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St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Bouquet

Create a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day ribbon bouquet that will last long after St. Patrick’s Day is past.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet Tutorial

You can use different widths of ribbon, and shades of green and white to make an eye catching bouquet.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

These bows were made using the Bowdabra which makes quick and beautiful bows.

Supplies:

Bowdabra

Green and White Ribbons, varying shades of green, and various widths.

Gold Ribbon

Tin Can – 29 ounce size for this project

Green Tissue Paper

Styrofoam or Florists Foam

Black Spray Paint

Skewers

Green and White Buttons

Needle and Thread

How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Bouquet.

Make the Bows:

1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 24 inches long.

Fold it in half and lay it in the long slot. Tuck the loop under one side and the ends under the other side of the Bowdabra.

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2. Start the bow by laying one end of the ribbon through the slit as shown.

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Make a loop the size you want on the right side of the slit, and then press the ribbon through the slit to the left side.

3. On the left side, make a loop about the size as your first loop and then put the ribbon back through the slit to the right side.

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4. Make an equal size loop on top of your first loop on the right side, and then put the ribbon through the slot to the left side and make another loop on top of that one.

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Try to make the loops about the same size.

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Continue back and forth through the slit making a loop on each side until you have 3 or 4 loops on each side.

5. I made 4 loops on each side for the smaller flowers and 3 on each side for the large one.

6. Use the Bowdabra wand to scrunch the center of the bow down.

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7. Pull the wire ends up

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and put them through the wire loop at the other end without disturbing the ribbon too much.

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Pull the loop tight.

Slide the bow gently upward and out of the Bowdabra.

8. Wrap the wire ends around the center of the bow in opposite directions.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

Pull them tight under the bow and tie a knot. Do not cut off the wire ends.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

9. Repeat with all the ribbons until you have enough bows to make a bouquet.

I made 5 bows: 2 white, 2 small green, and 1 large green burlap one.

10. Choose a button for the center of each bow.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

I found green shamrock buttons which I used for the white bows, and white buttons for the green bows.

11. Fluff up the bow until it has a round, pleasing shape.

12. Use a needle and thread and a couple of stitches to attach a button to the center of each bow.

How to Put the Bouquet Together:

1. Spray the outside of the tin can black. Let dry.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

I used 3 thin coats.

2. Turn the can upside down and press down into the florists foam to fill the can.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

If you’re using styrofoam, you will need a knife to cut it to can size.

3. Using the bow wire at the back of the bow, wrap the wire tightly around the skewer a couple of times near the flat end and tie the wire tightly into a knot.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

Do not cut the ends off.

Instead, curl the ends of the wires around a marker to look like tendrils.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

4. Lay the flowers out and rearrange them until you have a pleasing look.

Make sure some of the flowers are taller and some shorter.

When you have an arrangement you like, cut off the bottom ends of the skewers as much as you need to allow them to fit into the can at different heights.

5. Poke the cut ends of the skewers into the florists foam in the can at different angles, and with one or two behind and one or two in front.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

The taller ones should be in back to allow the shorter ones to be seen.

6. Tie a gold ribbon around the can with a simple bow at the front.

You don’t want an elaborate bow to compete with the flowers.

7. Insert a bit of tissue paper around the skewers to cover the florists foam and give the bouquet a finished look.

Tips:

Grosgrain ribbon was too stiff to use for these bows as I couldn’t shape the loops into flowers.

Wire edged ribbon and soft ribbons, as well as crepe paper strips were very easy to work with and made lovely flowers.

You could use glue to attach the buttons to the bow centers.

by Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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