A friend gave me this flower ring and necklace, when she handed them to me I thought they were porcelain–there’s a very vintage feel to them. From a distance you really can’t tell that they’re made out of rick rack! Yes, rick rack!

She shared how to make them with me, and now I’m sharing with all of you readers! The wow of the rosette comes from a few simple steps! She found this tutorial, in Portuguese I believe.

First, cut 2 strips of rick rack. She said that the medium sized rick rack works the best–so that’s what I’ve used. No need to find out for myself, I’m taking her word for it. I cut the rick rack 10-12″, depending on how big of a flower I want to end up with.

Then twist the two pieces of rick rack together, like this.

And then run a stitch down one side to hold it all together.

Like so.

And to make the flower, you just start from one end and roll it up. I add small dots of hot glue, just to keep it all together.

Keep rolling.

Until you have this–and then tuck the little tail under and hot glue it down. I also glue a small circle of felt or fleece on the back, just to finish it off. To make your flower wearable glue it on a ring blank, a necklace, or on clips for little girl’s hair. Can you think of other fun places to put these rosettes?

You’ll notice all of the petals are closed, so to open them up you just peel them back one by one. Until it looks like a flower. As you wear it, the petals tend to close up, so re-opening it will be necessary. Unless you prefer it closed of course.

And here it is on my finger. A totally crafty cocktail ring.


(Please excuse my hands, my hand model moved to Indiana, so I’m left using what I’ve got 🙂



  1. This is the cutest thing ever. My husband just bought me my first sewing machine and I think this might be one of my first projects. Thank you for sharing the tutorial! 🙂

  2. There are so many flower tutorials out there, and this is a great one! Ric rac, who would have guessed? Thanks for the tutorial!!

  3. Just ANOTHER reason why I need a sewing machine! LOL! I love it!

  4. Nikkala! That is the coolest thing ever! I totally love it and want to buy ric rac in every color now. Great tutorial!

  5. This is so cool!! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. WHOA!! These are fantastic!!! 🙂

  7. OH MY WORD ALIVE. So cute Nik, you are one naughty crafty cat!! Love it!!

  8. Nikkala! This takes the CAKE!

  9. LOVE this! How unique and fun! I’ll be featuring it on my blog at the end of the month – all credit linked back here!



  10. Thank you so much for these directions. I saw these made up someplace and purchased my ric rac yesterday wondering if I’d get it together right. Well thanks to you I can practice correctly.

  11. this is SO cool I can’t wait to try it out

  12. Love this! Can’t wait to make some cute hair barrettes for my daughter using this method. They would make a great bouquet if you could wire them up in some way? Maybe hold the wire in the center before you start twisting? I am thinking cute Mother’s Day rosette bouquet!

  13. LOVE this! Bookmarking for future reference 🙂

  14. These are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

  15. LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  16. Oh my!! Totally lovin’ it!

  17. So very cute! I am going to have to try these with my bags of ric rac… I inherited my granny’s collection and have tons of it!

  18. This is sooo creative and fun. May have to try it out for myself!!

    thanks for sharing

  19. OMG thoes are awesome!!! Thank you so much!

  20. OMG those are awesome!!! Thank you so much!

  21. those are fun! i like the idea of a bouquet for mother’s day…totally going to try it!

  22. Awesome idea! I love it! I was just wondering how you made it into the ring. What you used on the back to be able to wear it. Thanks!

    • Hydi, I found ring blanks in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby. The official name is ‘ring with pad’. It’s a ring with a flat round disc on top.

  23. So awesome, seriously creative!

  24. Oh my word – love everything about these! Talk about a great gift idea!

  25. rockin’ tutorial! I need to give these a go.

  26. so cute, I must try this. I’d really like to see a better picture of the necklace though.

  27. melinda ke Says: March 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    These are so cool, thank you for the great idea!

  28. Love this idea! However where did you find your blank rings to mount them on?

  29. simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing will make one for sure

  30. This is so cute! Can’t wait to try to make one too.

  31. jimmye wolfe Says: March 23, 2011 at 3:01 am

    preciouse little idea! rick rack – to top it off!! thanks so much for sharing.

