No sew easy diy ribbon roses simplified! I have been making ribbon rose flowers for a long time and it’s just one of those things that you do by hand that is therapeutic and relaxing. Ribbon rosettes can be used to adorn so many things or as I have done today you can simply create pretty ribbon long stemmed flowers. These no sew easy diy ribbon roses are nostalgic and romantic!
No Sew Easy DIY Ribbon Roses
- Cut a length of ribbon about a yard long. You don’t have to measure, just hold the ribbon in your hand and bring it up to your collarbone. That is a yard, just in case you didn’t know ;-). Take the ribbon and fold it down the way that I’ve shown in the photo above. You can either use a T-PIN to hold it in place that will be pulled out later, or dab a bit of hot glue into the fold and press down to adhere.
By the way, if you want the ribbon roses for clothing or something that needs to be washed, I would suggest using a needle and thread and just do a couple of tack stitches every once in awhile.
2. Now begin rolling the ribbon and do it somewhat tightly at first. As you progress with the rolling you can loosen up the grip. The center is going to look like the center of a rose, so think about how a rose in nature unfurls.
3. As you move along turning your ribbon you’ll want to fold it over every other turn or so to form the folds of the rose. No stress if it’s not perfect on these no sew easy diy ribbon roses. Practice makes it perfect, or at least easier. You can buy them or make them and I prefer to make my own and have them just as I envision.
Here is my own no sew easy diy ribbon rose as it nears completion. It’s helpful to use a dab of hot glue on the backside in the folds of the ribbon every few turns to hold the ribbon in place. If tacking with a needle and thread is easier for you, then by all means do it that way.
4. Hot glue the RIBBON ROSE when you feel that it is complete at the very last turn on the backside, then pull out your T-Pin and cut off any excess ribbon that remains.
5. If you choose to make flowers to place in a vase then grab a chenille pipe cleaner (I always keep a stash in my craft studio:-) and push it up inside the center roll with a dab of hot glue.
These would be lovely for a BRIDAL BOUQUET, and I’ve used RIBBON FLOWERS to make necklaces, adorn lampshades, clothing and more. I wouldn’t say that ribbon roses are necessarily on trend, but I use what I like and I think that these are pretty and soft in any setting…even just laying down. This is an older shot from something that I did for Country Living Magazine, and you can use torn fabric strips as well to make rolled ribbon roses.
I added vintage velvet millinery leaves to a few of the roses by hot gluing to the back. And there you have it and they truly ARE simple and the easiest no sew easy diy ribbon roses to create!
I hope that you enjoyed this DIY and let me know if you have any questions!
DIY Paper Flowers for Spring – Materials
To learn how to make a paper flower, you will need… Per DIY Paper Flower
- One sheet of A5 (approx 10 x 15cm)
- One sheet of Ag (approx 7.5 x 10cm)
- Paper scraps & glue for decorating (optional)
Tissue Paper Flowers
DIY tissue paper flowers are super easy and make a beautiful display, especially for parties! Think how beautiful these tissue paper flowers would be at weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or even a birthday party. If you find yourself without flowers for May Day, they would be perfect in a May Day Basket. The color combinations are only limited by your imagination! The supplies are easy to find and very economical.
Make flowers out of tissue
1.Stack 5 sheets of tissue paper on top of each other. Two sheets each of two colors and one sheet for the center of the flower. If you want a bigger center, add another sheet to the center.
2. Cut the stack in half.
3. Make one stack, sorting the colors together. Trim the center color of the flower (top 2 sheets) about two inches on each side.
4. Cut slits along each side.
5. Accordion fold the tissue paper.
6. Twist a piece of wire around the center of the folded tissue paper.
7. Round off each end with scissors.
8. Open up the tissue paper.
9. Starting with the top layer of tissue paper, carefully bring each layer to the center. Tissue paper can tear easily, so you may need to guide a child with this step.
10. Place a chenille stem around the middle and twist to make a stem.
Beautiful tissue paper flowers in minutes! A flower to keep, or a gift to give! Why stop at just one? This DIY tissue paper flower is such an easy project, you can have your very own garden in no time. Beautiful and full of color, it will brighten up the space of classrooms, parties, holidays. The bright colored flowers are cheery and would make a great pick-me-up bouquet for a friend having a hard week, or as a gift for a neighbor “just to say hi”. You could take a couple of flowers to someone during their hospital stay, or brighten up the space of a loved one in a nursing home.
