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DIY Craft Decoration: How to Make a Folded Ribbon Welcome Wreath

Updated on October 2, 2015
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As an artist and a new home owner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.

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Folded Ribbon Welcome Wreath
Folded Ribbon Welcome Wreath | Source

This colorful wreath features a special folded ribbon detail that makes this decoration both eyecatching and unique. This design is surprisingly easy and you can use any combination of ribbons to match your décor or the season.

I'm calling my decoration my "After Christmas Wreath". I made it for that period after the winter holidays are over, when my Christmas decoration seems out of date, but before it's really for time to put up my Spring wreath. And by waiting to put this wreath together until after the holidays, I was able to buy most of my supplies at the after Christmas sales! For my wreath, I chose colors and ornaments that were still associated with winter, but avoided anything with shine or glitter.

Choosing a Wire Frame for Your Wreath

I originally wanted to get a single rail wire wreath form for this project. This is really just a round frame made of 12 gauge wire, usually used for making wreaths with natural greenery. The form can either be smooth or have a crimped edge. I think either would work for this Folded Ribbon Wreath. I've seen these frames in craft stores in the past, but when I needed one, I couldn't find any. You can order them online, but you usually have to buy a package of them.

So instead, I bought some 16 gauge wire and made my own frame. I cut a length of wire off the spool and formed it into a circle. You can bend the wire around a trash can or pail to help form the circle. It does not need to be perfectly round.

Another option would be to buy a multi-rail wreath frame (these are commonly found in craft stores) and just cut off the inner rails with wire cutters. I think this would be fine too.

I bought 16 gauge wire because it was the heaviest gauge that I could find in my local home improvement store. I should have either bought heavier gauge wire or one of the wreath forms above. I originally made my wire form to be 18 inches in diameter, but it drooped under the weight of the ribbon, making my wreath shape more oval. I trimmed it back to be only 16 inches across, but it still drooped a little.

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Other Materials

This wreath is meant to be an indoor decoration. I have my wreath displayed on my front door, but it is covered by a portico. You should consider the environment it will be displayed in when choosing your wreath materials.

Wire Edged Ribbon - I used 60 feet of 2 1/2 inch wide ribbon in varying designs. I planned to use 2 inch wide ribbon, but fell in love with the colors and design on this wider ribbon. Either works, but I would not use ribbon that is thinner than 2 inches. I used almost all of the 60 feet.

Your ribbon probably does not need to be wire-edged, but I think it helps make a crisp folded edge on your wreath.

Decorations - You can decorate your wreath as you choose with Christmas ornaments, bows, artificial flowers and other ornaments.

An awl, screwdriver, or a pair of sharp scissors to punch a hole in the center of your ribbon.

Needle nose pliers and wire cutters

Thin wire to attach decorations

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Directions for Making a Folded Ribbon Wreath

If you are using a pre-made wire form, make a cut in the form using wire cutters to open the circle. If you are making your own form with wire, leave the two ends loose and unattached.

Putting a hole in the ribbon
Putting a hole in the ribbon | Source

Taking one of your spools of ribbon, use your awl or sharp tool to put a hole through the ribbon at the point that is equidistant from the two sides and the starting edge of your ribbon. You can estimate the placement of your hole. It does not need to be in the exact center. I folded over my ribbon to make a clean edge before beginning.

Feeding the ribbon on the frame
Feeding the ribbon on the frame | Source

Feed your ribbon on to the end of your wire wreath frame. Place the ribbon "face first" or "face down" onto the wire end so that you are looking at the wrong side of your ribbon. (If your ribbon is the same on both sides, then it doesn't matter which side is fed onto the frame first).

Position the ribbon so that it is in an east-west direction on your wire.

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Take your other spool of ribbon and puncture a hole through it in the same manner. Feed it onto your wire frame, again face down, but position it in a north-south direction.

(Since I was using a burlap ribbon, I found I could just work my wire through the ribbon without first putting a hole in it.)

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Now take your first ribbon and feed it back on the wire, folding it over your second ribbon. Then take the second ribbon and fold it back over the first.

