Ribbon Tulip Video Tutorial

I saw my friend making these ribbon tulips and thought they were darling.  I got so caught up in her showing me how to make them that I forgot to ask her what she did with them.  {{Next time I’ll have to bribe her to do the tutorial}}.

So I am posing the question to you…what do you do with them?

With a little video and some rockin’ music to get you in the crafting mood…oh watch out for the crafting fairy promise at the end!

{{Serious time on my hands today!}}

Ribbon Tulip Video Tutorial

Ribbon Tulip Video Tutorial

…still cute!

Ribbon Tulips

Ribbon Tulip Video Tutorial

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  1. February 10th, 2011 at 4:47 am
    Green Gracie Home says:
    If I was doing something with the kids, I would use a green pipe cleaner to attach to a wood block or three for a spring theme or I would add them to a pillow with longer green rick rack stems. Or attach them to little barrettes and make a bouquet to give to a sweet little girl for Easter.
  2. February 10th, 2011 at 7:58 am
    Nicole Pitcher says:
    I would make a 2x4 craft out of it! Paint a block of wood brown or green and glue the flowers on! A great indoor blooming garden!
    • February 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm
      Beve says:
      If I were using them for little girls outfits, I would tack them with the machine or by hand.
  3. February 10th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Jill says:
    You are so cute! These are super cute too. What about putting them on a hair clip for a little girl?
  4. February 10th, 2011 at 8:49 am
    kris ruda says:
    use them to accent wedding items programs, favors, mini lapel flowers for littler wedding party guests. string a bunch of them together to tie around a basket. adhere them to a little girls headband, put a group of them together adhere to a stick and make a mini flower pot full of them.... I just dicovered your sight and I love it thanks
  5. February 10th, 2011 at 9:08 am
    Nikki says:
    I was going to say exactly what Jill said. Put them on a little girls hair clip and make a cute hair piece. You could do all kinds of spring colors and they'd look darling!
  6. February 10th, 2011 at 9:08 am
    Nikki says:
    I was going to say exactly what Jill said. Put them on a little girls hair clip and make a cute hair piece. You could do all kinds of spring colors and they'd look darling!!
  7. February 10th, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Nikki says:
    Sorry about the double comment - oops!
  8. February 10th, 2011 at 10:20 am
    Valerie says:
    I pictured them on a t-shirt with embordered stems, or even on a card.
  9. February 10th, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Missy says:
    You could use them for the tops of pens or pencils and put a bunch in a flower pot, like you see in the stores:)
  10. February 10th, 2011 at 11:03 am
    Melinda James says:
    I think this will be adorable to make to give to the ladies in church on Easter Sunday to pin to their Easter Outfits. Can't wait to get started on them!
  11. February 10th, 2011 at 11:07 am
    GirlyWhirlyMommy says:
    Alison,
    Liking the videos! I was thinking that these would be the perfect addition to my daughter's Easter dress. It's a very light pale pink and well plain. It also has a plain belt/sash that ties in a bow in the back. I was thinking that I could line up three little versions of these flowers in a row and sew them on the inside of the sash in the front and they would be right there just above her tummy growing up on her! She is 21 months and not that much into hair clips, but one clipped to her hat/bonnet would be wonderful as she will wear a hat-go figure! :) Thank you for sparking some creative juices!
    Heather
  12. February 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Kami says:
    I was thinking the same thing as Nikki & Jill, Hair headbands for little ones. I think I will do that for a Twin baby shower next week! Thanks for all your ideas!
  13. February 10th, 2011 at 11:54 am
    alison@howdoesshe.com says:
    I am loving these ideas! Thank you!
  14. February 10th, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Shelley says:
    Definitely hair clips! How about a pin for Mother's Day? I'm loving your videos Alison!! :)
  15. February 10th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    heather says:
    I would make a whole bunch and then make a topiary out of them using a styofaom ball, a dollar store flower pot or bucket and some cute easter grass to hide whatever you use to hold up your topiary. I am so loving making topiaries I made one for valentine's day using felt circles and similar materials. Also I must say that the dollar store is a crafters best friend.
  16. February 10th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    heather says:
    I would make a whole bunch and then make a topiary out of them using a styofaom ball, a dollar store flower pot or bucket and some cute easter grass to hide whatever you use to hold up your topiary. I am so loving making topiaries I made one for valentine's day using felt circles and similar materials. Also I must say that the dollar store is a crafters best friend.
    • February 16th, 2011 at 11:18 am
      Jen says:
      I would love to see a pic of your v-day craft! It sounds so pretty!!
  17. February 10th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Michelle says:
    I would use them as a littl embellishment on a gift instead of a bow. :)
    • February 14th, 2011 at 5:14 pm
      Alison says:
      Such a perfect idea! Thanks for leaving it!
  18. February 10th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    JulieLay says:
    I would definitely use them in my daughter's hair! I'm always looking for new cute bow ideas to make! I also think they would look cute on a homemade card! CUTE CUTE! Thanks for the ideas
  19. February 10th, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    Nancy S. says:
    I think they would be great as barrettes, or on ponytails, even on a shoe, if not too large. They could be made in cause colors or team colors and worn on clothing, or used on gifts. They are lovely and could be used for any number of things.
  20. February 10th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    EFY says:
    Definitely for headbands...then, use them to embellish a sweater's collar down one side with a couple of colors in the tulips...or they would be darling on a purse/tote/wristlet...in my little 3-5 yr. class, we could make them into flowers in a pot for Mama...what about a wrist corsage...my daughter thinks maybe they could work into a necklace if done in the right sized ribbon.

