Pinwheel Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

learn how to make a pinwheel ribbon sculpture

These Pinwheel Ribbon Sculptures are so cute and easy to do. You can create so many different looks from just one ribbon.

– Pinwheel Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial –


supplies for the pinwheel ribbon sculpture tutorial

4 Ribbon Right Triangles heat sealed in 4th of July Stripes or any other ribbon.
Button and Needle & Thread OR Gem and Glue
Hot Glue

*See bottom of tutorial on tips for making the triangles.

Start by gluing the triangles to the piece of felt.

Just use a dab of hot glue on the right angle side of the triangle as shown.

glue triangle on felt

Continue gluing each triangle to the felt until you have all of them in place. Ideally, it would form a perfect square but I’ve found that ribbon is rarely manipulated into perfect geometrical shapes (and sometimes it can be downright uncooperative. :)), but don’t worry! You’ll never notice on the finished project, and if you do, its so easy to make another!

glue all your triangles to your felt

This is another way to do it, cut a square out of wide ribbon and cut slits into it like the below picture. Almost forming an X but leaving a small square in the middle. Either way, keep going to the next step.

cut slits into a square for the pinwheel ribbon sculpture tutorial

Begin folding in the pinwheel shape. Start with one corner of one of the triangles and fold it in so that the tip points at the center and glue just the tip down.

glue one corner to the center

Continue folding and gluing every other tip of the triangles until each of the four triangles have one corner folded in. It is not important if you have visible glue marks in the center of the pinwheel, it can be messy since it will be covered by a button or gem!

continue gluing corners to the center

Almost finished! Just have to embellish!

pinwheel ribbon sculpture finished, now to add embellishments

Attach the button by starting the needle at the back of the pinwheel.

embellish the center of the pinwheel ribbon sculpture

Finish attaching the button by threading back through and tie on the backside where it will be hidden!

Now, just attach to a clip, pin or headband and you’re done! Or make a bunch and attach to a fun wreath! The possibilities are endless!

pinwheel ribbon sculpture with attached button

Once you start, you won’t be able to stop, many possible patterns, colors and styles to be made.

this pinwheel ribbon sculpture makes so many unique looks from one ribbon

And with this one ribbon, 4th of July Stripes, I was able to do the above ;three different and totally adorable pinwheels!

And I LOVE all the Preppy Stripes ribbon like the beautiful “beach blanket” color below… perfect for Summer!

pinwheel ribbon sculpture in preppy stripes ribbon

Here is a tip on how to get close to perfect triangles with ribbon –

tip on how to make perfect triangles from ribbon


pinwheel ribbon sculpture tutorial, perfect for summer

~Laura for Ryann & Riley

Thank you Laura!

Laura has beautiful products and is so creative. To see more of her products, visit Ryann & Riley. You will find amazing ribbon sculptures, bows, and so much more.

To see more of our 4th of July ribbon, click on the link. We also have awesome 4th of July ribbon mixes as well.

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Laura Kirby
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    So fun working with TRR on submitting and creating blog posts. Shirley is the best and makes sharing my love for ribbon so easy! Thanks for having me!

  2. Posted May 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    How does one “heat seal” ribbon? Thanks! 🙂 Can’t wait to try these!!!

  3. Tiffany
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    How wide is this ribbon and where do u get it without wire in it?

  4. Tiffany
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Awesome Thanks!!!! 😀

  5. Renee
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    How big is each triangle suppose to be?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Renee! It depends on the width of your ribbon. This particular ribbon is 1 1/2″ so you make you triangles based on that. Hope this helps! – Shirley

  6. Tami
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Yours look so much bigger then mine turned out and I followed the triangle pattern 🙁 Is yours only 2″ x 2″ ?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      Hi Tami! The pinwheel should be around 3 inches if you use 1.5 inch ribbon to make the triangles. They may need to experiment a little. The wider the ribbon and bigger the triangles the larger the pinwheel! Hope this helps! – Laura

  7. janice jenkins
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    so,so cute will have to make y grand daughters some of these

  8. Chris
    Posted April 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi, can you make it bigger in any way buy joining two pieces of ribbon together as you carnt buy really wide ribbon. Llove it but want to make it look even bigger or adding some thing in back ground. Thanks

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 30, 2015 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Chris! Thank you so much for your question! One idea that we have is using Fusible Web to stick your ribbons together to make a larger bow! We haven’t ever tried that method in a way like this, but when we have used Fusible Web to adhere ribbons on top of each other, it works amazing! I hope this helps. Good luck and let us know how it goes! Thank you again Chris! Michelle 🙂

  9. Missy
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Does this only work on ribbon that is two sided? All my 1.5 ribbon is one sided. Not sure how to make this work.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Missy! Thank you for your question. No, you don’t have to only use 2 sided ribbon to create this fun bow. In this Pinwheel Ribbon Sculpture video tutorial, Shirley used 1 sided ribbon to create her Pinwheel and it looks amazing! You can find that tutorial HERE! I hope this helps! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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