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Ribbon Wreath Tutorial
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Choosing the Base of Your Wreath
A wreath base, which is also known as the “skeleton” or “form” of your wreath is the structure that holds your wreath together. The beauty of making a ribbon wreath is that the wreath’s skeleton doesn’t have to be very strong because you are only using it for ribbon.That means you can use almost anything as the base for your wreath. I had some paper plates lying around so I used one of those for my ribbon wreath, but there are literally hundreds of materials you can use to make your wreath! You can buy a form at a craft store or you can make your own using items that you already have, it’s your choice. Just remember the size of your wreath as well as the thickness of the frame, will both play a role in what your ribbon wreath will look like.
Choosing a Theme for Your Wreath
Wreaths come in a variety of shapes and colors. Many people make wreaths for special holidays such as Easter, Christmas, Valentine's Day and St Patrick's day. Another possible theme for a wreath are the seasons: for example, a winter wreath can have cold colors and a spring themed wreath can have pastel blues, yellows and purples. If you are making a ribbon wreath for a special occasion, first pick your theme and try to find colors that compliment the theme very well. For example a wreath for St Patrick's day would have a lot of green ribbon. A Christmas wreath could have lots of green, red and gold. You can also add decorations on your wreath afterwards: an Easter wreath would look even more smashing with little Easter eggs glued on.
Once you have picked out your wreath base and chosen your theme, gather your ribbon together. Choose which colors you want to use and then you are ready to begin.
Materials You Will Need
- Decorative ribbon
- A wreath base/form
- Glue gun
My Ribbon Wreath Tutorial
As mentioned before, I chose to make my ribbon wreath form using a paper plate. If you have thick paper plates lying around you can always use that for your base. Take the paper plate and cut the shape that you want. I decided to make a simple circular wreath. The most popular shape is circular, but you don’t have to make a circular one: you can cut any shape that you can think of, for example the shape of a heart would make a lovely ribbon wreath for Valentine’s Day.
I used ribbon that was on average half an inch wide (or about 1 centimeter in width). I cut the ribbon into 3 inch strips (or about 7.5 centimeters long). The strip sizes do not have to be precise, they can be longer or shorter depending on the size of your wreath and the ribbon that you are using.
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Take a strip of ribbon and turn it into a loop. Glue the edges together using a glue gun. If you enjoy doing crafts, it’s important to own a great glue gun. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in one. They are useful for a variety of crafts, and a good glue gun can last years without any problems.
Once you have formed a loop, glue the bottom part of your loop together and then glue it onto your base. If you are using different colors, try to spread each color out evenly along your base so that it looks even. You can put the ribbon loops any which way: put some straight and some on the sides so that they are spread out along your base.
Continue doing this until the entire base is covered with ribbon. Your wreath can be as full as you want it to be. Once you are done you can add decorations and embellish your wreath with jewels, bows, flowers and other craft supplies if you desire.
Hang it up using a ribbon and place it on a hook. Voila, you have made a ribbon wreath!