More Decoration Ideas:
- Valentines Day: use red, pink, and white
- St. Patrick’s Day: use shades of green, white, and black
- Easter: use pink, yellow, blue, green, and any shade of pastel
- July 4th: use red, white, and blue
- Halloween: use orange, yellow, white, and black
- Thanksgiving: use orange, gold, yellow, and brown
- Christmas: use red (think poinsettia)
- Baby showers: use pink and white or blue and white
- Graduation: use the school colors
If you are looking for more fun craft ideas here are a few of my most popular tutorials. Reversible tote bag, DIY Stepping stones or even this DIY bird feeder. All of these projects are a fun craft that you can complete with a school-age child. They also make great gifts! Who doesn’t love a sweet handmade gift?
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Some Hints for Getting a Nice Flower
- Make a small batch of extra thick buttercream to make a cone-shaped base for the flowers.
- ALWAYS sift your sugar. Any lumps will clog your tip.
- Storing your flowers in the fridge will make them easier to handle when it’s time to apply them to your cake/cupcake.
- Add food coloring a little at a time with a toothpick for maximum control.
How to Make Homemade Flower Essence
To make a homemade flower essence, gather the fresh blossoms of a plant you can identify as safe for human consumption. Be sure to choose a clear, sunny day to gather your blossoms, preferably in the early morning, when there may still be dew on them. The blossoms are then placed on the surface of a bowl of spring water and left outdoors in direct sunlight where they can be infused by the heat and light of the sun for several hours. This process is thought to transfer the energy pattern of the flower into the spring water, embodying the beneficial essence of the plant. This “mother essence” is preserved with brandy before being further diluted to form the “stock” bottle, which is the dosage bottle (FES Flowers, n.d.).
Below is a more detailed step-by-step breakdown of this process.
One medium sized glass bowl One large, clean, dark glass bottleOne or more one-ounce amber or cobalt dropper bottle(s)Pure spring waterHigh-quality brandyLabels
Step 1 – Choose Your Essence
While you may want to explore further resources on flower essences to pick the right essence for you, choosing an essence can be as simple as picking a flower that is growing in your garden or in the environment you live in that is intriguing to you. Sometimes the things we feel attracted to call to us because we could benefit from adding them into our lives. Flower essences are considered non-toxic because they contain only small traces of actual physical substance and have no direct impact upon the body’s biochemistry (FES Flowers, n.d.). However, it is still important to make and consume flower essences with care.
Safety Note: Only harvest flowers from plants that you have positively identified and know to be safe for use. Also, be sure to harvest organically grown plants and in a sustainable way.
Step 2 – Harvest Flowers
Plan to make the flower essence on a clear, sunny day, when there are no clouds in the sky. It is also important to check in with yourself as preparing a flower essence can feel like a magical experience, not a mechanical one. Tune in to your mind, body, and spirit and see if you can be completely present in the moment. Make sure you are in the right place energetically to put good intention into the flower essence making process. If astrology is important to you, you may want to consider those aspects as well when choosing the day to make your homemade flower essence.
When picking the flowers to use, it’s traditionally recommended to use a leaf from the plant to cover your fingers so you don’t touch the blossoms. Try to avoid using clippers or tools. If you find this difficult, you can wear gloves instead and/or use tools if you need. This is not required, but suggested, so that your body’s energy or other sources of energy do not transfer into the flower essence.
Make sure the plant(s) you choose to pick from are organically grown. If wild crafting, choose a place where the plants grow in abundance and are not exposed to pollution from the city. Choose fresh, vibrant blossoms from the plant, and pick flowers that grow in profusion. Only pick a few blossoms from each plant to ensure the plant can live a healthy life after your harvest.
Step 3 – Prepare the Menstruum
Fill a glass bowl with spring water. If you do not have access to a spring, bottled water is okay to use. Avoid distilled water because some believe the ionization process destroys the water’s life force necessary to hold the flower’s essence.
