How to Make a Rosebud

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Rosebuds are so popular in everything from hair accessories, scrapbooking, and home decor. Learn how to make a rosebud using our fantastic tutorial and create these beautiful flowers. Click read more to see the tutorial.


Hello, my name is Rebeca from Clips N Things. Welcome to The Ribbon Retreat. Today I will be showing you how to make a rosebud out of ribbon.

All of the materials I used are from The Ribbon Retreat. Here is a list of the items I used.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Supplies:

15” Double Faced Satin Ribbon – I used Festive Fuschia in 1 ½”
15” Skinny Elastic –I used Orchid in 1/8” (You may need more/less depending on age/gauge that you use)
1 ¼” Felt Circle in White
Needle and Thread
Hot Glue Gun

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The amount of Ribbon you will need depends on how big/small you want your rosebud. For this tutorial I used 15” of ribbon and that gave me a rosebud 1 ½” diameter. Size will also change depending how tight or loose you attach the ribbon.

Start off by folding the right corner of the ribbon down to make a point, and then fold the left corner down to make a point again.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Stick your finger inside the point. This will help keep the bud steady, hold its shape, and is the easiest way to work with it too. You are going to take your ribbon tail and give it a half turn and twist your rosebud halfway for the first round. I always look to see if I like how it looks before adding any glue. I find it best to apply the glue to the bud and then you can adjust the position of the ribbon you are adding.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the next and remaining rounds, twist your rosebud 1/3 of the way. I try to keep it to 3 folds/round. That gives it a nice rosebud shape.

Continue to give the ribbon a half turn and glue to the rosebud. Make each new round slightly lower than the previous round, so you end up with a nice pointed shape for your rosebud, if not it will be flat.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I made about 4 rounds, or until my ribbon ran out. Don’t forget to leave about 1/2” of ribbon at the end to glue under your rosebud.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Glue the remaining ribbon under the rosebud.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For this headband I made a double strap headband. I wanted it 15” long, so I cut 30” of 1/8” skinny elastic. I folded it in half and sewed the ends together to make a loop. Make sure that there is no twist in either of the straps of elastic.

I added a 1″ section of 1/8” skinny elastic (folded over, stitched and glued) to the very middle of the headband. I did this to help keep the shape of the double straps when it was being worn. I did this step after I had sewed my headband in a loop, but I suppose making this strap first might have been easier.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now you are ready to attach your rosebud to the headband. You might need to trim the felt circle a tiny bit depending on the width of your rosebud. I put glue on the felt circle and attached it to the seam of the headband and then placed the rosebud on top. Now you are done.

You can use any color of ribbon you like and even attach 2 or 3 rosebuds together. Experiment with making bigger or smaller rosebuds and different widths of ribbon.

How to Make a Rosebud - Great for hair accessories, home decor, jewelry, clothing and so much more! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is the finished product being worn. This elastic is very stretchy. My model is 7 years old and it fits her (a little tight but not too bad), and I have also put it on my 15 month old and it fits fine and stays on. You could also attach this rosebud to a lined alligator clip and use just like that.

It was a pleasure teaching you how to make these rosebuds, and I hope you have a chance to try them out. Don’t forget to keep practicing to get the best results and expect that these will each be unique.


Thank you Rebeca for showing us how to make a rosebud out of ribbon! These are very popular and super easy to make. The Ribbon Retreat carries a huge selection of colors in our satin ribbon. And if you need headbands, elastic, clips, we have all of that too!

Check out Clips N Things for hairbows and hair accessories.

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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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6 Comments

  1. jules
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m not quite following the instructions here. I LOVE this flower and would like to be able to make it. I get lost when you say ” You are going to take your ribbon tail and give it a half turn and twist your rosebud halfway for the first round.”

    Do you have a video of this?

    Thanks!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jules, we do not have a video yet for this. You have your finger inside the part you just glued. Then you take the hanging part of the ribbon (the tail) and twist it a little and turn it half way around you finger and glue. And then as she continues, she twists the ribbon and glues three times as your are going around. Does that help? Let me know. :) – Shirley

  2. Katie
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I love this ribbon rosebud! I have been looking everywhere to try and figure out how to make one. But I get lost too at the same part as Jules. I have a wedding coming up in June and wanted to make these for my flower girls. I would love it if there was a video of this :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted February 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie! Did you see my response to Jules? Did you try it out and did it help? Videos are just not as easy to come by, so let me know if you’ve tried it out and hopefully it helped! If not, we will definitely consider a video. Thanks! – Shirley :)

  3. Summer
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Great idea..
    Can I put those picture on my facebook page for creativity if you don`t mind..

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      Hi Summer! Thank you for your comment. Yes, you can put them on your FB page. Please just remember to link back to us and give us a nice shout out! Thanks so much for asking Summer! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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