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DT Challenge Finalist – Karen Baker

Chrysanthemum Flowers

Congratulations to finalist Karen Baker of The Bald Dragonfly for her Chrysanthemum Flowers tutorial:


Chrysanthemums symbolize friendship and cheerfulness, a representation of them is a fine addition to a card a birthday card or package, a get well project or gift. You can make them yourself in any color or size!



These beautiful and full chrysanthemum flowers are really quick, easy and fun to make. Here’s what you need to get started:



  • May Arts Ivory Silk Ribbon in the 1.25 width (SK09)
  • Scissors
  • Spray Mist
  • Distress Inks
  • Squirt Bottle
  • Punched stiff paper circles
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun (not pictured)
  • Heating Gun, as desired



First, cut a length of ribbon approximately 12 inches and fold lengthwise. Squirt the ribbon with water to keep the fold. Onto a craft mat or a sheet of wax paper, spray mist over your ribbon to the desired color. Heat to dry ribbon, if desired.

TIPS: 1. For a more aged look, add distress ink in a few choice spots.

           2. The color of your ribbon will lighten as it dries.

           3. Heat with heat gun to quicken drying time.


Next, cut slits 1/8 in. apart the whole length of your ribbon, on the fold side. Be careful to not cut through to the open fold.



After applying glue onto the center of your paper punched circle, quickly wrap your ribbon in a tight cone, place onto the base and then concentrically sweep the ribbon around the center, adding more glue to adhere the ribbon to the paper.



Once you’ve gotten the desired diameter of your flower, simply clip the remaining ribbon close to the paper base and tuck any extra under your flower petals with a final touch of glue.



Here’s a wrapped package showcasing different colors and sizes of the chrysanthemum flower.



Experiment with different colors and kinds of spray mists to achieve a rainbow of flower colors. (No spray mists on hand?-use your distress ink pads.) I use Glue Dots on the back of the paper circle to adhere these flowers in place.

  1. Lagene Sands

    Fantastic tutorial, I will try it soon!

  2. Tammy Frayne

    Wow–this is such a cool technique! I don’t own any spray mists, but I’m going to try it with some other coloured ribbon. I’ll let you know how it turns out Karen!

  3. SJ

    Love to see more of your designs! This is beautiful!

  4. Trinh

    Gorgeous flowers, Karen! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love your style and would love to see you on the May Arts DT!

  5. Tammy H.

    Great tutorial!!!!!!!

  6. Toni

    Beautiful flowers, nice demo to follow.


    cute idea!! I really like it,,,nice work!

  8. heather i

    Wow! What an amazing idea!! The pictures are so detailed, I cannot wait to give this a try!! Karen Baker & May Arts Ribbon rock!!!!

  9. Leigh Ann Baird

    This is so cool! I would have never thought to do this!

  10. Tammy H

    very pretty flowers now I like these more than the paper ones that you roll up love all the handy pictures!!!!

  11. Julie E

    Great technique! I can just imagine these on shabby chic cards. I would never have thought to cut the ribbon like that – so creative!

  12. Dana

    Absolutely amazing.

  13. Jen W.

    Brilliant! I love the effect you get from clipping the ribbon like that. Great tutorial with lots of handy tips!

  14. Elise

    I will NEVER tire of hand created flower work! HOW wonderful to see a {NEW!} way to show off with lovely ribbon, even BIGGER and better than ever! Love your explanation and samples – MEOW! This is a wonderful innovation: I’m TOTALLYINSPIRED! Yee Haw!

  15. Virginia L.

    How awesome!! I love this tutorial! Karen’s work is outstanding!

  16. Crafty Girl

    What a stunning project, love the simplicity of the card, it really makes the flower stand out.

  17. Dana

    Love this!! Something that I will need to try!

  18. Julie Ranae

    We are so thrilled for Karen over at CAS-ual Fridays! She is a fantastic designer and would be a great addition to YOUR team!

  19. Chari M

    These flowers are wonderful, thanks for the tutorial, I must try this…now to just find the right ribbon 🙂

  20. Lynnette

    AMAZING tutorial, and gorgeous projects! Karen is an amazing talent

  21. Laura Davis

    Wow Karen what a stunning project!! You are so talented!

  22. Alice W.

    wonderful technique and such pretty flowers!! thanks for sharing, Karen!

