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Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Updated on March 22, 2013
How to make a ribbon wreath
How to make a ribbon wreath | Source

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.

Choose ribbon to decorate your wreath
Choose ribbon to decorate your wreath | Source

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.

Homemade wreath making ideas: use a paper plate
Homemade wreath making ideas: use a paper plate | Source
Cut out the shape that you want to use for your wreath
Cut out the shape that you want to use for your wreath | Source
make your own base for a wreath
make your own base for a wreath | Source

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.

Cut strips of ribbon for your wreath
Cut strips of ribbon for your wreath | Source

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.

Decorate your wreath with loops of ribbon
Decorate your wreath with loops of ribbon | Source

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.

Glue ribbon loops onto your wreath
Glue ribbon loops onto your wreath | Source
Continue to glue ribbon on your ribbon wreath
Continue to glue ribbon on your ribbon wreath | Source
Keep gluing ribbon onto your wreath until it is full
Keep gluing ribbon onto your wreath until it is full | Source
Completed ribbon wreath tutorial
Completed ribbon wreath tutorial | Source

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!

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great idea! Congrats on Editor's choice for this awesome hub. Voted up!

    • Emma Lindhagen profile image

      Emma Lindhagen 3 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      That's really cute and looks simple to do, thanks for sharing!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      How clever, and what fun it would be to help a child build one of these wreaths. I can see a dessert plate size to brighten small spaces… :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Love it! I just recently wrote a wreath tutorial, too. It's cool how different they are - I love how the same basic concept can be imagined in so many ways!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      How Fun..and what a good idea..

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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      thanks lizam1! I hope you have as much making a ribbon wreath as I do!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      This is so pretty and very simple. I am going to use this activity with our mums group. Thanks! Voted up and useful and shared.