grandgirls are gonna love this one…I use a wood burning tool…my husband’ really well….that way when I ‘torch’ the ribbon I won’t have any accidents….!!!!! haha…TU….

  3. Jessica Smith
    Posted September 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Sooooo Flippin’ Cute!!! I love the idea and now I am feeling really crafty! Thank you for posting! I will be passing this on to my girly girlfriends!!

  4. Isa
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Love this flower…but can u make this with 2 layers?! Just a thought!!!! THANX!¡

    • Cherie
      Posted September 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Yeah that would be really cute to have two layers! I would just make the one for the base 1″ to 1 1/2″ bigger and glue another one on top. 🙂

  5. Ish
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I love your bows! The pictures and instructions are so easy to follow, and this is coming from a non crafty woman! My 3 girls are finally going to have cute bows for their hair. Thank you!

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