In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a ribbon wreath. These wreaths can be used in many areas of your home. Perfect for the holidays or all year round. They look beautiful hanging on a front door or sitting as a centerpiece of a dining room table with candles in the center. There’s many options for sizes as well as style and colors of ribbon. This DIY craft is fun for the whole family or a girlfriends get together. So grab your supplies and lets get crafting!
(see bottom of post for link to video tutorial)
Supplies for the ribbon wreath:
- Wire wreath frame (pictured above). Usually located in the floral department of any craft store or amazon, these come in an array of sizes (4″-24″). Decide where you’ll be wanting to use/hang this wreath and size accordingly. For example, if you have a large front door or entry, consider using a larger sized frame. If you’d prefer to make a couple for table centerpieces, maybe use a smaller frame. It really just depends. When you visit your local craft supply store, you’ll be able to see the sizes and gauge more appropriately.
- Floral pics. These aren’t necessary to complete this project. They just add another element of character and dimension.
- Ribbon. The style, color, and width of ribbon are up to you. I prefer ribbon that has a wired edge. This makes it easier to move, bend and guide the ribbon to where you want it to be. I have made this with a burlap ribbon that did not have a wired edge and it turned out fine. I did find that I used more ribbon than I normally would though. Typically, the larger the ribbon, the less you’ll need. If you decide that you want the ribbon to have tighter curls and a lot more of them, the more ribbon you’ll need. If you prefer the curls to be tighter and sit closer to the frame, the less you’ll need. It really just depends on what look you’re going for. Watch the tutorial video before heading to the store for supplies. (Tip-when buying ribbon, especially if your craft store doesn’t have a lot left of a particular color and style you are going for, buy extra! It’s better to have too much than not enough).
- Wreath hanger. If you are planning on hanging this on your front door, be sure you have a wreath hanger to hang it from. I’ll put a link below to the one we have.
Instructions on how to make the ribbon wreath:
- Purchase supplies needed to complete project (see list above). Watch tutorial to best gauge how much ribbon you may need. Better to have too much ribbon than not enough ( I can’t stress this enough).
- Remove all excess packaging from ribbon and floral pics and wire frame.
- With the wire frame arch facing down towards your work surface, tie a knot around and onto the 2 center wires of the wreath frame. If you are using a wired ribbon, you don’t need to double knot it. Just be sure that you leave a tail of at least an inch. If you are using a non-wired ribbon, I’d recommend a double knot. Just to be sure that its secured and won’t come undone.
- Once your knot is secure, flip the frame over on the work surface so the knot is down (touching the work surface) and the arch of the frame is now facing up. Pull the tail of the ribbon up through the frame so it won’t be visible from the underside. This is not a big deal if you just want to leave it. You won’t see it anyhow since it will be on the back. This is just how I prefer to do mine and keep it nice and clean.
- Having the wreath frame now facing up, you can begin construction. With the inside or the outside channel (no it really doesn’t matter), pull up a loop of ribbon the desired size (the loops of ribbon I did for this project were 3.5″ and the ribbon was 4″ wide-for reference). You’ll want to try and make each one close to the same size. Perfection, however, isn’t at all necessary. (If you’d prefer to add more dimension, you can also make some of the loops larger. Again, this is entirely up to you and its really customizable for each person. Do whatever you think will look good). See detailed pictures at bottom of post as well.
- Pull up desired size loop of ribbon either through the outside or inside channel of wire frame, and hold in place with your fingers. On the underside of the frame, twist the ribbon once or twice.
- Now take the ribbon (while holding the loop you previously made in place) and pull up another loop of ribbon of similar size in a different channel-inside, center or outside. Just not up the same channel previously done.
- Continue you this same pattern through the entire wreath frame. I find that working in an “S” shape pattern works the best for me. See Picture below.
- (this is just an example of the “snaking or S” pattern I use when constructing then wreath. There will be no gaps in the wreath as you’ll push the loops of ribbon together)
- While pulling up loops of ribbon, make sure to push the ribbon loops together after each twist and the beginning of each new loop. This will keep the loops close and the wire frame concealed. You can make the wreath as dense with ribbon loops as you’d like. Again, the more dense the wreath, the more ribbon you’ll use. When you complete a spool of ribbon and need to start another, tie off the completed ribbon spool onto the frame.
- Flip the wreath over (like when you first started) and tie on the new ribbon onto the two center channels.
- Pull the tail of the ribbon up through an adjacent channel and either cut or tuck the tail so it won’t be visible from the top side of the wreath. You can always go back and do this step once your wreath is completed.
- Continue around the frame of the wreath until the desired fullness is achieved.
- Decorate with floral pics and other accessories as desired. You can hang mini ornament picture frames with family pictures, Christmas ornaments of assorted types and sizes. Theres really so many options to customize this wreath. So have fun with it! Remember, you can always take the ribbon out and start again if you really don’t like it. Its not permanent-so just let your creative juices flow.
- Hang wreath on front door using a wreath hanger or an extra length of ribbon to create a hanging loop.
- Enjoy your creation for years to come!
(Underside of wreath. Don’t worry if yours doesn’t look like this-nobody will see it)
Have you made a similar style wreath and have any tips or tricks you’d like to share?
Please post in the comments section below. I’d love to know how you’ve made these beautiful wreaths. Whats your favorite type of ribbon to use?
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Supplies used for this tutorial:
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- Antler Wreath hanger
- 12″ wire wreath frame
- 14″ wire wreath frame
- 18″ wire wreath frame
- Black & white buffalo check ribbon 2.5″
- Red & black buffalo check wire ribbon 2.5″
- Holiday floral picks (optional)
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