Ruffled Ribbon Border

by Cindy Lawrence

Create a pretty ruffled ribbon border around a die-cut shape.


  • Die-cut stamped cardstock, any shape will work
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Begin with a die-cut shape already stamped, colored, and ready to go.

    Flourishes Spring has Sprung set was used here.

  2. Flip die-cut piece over, and adhere strong adhesive all around the edges.

  3. Step 2

    Begin attaching ribbon to adhesive by creating small folds with your fingernail as you go.

    You can create lots of tight ruffles by making your folds very close together, or you can create a looser ruffle by making your folds further apart.

  4. Continue folding until you meet the end where you started. Tuck the two ends out of sight in the back.

  5. Step 3 (Optional)

    Adhere an identical die-cut shape to the back of the piece to give it some stability.

  6. Step 4

    Flip it over and adhere to your card or other project.

  7. Step 5

    Finish your card.



  1. You can also created a simple ruffled border without using a die-cut shape. Simply adhere Scor-Tape™ in a straight line and ruffle using the same method as you would around a shape.

Questions and Comments

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

It's beautiful! And the tip about sticking another oval on the back - BRILLIANT! I'm totally doing that from now on! TFS Cindy!
lydia  |  Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM
Thanks, Lydia! Glad you liked it! <3
Cindy Lawrence  |  Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM
Wow!! This is SO neat!! Thank you for the instructions on how to do the ruffled ribbon!!
Janet  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 4:58 AM
Thank you so much for this tutorial. What a neat way to accent a piece. I can't wait to try it.
Barb  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 5:44 AM
Cindy, this is GORGEOUS! And I really, really, really appreciate that this tutorial does not involve sewing. Thank you so much! :D
Catherine  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:02 AM
Thank you - I loved the technique and cant wait to try it.
Liz  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:22 AM
Love getting the news letter. I have learned so many great techniques. Thanks for sharing your inspirations. Have a great day. CBH
Char Hackett  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:33 AM
Thanks so much. I love this easy, girly-girly yet elegant project.

Blessings and Creativity!
Jeannine  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:39 AM
Great tip on the ruffled ribbon. Thanks!
Joy  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:45 AM
Terrific tutorial Cindy. Adorable spring card. Can't wait to try it. You are awesome at doing tutorials.
Kerry Piader  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:57 AM
Thanks SO much!! I am always looking for new ways to use ribbon, and I love that I don't need to do any sewing on this! And it looks beautiful. Thanks very much for your time and effort on this tutorial! P.S. The image is gorgeous as well!!
Stacy O'Dell (SODELL)  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM
This is so gorgeous! This would make a great tag for a Christmas present that could also be used as a tree decoration!
teresa  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:07 AM
Thanks so much !! J'aime beaucoup cette technique du plissage de ruban.
Marie  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:11 AM
Very cool and soo simple! Love it smile
Patrice O'Keefe  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:29 AM
thank you so much for this info. i have sooo much ribbon and just do not use it in the normal ways of bows (even with a bow-ez), and this is just so easy and so, so beautiful. i love the texture and visual interest it creates. i always thought this technique had to be sewn on smile
julie dobson  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM
thanks for the neat way to use ribbon, love it and can't wait to try it. you are so talented!!
jean moe  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM
Lovvvvvvve it!! Just wonderful, tfs. Also, what company makes the lovely bird & nest stamps? They are perfect for the cards! hugs, cheryl
cheryl hellem  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:39 AM
Wonderful video that looks very doable. I am going to try this on my next card.
Stephanie  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:42 AM
Thanks for the wonderful video! For those who don't have any of the "super-sticky tapes," you can use your ATG. It works just as well. Love the ruffled strip too!
Jeanette (Scrapjanny)  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:47 AM
Cindy,Thanks for the great tutorial! I will be trying this. I love the finished look of your card.
Tee  |  Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 7:50 AM

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