Stapled Pleated Ribbon

by Ashley Cannon Newell

Learn to attach and pleat ribbon with staples.


  • Ribbon in multiple colors and lengths
  • Scissors
  • Stapler


  1. Step 1

    Staple one end of ribbon strip and overlap or pleat ribbon.

    Either cut your ribbon to twice the size of the area you'd like to cover, or leave it on the spool and trim when you're finished.

  2. Step 2

    Staple pleat to secure.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat until you reach the end of your ribbon strip.

  4. Step 4

    Continue stapling ribbon strips.

  5. Step 5

    Hold ribbon into place, then staple in various directions.

  6. Step 6

    Final ribbon element.

  7. Step 7

    Stapled pleated ribbon added to a card design.

Questions and Comments

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

This is one of my FAVORITE techniques!!! But I've never stacked the ribbon like that... it looks GREAT! TFS!!!
Sarah Martina  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 9:18 PM
Ashley your tutorial rocked! Awesome instructions and pictures!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 4:29 AM
I've pleated ribbon using my sewing machine but never with staples. I will have to try this!
Ryann Salamon  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 5:15 AM
Super tutorial, Ashley! Such a great idea for ribbon.
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Tue Sep 1, 2009 at 9:23 PM
You know they sell colored staples. Also, you can color the staples yourself with alcohol ink.
J.C.Gentry  |  Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM
If you staple under the fold the staples will not show and give your project a neater appearance.
Janet  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM
I would turn the ribbons over so the stapes don't show through.
Louise Dahlgren  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM
For Stapled Pleated Ribbon, I would use embroidery thread complementary to ribbon color. Come up from behind, wrap thread 2/3 times around needle and send back through top of ribbon close to first stitch. Adds a little bling and staples don't show!

Kathy Bolam  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Looks messy to me...would not use!
gladlove  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM
I'm with you gladlove. The staples look sloppy and shows little or no pride in making a lovely card
chezsylvia  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I agree with gladlove and chezsylvia....I'm a little OCD and think this looks messy. Not my style. May try Janet and Louise's suggestion of hiding staples.
Pat  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM
I also agree with glad love. It looks very messy. I thought you were going to say attach to double sided tape and remove staples.
Ruthie Q  |  Fri Nov 9, 2012 at 4:49 AM
Instead of staples, I lay down the extra strong red double-sideed tape as a strip to run my ribbonalong - bending overthe ribbon to form the "ruffles" as I go along. Beautiful, clean ruffles and infinite run lengths not limited by how far you stapler can reach.
Donna S.  |  Wed Dec 5, 2012 at 6:11 AM
Well, my first impression was my OCD talking. Yuck! But I am of the age where I don't have to copy exactly, that my card is from me and I can do what I want. I like the three colors of ribbon and the colors of the card. It does give me ideas.... so THANK YOU!
Lois  |  Wed Dec 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Sorry I have to agree that looks messy not my type of card.
Lee  |  Wed Dec 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Maritza  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM
I fold my ribbon into a series of evenly spaced peaks and staple them. Picture a continuous line of letter u's written in cursive. Now flip the ribbon over and your ribbon is pleated AND your staples are hidden! Then glue to the card or project.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

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