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How to Make Silk, Satin or Ribbon Roses

Silk roses are great for decorating, enhancing clothing on special occasions, and making craft projects. This tutorial will teach you how to make your own roses out of ribbon, satin, or silk. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to make roses in 30 seconds or less!

Quick Summary

To make a silk rose, start by folding an 8 inch long ribbon tightly at the halfway point to make a corner. Pass the bottom strand over the corner so that the other other strand is now at the bottom. Continue crossing the bottom strand over the central corner until you have a thick, folded square. Then, pinch one ribbon end, letting go of the folded stack, and slowly pull the other end to make a neat knot of petals. Tie a knot just below the rose to secure it in place.To learn how to make roses of different sizes and materials, keep reading!

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  1. Choose a material color.Reds and pinks are traditional rose colors, but you might want to make a yellow, white, or even a black rose for a different effect.
  2. Cut the strip to about 8in (20cm) long (optional).If it is shorter, it is harder to work with, and if it is longer, there will be far more ribbon than is required for a rose. Note that since you will cut the ribbon again when the rose is complete, you can skip this step to avoid wasting lengths of ribbon.
  3. Fold the ribbon over itself at the halfway mark to form a corner.
  4. Fold the bottom strand of ribbon over the central folds.The other strand of ribbon will now be on the bottom.
  5. Continue folding each bottom strand over the central folds until you have a stack of squares.Alternate folds until the stack is of considerable thickness or you’ve almost run out of ribbon.
  6. Pinch the two lose ribbon ends together between your thumb and index finger.Don't worry about letting go of the stack of squares; because they’re folded together, they will simply stretch out into an accordion.
  7. Grab one of the loose ends of ribbon and slowly pull it out of the folded accordion.Be sure to keep the other end stationary as you pull. This will bunch the folds of the accordion more closely together, making a little knot of petals. Pull until the rose is the size and shape you desire, but note that if you pull too far, the folds will pop right out and the rose will be undone.
  8. Carefully tie a knot in the back of the rose and cut the excess ribbon.It might help to flip the rose over and press the ribbon down with one finger while you tie the knot. Again, do not pull the strands too hard or you will undo the petal folds.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I attach a wire for the stem to a rose, and when should I do it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Attach the wire right before you tie the knot at the end. Do this by inserting the wire.
  • Question
    How do I attach a rose to a dress?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Either stitch it or stick with fabric glue. Use red color thread. Additionally, you can make leaves to make it beautiful.
  • Question
    Can I use the rose on a dress?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can. You could attach it with fabric glue or sew it on.
  • Question
    What is the best width for making fake roses?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on how big you want your flower petals to be. Thinner ribbons make a smaller flower, and wider ribbons make bigger flowers.
  • Question
    Is it possible to stick a magnet on the back and put it in a locker or on a refrigerator?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, use fabric glue to stick a magnet on the back. It will also help prevent the rose from falling apart.
Unanswered Questions
  • Shouldn't it be 18 inches? I tried with 8 inches and it was way too short to accomplish this rose.
  • I would like to use satin fabric (not ribbons) to make flowers for a vase. I already have the satin; how do I prepare the fabric and how do I attach the wire for the stem?
  • How can I make a rose with three ribbons?
  • How to attach stem and leaves to the rose?
  • How do I make multiple spider roses?
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  • The wider the ribbon, the bigger the rose. The narrower the ribbon, the smaller the rose.
  • The stiffer the fabric, the more pointed the petals look in the end.
  • These can make a great bouquet. If you make a dozen in red they go great with a box of chocolates!
  • To finish off the rose, you can attach a thin wire and wrap the two ends of the ribbon (and wire stem if you choose) with floral tape. This will give a finished look. Just be sure that the stem is proportional to the rose size, or it may look funny.
  • *The longer the ribbon; the more petals on the rose.
  • If your adding flowers to a dress then you should do an opposite color: if the dress is black, white flowers or vice-versa.


  • when making these silk /satin roses be careful at all times using craft scissors and a staple gun, children and teenagers must be supervised learning a new craft, and who knows when they are older if they so wished they could earn money from their craft and interest.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon or other long piece of cloth
  • Floral tape (optional)
  • Wire for stem (optional)

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