  23. Valerie M

    Wow Karen, these are beautiful! What a great tutorial and gorgeous card.

  24. Janet Zeppa

    A great tutorial and flower!

  25. Courtney K

    awesome tutorial – what a unique flower! and love that card!!

  26. Kelly Sas

    Today my vote is for Karen’s flower!!! LOVE it because it is so totally different than any other ribbon flowers out there!

  27. SuZeQ

    Karen’s flower is to die for. LOVE it!

  28. Charlene

    Nice job on the tutorial, Karen! Love your idea.

  29. Sarah Jay

    Love these flowers. I never would’ve thought to cut into my silk ribbon, but this looks fabulous.

  30. Natalie Elphinstone

    What a great card! but what a fantastic tutorial – so easy to follow along. I’m sure to be trying this out in the future!!

  31. erin

    I was already here, but since Karen is fabulous I’ll let you know that I’m still thinking of woodgrain texture over here… I know I’m suppose to think of flowers and ribbons, but… when inspiration hits it hits. Thanks for the tutorial.

  32. Laurel Beard

    Oh wow. This is just absolutely stunning. I must try this. Not sure if I can pull it off as good as Karen but I am going to give it a try! Thank you for this tutorial and thank you for choosing such a fabulously talented designer as a finalist!

  33. Leeanne

    This is absolutely fabulous Karen, so beautiful. I will have to try making those for sure!!! 🙂

  34. Peggy Cain

    Thanks for the tutorial I love learning how to make new flowers and I especially love them when they are made with ribbon.

  35. joy

    These mums are just gorgeous, Karen! Thanks for such a great tutorial. Will give it a try when time allows!

  36. Annie

    Gorgeous tutorial Karen… Love love love. thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  37. lynn

    congrats, karen! great tut on this beautiful flower!

  38. lynn

    karen, this is a wonderful tut and i simply LOVE this creative and beautiful flower! tfs!

  39. Kathy Skerven

    What a gorgeous flower! Love the tutorial…very easy to follow. Thank you for showing another use for the flowers too! So many uses for May Arts wide ribbon.

  40. Jenny M

    oooo these are fab, I’ll have to try theem and let you know how I get on. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Jenny x

  41. yyam

    Oh my! What a great tutorial Karen! I could so totally do this!!! Gorgeous work!

  42. Nicole

    Very cool flower. This would be so easy to “glam up” or “grunge down”!

  43. Christina MacLaren

    These are gorgeous, Karen! This looks so fun and easy. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on being a finalist!

  44. Lisa Petrella

    FABULOUS tutorial! Those flowers are GORGEOUS! Congratulations on being a finalist, Karen!!! And thanks for sharing this great idea!!!!

  45. ~amy~

    I’m a huge fan of Karen’s work….fabbie blooms and great tut!!!

  46. Jocelyn

    These flowers are incredible! Thanks for the tutorial–I’ll be making some. Congrats, Karen!!!

  47. Trish D

    Those are gorgeous – I love that they’re just a bit shabby, but also very elegant. Thanks for sharing the how-to

  48. Emily Leiphart

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous tutorial, Karen! Both your card and packaging are gorgeous!!

  49. Sherry Eckblad

    Wonderful tutorial and beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing Karen. I might have to try making them.

  50. Pam

    This is beautiful!

  51. Lynn


  52. Jing-Jing Nickel

    That is absolutely clever and I would have never thought to make a flower like that. What a wonderful tutorial, thank you Karen so very much!

  53. Larissa Heskett

    So cute!! I LOVE these flowers and I make them all of the time!! I love using Tattered Angels glimmer mist wih my may arts ribbons as well!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

  54. Jennifer H.

    Very beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

  55. erin


  56. Kristie Maynard

    Very nice. Unique and beautiful and these look easy to make too. TFS!

  57. Kelly massman

    Love the fun look of these and that you gave a tutorial!

  58. Margaret

    Thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial I loved the flower.

  59. Pam Loris

    I think your ribbon flowers are so neat! Love the look of them!

  60. Joy Hager

    These are adorable!

  61. NM

    This is the best entry. It is easy and really cute!

  62. Jingle

    I love this technique you have shared! So pretty!

  63. Kelly

    LOVE this Karen! Congrats on being a finalist!

  64. Jan Hennings

    This is beautiful…great tutorial 🙂


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