I tend to think a party is not complete without a rocking front door wreath. Sweet Georgia Sweet makes some of my favorite ribbon wreaths, but this year I didn’t have time to order a wreath from Bethany.
So I pulled out one of my wreaths from her and studied it until I hacked this method. Let me tell you: hers are much better made and will last a lifetime. She sews her ribbons in place. That was problem number one for me, because I don’t sew. And that meant a pin-driven solution. So here’s my version of a ribbon wreath that will last long enough for your party! Welcome to your ribbon wreath tutorial.
- 16″ foam wreath with flat sides
- Floral ribbon, 1 1/2″ – two 50 yard rolls
- Floral pins
- Variety of ribbon to match your party theme (satin or grosgrain) – the amount you need depends on your pattern
- Flat head straight pins
- Printable circle, printed at 11″ x 17″ on bright white cardstock
1 – Attach the outdoor ribbon to the foam with a floral pin. I chose outdoor ribbon because it’s less expensive than standard ribbon and you will need a good bit to cover the foam wreath base.
2 – Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping itself as you go. About every quarter turn around the wreath, add a floral pin to secure the ribbon. (You don’t want it to unravel if you drop the wreath as you’re working on it.)
3 – At the end, secure your ribbon with a final floral pin.
4 – Cut the ribbon you’ll use for the first row of loops into 4″ pieces. Fold the ribbon over, position it at about the half-way mark on the wreath, pin the two corners of the ribbon with two straight pins. The first row of loops you add to the wreath will be the outer-most row on the final wreath. The loop should extend past the edge of the wreath about 1/4″.
5 – Arrange your ribbon loops in whatever pattern you like. You can use any width ribbon you like, although of course, working with a wider ribbon will make the project go faster.
6 – Add your second row of ribbons in the same way. However, these ribbon cuts only need to be 3″ long to make a 1.5″ loop. I just kept going back to my ribbon stash and adding more and more colors.
7 – The third row should butt up to the inner edge of the wreath.
8 – Cut an 11″ length of ribbon to serve as your hanger. Fold the ribbon into a U shape and then pin it in place with the floral pins.
9 – Now it’s time to add the printable in the center of your wreath. Set the wreath on the printable and trace the wreath onto the printable. This design is from Love the Day.
10 – Cut out the printable, just inside the circle.
11 – Hot glue the printable to the back of the wreath, covering the loop you just made.
12 – So after you have the third row complete, you have exposed ribbon edge. That means our next step is to cover up the ragged edges. Pick one color of ribbon and roll about 1″. Overlap and then hot glue the ends together. Then, hot glue the loop over the exposed ribbon edge.
And here’s your finished wreath. If you try a version of this for one of your parties, I’d love to see the result!