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 –
*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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Almost finished! Just have to embellish!
Attach the button by starting the needle at the back of the pinwheel.
Finish attaching the button by threading back through and tie on the backside where it will be hidden!
Once you start, you won’t be able to stop, many possible patterns, colors and styles to be made.
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!
Here is a tip on how to get close to perfect triangles with ribbon –
~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.
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