Continue working this way with the two ribbons to build an interweaving accordion pleat design. You can change your ribbons as you want. I used the red and green ribbon throughout, but switched from the red polka dot ribbon to the white chevron design about half way through.

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As you are working, consider where you might want to put breaks in the ribbon to add decorations. Depending on the ornaments you are using, you might be able to feed them on your wire frame as you work, or wire or tie them on after your ribbon design is complete.

Finishing and Decorating Your Wreath

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Once you have the ribbon fed on your wreath, take your needle nose pliers and bend the two wire ends into hooks. Hook the ends together to close your wreath and tighten them using the pliers.

Then you can finish decorating your wreath as you choose. I tied my two bird ornaments onto a piece of twine. (These birds are particularly appropriate because we have a pair of cardinals that nest in our rose bushes.). I then tied the twine to the top and the bottom of my frame. I was able to pull up the bottom of my frame and make it more round by tightening the twine. Adding a bow made from one of your ribbons would be a nice finishing touch!

Finished Folded Ribbon Wreath
Finished Folded Ribbon Wreath | Source

Copyright © 2014 by Donna Herron. All rights reserved.

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I love your wreaths and this is no exception. Another one that one could do for any season. Also looks great against the black door. Shared!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was just thinking about taking down my Christmas wreath and came upon your hub. What a great idea that I will be trying this month. Shared and pinned.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! I love our black door, but I've realized the only colors that show up against it that you can see from the street are red, yellow, gold and white. From now on, all my door decorations will have these colors :) Thanks so much for your comments and share!

      Hi Susan - Sounds like perfect timing!! Run out and get some ribbon now :) I hope you make something that you love!! Thanks for your share and pin!!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      This is such a cute project and applications for the technique are starting to form…thanks! :) Pinning to my Arts and Crafts: Décor... board.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Hi RTalloni - I'm glad this tutorial has inspired you! I look forward to hearing more about your projects. Thanks, as always, for your comments and pin!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Lovely and different! Very great idea and very well explained, Purl3Agony! There is still something festive about it but with the birds, I can see that you are waiting for Spring ;-)

      I will have to remove my Christmas Wreath next week... I have not energy to do it this week because I am working long hours in a museum with kids.... today 94 participants!

      Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting. I would even check original if it was there!

      Enjoy your evening!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Kidscrafts - I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Thanks so much for your comments and vote up. I always appreciate it!

      Good luck with your class! Your wreath can definitely wait until next week :) I hope you are able to rest and relax soon!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      This is such a gorgeous wreath and I can't wait to make my own. I love your ribbon choices and I was especially excited to see your little birds have a new home! The colors look gorgeous against your black door. Thanks for sharing. Pinned! :)

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Heather!! I saw these birds at the dollar store, didn't buy them, then ran back the next day because I HAD TO HAVE THEM ($1 a piece)!!! I knew I wanted to put them on a wreath and I was thrilled when I found these wintry ribbons to use.

      Looking forward to seeing your wreath!! Thanks for your comments, pin, and share!

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is so pretty! It would make a great baby shower decoration or even a nursery decoration. Love those birds! Pinning and sharing!

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks Shaekye11! I appreciate your kind words, pin, and share!! I agree that this wreath idea could be used for any number of seasons, themes, and holidays. I like this one so much that I plan to hang it in my kitchen when the warm weather arrives :) Thanks again!!

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      I may try to make this wreath. This is such a neat idea and the possibilities would be endless with the all of the different designs of ribbon. I am going to pin this so, that I will be able to find it later. I love the idea thanks for sharing. I also voted up interesting and useful.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Hi lesliebyars - I'm glad you like this wreath idea. I hope you can use this idea to make a wreath that you love :) Thanks for your comments, vote up, and share!! I appreciate it!

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      Rasimo 3 years ago

      Very beautiful decoration

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Rasimo, for stopping by and commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

      What a beautiful creation! It has such boutique appeal as well like it could be showcased in an upscale furniture store as an accessory. We have a few stores like that in some of the shoreline towns here.

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      Donna Herron 2 years ago from USA

      Hi CraftytotheCore! What a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like this wreath. Thank you for your comments :)

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