  32. That looks like a very quick and easy way to make frog closures as well!

  33. xade boreal Says: March 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee

  34. wow really cool! you could starch it to keep it open forever, and i would try using two different shades of red. brilliant little ring.

  35. too stinkin’ cute!!! will be making MANY of these:)

  36. thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

    ps- your hand modeling looks great! (your comment reminded me of my mom and i though which made me giggle!)

  37. So cute! And so simple to make too. Thanks for sharing

  38. Love your rick rack flowers, was about to make some myself and didn’t know about the trick of combining two strips together for a totally different look!
    Thanks so much for sharing and would love to see on at my international crafty linking party, Craft Schooling Sunday, which opens Saturday (night for me, day maybe for you) and is open atleast until Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

  39. what a great idea!! thanks for sharing. 🙂

  40. Jennifer Says: March 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I have seen many, MANY flower tutorials using fabric scraps, t-shirts, etc…but these are simple and beautiful! Wonderful ideas..thanks so much for the clear instructions and the lovely little flowers. I’m going to run out and buy rick rack..

  41. Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I just featured it on my blog http://www.auntielolocrafts.blogspot.com

  42. This is adorable!!! Just love it!!! Thank you!

  43. very cool idea, thank you!

  44. Wow. These are awesome! Thank you for sharing!!!

  45. I can not wait to try this out. Thanks for a great tut.

  46. These are gorgeous and look so easy to make!! I love things like that, simple but just beautiful. I can’t wait to make my own, I have lots of rick rack!! 😀
    Thank you!
    Best wishes

  47. I hate rick rack… but I LOVE this!

    I featured your DIY on my blog.


    Thanks for making me see rick rack in a different way.

    • I agree! I have always HATED ric rac. This is the first time I’ve seen it used and it hasn’t made me want to run away!

  48. These are wonderful!!! So cute! 😀 Thanks for sharing the idea!

  49. […] of this weeks fab five is these cute rick rack rosettes from The Crafting Chicks.  I really need to figure out what is wrong with my sewing machine so I can make some of these! […]

  50. […] Sweet Rick Rack Rosettes.I think terrariums are so cute. I gotta make one. Or two.Starburst Dining Room Mirror…Brilliant.New on my inspiration list from two of my favorite peeps. Suzonne Stirling’s beautiful doily stenciled eggs. Stunning.I’m hooked on following Centsational Girl’s Alma Project.Reminiscing about the blogger’s weekend spent at this amazing beach house last month.Obsessing over the things I could do with the new Bitty Bags. […]

  51. […] From the crafting chicks: […]

  52. Awesome!!! I can’t wait to make one! Thanks, Nikkala!!

  53. this is so beautiful, thanks for sharing, found your link on: justsomethingImade.com

  54. I just discovered this project from a link on Twitter – I am in love with that ring, I can’t wait to try this on my own. Thank you for sharing!

  55. Jenn Lucas Says: April 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for this tutorial – it is so cute! I know how to make all kinds of rolled flowers – ribbon, fabric, etc., etc., etc., but I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve seen this one.

  56. How lovely! My mother had a pearl necklace many yrs ago with similar roses on it. Immediatley, I thought of this necklace when I came across your post. What a neat idea…..and to think with rick rack! Awesome!

  57. I have seen a lot of flower tuts, but I really like this one. I may have to make a few and make some sort of hair accessory for myself. Really pretty outcome!

  58. Oh how lovely and simple! I would have never thought of it! Thanks for sharing and may the Lord bless your week! Laura Rhodes

  59. […] wonder if this flower was made in green, if it would look more like an artichoke? Crafty Chicks’ tutorial on their blog will show y0u how to make this vintage-looking […]

  60. love the rose you make i use make rose;s out of ribbions i take my stuff to the hospital when i had i have to 9to 13 days most times so i make lots of crafts the hospital and would give them away . this lady siister wasin the hospital and she was very sick she knock on my door andask tocomei said ok she said i hear your makeing flowers out ribbions i yesi am she said mayi buy one from you see my sister very sister and havingto moved to aother hospital she i just wanted give her asmall gift i wasso happy come and asked i happy togive her and her sister
    to play with crafts not only help you passthe time away but we can put smile on others faces with our crafts . i am learing jewerly madeing i enjoy just shareing with others and i want say thank you for share with allof us . i try rember to dropin to vist here love yyour blog . god bless all

  61. buenisimo, me encanto!!!

