How To Make Ric Rac Flowers

I originally published these ric rac flowers as a guest post over at Today’s Creative Life, but in case you didn’t see it, I’m sharing it here today too!

These little ric rac flowers are so cute, and super easy to make! And they’re the perfect accessory; you can add them to hair clips, headbands, shoe clips, purses, backpacks, etc. Or set them in a small bowl on a table to add a pop of color to your decor; they’re so versatile!

How to make ric rac flowers in under five minutes

How To Make Ric Rac Flowers

  • 5 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
  • 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
  • 5 minutes (total project time)



NOTE: Ric rac comes in different sizes; I used “jumbo” ric rac, and that will make “taller” flowers than medium ric rac, but either one will turn out just fine! I would stay away from small ric rac, as it’s so skinny you might have trouble sewing the two strands together, but other than that, choose whatever size and color you want!


Start by cutting two 20″ strips of ric rac. Wrap the two strips around each other so that they are intertwined.

Intertwine two pieces of ric rac to make ric rac flowers

Sew a straight line across one side of the intertwined ric rac to help hold it together. Don’t worry too much about the thread color or stitch length; you won’t see the stitches in the finished flower.

Sew two pieces of ric rac together to make ric rac flowers

Once your ric rac is sewn together, start rolling it up from one end. Add a drop of hot glue every once in a while to hold it together as you go. Make sure you only glue near the sewn “bottom” edge so that the “petals” at the top of the flower can be opened later!

Roll up ric rac and secure with hot glue to make ric rac flowers

Once you get near the end of the ric rac, fold the last half inch under and glue it to the bottom of the flower. This will give your flower a flat base.

Glue the end to make a base for your ric rac flowers

The flower will be tightly closed at this point, like a young flower bud. If that’s the look you’re going for, you’re done! Or if you want your flower to look more open, just gently press the petals open, starting at the outside and working your way in.

Spead out the petals to make ric rac flowers

And you have a little ric rac flower rosette! Glue it onto a hair clip or add a pin backing to it so you can pin it on your purse!

Spead out the petals to make ric rac flowers

How to make ric rac flowers in under five minutes

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. gardening says

    6 years ago

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or iff it’s the blog.
    Any responses would bbe greatly appreciated.

  2. Ersulia says

    6 years ago

    Molto bello ma purtroppo non c’è traduzione. Ciao

  3. Suzanne says

    6 years ago

    I Love these ric rac flowers!! I plan on using one on my Daughter-in-laws hat that I’m crocheting for her. Very clever! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. rani2014 says

    7 years ago

    I make ribbon roses and now I will be making Ric-Rac roses. Thanks a million.

  5. Shamin says

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this. I love adding flowers to tea pot cozies and these are just perfect. Also thanks for enabling easy printing! That helps so much.

  6. Melissa says

    7 years ago

    I love these! What size ric rac ribbon did you use to make them?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      I used the jumbo ric rac so the flowers would be nice and big! But if you want smaller flowers you can try the medium ric rac instead; that should make flowers that are better for baby headbands or hair clips maybe.

  7. Shirley Warren says

    7 years ago

    How can I get the instructions without the ads so I can save on paper. The ric rac flowers are awesome Thank you

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      At the bottom of the post, just after my signature should be a little “Print” button. If you click that it should pull up the article so that you can print it, email it, or save it as a PDF. Let me know if that works for you, if not I’d be happy to email it to you myself!

      • Joyce Rinella says

        6 years ago

        Can’t find your signature or “print” button

        • Jessi Wohlwend says

          6 years ago

          Are you on a mobile device? The Print button only works from a computer.

  8. brigitte says

    7 years ago

    merci pour ce joli partage

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