    Can't wait to see some of these ideas! Blessings
  21. February 10th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Dira says:
    I think attaching these to sneakers or shoes would be adorable, attach to another piece of ribbon for a bracelet or belt for little girls. Making a clippie or pin for sure...the world would be your oyster! I will be making them as soon as I go get the ribbon. Thanks for sharing :)
  22. February 10th, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    Chacoy says:
    You could make a cute headband out of them, put them in a small square dish with some moss or add them to your awsome wood pieces poking out like lil flowers!
  23. February 10th, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Chacoy says:
    I meant flower pots! lol
  24. February 10th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    Korey says:
    They would make lovely cupcake toppers....wrap a sucker stick with green ribbon, attaching the tulips. (oh, and a looped ribbon leaf!) :)
    • February 14th, 2011 at 5:13 pm
      Alison says:
      Oh make some and send pictures...wait just send the cupcake! I need to get the full idea:)
  25. February 10th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    Becky Waldrop says:
    At the preschool my kids attended, every year the kids make a pin for their moms. This would be perfect to just add a pin back to and attach it to a homemade mothers day card. :)
  26. February 10th, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    Wona Chennault says:
    I think they would be cute made into a bouquet...glued to posterboard and framed...possibly chenille stems with a pretty bow tied around them
  27. February 10th, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    Dawn B says:
    I was thinking of a bouquet in a paper cone.
    I loved the church idea on Easter Sunday. I'm going to bring that up at a board meeting. Thanks
  28. February 10th, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    Dira says:
    How about add more green ribbon hanging down for a book mark!
  29. February 10th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    Carol B says:
    Since I am a cardmaker, I would feature one on a cute spring-y card. Maybe even make them with narrower ribbon so they wouldn't be so bulking on a card. Really cute flowers! Thanks for sharing!
  30. February 10th, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    Gini says:
    I see them on a throw pillow. Made into a three d type of flower. Maybe add some pretty pink and green buttons.........
  31. February 10th, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    MyLinda says:
    I'm thinking those would be so cute on a spring throw pillow! In a little bouquet or three across the middle.
  32. February 10th, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    Apex says:
    I love to add them to my kids dress Thanks
  33. February 11th, 2011 at 12:24 am
    Cheera K. says:
    Really cute! My idea would be to put them on a napkin ring for a spring tablescape along with some in various sizes in the middle of a table runner!! I would also have them tucked in the back of a chair sash on the back.....
  34. February 11th, 2011 at 1:08 am
    andrea says:
    I think you could make three or four and put them on a head band, or aligator clips. Thanks for the tutorial...... Love them and so easy!
  35. February 11th, 2011 at 10:08 am
    DeAnna Wildman says:
    I was thinking of a garland. I have two daughters-one likes purple and one likes pink! I would make up a bunch in each color and hang in thier room!
    • February 14th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
      Alison says:
      I LOVe this idea! Please make one and send in some pictures!
  36. February 11th, 2011 at 8:03 pm
    Laurel says:
    These are so cute, and useful in lots of ways! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight
  37. February 13th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Jenimomma says:
    I would make a bunch of them and place them at the bottom of a glass hurricane, then nestle a spring colored candle in the middle. Place it on the table for an adorable spring centerpiece.... :)
  38. February 13th, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    Carla says:
    I can see a pretty corsage out of them. Just add some netting or tulle and a bow in front...done! Very cute!
  39. February 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Messy Missy says:
    Those are so sweet. I am definitely going to do a twist on these with construction paper for the craft time I host at my library!!!
    • February 14th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
      Alison says:
      Super cute out of paper! THanks for the idea!!
  40. February 14th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    AprilG says:
    These are so pretty! Getting ready for spring.
  41. February 15th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Peggy Gonzales says:
    I would use these for weddings. like bouttoniers, use to decorate napkin rings, hair accessory, use on gift packages. These are really cute!
  42. February 15th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    Gloria says:
    I see them as a beautiful spring trim around the base of a new white lampshade. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!
  43. February 15th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Gloria U says:
    So cute, planning a girl baby shower. I think I'd use them to decorate the frame I am making with "a clothes line" strong across it-that's where I planned on putting tags for guests to write Mama Wisdom. Also would be cute on the end of a clothes pin or attached to the place cards for guests. I'm sure it would be cute made with paper to match the table setting too.
  44. February 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    Emily G says:
