Ric Rac Rose

Ric Rac Rose Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Ric Rac Rose Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I love these easy-to-make Ric Rac Roses!

Isn’t it beautiful?

You can make these and use them in hair, on jewelry, on clothing, as embellishments on anything!

And with The Ribbon Retreat’s large selection of Ric Rac, your possibilities are endless!
They are also sold at an awesome price for $.65 a yard!

– Supplies –

Ric Rac (I used 3/4″)
Hot Glue
Accessory to attach it to

The first thing to know about this Ric Rac Rose is that the wider the Ric Rac, the taller the rose.
And the longer the Ric Rac, the wider the rose.
If you wanted to make some tiny ones, I would go with the smallest size Ric Rac.

I started out by cutting two pieces of Ric Rac at 21 inches.

I ended up using a bit less than 21 inches… probably 16 or 17 inches. I cut off the excess when I got to the size I wanted.

Now we are going to “braid” the two pieces of Ric Rac together.

Keep going until you get to the end.

Take the end and curl the Ric Rac in.

Continue rolling the Ric Rac.
As I was rolling it, I found that I liked one side more than the other.
So I focused on that side, making sure I liked how it looked.

You can put a little hot glue on the sides as you are rolling it.
I would just put a dab for every round.
If you forget to do it, like me :), I’ve found it still stays together really well.

Here is how the side looks.

When you like the size of your rose, you can stop rolling.
Put a little glue where you want to end the Ric Rac.

Now put some glue on the under side of the rose.

Bring the Ric Rac under the rose and adhere it to the glue.

If you have some excess Ric Rac, this is where you will cut it off.

Then glue the tails securely under the rose.

Now we are finished with the rolling and gluing.

It looks pretty, just like this!

But I love the petals, so we’re going to pull the edges of the Ric Rac down.

Keep pulling the Ric Rac edges down until you like how it looks.
I stopped half way up my rose.

Your Ric Rac rose is ready to be attached to what you wish. I think it would look beautiful in hair, on a necklace, on a purse, on earrings, so many things!

I decided to put mine on a ring.

I got a Stretchy Ring Base from The Ribbon Retreat.

I put quite a bit of hot glue on the base part.

Then attach your Ric Rac rose.

After I let it dry for a bit, I pushed the edges of the rose down over the base so it was a little flatter.

I LOVE it!

It will definitely add some fun to my wardrobe.

So hurry and get some Ric Rac from The Ribbon Retreat and make your own beautiful Ric Rac rose!

Ric Rac Rose Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Ric Rac Rose Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Ric Rac Rose Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

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  1. Demy
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    That’s really awsome, easy to make and cute too! I will make one now! lol thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Holly
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    This is so much fun! Thank you for sharing… I’ve gotta go get on this immediately!

  3. Kelly
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    So cute!! Thanks for such a great tutorial and idea!

  4. Posted October 25, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I love this!!! I want to make one!

  5. Deborah
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    These are awesome, I saw the pattern in Kari Mecca’s website! She has many designs using ric rac. Her sewing books are great and her designs are gorgeous!!

  6. Nicole
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! Shirley you should be a hand model.

    • Shirley
      Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      haha thanks Nicole! I don’t know though, I had to take a ton of pictures before I found one I somewhat liked! Who knew hands were so hard to photograph! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Ssupr cute!!!!!

  8. Jen Akers
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    ooOOOhhh! i’m inspired!

  9. Posted October 25, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    That is SO beautiful, Shirley!!! I love it!!!

  10. Verna Hebert
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I have three granddaughters. They will love this!

  11. Erica
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    looooooooooove it!! im gonna try in more then one color ๐Ÿ™‚ THANKS!

  12. Kris
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

  13. Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    awesome idea! i love how polished they look even though they’re just made of ric rac!

  14. Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Oooooh!! I LOVE this!!! I am pinning it!


  15. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I love this! Found on Pinterest, will definitely be making some rick-rack rose accessories for gifts!

  16. Posted October 29, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    such a simple but beautiful idea, thanks for sharing xxx

  17. Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Hello there and many thanks for taking the time to share such a lovely and oh-so-simply blog-make. Your photos are real clear and I am super-excited to buy some of those ring findings. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always have ric-rac ribbon left over and I never knew what to do with it until today. Thank you again.
    Lella xx

  18. Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    These are SO darling!!!!

  19. Rhonda
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    I love this…my girlfriends are getting these for Christmas!!!

  20. Posted November 3, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    This is absolutely gorgeous and so creative! I’m definitely going to try it! I hope mine comes out as good as yours!

