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This flower is for the nursery wall of the on-the-way girl #3. I also made a crochet one and a felt one using other people's tutorials. Though I looked, I couldn't find instructions for large flowers made of ribbon, so I winged it. It turned out about the size of my hand.
Three types of ribbon, preferably all the same thickness. Mine were three quarters of an inch and the sparkly one was an inch.
Small piece of cardboard
Button, bead, or small flower for center
Cut a small circle out of the cardboard. I traced the top of a solo cup for my circle. Then I punched a hole in it in order to hang it on the wall.
Next cut 17 or so 6" pieces of the bottom color of ribbon. Fold them over and glue the bottom together to make a loop.
Start glueing the loops to the outer edge of the circle, being sure to put them close enough together to cover up the cardboard.
Fill in the circle, cutting more loops if necessary.
Cut 12 6" pieces of the middle color of ribbon, fold them over and glue. Start glueing the second layer. Mine covered the cardboard completely at this point.
Again, cut more loops if you don't have enough, and fill the circle.
Cut six or so pieces of the center color of ribbon. If yours is the smaller size you may need more than I did. Fold and glue into loops.
Glue onto center, close enough together to cover the tails of the last layer of ribbon.
Then glue the embellishment onto the center of that layer of ribbon, covering the tails and glue.
To make my double layer button, I glued a small flower button's attachment loop to the center of a larger white button.
And there you have it! Using a thinner ribbon in the center would make our look less like a Christmas bow, but I think it turned put pretty cute anyway. :)
And apologies for the crummy phone pictures. When I get my laptop back from the Nerd Herd I will post the better ones, and of course stay tuned for an early February post of the completed nursery with all its crafty goodness.
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