I like to give homemade gifts whenever I can. I really feel that a gift you take the time to make means so much to the person you are giving it to. It shows that they are worth the effort. The wreath I am showing you today is something I first made many years ago. I made it for my mom (with a different ribbon) and put the idea in the back of my mind until just recently after walking through our local Costco and Sam’s Club where I saw the big spools of ribbon.
What you need:
- Good scissors
- Wired ribbon (at least 50 yards)
- Round wreath form. I prefer a molded frame that is 14 inches wide.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this wreath!
Start by cutting your ribbon into a gazillion pieces of the same size. Okay, not a gazillion, but it may feel that way before you are finished cutting. I prefer to make my cuts 16 inches long.
Then start tying around the wreath form. I tie once and then again (making a double knot). Hint: Pull the side you are going to slip under just a tad bit longer before starting to keep the sides even when tied in the knot. If your ribbon has a print and dull side, be sure as you are pulling the knot that you have the print side on the outside so it will be showing when you are looking at the wreath.
Keep tying. Push the knots together as you go.
Keep tying some more! Don’t stop until you have worked your way all the way around the circle. Once you are back at the beginning and you are ready to tie your last cut, you will want to make a loop to hang the wreath. Simply cut a smaller piece. Loop that through the last ribbon before pulling tight.
Tie that in a knot so that it can be hung. Don’t make it any longer than the rest of your fringe around the wreath, unless you want to make it longer for design purposes.
Almost done! Hold your wreath up and make sure the fringe pieces are all similar length. A little difference is fine; you just don’t want any major discrepancies. Give those extra long ones a trim. Now is the time to make sure all of your pieces are showing the print side too. If not, just twist them so they are correct.
At this point you can add to your wreath if you want. I think they are pretty the way they are but you can add a bow, a snowman, owl, initial, or whatever you want. This does not have to just be a Christmas wreath though! You can do this with black ribbon for Halloween, pastels for Easter, or any color you enjoy for every other time of the year. You are only limited by your imagination.
I love the way these wreaths look. At the end of the year, you can put this away without worry of smashing it. Next year, just pull it out and straighten the fringe pieces out and you are ready to hang your wreath again!
The whole project cost me less than $8 per wreath. Here is the finished product. This one will be heading to the home of one of my kids’ teachers.
Here are two other versions I have made with the closeup included. The silver and white is probably one of my favorites but they are all so pretty.