DIY Christmas Wreath

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Tis the season! I actually have a ton of fall/holiday dessert recipes I want to share, but I just haven’t been in the mood to eat any of it. I felt like a holiday post was past due at this point, so we will be making our own wreath. This only took me less than one hour, and it was tons of fun. For the supplies, I got:

a wreath base (20 inch)

2 colors of wire ribbon

some wreath decor pieces

2 faux flowers

small ornaments
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The wreaths I saw at the store that I liked had a bunch of big fluffy bows and flowers on it, so that is the type of wreath we will be making today. If you want to buy your own bows, that’s fine. But the big bows tend to add up pretty fast, so I’ll show you how to make your own.

 

Start by getting a thick piece of paper or cardboard to help shape the bows. The length of the paper will be the width of the bow. I just folded a take out menu to the size I wanted. 

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Wrap the ribbon around until you have about 6 layers on each side.
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Make sure you cut the ribbon past the halfway point to ensure you have a full loop (you’ll see what I’m taking about later)
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Take the ribbon off the paper, and fold it in half to mark the halfway mark. I used a piece of ribbon wire cut halfway (the long way) to tie around the middle of the red ribbon
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Make sure you twist it tight so it doesn’t come undone. I almost cried when I got mine just perfect and it came undone 🙁

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Open up one side of the loop and pull out the inside layer. Bend it all the way to the side, twisting it to keep it in place

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Do the same on the other side, and repeat, alternating pulling the inmost layer to the left and to the right.

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This is what it should look like after you’ve fluffed and twisted to your liking

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Repeat the same thing on the other end of the bow.

imageI’m going to show you one more time, but this time we’re going to have two colors in the bow.

Start the ribbon before the halfway mark (where my pointer finger is):

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Fold over a couple times, and end the ribbon past the halfway mark

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Start the second color ribbon before the halfway mark. For this bow, I only put one layer of red, but you can do more if you likeimage image

Do the same thing again with more of the first ribbon color, being sure to start and end past the halfway mark (on the same side as before)

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Fold in half to show where the center is. I forgot to do this one time and I ended up with a lopsided ribbon.

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Twist a wire ribbon tightly around the middle. Make sure the twist is towards the back of the bow, which is the side with all the ribbon endings.
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Open up a loop,

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Pull out the innermost layer to the right side
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Do the same on the left, and alternate sides until the layers are all separated
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Do the same thing on the other side

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Add the bows to the wreath by pulling the twist tied wire through and twisting again. Make sure you’re twisting the same way as you tied the ribbon together, or it will come apart.

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The flowers come apart right where the stem starts, right above my thumb. Just pull apart
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I pulled a piece of wire ribbon through the flower to use to secure to the wreathimage

Pull through the wreath and twist to tie
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The leaves also come off with a quick yank, and can be added by just poking it in place.

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I used the stem also (no waste!) by bending it and looping it through. These are hard to cut, even with wire cutters, so just shape and insert

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As for the extra ribbon, I worked with about an arms length to weave through the wreath. Anything longer and it would have just made it difficult to unwrinkled and pull through

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I only bought 3 wreath decorations (the bird on the pinecone, and 3 wispy leaf things). Wish I bought more though, they were only a couple cents each.

Those I stuck in, but bent the back to secure into place.
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I found it easiest to arrange the bigger decorations first on the wreath, and work my way down to the smaller items. Hang some ornaments where you think it would look good. Be creative, and have fun 🙂 image

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