Step 2: Creating the Main 'flower'

Materials: ribbon, scissors, heavy gauge wire, floral tape, needle and thread

Tip:  Wired ribbon may be easier but may have "hard" edges.
*Thread needle before you start the flower.

1)  Cut around 3 to 4 feet of satin ribbon.
2)  Begin about 4 or 5 inches up on the ribbon and start folding 90 degree corners.  The satin side should always be facing up.  
3)  Be sure you are leaving a small square opening in the center as you fold around.
4)  Once finshed with all the folding, take the end at the top of the flower(what you just finished with) and twist it slightly so it will fit through the small square opening.  
5)  Gently push it through opening and pull it through about 1 or 2 inches on the other side.
6)  Beging twisting in the same direction as you were folding and you will see the flower start to take form!
7)  twist until you like how it looks, gently tug the petals if they need some guiding. 
8)  Gather both ends of the ribbon and sew it together so it will not fall apart.
9)  Trim the remaining end to the same length as the shortest.
10) Put your wire up into the bottom sew portion a little ways- be sure you don't see it coming through to the top.
11)  wrap with floral tape so you cover the ribbon ends from the sewn part down.
12)  The wired flower will be very long, I will address what to do with it  before putting them all together.
Wow!!!! Your wedding looks beautiful, I am getting married on July 2014 and this tutorial will definitely come of help.thank you
hi! just wondering how many big flowers your used for your bouquet? was it a pretty decent size or small or big? thanks!
I probably used about 20-ish roses and then a few smaller carns for filler. You can see in the second picture that there are hair spray cans next to it and it is resting in a drinking glass, so no, it wasn't very big in my opinion. :) Hope that helps.
can you give a little more information on how you folded the 'fans'? i can't tell from the pics and i am having a very difficult time with this step. however, i was able to make the bigger flowers pretty easily! thanks!!
hmmm, you sort of have to make this up. But after the first 2 folds you just fold the ribbon accordion style as if you were making a paper fan- as you go you kind of rotate gathering it all up in your other hand to hold it. Does that make sense? There is no exact science so what ever works for you! :) This might help too, I used this book as a starting point to learn how to make the flowers and then created the flowers the way it was easiest for me. <br>http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Fashioning-Ribbon-Flowers-Helen/dp/0873415620/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1326979674&amp;sr=8-2<br>
Your bouquet is lovely!! However, I'm having trouble getting the flower to be a flower - it unravels when I take the top end of the ribbon &amp; pull it through the square opening. Any advice? Thanks.
That part is tricky. In the picture I look like I am freely pulling it through but I always hold things as I am pulling the ribbon through. Don't forget to twist in the same direction that you were adding the ribbon, this helps hold the form too. The ribbon is slippery so don't let go all the way ever! :) Hope that helps, let me know if I did not answer your question. :)
Your husband is a lucky guy. It makes me sick to see people going in debt and freaking out over a wedding. It should be fun and within your means. <br>Congratulations
<br>I am so impressed by you wedding DIY skills, I am a DIY bride myself and this is just amazing! Congrats!
WOW! your whole wedding is really beautiful!
They really did look good at our wedding! They looked real unless you were really looking. My wife is amazing! :)
These roses are so cute!! Granted, I'm not going to be married for quite a while, but there are many other places where I could use this 'ible. Thank you so much for sharing! :D

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