Step 4 – Infuse the Essence
Place the flowers on top of the spring water in the bowl until the entire surface of the water is covered. Place the bowl in direct sunlight where no shadows will cross over it (including your own) for three to four hours. During this time, the essence of the flowers will be infused into the water through the energy of the sun.
Step 5 – Strain & Bottle
After three to four hours, skim the flowers off of the water using a leaf from the plant if possible. The water left in the bowl is now called the “mother essence.” Pour this into a clean, amber glass bottle, filling the bottle halfway with the mother essence and halfway with brandy. The final mixture in the bottle should be half mother essence and half brandy. The brandy is used as a preservative and an anchor to hold the subtle essence vibrations in the water.
Don’t forget to label your bottle! Write mother essence, the date, ingredients, where it was made, and any other important information on the label. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place. If made well and stored correctly, mother essences and stock bottles should retain their potency for six to ten years (Devi, n.d.).
Note: Use brandy that is at least 80-proof alcohol. If you would like to avoid using alcohol, you may use apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin instead. However, it should be stored in the refrigerator, and this will shorten the shelf life to one year.
To Use Your Homemade Flower Essence
The mother essence is to be diluted and never consumed directly. To dilute it, place two to ten drops of the mother essence in a one-ounce amber or cobalt bottle with a glass dropper and fill the remainder of the bottle with half brandy and half spring water. This is called a “stock” bottle. From this stock bottle, take two to four drops under the tongue, up to four times a day, as needed.
Making a homemade flower essence should be a fun, empowering activity to support your journey into herbs traditionally used for self-care and ritual. Flower essences are strengtheners of our own soul forces, enabling us to learn and grow from life’s challenges. They are not a quick fix. They are wonderful plant allies, inviting us on a transformative journey, and can be our guides along the way.
Devi, L. (n.d.). The essential flower essence handbook. Retrieved from http://spirit-in-nature.com/learn-more/the-free-online-essential-flower-essence-handbook
FES Flowers, (n.d.). Frequently asked questions about flower essences. [PDF]. Retrieved from http://fesflowers.com/files/1714/2678/9743/FAQ.pdf
Kaminski, P., & Katz, R. (1996). Flower essence repertory: A comprehensive guide to North American and English flower essences for emotional and spiritual well-being. Nevada City, CA: Flower Essence Society.
The Bach Center, (n.d.). Our founder, Dr. Edward Bach. [Web Page]. Retrieved from https://www.bachcentre.com/centre/drbach.htm
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My mom is amazing. She literally was a crafting expert who worked for years at the hospital teaching crafts and activities to patients who were bedridden. Growing up she was always teaching us new crafts and getting us creating. One of the things she taught all of us how to make flowers out of ribbon.
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Originally she taught us how to make ribbon flowers so we could decorate gift boxes but soon we were creating custom flowers for our dresses, hair clips, and even to put on our pony’s bridles when we rode in parades.
One of the coolest uses for these flowers is to customize dresses for a wedding. Simply find a ribbon that matches the wedding colours and you can customize both flower girl and bridesmaid dresses (and even hair pieces) for a beautiful, unique and cohesive wedding party.
OK, so lots of amazing ideas, but I know you are asking… how can I make these amazing ribbon flowers?
Where Can I Use Ribbon Flowers?
The great thing about ribbon flowers is that you can use them for so many things!
Get your whole class making them and use them for gorgeous spring decorations in the classroom. For wall decorations, use bigger ribbon for a bolder and larger flower.
For Mother’s Day or any special gift you can make some homemade bubble bath playdough, place it in mason jar and decorate the jar with ribbon flowers.
Customize clothing, backpacks, and lunch bags. One reader shared that she made hundreds of these to attach to her wedding dress. These would be a gorgeous way of customizing a flower girl dress too!
Combine a ribbon flower with a custom stamped tag for a special gift or to really make your backpack or purse unique.
Make a special Lei inspired necklace with ribbon flowers and a metal stamped friendship tag.
Decorate gift boxes during the holidays. If you want your box under the tree or at that birthday party to really standout, make a ribbon flower to decorate your box and make it extra special.
Why not put something extra special in that gift box and make some delicious candy treats with these Candy Science lessons?
What other ideas do you have for using ribbon flowers?