    • Shirley
      Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Oh it will! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how fool proof it is! lol

      Thanks to everyone… I am so glad you all love it!

  21. Posted November 4, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Love it! I have a ton of left over ric rac. What a great way to use them up!

  22. Posted November 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I like the rose of ric rac the best of all the roses I’ve seen in blogs this season. Beautiful!! And since ric rac is relatively inexpensive and comes in such varieties, sure winner IMHO.

    • Shirley
      Posted November 6, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks Janet! Your comment really made my night! ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure to check out the awesome Ric Rac at The Ribbon Retreat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Posted November 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I just have to tell you that the ring is BEAUTIFUL and your hands look amazing!! You really have beautiful hands! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! Have a good weekend!

    • Shirley
      Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      Thanks Camille! You are too nice! I’m a nail biter, and I think my hands must have been having a good day. Thanks so much for coming over! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Posted November 7, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love this project!!! I have always wanted to make something with ric rac. Wooohooo! I just made a beautiful rose on the first try. Thanks so much for the idea. Thank you Ribbon Retreat for the great quality ric rac!

  25. Alisha
    Posted November 22, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I just made this tonight……. It’s so cute on… I know I will be making another one tomorrow for my daughter so she doesn’t steal mine!

  26. Alisha
    Posted November 22, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I just made one of these!! It turned out so cute and was super easy. I know that I will be making another one tonight so that my 5yr old daughter has one and doesn’t steal mine!

    • Shirley
      Posted November 22, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      It’s amazing how easy it is, huh? I’m so glad you love it! And a 5 year old definitely needs her own. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Posted December 2, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    the flower was so pretty. i hope i can make it too. thanks for the amazing tutorial

  28. Sarah Miller
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I love this and will have to try one. TFS

  29. lentina
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    GAH! I’ve tried at least 5 times to make this, with different sizes ric rac and from different tutorials. I liked your version because it didn’t require any sewing. However I can’t seem to braid the 2 ric racs! They’d fall apart or curl every which way and it got super annoying so I glued at random spaces. Then, as soon as I rolled them up, the petals wouldn’t open!!! Where did I go wrong?! I suppose I could leave the rose closed but I want the petals! Any suggestions, anyone?

    • Shirley
      Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lentina! That is really weird yours aren’t working! The Ric Rac I use is from The Ribbon Retreat and never curled and braided really easily. The size does matter as well. The size I use in the tutorial is the easiest to braid. Is your Ric Rac from The Ribbon Retreat?

  30. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Had this on my to-do Pinterest board forever now…finally did it last night (made mine into a necklace version)…seriously in love, cannot wait to wear it this weekend, thanks for the GREAT idea!!! So clever ๐Ÿ˜‰

    These would also be great kids/girls party favors (ring or necklace), since they’re so easy & cost effective!!

  31. Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Also…in response to “lentina” about the braiding…mine was awkward & curled a ton oto, so I just let it be until I started rolling it up, then just smoothed it out as I went along…

    And about gluing and not being able to ‘open’ the petals, make sure not to glue the entire width of the ric-rac… just a small little dot/line in the middle or towards (what will be) the bottom, that way the top part won’t be glued, thus being able to open them outwards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Posted April 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Wow that is amazing, they look so impressive but I feel I could actually make some myself! My presents are sorted for the next year!!

  33. Posted April 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I saw it, and dropped everything to run to my ribbon stash.
    Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    It is fabulous!!!!

  34. Alice
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I used the same method and made earrings ๐Ÿ™‚ Co-worker loves them as you can see ๐Ÿ˜€

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Great job Alice! Those are super cute! – Shirley

  35. Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    This is adorable!! A great way to use all my ric-rac that I am so drawn to but never use!

  36. Susan M Jensen
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank so much for sharing this rING> I love rings & this so cute. I’ll check into thr Retreat to get some.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Susan! – Shirley

  37. Laura
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Super easy and super cute! I pinned it, and I love it!

  38. Sandra
    Posted May 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    GORGEOUS and so easy (well after a failed attempt or two!). Have made myself a ring I just love and my cousin one. Mine is apple green and fushia pink, hers red and orange. Love love love it! Thankyou.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Sounds so cute! Thanks Sandra!

