Remember our post a few weeks ago about the little Mr. Man Shower I’m hosting? I thought I’d post the tutorial on how to make a matching ribbon wreath for your guests to see as they walk into your house. The ribbon wreath is fairly simple, but it does take some time and patience…which many mothers have little of– especially when planning a party! Regardless, here’s how to make your very own color coordinated ribbon wreath:
Ribbon (I used about 9 different types of ribbon for this wreath– various widths/colors/patterns…the more ribbon you use, the less of one color you need. The less ribbon you use, the more you need of one color. I bought one 3+ yard spool of each color I used.)
Hot Glue gun with glue sticks
Straw wreath form (the one I used is the largest one, but that’s just what I had on hand)
Optional: Plain ribbon to wrap the wreath with so the straw doesn’t show & and thimble…oh my gosh, get a thimble so your finger doesn’t ache from shoving needles into the wreath. I’ve made that mistake twice now and I feel like I lose feeling in my fingers after a day of making this wreath! Don’t make the same mistake that I have…TWICE
Step One: Cut your ribbon in 3-4 inch wide pieces.
**When I made my wreath, I cut about 30 pieces of each ribbon. There were 9 different kinds of ribbon, so I had 270 3″ pieces for my wreath. I figured I’d cut only 30 and if I needed more, I’d cut more rather than waste it. **Also– remember that I used a large wreath form each time I made this wreath. So if you decide to make a smaller wreath, you will need less. It’s kind of up to you how much you want to use. You can always cut more though!
Step Two: Wrap your wreath form in a plain ribbon so the straw or foam doesn’t show. I use pins every few wraps or so and a little hot glue to secure the ends. This is optional, but something I like to do so it doesn’t look unfinished on the back of the wreath. The ribbon on this wreath is from the Christmas ribbon wreath I made, so I didn’t have to spend any extra money to wrap it.
Step Three: Hot glue your ribbons together in small loops. I use a small dab of hot glue to make sure that the wreath doesn’t fall apart later on. **Again, this is optional. I do this so that it’s easier to put them on the wreath and know that they aren’t going to lift off later. Some people like to loop the ribbon and adhere it to the wreath as they go.
Step Four: Once all the ribbons are glued in loops and your wreath is wrapped, I start placing the ribbons on the wreath using sewing pins. I pin them on randomly then use a little dab of glue to keep it secured on the wreath.**This part takes the longest. You’ll think you’re done then hold it up to look at it and see little holes here and there. Take your time and plan on working on this part for a day or two intermittently.
Step Five: Take a piece of ribbon and create a loop to hook your wreath onto a door hanger. I used several pins and hot glue to make sure it stayed in place well. See the loop in picture below?
That’s it!!….now just enjoy your wreath or add extra embellishments to it. Some people make pennant bunting and hang it across the center of the form. Others buy bows and other sparkly items from Michael’s to add to their wreath. I’ve even seen some REALLY cute ones where people add scrabble letters to spell things out. Use your creativity! If you make one, be sure to send us the pictures!!