made with love: horse ribbons


After last week’s “living in” post on my childhood favorite movie National Velvet, I’ve been in horse mode. Homemade horse ribbons make perfect party favors, stocking stuffers or little surprises for the prize winners in your life. Bonus- they are great for using up an extra ribbon stash. –amy m.

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump!

What you’ll need:

– several yards of ribbon in varying widths, I used about a 1 ¼ yards max. of each

– fast drying craft glue

– large button

– card stock

– scissors

– stapler

– iron

– corkboard and pins (optional)

1. After cutting a circle out of card stock for the backing, take a yard or so of ribbon and start to pleat it so that it makes a circular shape. This can be tricky, so I worked on top of a corkboard and pinned each pleat down as I worked. Gently steam with iron so the pleats remain when pins are removed.


2. Staple your pleated ribbon around the edge of you backing to secure in place. Hide your raw edge behind the fold of your first pleat.


3. Repeat with narrower ribbon for inner ring if desired.

4. Cover a large button with ribbon using craft glue on the back and glue to center.

5. Cut and glue down ribbon tails to the back.

  1. oh, how i absolutely LOVE horse ribbons! i almost won a stash of them the other day on ebay, but, alas, it was not meant to be. i think they’re adorable decor and embellishments for gifts!! thank you for the DIY!!

  2. Stephanie says:

    How cute! That looks really easy to make.

  3. Bethany says:

    you are a genius! thank you so much for this how to, I have tried and tried to make them but they just come out like lopsided pinwheels …. perhaps I will have better luck now!

  4. Almost wish I had a horse to pin it on ;-)

  5. ysa says:

    I love it =) Gonna learn after my exam

  6. Margot says:

    Love these! They are related to a version we make using a very old French folding technique that are called rosettes or cordades – worn by humans on hats and coats.

  7. katharen says:

    Thank you…. We buy our ribbons every year for our horse show banquet and they are quite expensive. Now I can make them for the girls and they will all be different!

  8. Dawn Gepfert says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Almost makes me want to relive my childhood.

  9. alex sunday says:

    i made a heap of these as brooches earlier this year! (psst – there’s a couple left in my etsy shop!). a tip – to get the pleating done, i just hand stitched big stitches along the ribbon edge and pulled. you end up with ruffles rather than flat folds, but i don’t think it would be hard to iron them flat. :)

  10. Marie says:

    Coolness! I always wondered how these were made. Thank you so much for the how-to!!!

  11. rebecca says:

    They could also be some very cool place cards too for a wedding. I once designed some winner buttons for a wedding at a polo club and these reminded me of them. I love the richness of the color.

  12. Miss Jess says:

    I love these! I was inspired by show ribbons to make the table numbers for my wedding, which I made out of patterned paper, with a calligraphic number in the center of the rosette – they looked wonderful. Yay for show ribbons!

  13. stephanie says:

    super cute. i think i’ll make a few and surprise the kids when they do a great job on something random. thanks!

  14. Jeanne says:

    Miss Jess, would you add pictures and decorations of what you did? I need to make numbers for contestants and that sounds like it might work very well.

  15. horse shows says:

    The ribbons are wonderful. I am just a little bit curious, what are those ribbons for?

    1. grace says:

      horse shows-

      they’re designed to be fun decorative object :)


  16. Yvette says:

    Just curious what your estimated cost would be to produce one of these beautiful rosettes.

  17. Vivian S. says:

    I would love to have these made…what is the cost?


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