Use a material that is 1⁄8 inch (0.32 cm) wide and has no wires. Choose either silk, satin, or ribbon, but make sure that it doesn’t have any type of wire framing inside of it. Make sure your material is wide enough to create a rose out of. Choose red or pink material for a classic rose design, or be bold with cream, yellow, and orange.
You can find silk, satin, and ribbon at most craft stores.
Cut your material to about 8 inches (20 cm). Depending on the size of the rose you want to make, use sharp scissors to cut your ribbon into a workable length. The longer your material is, the larger your rose will be. Cut the edge in a straight line to make it easier to work with.
If you are worried about your material fraying, apply a liquid fray stopper to the cut edge and let it dry before you make your rose.
Put a dot of hot glue about 1 inch (2.5 cm) away from the edge. Put a clear hot glue stick into your glue gun and wait for it to warm up. Place a pea-sized dot of hot glue slightly away from the edge of your material. Let it dry slightly before you handle it so you don’t burn your hands.
Warning: Use caution with hot glue. Try not to get it on your hands as it can burn your fingers.
Fold 1 end of the ribbon onto the glue in a right angle. Take the edge of the ribbon nearest the hot glue and fold it in once toward the rest of the ribbon. Make a right angle with the point of the triangle at the top of your material. Press down slightly on the material to make sure the glue bonds with it.
Apply another dot of hot glue on the fold of the ribbon. Use your hot glue gun to apply a pea-sized amount of hot glue on the fold that you just made. Make sure it is mostly centered to ensure that your rose will be even.
Place the tip of your glue gun directly onto your material to make sure the glue doesn’t create strings.
Crease the ribbon onto the hot glue creating another triangle. Hold the ribbon horizontally. Take the folded part of the ribbon and fold it in half on top of the hot glue. Press down on the glue slightly so that it sticks together. Create a rolled top part of the ribbon that looks like the center of a rose.
Roll the folds in toward the rest of the ribbon and add hot glue. Keep using the same technique of rolling the ribbon inward while making it stick with pea-sized dots of hot glue every 2 inches (5.1 cm). Hold the ribbon horizontally the entire time. Keep the folds tight so that they combine to look like a rose.
Keep the top part of the ribbon folded over so that there are no edges showing in your rose.
Glue the excess ribbon to the base of the flower. Take the tail of the ribbon that is hanging out from behind your rose and glue it to the bottom of your rose. Put a dot of hot glue on the inside of the tail so that you can’t see it.
You can twist the tail around itself once if you don’t want the frayed edge to show.