If you can poke and twist ribbon, you’ve got this DIY wreath licked! That’s about all there is to it, but the finished product is stunning. What a great way to show your patriotic spirit. Let’s get started!
- 18″ wire wreath
- 15 yards (2″wide) red and white chevron print ribbon (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- 15 yards (4″ wide) white ribbon (I got mine at Michael’s)
- 5 yards (4″ wide) navy blue ribbon (I got mine at Michael’s)
- 4 1/2 yards (2 1/2″ wide) navy blue ribbon for bow and long tie (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- 5 yards (1 1/2″) silver glitter mesh ribbon (i got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Items for decorations. I used a 12″ red metal star I got from a thrift store and 2 (4″) paper mache’ 3-D stars (Hobby Lobby)
- Miscellaneous items: glue gun for decorations, about 18″ thin wire for securing ends of ribbons to wire wreath
I’ll begin by explaining the 18″ wire wreath is made up of 4 wires making 3 spaces (inner, outer and center spaces). There are 10 supporting wires which run perpendicular to the 4 round wires, making 9 sections.
1)Begin by tying the navy blue 4″ wide ribbon and the silver ribbon together to one of the center wires in the wreath. Tie wire near the cross pieces to secure. Make sure ribbons wind up hanging down on the underside of the wreath. It’ll be easier to push ribbon loops up this way. The ribbons hanging down will become twisted as you work but shouldn’t interfere too much if you just drop them on the floor and pull up as you need it.
2)Grab both ribbons and simultaneously push up about 6 inches of ribbon cluster through center space. Hold loop and twist two times. Push up another 6 inches through the outer space, twist twice. Push up 6 inches through center, twist twice. Push up through outer space, twist twice. You get the idea. Keep up the whole process. Each section should have about 9-11 loops in it. The blue area takes up about 2 1/2 sections. It might not look like much until you fluff out the loops. Manipulate the loops until you like the way they lay. Twist a thin wire around the ribbon ends to secure.
3)Tie chevron ribbon and white ribbon ends together and secure to wreath form with thin wire. Continue pushing up loops and twisting in the fashion described above. Secure any ends to wreath form by tying with thin wire. Complete the rest of the wreath with white and chevron. Each section should have around 9-11 loops. Manipulate and fluff out loops as described above.
4)To make bow: make a loop about 8″ long. Continue wrapping around first loop to make five loops total.
Lay loops flat and fold in half widthwise to find the middle. Cut notches in each side at the middle, cutting in until about 1/4″ from center. (See picture.) There should be about 1/2″ of uncut ribbon at the center.
Tie around ribbon loops at notches with a thin wire.
Fluff out all loops.
Bring a small section of remaining ribbon over center to cover bow center. You should have a long tail. Secure bow to wreath where desired.
5)Hot glue long bow tail in a few places to create a flowing look.
6)Hot glue any decorations to wreath.
The sky’s the limit. Have fun! Happy 4th of July!