  62. adorable!

  63. Alexandra Says: April 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I think your hands are great!

  64. These would be great in different spring colors on a wreath mixed with other fabric flowers. Great tutorial!!!

  65. […] should!  There is even more sharing going on over there.),  you would have read my mention of the rick-rack roses tutorial over at The Crafting Chicks. photo courtesy of The Crafting […]

  66. Thank you for sharing this tut! I am going to make these and glue them to my ugly hair clips. They are the only things that hold my hair, but ewwww, very ugly! I know this will dress them right up! I am glad I found you!

  67. Chelsea Says: May 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    What a cute idea! I can’t wait to try this. I think I’m going to make some and sew them on throw pillows or maybe stitch to a knitted scarf.


  68. Thanks so much for the GREAT tutorial. It’s so easy to follow. I can’t wait to make some of these for myself.

  69. I love these!! They are so pretty! I used them on a throw pillow I made for spring! (I linked to you too. 😉 Here’s the link if you want to check them out! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/05/spring-zig-zag-ric-rac-pillows/

    • Beverly, your pillows are so stinking cute! Thanks for linking back. I went ahead and shared them on Facebook and Twitter. Love them!

  70. brilliant idea! thanks so much for sharing it! : )

  71. c’est une très bonne idée, j’aime beaucoup,
    bonne journée, Jocelyne

  72. These roses are the cutest and sweetest things I have seen! Thanks for sharing!

  73. Merci pour le tuto de ces superbes roses. Amitiés Monique

  74. These are absolutely fabulous, I love them and can’t wait to have a try at making them.

    I have put a link on my blog because they are the my favourite thing I’ve come across this week!


  75. […] Rosen aus Zackenlitze […]

  76. […] The tut is here. […]

  77. RebekahSue Says: June 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I love this! Although it uses a sewing machine and I am not lucky enough to have one. Any suggestions on how to do it without one? Love these though!

  78. hi!!
    thank you for your tutorial …
    Your hands are beautiful ;o)

  79. Es precioso !!!!!

    Muchas gracias y un besito desde Barcelona !

  80. obrigada pela florzinha, amei. vou tentar fazer
    beijos e ate mais

  81. cute idea! think hot glue or glue dots would work instead?

  82. I am normally the farthest thing from a fan of rickrack, but you may just have made a believer of me with this tutorial. I think I might have to bend my will and (gasp) go out and buy some rickrack, just for these! Thanks for the rickrack conversion! 🙂

  83. Susan Ayers Says: July 6, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Ok I officially love this but I have a question… What can I use or how can I wrap this to make it stay semi open, such as on your ring? I am planning on a few of these as decorations on a display but I don’t want to have to continually reopen them?

  84. […] Nikkala’s Rick Rack Rosettes […]

  85. Valerie Says: July 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This is so cute! I just made this and hot glued it to a ring I had. The only problem I had was that the finished product was really bulky and kind of heavy. But that’s a small price to pay for something so cute.

  86. Your hands look like your model was wasted money!! Thank you for such a great idea. I just love this and will begin testing it immediately. I detest those natty mini roses from WalMart. These will work much, much better. I think a twist of green on each side will make leaves.

  87. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing such a clear tutorial!

  88. I adore this! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I have some rick rack in my craft room, think I’ll try this when the kids go down for a nap! 🙂

  89. Mary Kathryn Says: August 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I have extra ric rac and am going to try attaching it to a bobby pin and making a clip for my daughters!! Love it, thanks!

  90. Jill Young Says: August 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Isn’t there a product that is kinda like Mod Podge but makes fabric flowers look like porcelain when dipped in the product? I wonder how these would look like that?
    I think that they would look great on a headband too.

  91. […] Rick Rack Rosettes […]

  92. That’s a wonderful idea! I absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  93. Oooooh! I love these. I can’t wait to try this out.

