Monday, December 14, 2009

Ribbon Flowers

Once the
sketchbook and initials were finished, Maude got to work on her gifts for Olive and Betty. Originally, she was thinking legwarmers. But when I showed her the ribbon flower idea I posted last week, she changed her mind.

Maude made 3 flowers. One she attached to a ribbon to be worn as a belt.

One she attached to a bobby pin to be worn in hair.

One she attached to a large clip to be flexible — it can be worn on clothes or in hair or on a purse or backpack.

Some of the photos are really dark and it's hard to tell, but these all turned out gorgeous. We worked with 1-yard lengths of 2.5 inch and 1.25 inch ribbon. And the size of the flower changed dramatically depending on what kind of combination we used.

By the way, the quality of the ribbon makes a big difference. The cheaper stuff we used for our first experimental flower (not shown) was not as pretty. Not even close. The silk ribbon we bought by the yard at Michaels was much better.

More DIY sibling gift ideas here.

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Blogger Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

Ooh, I'm picturing one large and two small flowers on a belt for myself!

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 9:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous KateB said...

Oh, my gosh. I am absolutely LOVING these ribbon flowers and wishing that I had a daughter to (1) make them with and (2) wear them. Well done!

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 10:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

how did you get it so rufflie and layered looking? was that just a really long piece of ribbon? i love these and they are a fortune at the stores!!! thanks for the tip!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12:17:00 AM EST  
Blogger tiffany said...

I fell in love with the idea of having the kids make gifts for each other when I read your posts about it last year. So we are giving it a go this year! The kids are loving it! As always, thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:23:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Flowers said...

Wow...These RIBBON FLOWERS looks awesome. I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing it as it is FAB..!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 6:12:00 AM EST  
Blogger Barbie said...

Love all of these ideas your kiddos employed. All of them!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10:16:00 AM EST  
Blogger kelly said...

what a great idea and easy project!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10:18:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Conselle Image Consultant said...

These ribbon flowers are very creative gift ideas! Great design.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 11:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Camilla said...

You inspired me last year to start this tradition. In fact, it's what got me hooked on your blog. :) This year we are all making gifts for each other-parents included. I am also doing your 3 present guidline which is awesome. I love, love these ribbon flowers and everything else you've made over the years. Thanks for the great ideas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kim said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for posting this!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 1:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

These are gorgeous... I am going to help my boys make some of these as their gift for their sister. Love the idea of the kids making gifts for each other... really special and sweet for all of them.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:03:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mama Llama said...

Is there a trick to this? I grabbed some wired ribbon in JoAnn's today, and tried it. It was easy to pull out the wire, and it gathered nicely as I was pulling it out, but as soon as the wire is removed completely, and the ruffles fall out and I have a flat piece of ribbon again.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 4:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger CEM said...

My daughter is making these stuffed animals for her friends and siblings - they are very cute, easy and use a recycled glove:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:23:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jackie said...

Such a beautiful and seemingly easy craft to make and give! You are such a creative mom! What a great idea to have the kids make each others' gifts- makes the holidays even more special.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 8:42:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Erin @ Sprouted in the Kitchen said...

Yes! These are the posts I look forward to all year long...and refer back to the rest of the year! The kid-made Christmas gifts are defintely not limited to pleasing kids only. Great, great job, Gabby and kids!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger ZDub said...

I love these! I looked all over for a flower like this about a month ago and had no luck.

Off to make my own!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 9:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger 3StinkyBoysAndMe said...

Those are SO CUTE! So. Super. Cute.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:04:00 PM EST  
Anonymous EvaBabeDesigns said...

These are gorgeous! Like something you'd find at a boutique! Design Mom you are an inspiration to all of us!

Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 12:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Calli said...

I created a step by step tutorial on making these ribbon flower pins. I have loved making them and even added a large crystal bead in the center of some, which really made them shine.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 10:52:00 PM EST  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

Mama Llama, you don't remove the wire. In fact, I pull from both ends to make sure none of the ribbon slips off. When I made these for my daughter this week, I used a pair of needlenose pliers to make a small loop in the wire after the ribbon was all gathered to hold it in place.

Gabrielle, I want to know where at Michael's you found silk ribbon? I looked there and couldn't find any.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 1:56:00 AM EST  

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