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Win, Place, Show Rosette Centerpiece; a Derby Craft Idea

Create a unique and colorful centerpiece for your table with our Derby-themed Win, Place, Show Paper Award Rosettes.

paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

Several years ago I created a set of Win, Place, Show paper award rosettes to add to my Kentucky Derby home decorations. I shared this article at that time, but without detailed instructions for how to make the Derby award rosettes.

To help out all of you that have asked (and it was A LOT of you!), I have updated this post to include more detailed instructions. If the Kentucky Derby is not your thing, these paper award ribbons would also make great decorations for an Equestrian birthday party or another event.

This would also be a fun Derby classroom project for kids or teens if supervised. The project does use hot glue, so be sure to not allow the kids to do that part of the project.

I’ve also included a free printable with Win, Place & Show and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for you. Find out how to get it below.

About the Decorations

paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

In Horse Racing, the first place horse Wins, the 2nd place horse Places, and the 3rd place horse Shows.  Hence;  Win, Place, Show are terms you hear a lot at the track. These award rosettes can be added to a wreath or hung on a door or on decorative jars as I have done for mine.

paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

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paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

Step One: Create Paper Award Rosettes

Create simple paper prize ribbons using three 12″ wide scrapbook paper strips. We have a detailed tutorial on our site that teaches you how to make simple award ribbons.

You’ll need 3 strips of paper to create the largest rosette. If you want a smaller rosette use two strips of paper.

Create the rosettes using various widths of paper strips. I recommend 2″, 3″ & 4″ wide strips. You may need to experiment a bit with your paper and your paper punches before you get the look you want.

I also recommend using a Scoring board for this step and scoring your lines 1/2″ apart.

On some of the rosettes, use a paper punch to add a decorative edge to the ribbons. You need to punch the decorative edge before you fold the paper.

How to make Paper Prize Ribbons and Rosettes on polkadotchair.com

Step Two: Decorate the Rosettes

Print out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and win place show images from the printable. For a bit of extra detail, print them on patterned cardstock. To do this you’ll first need to trim your cardstock down to 8 1/2″ x 11″ to fit in your printer.

(add a square of cardstock to the back of the rosette to secure it in place).

Cut out the circles from paper for the center of the ribbons. If the included printable circle is not large enough to cover the center of the rosette, layer it with a larger circle cut from plain cardstock or a round paper doily.

(an example of a rosette with glitter added, this particular rosette was created for our book page wreath)

Embellish with small plastic horses, glitter & ribbon. For the tails of the award ribbons, I used a combination of cut strips of scrapbook paper and 1″ wide silk ribbon.

paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

Step Three: Display

Using hot glue, attach a ribbon to the back of the rosette which will allow you to hang it on a jar or a door.

If you’d like to attach your rosette to a wreath, you can do so with hot glue. If you want the rosette to be removable, I recommend gluing a bit of floral wire to the back of the rosette and using the wire to attach it to the wreath.

DIY Kentucky Derby Wreath- cute decoration for Derby Day!

(rosette attached to a simple wreath)

paper prize ribbon on jar in living room

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  1. These prize ribbons are gorgeous! I love the colors and punches you used to make them extra fancy. As for the little horses, totally keep them on there. They are the perfect added touch!

  2. I wouldn’t change a thing…..your prize ribbons look fabulous! Enjoy all the festivities this weekend you lucky Kentucky girl!

  3. I just found your website and I love all the cute Derby things you make. I live in Louisville as well and am always looking for new decor for my derby party. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  9. How did you make scallops on the edges of the. Folded paper? Pinch before or after folding? Paper punches? So pretty and want to make them for quilt show awards with sewing theme. Thanks.

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