  94. That is beautiful!
    P.S. Your hands aren’t any worse than mine.

  95. I just made one out of my leftover turquoise rick rack and i Love how it turned out! here’s a pic –> http://alexandriajette.blogspot.com/2011/09/easy-crafting.html

  96. we did something similar, but i’d like to try this one as well!


  97. My son is getting married next month and the wedding has a “vintage” theme. We are having the rehearsal dinner at a beach house – I think I will make many of these in the wedding colors and scatter them on the tables etc. These are adorable!

  98. Quelle belle idée, je pense que je vais m’en servir! Merci!

  99. It’s a very good idea…the result is beautiful.
    Bravo et félicitations. Merci pour le tuto

  100. […] rac rosettes. They are so fun and make the best chunky rings in every color you can come up with! Here’s the link ! Awesome tut Crafting Chicks! Here’s what we came up […]

  101. […] was looking for something to do with some extra rick rack and came across this tutorial and decided to give it a […]

  102. I do love your rick rack rosettes. However, I would like to print out the directions and cannot figure out how w/out printing all the extra pages of comments. Can you help me w/ that? Thanks, Cindy.

  103. janet wilson Says: November 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Fascinating – love them and feek very intrigued to try making one :o)

    Thank you for the inspiration!!

  104. I’ve been making theserosettes and attaching them to stretch lace and making them into bracelets for my daughters. They look so delicate on their cute little arms.

  105. Wow! I love this! 😀

    The funny thing about it is: I’m from Brazil and saw this tutorial here first! That one you linked is in Brazil’s portuguese! I’m so proud of it! 😛

    Thank you for sharing! I’m going right now get my rick racks! 😀

  106. wow..Love your clear and concise directions. 5 stars for the authors and photographers!!

  107. […] 1. Rick Rack Rosettes […]

  108. Awesome!! can’t think of any other word to describe…Brilliant work…neat and beautiful…

  109. this is a wonderful idea, can hardly wait to try it out…ty~

  110. […] To make your flower wearable glue it on a ring blank, a necklace, or on clips for little girl’s hair. Rick Rack Rosettes […]

  111. […] gift ideas,how-to,jewelry This Christmas I made a ton of the Rick Rack Rosettes Nikkala posted last year.  I just loved them and they are so fun to […]

  112. That is sew cute I just Stumbled upon you….and joined up..I’d like to invite you to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday….have a lovely weekend!

  113. hello ladies, I loved this rosette idea, but I can’t braid my rick rack 🙁 I make a mess on it every time I try to.
    can you please help me. I really want to do it, I bought several rick rack packs and I don’t want them to get wasted.
    thanks 🙂

  114. […] around, but didn’t understand how they were made until right this very minute.  Thanks to The Crafting Chicks for excellent directions on their Rick Rack […]

  115. I love this tutorial. Thank you for taking your time to share this with us. I made a red rose ring and love it. I did share a picture of my finished project and a link to your blog post.


    Thanks again!

  116. great!!! I love it ♥

  117. […] Link to tutorial:  The Crafting Chicks  http://thecraftingchicks.com/2011/03/rick-rack-rosettes.html […]

  118. This is a lovely tutorial and the flowers are so sweet. Thank you for sharing.

  119. What a clover idea!Thanks alot!

  120. […] Rick Rack Rosettes – StumbleUpon is the author of this post. Wanna know more about the Chicks? […]

  121. […] Rick Rack Rosettes is the author of this post. Wanna know more about the Chicks? Click here . 🙂 (Please excuse my hands, my hand model moved to Indiana, so I’m left using what I’ve got […]

  122. […] ric rac rosettes from the crafting chicks  ric rac flowers from craftiness is not optional ric rac rose ring from the ribbon retreat ric rac bunting from i {heart} naptime strawberries and ric rac garland from simple serendipities fabric party hat from craft blog ric rac birthday cake from living locurto ric rac dahlias from knick knacks and ric rac spring zig zag ric rac pillow from flamingo toes zig zag table runner from knitty bitties […]

  123. […] Two lengths of rick-rack twisted around each other and then rolled up. (here’s another tutorial) This is the technique I used for my roses. The only difficulty is […]

  124. This is great. I love it. I will definetly try to make some. Thanks a lot.

  125. […] Credit Source: Ric Rac Rolled Flower […]

  126. Stupendous!
    I really like the result of the rick rack ^_^.
    I think I will make a headband with this rosettes.
    You inspire me. Thanks a lot.

