Ribbon Blossom

by Pam Bassett

Create a beautiful ribbon blossom with a few steps.

Supplies

  • 6" length ribbon pieces(as many as you want, 50 used here)

  • Two 8" length ribbon pieces
  • Clothespin

  • Scissors

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Separate 6-inch pieces of ribbon by color/style, then arrange in a pleasing color pattern.

    Use clothes pins to organize.

  2. Step 2

    Gather all ribbon pieces together in one bundle.

  3. Step 3

    It's easiest to make the blossom right on the card.

    Add ribbon to the base of your card (here, white ribbon with black polkadots), then run the first 8-inch piece of ribbon underneath.

    Attach the ribbon bundle by TIGHTLY tying the 8-inch piece in a knot around the center of the ribbon bundle.

  4. Step 4

    TIGHTLY knot second 8-inch piece of ribbon around center of bundle.

    It's best to use two pieces of ribbon to attach the blossom so there is still one piece of ribbon holding it together if one ribbon should tear.

  5. Step 5

    Starting on the RIGHT side of the knot used to attach the blossom, pull back all of the ribbons from that side leaving the bottom two pieces.

    Tie the two pieces together, pulling tightly until the knot slides all the way to the center ribbon/knot attaching the bundle to the card. One of these pieces will now be pointing to the TOP of the card, the other will be pointing to the BOTTOM of the card.

    Continue tying two ribbons at a time until there are about 5 ribbons remaining (not yet tied) on the ribbon bundle you're working on.

  6. Step 6

    This is how the RIGHT side of the bundle will start to look as you continue to tie two ribbons together at a time.

    The ends will fan out more and more as you work your way through the bundle on this side.

  7. Step 7

    Moving on to the LEFT side, start with the bottom two ribbons, and repeat Step 5.

    Save the last 5 pieces of ribbon on the LEFT side, too. Clip them together so you can identify them easily.

  8. Step 8

    This is how it will look when all but the last 5 pieces of ribbon on the LEFT side have been tied.

  9. Step 9

    The remaining 5 pieces from both the RIGHT and LEFT sides of the bundle have been clipped together.

  10. Step 10

    Now, from each set of the remaining ribbons, pull the fifth ribbon from each side toward the BOTTOM direction of your card, and, again, tie a TIGHT knot. By having the knot pulled as tightly as possible toward the center, these knots will not be visible when looking at the finished blossom.

    Continue, tying ribbons, turning the card as needed.

  11. Step 11

    After all knots have been pulled tightly and toward the center, no adhesive is needed to hold it all together.

  12. Step 12

    Starting at the center top, use sharp scissors to begin trimming to shape the blossom.

    The ribbon pieces toward the center (on top) will be shorter, and the length of the remaining pieces longer and longer as you work your way to the outer/lower pieces.

  13. Step 13

    Upon completion, this blossom measures approximately three inches across.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Ribbon Blossom. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love the ribbon blossom! Does it work just as well with say 10-15 pieces of ribbon? Obviously it's smaller but does it still look full enough? Most cards could not handle a 3" bow so I'm curious about alternate strategies.

Thanks!
Kate  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 6:53 AM
Where is the best place to purchase the ribbon you use for price, and variety of colors?
Luanne  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM
Thank you so much. I am glad that you were finally able to get your tutorial written. Great job Pam!!!
MariLynn  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 7:16 AM
Thank you, Pam, for the tutorial on this beautiful ribbon blossom! I've seen it on many of your gorgeous card creations, and now you are sharing it with us. Thank you so much.
Carol West  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 7:24 AM
This is adorable. Since I am a packrat, I have plenty to work with. Thank you for this idea!
Elizabeth  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 7:46 AM
I have admired your ribbon blossoms for awhile now. Thank you for the tutorial. I am going to have to give these a try.
Elizabeth  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 7:48 AM
I have been waiting for this tutorial for a while. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can't wait to give it a try
Kendria  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Pam, thanks so much for the detailed ribbon blossom instructions. I had your old version, but now know the key ingredient...the tying of the two's! I am so excited! This had made my year! Can't wait to make one for an upcoming baby shower card!
Sandra Montgomery  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:04 AM
I love Pam's Work and this Blosoom Ribbon Tech. I tried it with the instructions and it didn't come out as good.. Now I have the tutorail and no excuses!!
Thanks PAM
U Rock!
Debbie Ritchie  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM
Fabulous tutorial Pam!!
Kelly S  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM
AWESOME tutorial, thanks so much for putting this together for us!
Rebecca G  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM
It's beautiful!! Can't wait to try. I hope mine will turn out as nicely after lots of paractice.
Thanks again Pam.
Nancy Davis  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:12 AM
OH!! Thank you, I have been looking for this tutorial!! Thank you for sharing it with us today!!
Katie Skiff  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM
Yea!!! The part of this technique that I was missing was tying the 6" ribbon pieces together two at a time! I can't wait to try this with my ribbon stash!
musicmarth  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:36 AM
Oh, thank you. I had tried your technique before, but my attempts were never very successful. Yes, the tying of the second knot is the trick!
Bette  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:47 AM
Superbe comme toujours !
Dommage que ce soit en anglais....pour nous pauvre francaise ........
Merci
Agnes  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:50 AM
Awesome. Thank you so much. This great and I appreciate all of the hard work you put in this tutorial!!!!
Tina  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:51 AM
Great tutorial Pam, thanks for sharing.
Barbara Welch  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:52 AM
The tuturial is wonderful. Thank you so much. Doesn't mean I can do it, but I will keep trying. Your awesome Pam!
Debbie  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:52 AM
This was so beautiful! Although I don't quite get it. I guess I have to read it through again and maybe try it. Thanks for the tutorial!
Inger  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 8:53 AM

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