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Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Use our fantastic Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial to learn the basics on ribbon sculptures and finish it up into a super cute penguin! Click the link to read more.


Today I’m going to show you how to make an adorable little penguin ribbon sculpture.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

~Supplies~

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

12″ of 3/8″ Black Solid Grosgrain
11″ of 3/8″ White Solid Grosgrain
1/2″ of 3/8″ Orange Solid Grosgrain
6″ of 1/8″ Red Solid Grosgrain
Metal Clip
Scissors
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes
Wood Burning Tool (optional)

Many ribbon sculptures start out the same way or have the same basic design

This one is similar to the adorable Hippity Hop Bunnies, as well as cute Spider Ribbon Sculpture.

Once you get the hang of making ribbon sculptures you will be able to customize designs you’ve already tried and make something completely different.

I must warn you though… it gets addicting!

Begin by cutting and sealing your ribbon.

You will need one 8″ length of black grosgrain, two lengths of 2″ black grosgrain, two 4″ lengths of white grosgrain, one 3″ length white grosgrain, one 6″ of red grosgrain and one small 1/2″ length of orange grosgrain.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Start with your length of ribbon and create a mini figure eight, making the top half much smaller than the bottom half.

Start at the top, loop around and down and then back up to where you began.
Secure with glue in the back.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Carefully apply hot glue to the back of the top loop.
Flatten it out and hold until dry.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fold all black and white ribbon lengths into a tear drop shape and secure with hot glue.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Flip the figure eight upside down.
The two white loops will nest together inside the black loop.
Attach each layer with hot glue.

Flip it right side up and attach the two 2″ length loops to the front.
These will be the arms… or flippers… or wings?

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Line your metal clip with the remaining 4″ white grosgrain.

Cut the 1/2″ piece of orange grosgrain into a triangle.
You can do this with scissors or a woodburning tool, just make sure to seal the sides.

Tie the 6″length of red 1/8″ grosgrain into a bow.

Attach the orange beak, the red bow and the googly eyes to your penguin with hot glue.

(I apologize for not having photos of these steps, as my child thought they were dumb
and deleted them from my camera. Grr.)

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Attach your penguin to the ribbon lined clip.
You just need to decide where on the clip you want your penguin.

I glued mine across the clip horizontally, because my girls often switch which side they part their hair on, but it’s your call.

And, that is the last step, my friends.

Now just admire your cute, little penguin friend and smile.

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Your little one can wear her penguin ribbon sculpture throughout the holidays and all year long.
My daughter loves penguins and even wore her new hair clip to bed!

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial - Basic Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial, get creative! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Happy holidays and happy crafting!


Thank you Britt for this awesome Penguin Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial! Brittany is the queen of ribbon sculpture tutorials. Check out all of her tutorials for us by clicking on her name at the top of the post.

And to see more of Brittany, head on over to Crafty Mischief. I absolutely love all her ideas for the holidays, especially the kids’ crafts!

The Ribbon Retreat carries a huge selection of high quality ribbon at amazing prices! Not only are our prices great, but so is our shipping and customer service. You will love it! Click all the links above to see all the great products.

If you are interested in sharing your crafts or bow making skills, we are searching for crafty contributors. If you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We love all tutorials, and we make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

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

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Amazingly cute! I’ve seen some ribbon art making princesses, but this penguin is cool!

  2. Susan
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Super Cute I added a small feather to the back of the penguin’s head to make it look more girly. Thank you for the post i made these for my neighbor’s daughters, they went crazy for them!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 24, 2015 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Hi Susan! What a fun idea. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so glad your neighbor girls loved them! I bet they were adorable! Thank you again and have a great day! Michelle 🙂

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