DIY Ribbon Wreaths

Around Halloween, I saw this great idea for ribbon wreaths via Design Crush, originally found on thelongthread.com:

I didn’t have the time to create any then, but I kept the idea in the back of my mind, and with the hopes of having a semi-homemade Christmas, I decided to make some wreaths as gifts for some family members. I am really excited at how they turned out and everyone seemed to like their gifts (at least I hope so!). This is an easy project that could possibly spruce up a ceremony or reception space, bridal shower, or newlywed nest, or perhaps it would be a nice hostess gift for someone who hosted a shower for you… so I thought I’d share the how-to with the hive!
I started with a 12″ round wreath form from JoAnn and some grosgrain ribbon. The instructions called for 1.25″ wide ribbon, but I went with 1.5″ as that’s what I could find online for the best price. It didn’t make much of a difference. I purchased this ribbon from PaperMart and was able to make two wreaths from each 50 yard spool. (I went with a spool of wine and a spool of ivory. Here you’ll see what the ivory wreaths looked like in the end.)


Beginning with the ivory ribbon, I first cut two long pieces of ribbon at 48″ long ”” these would later serve as the large loops for hanging the wreaths. Then, I cut the rest of the ribbon into 16″ long strips. When I was done, I counted them out into two even piles so I knew what I was working with for each wreath. (If you’re only making one wreath, you need only cut one 48″ long piece of ribbon, and about 45-50 16″ long strips.)



On wreath numero uno, I started with my 48″ long piece ”” I tied one end to the wreath and made a double knot; I did the same to the other end right next to the first end, so there was now a large loop of ribbon hanging from my foam wreath form.


Next, I began knotting the 16″ pieces of ribbon. It doesn’t matter how you do this, as long as you stay consistent all the way around. I did right-over-left:


… then pulled it tight:


… and then did left-over right to make my completed knot:


One trick I learned was to tie the knots snugly but not TOO tight ”” if you tie them too tight, you will need more ribbon all the way around to fill in the space (otherwise you can see the foam wreath form peaking through).

Once I had my knot-tying-strategy down pat (very high-tech), I just kept tying! Round and round and round…



Voila!


Now, I wasn’t quite finished yet. From all the man-handling of the ribbon (I guess we’d call that ribbon-handling), the edges got a bit frayed.


Very slowly, in my true OCD form, I worked my way around the wreath and trimmed very carefully. Using grosgrain ribbon helps as you can just follow the straight lines of the ribbon as your cutting guide. Just make sure you have some nice sharp scissors so you don’t keep fraying them even more!


Once all the ribbons were trimmed, I was really excited at how pretty it looked. I spent a little time maneuvering some of the ribbons so they sat nicely alongside each other, and it all came together much like the picture (which I find to be very rare when tackling DIY projects). I really like that the wreaths can be hung any time of year and I hope my loved ones appreciate the craftiness that went into them. I may have to make a few to hang around our apartment.

We don’t have a very pretty front door, so I hung the finished product from our china cabinet-turned-storage shelves to take a picture.The benefit of moving into an apartment at the same time that your mother sells the house you grew up in ”” you get all her fancy dining room stuff, even if you don’t have a dining room!


Here’s the cost breakdown of this project, not including the shipping for the ribbon:

Ribbon: $11.99 per 50 yard spool / total for two spools: $23.98
Wreath forms: $5.99 per 12″ form / total for four forms: $23.96

Total for all supplies for four wreaths: $47.94
Total cost per wreath: $11.99

A success, I think! What are some ways that you would use this project?

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Mrs. Cupcake

Location:
Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
September 2014
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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 2:28 pm

    So cute! Thanks for sharing :)

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    beesknees, Guest @ 2:45 pm

    thats really freakin’ cute.
    I want to do one for valentines day- just to gussy up the house, now!

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    indecisivebride 338 posts, Helper bee @ 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the helpful directions!

    I love it…perfect for a baby shower!

    Please post of picture of your wreath using the wine colored ribbon!

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:53 pm

    i love it! easy, fun, affordable, and cute — it doesn’t get any better than that!

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    Portland Wedding Photographer, Guest @ 3:00 pm

    This is such a good idea. I love your blog bye the way. I just found it today browsing the web. I’m going to start referring my clients this way as I think it’s a great resource.

    Benjamin

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:30 pm

    What a great project! :) Thanks for posting this. I love that it can transfer easily from wedding decor to holiday decor to home decor!