    My boss loves tulips, so I might try to make her something with them. Maybe cover a styrafoam ball or something like that.
  45. February 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    Auntie Ruth says:
    I would add an extra loop at the bottom and make it into a Spring napkin ring!
  46. February 15th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Kathy says:
    I would use it as a package tie - perhaps on a cello bag full of treats!
  47. February 15th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    Kathy says:
    I would use it as a package tie on a cello bag full of yummy bath products - a breath of spring!!!
  48. February 15th, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Jen Bryant says:
    I was thinking that you could make a spring wreath in which you use a round form and fill with loops of a lighter color of green ribbon then insert the tulips randomly for a pretty and cheery addition to your front door. I may have to try this!! :)
    • February 15th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
      Alison says:
      A wreath...fun idea! tHANK YOU
  49. February 15th, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    Julie says:
    I love this idea! And being a plan ahead type gal... I am going to use your cute idea for my Girl Scout Troop to add a spice of Spring to their little May Day buckets they are going to be making soon in the near future! Thanks for a REALLY cute idea and LOVE the videos!
  50. February 15th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    KirstenR says:
    I would use them on an Easter or spring scrapbook layout. I can see it now!! Thanks for the great idea.
  51. February 15th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Dana says:
    As a papercrafter, I immediately thought these would look so pretty on an Easter or Spring card! Scrapbooking would be perfect, too.
    As a mother of 2 girls, I also thought these would make terrific hair clips... Just glue gun and go!
  52. February 15th, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    Linda Smith says:
    I can see them, different sizes, to decorate photo frames.
  53. February 15th, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    Linda Smith says:
    My mind is churning...how about decorating flower pots for gifts, or Easter Baskets.
  54. February 15th, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    Sarah Lewis says:
    I was thinking to put them on a skewer stick and make a flower bouquet with them, hair accessories, or an accent in my daughters shadow box that has some baby keepsakes.
  55. February 15th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    lacyquilter says:
    Perfect for cupcake toppers for a spring party.
    • February 15th, 2011 at 4:39 pm
      Shelley says:
      CUTE IDEA!!!!
  56. February 15th, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    Jennifer says:
    I would use them to embellish a cute little shirt for my daughter and also add them to a headband to match.
  57. February 15th, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    Alison says:
    Thank you so much for all these cute ideas!!! I am loving them!
  58. February 15th, 2011 at 10:51 pm
    Andrea says:
    ohhhh, Fairy wand!!! tassle at the end of a Maypole!!! Flower pot spikes! if you were really ambitious, they would look lovely lined up as a ruffle on the edge of a simple skirt. Sadly, I only have boys.
  59. February 16th, 2011 at 11:24 am
    Karey says:
    My son's fiance favorite flowers are pink tulips. That's what her bouquet will be, so I think these may be included in it.
  60. February 16th, 2011 at 11:57 am
    susanvl says:
    I WILL be putting them on a scrapbook layout I'm doing for a challenge today about spring! I'd also put them on a birthday present, or make a bunch on skewers and put them in a vase. Thanks for the tutorial, always room for one more type of flower in my house!
  61. February 16th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    Hannah says:
    Well, I think you should glue three or four of them to a clip or headband. Tada! Super cute!
  62. February 16th, 2011 at 6:44 pm
    Ruth says:
    I think they would be really cool used for breast cancer ribbons.
  63. February 17th, 2011 at 6:36 am
    Rosana says:
    What a lovely idea!!! I´ll feature on my blog...hope yon don´t mind.
    Hugs from Brazil
  64. February 17th, 2011 at 11:10 am
    Liz Hurd says:
    I am going to have a tulip tea party with my five, four, and three year old little girls and their friends. I am going to make some of these as adapt them into the invitations, have a tulip themed tea event, and have the girls make them for their mommas. Thanks for the ideas.
  65. February 17th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    Heather @ Not a DIY Life says:
    SO CUTE!!! I'd attache them to pipe cleaners so my daughter could take them to her teacher at preschool :-)
  66. February 18th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    Daneilia says:
    The other girls were definitely thinking what I was thinking after I seen the video on how to make these. But something fun you can do is pin them to your shirt especially around Easter time for just a little splash of fun. Or depending on what colors you use, you can can probably get white ribbon that have green clovers on them and then have green ribbon just for your leaves and that can be your little bit of green for St. Patrick's day. So you can put it on chain to wear as a necklace for the day or pin it on your shirt or make it into a keychain for your keys...lots of fun things.
  67. February 18th, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    Charmaine says:
    I am thinking hair clippies would be cute...or making a bouquet out of them by adding floral wire and floral tape...then wrapping the entire bouquet with more ribbon...cute spring bouquet...quick and easy!

