Inside: How to draw a ribbon for all those special occasions when only a perfect ribbon will do. 

Hello Artists! Today we are learning together all about drawing ribbons.

This kind of ribbon is great for adding words or names! You can use it in so many ways:

  • On special cards for showers, weddings or birthdays
  • To sign your own drawings
  • On gifts
  • As a sweet note to a friend or family member

Whatever you want really. You can add flowers to the outside.

There’s so many things you can do with this very simple & fancy drawing.

How to draw a ribbon step-by-step instructions

Supplies you’ll need to draw your ribbon & write in it


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored Pencils/crayons
  • Black Marker, a fancy one is fun too!

Supplies for outline

Artist tip: As with any drawing it’s important to recognize how much space you are working with.

To do this, point to the middle of your paper with your finger or pencil.

This will tell your eyes how much space you have to draw in. It does not have to be exact!

How to draw a ribbon step-by-step

Let’s get started:

Draw wavy lines

Step 1. Draw a gentle wavy line horizontally.

Start with the first half curved up and the second half curved down, but ending in an UP position.

Draw a wavy line

Step 2. Draw the same line about a finger width below the first line.

Then a little further below draw a *slightly smaller* version of the line, two times. You should have 4 lines.

4 wavy lines

Connecting the lines

Step 3. Connect lines 1 & 2 with a slight curved line on each end, then connect lines 3 & 4.

Sketch of ribbon strands

Step 4. At the top/ends of these new shapes draw a curved line that is about 1/4th of the shape.

A wrapped ribbon

Step 5. Draw 2 straight diagonal lines from the middles of the top shape to the top/end of the bottom shape.

Connect the ribbons together

Step 6. Draw curved lines that are about 1/4th of the shape on the bottom/other end of the shapes.

Ribbon Drawing

Drawing ribbon tails

Step 7. At the top, draw an M shape that leans in towards the middle area.

Pencil sketch of a fancy ribbon

Step 8. At the end of the shape draw an upside down M shape that also leans toward the middle area.

How to outline & shadow a ribbon

Outline all the lines with black marker. Erase any extra pencil lines.

The M shapes, half circles and diagonal shape in the middle are behind.

This is where the shadow would go.

How to draw a ribbon

You can color, if you want to! Add words/names or anything you’d like to make it fancy.

You’ve done it and drawn quite the fancy ribbon. Great job!

Let’s see what else we can draw together now… maybe a teddy bear with a heart, because that is also a great project fro drawing in names (especially for kids!).

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