  39. Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Love these roses, such a great idea. Thanks for this tutorial….must go try it now. BTW, I’m pinning this to my Pinterest craft board.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Thanks Babs! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Posted June 15, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Great tutorial! These turn out beautifully:) I added them to some Subway Art for my Kindergartner’s teacher appreciation gift and they give it that special touch (I linked back to your tutorial, of course!):

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Chrystal! They look great on your teacher’s gift! Thank you so much for linking to us and for trying it out. It turned out so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Shirley

  41. Posted June 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I love this and it’s so easy!!! Thank so much for sharing.

  42. Lelia
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I’m going to do this now. It’s amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lelia! You will love it even more once you’re done. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Shirley

  43. Linda
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink


    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      You will love it! So easy and so beautiful! Have fun! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Hannah
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh My! I just made one out of red ric rac! It turned out sooo cute!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Sounds adorable! I love red! Thanks for commenting! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Posted July 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    so beautiful thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Emily
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I just made one of these in sky blue and it is soooo pretty!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the tutorial

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      You’re very welcome Emily! That sounds gorgeous! Thanks so much for your comment! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Posted August 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, easy, cute, perfect!!!! And I loooooooooooooooooove it!

    Thank you soooooo much. Your blog is amazing! Now I follow you!!!!

    From the Caribbean island

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 5, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      So happy to hear that Cocco! Thank you so much for following! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Posted September 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    parabens pelo seu talento e criatividade, eu gosto muito de rosa e fiquei encantada vou fazer um montao para mim bjs

    aqui no meu pais nos chamamos o ric rac de sianinha

  49. Evangelina
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    muy hermoso y Economico!

  50. Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    very nice thank you so much =)

  51. Girl of darkness
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Cool I’ll try it the first chance I get

  52. Kee-Ka-Boo
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I have been making these since I first saw this tutorial and love these. I have been attaching them to twisted boutique bows and they come out so cute. I just made one with red and white ric rac and it turned out sooooooooooo cute, looks like a peppermint candy. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Your bows sound adorable, especially with peppermint candy roses! Thanks for sharing! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Mikaila
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I really want to do this but can’t find 3/4″ ric rac anywhere, would it work well with 1/2″?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mikaila! We carry 3/4″ ric rac here at The Ribbon Retreat if that helps you. Here is the link – It could work with the 1/2″, but I haven’t tried it. It would definitely look different though. Good luck! – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Posted November 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Super cool! Thanks for sharing!

  55. LizzyW
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Hello! I am going to making these and giving them to my bridesmaids when I ask them to be in my wedding. My colors are Coral and Turquoise. I was wondering what color you used above? I see on The Ribbon Retreat that they have both Aqua and Turquoise but to me the turquoise looks a bit dark. Any information would be great! And thanks for a great tutorial!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Lizzy! Congratulations on your wedding! That is so exciting. I am sure your bridesmaids will love these flowers! The color I used is Aqua. I love the colors you chose. So pretty! Good luck and let me know if I can help with anything else. – Shirley ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE IT! I have featured it on my blog:

    Thanks for sharing!

  57. satya
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    very nice……………superb…………..

    let me know that what thread is called?………….

  58. Heather
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    This was a really helpful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Posted April 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea it could be so easy to create one of these amazing roses!!! Thanks a lot for sharing the tutorial, I’m def going to start making one!

  60. Marissa
    Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I know this sounds really stupid but I’m having trouble braiding the Rick rack? Any suggestions?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marissa! Thank you for your question. It is not a stupid question at all. When I have braided ric rac before to make these awesome ric rac roses, I had to pin the ric rac to my pant leg to get a good nice even braid. This also helped me keep my braid tight. I hope this helps. Thanks Marissa and good luck! Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Avery
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I want to make this for my mom for her birthday. Is there any way possible that I could make it less bulky? I like the width, the height is a little much and and it’s a little to bulky for me. Is there any way?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Avery! Thank you for your question. I love that you want to make this awesome Ric Rac Rose for your mom. My suggestion would be to use a shorter piece of Ric Rac. That way you could still get the width you would like but eliminate the height. Thank you Avery! I hope this helps. Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Posted January 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    This is a fabulous little flower and tutorial, thank you!

    • Posted January 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Angela! You are welcome! Thank you for your sweet comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Posted October 30, 2014 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the tutorial . I had made a pair of earrings and brooch along with my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚
    Here is my fb post

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 30, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      Hi Lakshmi! Thank you for your comment! I am so glad you made earrings and a brooch with this fun project! I love this Ric Rac Rose and am so glad you do too! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. afiq
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    never cross in my mind that this kind of ribbon can turn into such beautiful rose! thanks, I’m from Malaysia ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 22, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much Afiq! Have a great day! Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

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