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DIY: Retro Red Rose Hair Pin

I was offered to join in for a retro photo shoot and couldn’t turn down the chance to dress up! I had everything on hand except for something to enhance a victory roll hairstyle. Since I don’t have any girls of my own, and often don’t do anything special with my hair, I knew I had to reach for my May Arts Ribbon to make a retro-styled hair pin!

This retro red rose hair pin was so easy to put together!

  1. I cut two 48” lengths of red 1.5” faux linen ribbon, laid them on top of each other and then did a simple, running stitch along one edge of the ribbon. My hand stitching isn’t the best, but… it doesn’t matter, because this part gets covered up in the end!
  2. After completing the running stitch along the entire bottom of the ribbon, I pulled on one end of the thread while keeping taught the other end. This created a rouching effect.
  3. Next, I rolled the ribbon onto itself, adhering with glue along each bend.
  4. After the rose was formed, I attached a hair pin to the back with hot glue as well. (If I were giving this as a gift, I would have adhered a circle piece of matching felt or fabric to the rolled flower before affixing the hair pin, just to make it more visually appealing to the eye.)

I separated the two pieces of ribbon from each other to give the rose a full bloom effect. The faux linen ribbon is perfect for this project! The ribbon comes with a sewn edge so there is no fraying, and it is rigid enough to keep its shape, but delectably easy to work with due to it’s soft weave. I also really like that May Arts and The Ribbon Resource offers many colors of this faux linen ribbon. Can you imagine the sweet look from a rose made with the soft pink?


Ribbon Used:


Other Supplies:

  • Hair Pin
  • Hot Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Thread
  • Needle
  1. jen shears

    Hello Gorgeous!! 😀

  2. bl

    This is FABulous!!
    And gorgeous picture!! 🙂

    1. Karen B.

      Thank you!!


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