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Tutorial: 5 Minute DIY Floral Top with May Arts Ribbon

3 December 2012 10,210 views 73 Comments

by heather

5 minute DIY floral top

Need a pretty little thing to wear to your next holiday party? Look no further than this embellished satin tank top and romantic ribbon and pearl necklace. The tank top literally takes five minutes to make (not including warming up your glue gun!). Put on a blazer, and this top would look great at work, too! I used a dollar store pearl necklace and ribbon to make the simple-yet-pretty necklace. I think they're the perfect combination!

The secret of this quick and easy DIY floral top? Shabby Floral ribbon from May Arts.

I recently got a huge haul of beautiful ribbon from May Arts, and for the last several weeks, I've had a blast coming up with pretty ribbon craft projects. I asked on the Dollar Store Crafts Facebook page, and a lot of fans wanted to see the 5 Minute DIY Floral Top, so that's what I am bringing you today. Want to make your own top?

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Tutorial: 5 Minute DIY Floral Top

5 minute diy floral top

Floral Top Project Materials:

  • Tank top, on hand or $1 and up
  • 1 yard or so of Shabby Flowers Ribbon by May Arts (about 15+ flowers), $4 a yard
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks OR fabric glue, on hand
  • Scissors

Total: $5 and up

may arts ribbon

About the Supplies: I found the tank top in a box ready to go to Goodwill -- it's a polyester satin camisole. You probably already have one in your closet, but if you don't, you should be able to pick one up at a thrift store or a women's clothing store. OR, use any t-shirt or tank top you already have on hand for a slightly less formal (but still very cute) look. Get the ribbon at a local fabric store, or on Etsy by the yard.


flower applique ribbon

1. The shabby flowers come by the yard on wired chiffon ribbon. Cut the flowers off of the wired section of the ribbon. You can leave the flowers attached to each other. Just cut around the flower, and leave some chiffon around them. It doesn't have to be cut perfectly, as the chiffon will just add a nice texture when it's attached to the tank top.

2. Lay the flowers out around the collar of the tank top as desired.

3. Glue flowers on with hot glue or fabric glue. (Choose fabric glue if you will be washing the shirt frequently. Since I was using a dry clean only shirt, I just went with hot glue).

5 minute diy floral ribbon applique

4. I piled some flowers on near the bottom of the v-neck in a haphazard way to keep it from looking too perfect.

How to Make the Ribbon & Pearl Necklace:

diy floral top and pearl necklace

Project Materials:

Total: $1 and up

white velvet metallic ribbon

Image from (and buy this ribbon) at ThePaperSandbox on Etsy

About the Supplies: I got this pearl necklace at the $1 booth at a jewelry and accessories show (like the kind that comes to your town's convention center once a year), but you probably already have an unloved necklace on hand, or find one at the thrift store or dollar store. I used some gorgeous white metallic velvet ribbon from May Arts (get it by the yard for about $1.25), but you can use any ribbon you already have on hand, including ribbon you find at the dollar store.

pearl ribbon necklace

1. Cut two pieces of ribbon about 18 inches each.

2. Hot glue the end of one ribbon to the end of one side of the necklace. Repeat for other ribbon on other side of necklace.

3. Cut a piece of ribbon about 3 inches long, and hot glue and wrap around the place where the ribbon is glued to the necklace. This will make a nice clean connection and cover up the end of the necklace.

4. Embellish necklace if desired: you can add bows, brooches, buttons, flowers, etc. to the connection between the ribbon and the necklace. I left this necklace plain to go with the floral top.

5. Tie ribbons to wear the necklace.

5 minute diy floral top and necklace

ENDED: May Arts Ribbon Giveaway

I had a TON of fun creating projects with my May Arts ribbon. This ribbon is high-quality, gorgeous ribbon that adds so much to dollar store creations. Check out a few of the other things we made with this ribbon:

floral ribbon cuff bracelet

Floral Ribbon Cuff Bracelet

ribbon christmas tree

Ribbon Christmas Tree

dollar store christmas mantle

Embellished Dollar Store Velvet Stockings

Just look at all the pretty colors and styles of ribbon available from May Arts:

May Arts Ribbon Rack

Since you can buy it by the yard, May Arts ribbon is an affordable way to add high quality to your dollar store crafts:

may arts ribbon

Want to get your hands on some May Arts Ribbon? Enter below to win 5 spools -- a $125 value!

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  • Melissa said:

    Great idea for a really cute top!!

  • Melissa said:

    I love the bracelet. I’d like to see how you made that.

  • Katie said:

    The bracelet is super cute, I would love to see that tutorial

  • Amanda said:

    So cute! I can think of several things I would do with that ribbon off the top of my head.

  • Maureen M said:

    Lots of great ideas!

  • Katina said:

    Love how you made over the tank top. So easy and so pretty!

