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
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.
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 🙁
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
Do the same on the other side, and repeat, alternating pulling the inmost layer to the left and to the right.
This is what it should look like after you’ve fluffed and twisted to your liking
Repeat the same thing on the other end of the bow.
Start the ribbon before the halfway mark (where my pointer finger is):
Fold over a couple times, and end the ribbon past the halfway mark
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)
Fold in half to show where the center is. I forgot to do this one time and I ended up with a lopsided ribbon.
Open up a loop,
Do the same thing on the other side
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.
The leaves also come off with a quick yank, and can be added by just poking it in place.
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
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
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.
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 🙂