Creating a ribbon only by using CSS



January 06, 2020

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Hey guys! 😁
Today I'll show you how to create a classic ribbon with some CSS. Ribbons are a fancy element that are commonly used in things like pop-ups, headers, etc. I'll show you how to do a pretty basic one but you can then easily customize it for it to look whatever you want to.

In terms of HTML we only need a div with the class 'ribbon' and inside it we'll have a span wrapping all of our text.

<div class="ribbon"> <span>Follow on Instagram!</span> </div>

Then we need some CSS to get things going. I won't go into much detail on this styles, because all of the rules are pretty straightforward. Basically what we're doing here is using the pseudo-elements 'before' and 'after' on our div and on our span to be able to create the ribbon flaps.

.ribbon { position: relative; width: 70%; color: #fff; background: #8225E2; text-align: center; padding: 15px 20px; font-size: 15px; border-radius: 2px; letter-spacing: .1em; } .ribbon:before, .ribbon:after { content: ""; position: absolute; bottom: -15px; border: 23px solid #6814bf; z-index: -1; } .ribbon:before { left: -30px; border-right-width: 23px; border-left-color: transparent; } .ribbon:after { right: -30px; border-left-width: 23px; border-right-color: transparent; } .ribbon span:before, .ribbon span:after { content: ""; position: absolute; border-style: solid; border-color: #340b5f transparent transparent transparent; bottom: -15px; } .ribbon span:before { left: 0; border-width: 15px 0 0 15px; } .ribbon span:after { right: 0; border-width: 15px 15px 0 0; }

Then, on these pseudo-elements we mess around with their borders, and apply them a transparent color on some of the sides so we can create all those edges and even those shadows that we see on the ribbon .
Hope you liked this tip and let me know your doubts! 😎🤘