how to make rainbow ribbonHave you had those moments where you wanted some materials, but the delivery cost for it was way too high? That’s what happened when I went hunting for some rainbow ribbon. You would think colourful ribbon, shouldn’t be too hard to find. Turns out, not too many places deliver it in Bombay and when they do, it’s almost double the cost of the ribbon! The spendthrift in me, is never going to be happy with that. So last weekend, we experimented with making some of our own and the results are in! Tell us what you think of our DIY Rainbow ribbon and make some of your own!

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rainbow ribbon diy tutorial

Time taken: To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend making lengths and lengths of this ribbon. It does take time. However, you can speed it up, by using paint brush style colouring pens.

Budget: Low


  • 7 Colour Sketch Pens (one for each colour of the rainbow – Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red)
  • White / Off White Satin Ribbon
  • White paper
  • Magic or regular tape
  • Thin paintbrush
  • Water

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1.Start by placing a white sheet of paper on your work surface and taping it down. The colour from the ribbon can leak and you don’t want to stain your table. Avoid using a newspaper as the ink may mix with the ribbon.

2. Cut your ribbon in parts and spread it flat over your work surface. Tape it on either end. You need to make the ribbon in parts as you need to move fairly quickly while colouring.

3. Draw 6 demarkation lines in the VIBGYOR colours to divide out the sections on the ribbon. This doesn’t have to be exactly the same as they will merge in later. In fact, the yellow section should be wider than the others, as both green and orange tend to spread over it.

4. Colour in each section, as quickly as possible.

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5. Dip your paintbrush and take the smallest amount of water to spread over the violet and red portions of the ribbon. The water will spread quickly, so you don’t need to go over the middle.

6. Run one finger straight over the length of the ribbon, pressing out the excess water and further merging the colours. Let it dry.

7. Repeat the steps for the lengths of ribbon.

8. Iron the ribbon and it’s ready to use!

How to make DIY rainbow ribbon

For the merged colour ribbon, start with your darkest colour and make patches over the length of the ribbon. Then add a contrasting colour around the darker colour in big patches. Continue adding colours and overlapping them slightly. Use the tiniest amount of water, wherever needed to merge the ribbon. Let it dry and iron to complete.

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Easy to make diy ribbon

How do you like our DIY Rainbow Ribbon? Let us know how you like them, in the comments below 🙂 Have a great week ahead!