I started a project to share, but time got away from me, a car got towed, I procrastinated my work by working on the bathroom and so it’s not finished (neither is my work and neither is the bathroom). But, here are some DIY wreaths that I made last year. They were so easy to make! Cardboard and ribbon – you might even have the supplies already sitting around ready to go.
Editing to participate!
Update: I’m linking to the Wreath Party at Modern Country Style!
Time: About 1 hour (Seriously, it took me longer to type these instructions & add photos!)
Ribbon (I used about 35 feet, thick wired ribbon works best and will save you time!), cardboard, scissors, Xacto-knife, coordinating decorative pick/bow
Instructions & tips:
Trace a dinner plate (or your preferred circle for wreath size) on a piece of cardboard with an Xacto knife. You can also trace and cut out with scissors, but that’s a little more difficult.
Trace a smaller sized salad plate inside the bigger one:
Now, cut ribbon into pieces. I cut about 33 – 12″ strips. You can use any width/length of ribbon. I used 2 1/2 in. Tip: The wider the ribbon, the less work covering the cardboard. I also used wired ribbon so that I could fluff and manipulate the pieces better. 🙂
Next, you don’t
have to notch the ends of your ribbon, but I think it give it more of a wreath-y look. Tip: Don’t be a perfectionist! Layer ends and cut several notches at once to save time!
Now the fun part! Tie the ribbon around the cardboard ring, knots on the outer edge. I did 1 tie not a double knot since my ribbon is wired and stayed. Continue this step until the entire ring is covered. Note: There will still be cardboard showing but we’ll address that in the next step. Tip: For a fuller look, use more ribbon and slide pieces close together.
Next, start another layer filling in the bare spots. This time tie the ribbons in between the first layer to cover up the cardboard. I knotted this layer and place the knot in between the outer and inner edge of the cardboard ring, facing you.
Almost done! Fluff and manipulate the wire ribbon to get a nice shape and to cover all of the cardboard wreath.
Add a bow or the coordinating happy stuff you’ve chosen like holly, pinecones, Christmas ornaments, candy, etc. Here’s an easy to make bow:
Use a l
arge piece of ribbon to tie around the center (hiding the twist tie) and cut desired length of bow “tails”. Fluff!
TA-DA! A beautiful handmade ribbon wreath created with love by your own two hands!
I made one using tulle and the smaller circle cutout for the main bathroom too:
I made an Eddie Ross-inspired ornament wreath last year too. Another easy DIY project with beautiful results. It’s still packed up but I’ll show it to you another time.
Keelie from Red Writing made some cookies for the party…quilt cookies.
Click HERE for the tutorial. So cute!
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