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    emerald 1057 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    ohmigosh, sooo cute! I totally want to make one too…

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    Suzanno, Guest @ 4:08 pm

    This kind of thing also looks adorable with strips of fabric, and for Valentine’s Day you can do it with a heart-shaped styro-form.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:08 pm

    SUPER CUTE! I need to get some ribbon and make one! I need to think of a color to use for non holiday decor :)

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:27 pm

    This is great! I have some leftover ribbon from the wedding… I’ll have to make one of these! Thanks for the tutorial Mrs C! Ivory is particularly stunning. Great choice!

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    koandpo, Guest @ 4:57 pm

    Oh, wow! How cute! I think even I could make one of these!

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    furelysse 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:14 pm

    They were so easy to do! I made one in red for Christmas. What’s great is that I will reuse it for a bridal shower I’m throwing for a friend in February. I love it!

    Also, to keep the ribbons from fraying, I just ran the ribbons lightly over a candle flame. It seals the edges very well within burning it.

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    crabcake 834 posts, Busy bee @ 8:37 pm

    Gorgeous!! I too have that tutorial saved somewhere. I have been trying to decide what to do with the iron gates in front of our church, perhaps these would look lovely?

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:10 pm

    This is adorable! I love that you can sub in any ribbon color and create one for any occasion.

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    cupcake 1456 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:54 pm

    @indecisivebride: I stupidly didn’t take any pictures of the wine colored wreaths :-( I’ll snag a picture the next time I visit one of the lucky recipients! :-)

    @Suzanno: what a great idea to do this with fabric remnants. I think I’m gonna have to try that next!!

    @furelysse: I don’t trust myself with fire, hehe, but burning the edges certainly would have solved the fraying problem ;-) Maybe next time I’ll be more brave!

    @Miss Crab Cake: That sounds adorable!

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    crispysgirl 2 posts, Wannabee @ 10:58 pm

    @Mrs. Cupcake: Mrs. Cupcake, I’d like to talk to you about graphic design. would you email me @ crispysgirl@gmail.com.

    thanks!

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    MsLiLo 8 posts, Newbee @ 11:38 pm

    You could also use Fray Check it you don’t want to run the edges of the ribbon over a flame.

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    Kelly, Guest @ 10:54 am

    they turned out beautifully! thanks for re-posting the project and trying it out yourself (something i have yet to do!)

    xo
    Kelly

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    Watercooler » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 10:01 am

    [...] DIY Ribbon Wreaths by Miss Cupcake [...]

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    Kathryn @ Australia Entertains, Guest @ 11:12 pm

    Gorgeous honey! I loved the Martha one from their Chrissy magazine too, but with the grosgrain ribbon it’s stunning!

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    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:21 am

    I can’t believe you are still crafting like a mad-woman. Other than our super simple thank you cards I’ve taken a semi-permanent crafting vacation after getting so sick of all of my projects (which were minimal compared to most!)

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    Laila, Guest @ 4:40 pm

    This is a wonderful idea – thank you for sharing all the details of how you created this… have you tried using a heart shaped frame? I would love to do this for my wedding, but I’m not sure if the ribbon would stay secure to the heart shape – ooh, maybe I’ll use pearl pins. Thank you again! You are so awesome!!!

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    DIY Grosgrain Ribbon Wreath | 'i do' it yourselfâ„¢, Guest @ 4:01 pm

    [...] some pretty yet inexpensive decor for so many occasions.  Just switch out ribbon colors, as with this lovely ivory version from Weddingbee.   See the step-by-step [...]

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    christle 12 posts, Newbee @ 3:08 pm

    Just found this post–so excited! I was needing something to hang at the entrance of our tent. This will be perfect! Thank you for the detailed instructions and pictures. :)

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    DIY Holiday Decor: Ribbon Wreath | Every Last Detail Every Last Detail DIY Holiday Decor: Ribbon Wreath Every Last Detail |, Guest @ 11:04 am

    [...] full materials needed and instructions can be found on the long thread, and step-by-step photos are here on Weddingbee. Use whatever color you want, or combine different colors to make a multicolored wreath. The wreath [...]

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    Mamamoomin, Guest @ 11:23 am

    Hi… Just want to let you know I attempted
    to make the wreath. I must say it’s a STUNNING Wreath… Thanks!!!!! :-)

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