I love an easy wreath. They are a great way to start your party at the front door. This nutcracker wreath definitely qualifies as easy — here’s how to make it.
If you want to try this idea for a birthday party, any narrow Christmas ornament would work. Just change up your ribbon color to match the ornament.
- 1.5″ red grosgrain ribbon
- Floral pins
- Straw or foam wreath base
- Nutcracker ornaments
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric scissors
- Look for ornaments that are under $2 each, because you’ll need 19 or so for a 14″ wreath, depending on how far apart you place the ornaments. For a larger wreath, obviously, you’ll need more ornaments.
- For a 14″ wreath, you’ll need 8 yards of 1.5″ ribbon to wrap the wreath PLUS 5.5 feet for the bow and hanging loop. I’m sure 2″ ribbon would work just as well.
1 – Keep your ribbon on the roll. Do not cut it off the roll in advance, because you don’t want to accidentally cut less than you need. With your lighter, heat seal the end of your ribbon. Use a floral pin to pin the ribbon on the inside of the wreath.
2 – Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, slightly overlapping the ribbon and working at an angle.
3 – When you finish wrapping the wreath, trim off the ribbon, and heat seal the end. Pin it into the inside of the wreath.
4 – Tie a bow with long ends. You’ll hot glue it to the front of the wreath above the spot you’ve pinned the ribbon end. However, wait until you finish adding all the ornaments to the wreath to actually glue down the bow so you can center it. For now, just set it in place so you can decide where to hot glue your first ornament.
5 – If your ornament has a thread hanger, trim it off.
6 – Add a short line of glue to the back of your first ornament and hold it in place until the glue sets up.
7 – Allow a little space between each of ornaments so the bottoms of the ornaments don’t get crowded together. Pick one spot on the ornaments to make sure they are lined up on the curve. For the nutcrackers, I made sure all the shoulders were at the same level.
8 – When you’ve added your last ornament, hot glue down the bow in the center of the first and last ornaments.
9 – Cut a 12-inch section of ribbon. Heat seal the ends. Hot glue the ends to the back of the wreath on the opposite side of the bow. While the glue is still warm and flexible, insert a floral pin into each ribbon end to make it extra secure. This will create a loop to hang your wreath.
10 – Cut a 3.5″ section of ribbon. Heat seal the ends. Hot glue the ribbon horizontally across the bottom of the hanger ribbon. This is just to cover up the ends of the loop so you have a prettier, more finished look.
When you’re done, hang the wreath from a wreath hanger over your door. If you try a version of this project, I’d love to see your photos!