Ribbon Roses and Topiary

I'm a ribbon addict. In my studio, I collect spools and spools in every color and pattern because you really can't have enough ribbon in your life. So it goes without saying that I love to make roses out of ribbon — satin ribbon in particular. They look so luxurious. While I sometimes display them on their own, I love to make topiaries out of them as well.








For each rose, you'll need ribbon, some Scotch double-sided tape and a wood skewer.








First, cut a length of ribbon that’s about 30 inches. Then apply the double-sided tape to the bottom edge of the ribbon so that half the tape is sitting on the tape and half is off the tape.








Starting at one end of the ribbon, press the wood skewer down onto the tape, and start rolling tightly. At first, you’ll want to create a tight roll, just as the petals on real roses are clustered tightly in the center.








As you go around, pinch the bottom of the flower where the double stick tape is, so everything holds securely. Then gradually make your “petals” looser. You can do this by overlapping the ribbon and sticking it onto itself. The overlapping creates the pretty folds in the flower as well.








Keep wrapping the ribbon around the stem until you’re done. Again, pinch the bottom where the double stick tape is, so everything is secure. 

To make the ribbon rose topiary, insert the roses into a small foam ball. The foam ball I used was about 3″ in diameter. You’ll need about 25 ribbon roses to cover the ball. The foam ball seems really small, but after you cover it with roses, you get a nice-sized topiary.








To make the ribbon rose topiary, insert the roses into a small foam ball. The foam ball I used was about 3″ in diameter. You’ll need about 25 ribbon roses to cover the ball. The foam ball seems really small, but after you cover it with roses, you get a nice-sized topiary.








When the topiary is finished, you can hang the floral ball, insert a dowel into it to make a standing topiary, or set it on a candle holder or small container. You can even add a bouquet handle to make a bouquet that will last forever.



Jonathan Fong
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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Mar 22, 2017
    Very pretty! Do you have any patterns to make rose leaves from ribbon, too?

  • M M on Mar 22, 2017
    do you use wooden skewer to stick each rose into foam ball? seems like you wouldn't be able to get all those sticks in it----each stick would have to fight for space.

  • Nasrine Assoula Nasrine Assoula on Apr 01, 2017
    Wow

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