How To Draw A Banner Ribbon

Here are simple step-by-step instructions for how to draw a banner ribbon –the easy way. 

This step by step tutorial will take you through the drawing process of making simple banners using basic shapes.

There are many different banners, including curvy, wavy, and even double.

Three fully drawn banner ribbons- straight, wavy and vintage ribbon.

We will show you how to draw a banner ribbon that is straight and wavy.

And we’ll show you how to add some basic details to turn your banner into a vintage ribbon.

The first ribbon is a simple straight banner.

For other fun drawing tutorials, take a look at how to draw a Mason jar, and a house key!

Materials For How to Draw A Banner Ribbon –Straight and Wavy

  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener

Step-By-Step Guide For How To Draw A Banner Ribbon That Is Straight

Each step for how to draw a banner ribbon- marked by doted lines

Step 1. Create The Main Rectangle Of The Banner

first step for how to draw a banner ribbon- with dotted lines

First, draw two horizontal lines.

Step 2. Add Sides

two more lines draw, vertically

Now close the sides and draw two parallel lines vertically at each end. This gives you a straight rectangle.

Step 3. Draw The Banner Ribbon Edges

an l-shape drawn to make the banner ribbon's edges

Make a straight line at each end of the banner that starts part way down the side.

Then draw a vertical line that nearly touches each side of the banner and stops at the bottom line of the rectangle to make an l-shape. 

Step 4. Add The Bottom Line Of The Ribbon Edge

the bottom line of hte ribbons edge

Next, draw a straight line on each side that starts from the outside edge of the l-shape and continues inside the rectangle slightly.

Step 5. Draw The V-Cut Shape On The Ribbon Banner Edges

v-groove shape marked by dotted lines

Draw a diagonal line from the bottom and top line of the ribbon’s edges that meet in the middle to create a v-shape.

Step 6. Close The Folds Of The Ribbon’s Ends

fold lines drawn

Now connect the ribbon edges to the rectangle.

To do this, draw a curved line on each side that connects the bottom corner of the rectangle to the bottom line of the ribbon’s edges.

Then add vertical lines from the same corners until they meet the bottom of the rectangle.

Step 7. Add Final Details To The Banner Ribbon

finished line drawing of a banner ribbon that is straight

There are different ways you can add details to your banner ribbon. For example, you can color it or write in a name.

For a vintage ribbon look, check out the final step below for drawing a wavy ribbon.

Step-By-Step Guide For Drawing A Wavy Banner Ribbon 

Now we are going to draw a nice wavy banner ribbon. 

Each step for how to draw a banner ribbon that is wavy- marked by doted lines

Step 1. Draw The Basic Shape Of The Wavy Banner Ribbon

two curved lines parallel to each other drawn with dotted lines in this first step of a banner ribbon tutorial

The wavy banner shape follows a line that curves over and then under. So draw wavy lines parallel to each other and follow the over-under curve.

Ensure the top corners of the wave on the right curve upward and the ones on the left curve downward.

Step 2. Finish The Main Part Of The Banner

two lines closing off the curved lines

Now draw vertical lines on each side of your banner to close the wavy rectangle.

Let the ends of the vertical lines curve slightly to make the corners soft.

Step 3. Draw The Banner Ribbon Edges

l-shaped dotted lines to make the banner's edges

The first step in making the ribbon’s ends is to draw an l-shape that starts near the top of your banner and points outward.

The vertical line in the l-shape runs immediately next to the side of the banner.

Step 4. Make The Bottom Of The Banner Edge

a bottom line drawn

Draw wavy lines just below the bottom of the rectangle. They begin where the outside of the l-shape line starts and ends slightly inside the rectangle.

Step 5. Complete The Banner Ribbon Tail

a v-groove drawn on the banner ribbon edge with a dotted line

At the bottom of your banner, draw a curved line that connects the bottom of the l-shape to the bottom of the ribbon’s edge.

Step 6. Complete The Fold In The Banner Ribbon’s Edges

short lines connecting the ribbon's folds

Draw short lines that start at the bottom of the ribbon edges and meet at the bottom of the rectangle.

This is where the ribbon folds. These lines should follow the same curve as the sides of the rectangle.

Step 7. Add Finishing Touches To The Wavy Banner Ribbon

finished line drawing of a wavy banner ribbon

Feel free to color in the banner and add a name.

short hatch lines on a banner ribbon drawn for a vintage look

To turn the banner into a vintage ribbon, draw small lines at the ends of your banner.

Do this at the ends of your banner and the top of the fold marks. The lines should be slightly different widths.

Also, add a few longer lines at the top and bottom of the rectangle where it starts to curve downward.

Don’t forget to Pin it for later!

How To Draw A Banner Ribbon

This step by step tutorial will take you through the process showing how to make a straight and a wavy banner ribbon using basic shapes.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • pencil
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • piece of paper

Tools

  • Please see the full materials list above the tutorial for details and links.

Instructions

  1. Step-By-Step Guide For How To Draw A Banner Ribbon That Is Straight
  2. Create The Main Rectangle Of The Banner With Parallel Lines
  3. Add Sides By Drawing Two Vertical Lines
  4. Draw The Banner Ribbon Edges And Start With An L-shape
  5. Add The Bottom Line Of The Ribbon Edge
  6. Draw The V-Cut Shape On The Ribbon Banner Edges
  7. Close The Folds Of The Ribbon’s Ends With A Short Curved Line
  8. Add Final Details To The Banner Ribbon And Color It

    Step-By-Step Guide For Drawing A Wavy Banner Ribbon
  9. Draw The Basic Shape Of The Wavy Banner Ribbon
  10. Finish The Main Part Of The Banner With Two Vertical Lines
  11. Draw The Banner Ribbon Edges As An L-shape
  12. Make The Bottom Of The Banner Edge
  13. Complete The Banner Ribbon Tail With A V-shape
  14. Draw Two Short Curved Lines To Complete The Fold In The Banner Ribbon’s Edges
  15. Add Finishing Touches To The Wavy Banner Ribbon And Color It Or Add Small Lines For A Vintage Ribbon Feel