  127. This is great! Luv it!! I think they would dress up a plain purse or tote bag or of course, on wreaths. I’ve been making felt flowers. The scalloped edges really make these look nice.

  128. […] with this humble little garnish. Aside from edging, it’s frequently used as a flower stem, the flower itself, and here it’s even a cute caterpillar. I admit that I haven’t branched out with it […]

  129. The rose is SUPERB! I might never make it as I have never seen that rick-rack in our shops, but I loved the idea.

    What I actually wanted to say was that you should never EVER apologize for what you are or what you have. Those hands you apologize for made this wonder! It is what they can do, not how they look like that really matters. And you should be proud of this!

  130. These are great! So easy to make…I’m making these as a part of an arrangement for my wedding decoration. Instead of going out and spending extra for a can of starch, I used hairspray that I had left over from years ago to stiffen the petals up and keep them open! Works great, I just put on a few extra layers in between dryings for extra stiffness.

  131. I’ve made these rickrack roses for years but didn’t think to sew one edge to keep it together just glued as I rolled. This will be far messier! Thanks!

  132. I’ve tried this last night… what should I say…
    Awsome!!!!! I Love this!
    Thank you so much for this idea!!!
    Many greetings from Germany (Frankfurt)

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  134. These are so beautiful…they actually look vintage. Can’t believe they are made so simply. You’re clever! Thanks for sharing this. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

  135. Faye Cox Says: August 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    This is a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing. It brought back memories of when I was a teanager and my brother and I used rickrack to gather one side and make earrings and even sold some. Back then you could buy the screw-on type earring backs and we would glue them on the backs of the rickrack. It would look like a cup and saucer. I cannot remember exactly how we made them but your idea is just great.

  136. sara octaviano Says: September 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I am making these in variation of shades of pink to put on a diaper cake for a baby girl! Thank you for idea.

  137. lindamarcella Says: November 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    thank you so much for sharing this. I have been looking for patterns to make accessories for my suit jackets and to make for my god child who wears very classic dresses but loves glittery shoes and hair bows. I can see this used either in her hair or as a shoe decoration. If you have any other suggestions kindly forward them.

  138. […] Now that is quite a tongue twister! When I saw this tutorial over at The Crafting Chicks, I instantly fell in love!! Soooooo….I had to make one for […]

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  140. I saw this and had to try it out. Not as perfect as yours but thanks for the inspiration 🙂 you can see the results here http://goo.gl/XcrmL

  141. I had vowed to have a flower free wedding. Until now. These are great! I’m going to do a bouquet, several rings, and several boutonnieres! Yay!

  142. Thanks for sharing .

  143. […] really love this handmade Rosette Ring from The Crafting Chicks, it absolutly Lovely and very easy to make, so check it out: Click […]

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  145. […] Ric Rac Rosettes from The Crafting Chicks Crepe Paper Ranunculas from Twigg Studios […]

  146. DignA WILSON Says: April 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    i really love it..thanks for sharing..love you idea of the ring..saving this instructions for later…im going to do some for my grandgirls…..

  147. […] Tutorial des fleurs en croquet sur le blog de the crafting chicks. […]

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  149. […] vintage look rosettes out of rick rack to make a necklace or ring. Get the Rick Rack Rosettes tutorial from The Crafting […]

  150. […] We decided to embellish two of them. On one of them, Emily {suzanne} made a sweet little mini ric rac flower, burning the ends of the ric rac to prevent fraying. She learned several valuable lessons during […]

  151. I was looking for inspiration on making fabric flowers, I am a florist anyway but wanted something unique as I couldn’t find tartan flowers! Now I know! Thank you for sharing :0)

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  154. Jan Murry Says: July 17, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Thanks so much – I’m envisioning a grouping of three to make a lovely brooch. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maryellen Baughman Says: October 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Would love to see how your brooch turned out…I don’t have a sewing machine, but am going to see what I can do about working without the rick rack …. maybe I’m dreaming! LOL!

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