This Ribbon Poinsettia is so cute, I want about a million of them!
Y’all I am not a crafter. As a matter of fact, I am sort of the black sheep of my crafty family. My grandmother is amazing with a pair of knitting needles, my mother is a wonder with a sewing machine and my auntie makes the cutest hair accessories I’ve ever seen. They’ve even started a shop on Etsy to sell what they make. I’m not actually invited to participate in the selling part, since apparently all of my stuff looks like it was made in the dark. This tutorial (and the end result!) is courtesy of 3 Generations with Love, my auntie showed me how to make these while she was visiting earlier this year. When I saw it, I decided I had to have one and she told me they were SO EASY to make. Famous last words y’all…
The supplies aren’t complicated, so I was more optomistic about how this would turn out when we were getting ready to put these together.
3 Strips of 3 1/2 Inch Green Ribbon
5 Strips of 3 1/2 Inch Red Ribbon
1 Strip of 1 1/4 Inch Red Ribbon
2 Inches Diameter Round of Red Fabric
Small Gold or Silver Beads
Lighter or Matches
Hair Clip or Pin of Choice
This craft starts with fire. Definitely not one of the approved activities on my list, I’m not even allowed to use the fireplace when Joe isn’t home! So, we used the lighter along the edges of all the ribbons to seal them so they don’t fray after they are put together.
When we finished that, we got the first petal put together. I have a hard time with straight lines so getting the angle correct on this one was a challenge. With the shiny side facing you, you have to fold it in half at a perfect angle to make the petals even. Y’all somehow this was way more complicated than it should have been and my auntie was so not helpful, mostly she laughed at me.
Once the angle is correct, you fold it in half again to make a point. Here are the pictures of the process so if what I said makes no sense hopefully they will help!
Auntie tells me the next step is to use an accordion stitch at the base of the petal, like that will mean something to me. Needles are on my Do Not Touch Without Supervision list! So, I stabbed myself at least 4 times trying to get the first petal done. The stitch needs to start and end with the side of the ribbon down, for some reason that concept was a little confusing for me so I had to keep starting over. The bleeding might have been a distraction too but, whatever. I was entirely too proud of myself after I got the first petal on, then I realized I had to do the same thing again until I had a total of 5 petals! I was glad that I didn’t have to tie it off after every one, just keep adding them on the same thread until they are all there.
Once the petals were on the string, I smushed them down and tied the thread off. It was still a little loose and floppy so I had to go back and add some stitches to the base of each petal to tighten it up.
The center was much easier, I made a circle of stitches in a sort of circle on the 1 1/4 Inch ribbon then stuck my finger in the rough side and pulled the thread to make a little cap. I did have to smush it around to get it shaped right before I tied off the thread but hey, y’all I could do that all day!
I got the center cap attached with a couple of stitches and barely poked myself, either that or by this point I had completely lost feeling in my fingers and wouldn’t have noticed if I did.
When that was finished it looked good to me and I was ready to give up and call it a day. Auntie insisted that we had to add the leaves and I probably didn’t actually tear up or start sniffling…probably.
We folded and stitched the green ribbons the same way as the red petals but tied each one off individually then we stitched them to the back of the flower where we wanted them. A word of caution, the shiny side goes down and the flower should not be shiny side up when you add the leaves…I did mention that I’m not much of a crafter, right? I had to take mine apart so everything was facing the right way and get it all stitched down again.
Almost done y’all! Grab those beads and stitch them in the center. This is a great way to cover up and major whoopsies you might have made putting it together or to cover the stitches you used to attach the cap. I probably needed a few dozen more beads to cover my mistakes but at least I was having fun?
To complete the flower, grab that 2 Inch Diameter of red fabric and stitch around it to make another cap, pull it tight and stitch it down to the back of the flower so all the leaves and stitches are covered up. Then stitch on your hair clip, pin or whatever and you’re done!
I won’t say this was easy for me but again, totally not the crafty type. My auntie can whip these out pretty quick and actually seems to enjoy doing them so if you don’t want to make your own, you can buy one in their Etsy store 3 Generations with Love and avoid all the bleeding.
I would love to know how it goes if you make one of these yourself, so make sure you come back and let me know. Happy crafting y’all and I hope your fingers fare better than mine did!