    Charmaine
  68. February 18th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    Carolyn says:
    I think it'd be cute to make a bunch of them and use as vase filler. Put on a table as centerpiece maybe with a few pastel easter eggs inside. Super cute :)
  69. February 21st, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Nan says:
    I am definitely going to make hair clips or a headband for my granddaughter
    as we celebrate (4 days) Tulip Time in our neck of the woods and it will be
    perfect for her to wear during that time! Thanks so much for sharing. I looooooooove all of your wonderful ideas.
  70. February 24th, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    Rebecca Amedy says:
    If you made them in thinner ribbon & hand tacked them, I can see them as drop earrings or as a spring coursage. Love your ideas!
  71. February 28th, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    LP says:
    You could cut a slit in the bottom big enough to slide a wire stem through it. Then wrap with florist tape and use in floral arrangements or make your own arrangement with only these little ribbon tulips.

    You could also dip the ribbon in a watered-down glue mixture first, squeeze out excess and dry and shape. (sprinkle on a little glitter while still wet, if desired)
  72. March 6th, 2011 at 6:16 pm
    Jessica says:
    Ok... so i saw these and thought - omg - super cute! I bet they are hard... or frustrating... - omg - "No!" on both counts!!! I'm going to make a few of these with my 8 year old niece - a little bigger than the one you made in the video - for her mother and my mother for super cute Easter Sunday "corsages"! how sweet!! I may have to make these for the girls at work too!!

    Oh! Yeah, Just in case you hit up my blog: HinzHome.Blogspot.com, I posted your video there... yes, I wanted to show it off, but also because I wanted to be able to save the video... is there any way we can save your video tuts? OR!! maybe, once I get the hang of doing it, i'll write up a tut with photos, and send it your way? idk... lol!

    Thanks for everything!! I love love love your site!!
  73. March 21st, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    Nicola @ Twisty Noodle says:
    They would be so cute as hair bows, but I have little boys. I would try to attach them to a stick somehow and add them to my flowerpots. I'm the founder of TwistyNoodle.com, so I'd probably also try to glue them to a flower coloring page.
  74. April 6th, 2011 at 11:21 am
    JoAnna says:
    I think I would take and put them around a picture frame for a little girls room, or around a mirror. Also you could take an old t shirt and make a purse with it for your little girl and use these to make it sassy!!
  75. April 6th, 2011 at 11:23 am
    JoAnna says:
    You could also use floral pins and attach them to a styrofoam ring and use it as a small decorative wreath for spring.
  76. June 2nd, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    Oona Hatch says:
    I would make them out of 1/4" ribbon and but a few together and make a doll's wedding bouquet! (Am in the doll mindset as I'm making clothes for my granddaughters for next Christmas) I'm making 18" doll wedding dresses right now.
  77. June 11th, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    julie says:
    I think they would lookj great as toppers for pens that are put into a flower pot. Would love it if anyone had any other ways to make flowers out of ribbon.
  78. June 11th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    julie says:
    These would be cute as pen toppers to add to a flower pot to put on a desk. No one will ever be taking your pens and walking away with them----unless they are totally in love with them like I am!
  79. August 15th, 2011 at 3:32 am
    Poetic Dreams says:
    I personally would take an elastic hair band & make each flower around the elastic band. When it's complete it would look like a flowered scrunchie for your hair. You could also make a yo-yo (a quilt type flower quilters make) You can place the flower in the center & either add a clip, bobbie pin or claw.
    Note: yo-yo's are easy to make. Use an old CD 7 trace around it on the backside of fabric. Cut it out & then using a running stitch, fold over a smidge of the fabric and go around it with a needle & thread. Pull the thread & it will form a smaller circle with a center hole. You can either use the center hold to place the flower or the other side. Depends which side you like. When complete you can add a clip, claw, or barrette to make it a hair piece. Just what I could come up off the time of my hair.
    Enjoy Poe~
    • August 15th, 2011 at 3:32 am
      Poetic Dreams says:
      ooops I meant head. Didn't mean to make a pun. lol
      Poe~
  80. January 28th, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    Angie says:
    I would use them on alligator clips for my girl's hair. I also think that it would be beautiful on an Easter card. Throw it on a felt board with Velcro backing. Also you could make a quiet book where maybe an egg or Easter bunny is hiding behind it. I have 2 girls so I can think of a million uses for these little budding flowers.
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