  • Katina said:

    It would help if I read what you wanted me to comment on! I would love to see the Christmas tree next!

  • Amanda Estroff said:

    The Red Christmas tree and the bracelet tutorials.

  • Cara said:

    Wow – I love that floral ribbon.

  • cindi said:

    little girls accessory holder w fun ribbon bling!

  • Sandra C said:

    I’d love to learn how to make the ribbon Christmas trees. They’d look so great on my mantle.

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Wendy said:

    Definitely the ribbon trees! Adorable!

  • Deepa said:

    The ribbon trees, please! So lovely.

  • jenny said:

    great ideas! I have so much ribbon and any ideas are great ones to use it up! (so I can go get more, right?)

  • Madison said:

    I would love to see the stocking tutorial next! They are really high end looking!

  • Kathy said:

    I love those ribbon trees. And thanks for all of the great ideas!

  • Laurie said:

    More ribbon home dec projects, please!

  • Sara D. said:

    show me how to make those trees!

  • Ticia said:

    the tree would be fun to see.

  • Jeanine C said:

    The bracelet is awesome, I’d like to see that tutorial, or the ribbon trees! Thank you. :)

  • Tammy said:

    Definitely the bracelet. Love it.

  • Jennifer M said:

    Love the bracelet.

  • Anne in NC said:

    I’d like to see how to make the ribbon tree, please! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • MelodyJ said:

    I would like to see a ribbon bag.

  • Shannon Hicks said:

    I am a ribbon freak, so this is my dream giveaway!

  • christin said:

    so cute!

  • Kathrynn said:

    More ribbon jewelry please

  • Andrea said:

    Love the christmas ribbon trees!

  • Linda Austin said:

    I love the necklace. I just want to be surprised at what you post next.

    Your fan

  • ashley emmett said:

    christmas gifts made with ribbon!

  • Emily said:

    Love all the beautiful options! :)

  • Tabitha said:

    I’d love to see the Christmas tree tutorial next! It’s so cute!

  • Annie said:

    Ribbons are my favorite! It would be awesome to see more ideas about how ribbons can be used in Christmas gifts.

  • Ginny said:

    Something christmas related or better winter related. Maybe a ribbon tree, wreath, idk something winter/christmas, lol.

  • Vanessa said:

    Homemade gift bags with ribbon would be cute!

  • Samantha said:

    Great idea with the top. Making your own flowers takes FORever.

  • Savannah said:

    I would like to see the bracelet tutorial

  • Jessica Carlson said:

    How not fair to ask a newbie such a question!

  • Tasha said:

    I want to see the ribbon Christmas Tree next! That looks so neat.

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  • Roberta V said:

    Hair bows and ties

  • Sandra said:

    The ribbon Christmas tree would be great!

  • Rachel said:

    I’d love to see the Christmas tree!

  • Kelly F. said:

    I would love to see the bracelet tutorial.

  • Megan ward said:

    I would love to learn how to wrap presents with wired ribbon without creasing the ribbon everywhere.

  • Savanah said:

    Ribbon Garland :)

  • Lizz said:

    Ribbon Tree!

  • Sandy said:

    Beautiful giveaway.

  • andrea said:

    It woudl be cool to see a cute ribbon ring.

  • Annie said:

    I love Ribbon! Thanks for the Chance!

  • Annette said:

    The bracelet. =)

  • Erin said:

    I would love to win!

  • Misty Scott said:

    I love ribbon crafts, Any ribbon craft would be perfect

  • Kelsey said:

    I love clothing tutorials especially to snazz up old clothes that I’ve gotten tired of.

  • Nikki Naz said:

    I’d love to have that ribbon organizer!

  • Yvie said:

    What a cute idea! I realy want to try this!!

  • Jocelyn H said:

    Love the ribbon selection!

  • Joyce C. said:

    The Christmas tree tutorial next please!

  • georgia said:

    Cute tree!

  • Jen S. said:

    All of those ribbons are beautiful!

  • Luci said:

    I love the idea of ribbon-based jewelry! Can we have more tutorials in that line … starting with that flower bracelet, perhaps?

  • DinT said:

    What great crafts and beautiful ribbons!

  • Samantha said:

    Love the necklaces and trees!

  • Margaret said:

    I like the idea but it is a little too flowery for me as is. It would be easy to tone it down with this concept though.

  • Ellen M. said:

    How about some ribbon-embellished home decor – pillows, valences, table runners, etc? Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Laura Stewart said:

    more jewelry kind of things!

  • Kelsey Crimmins-Schneider said:

    I would love to see more ribbon jewelry. Also the ribbon Christmas trees look amazing!!

  • Carmen said:

    I’d love to see how to make your own ribbon flowers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Amy said:

    Scrapbooking with ribbon

  • beth said:

    ribbon tree! so adorable.

  • Bethany Patel said:

    Love working with ribbon!

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