DIY Christmas Wreath
Yo! Ok so everyone's been decorating for the holidays, and everything I see looks amaze. I wasn't feeling Christmas decorating that much this year cause it takes A LOT of time and effort. I feel like I put in a lot of effort last year putting lights all over the apartment, but it just didn't feel complete without a tree. And getting a tree up to our second story apartment with cats is just not happening. So I put up my mini pink sparkly tree on a table with some presents. I also attempted to write Merry Christmas on our chalkboard wall in cute lettering, and I failed. Miserably. I freaking wrote "Merry Cristmas" and posted it on my snapchat! I hate myself. Seriously, fuck my life.
Other than that, I did make me a Christmas (see I can spell) wreath, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself. Now, I would not consider myself a big DIY'er. I like to think I am because when I was little I LOVED arts and crafts! FOR REALZ. I was the bomb at making lanyards, friendship bracelets, bead buddies...you name it! In the 2nd grade, I would write "I love school" on all my crafts with my purple glue stick. Seriously, why didn't Etsy exist when I was like 8?
Anyways, my crafting skills sort of plateaued as I got older. I'm still pretty decent at arts and crafts, but I am no Lauren Conrad. That chick is a DIY beast! I've recently gotten into making wreaths cause they are fast and they are easy! So I was at Michaels and bought my wreath frame, and decided to go with the one with the ties on them (see below). I didn't even know they were ties, I just thought they were extra garland decoration. Obviously I didn't realize at the time that the way you make these wreaths is actually super different from the kind I had made before. The plain wreath frames don't have the ties, but they have a 3rd ring on them! So, later I'll be doing another tutorial on how to make that kind of wreath, but today I will be going over how I made the wreath using the frame with ties! Keep in mind that you don't have to use the colors I used. You can use any colors for any time of year! They even make the wreath frames/ties in different colors!
- Wreath frame with ties
- Wide mesh ribbon
- Wide ribbon (optional)
- Accent decoration (optional)
1. Start by squeezing together the end of the mesh ribbon, placing it between one set of twist ties, and then twisting them together! Make sure you make the twist tight enough and close to the base, so it holds the ribbon in place.
2. If you are using a second color, repeat Step 1 with your second ribbon. I chose to use a solid, instead of mesh, to add some texture.
3. Make a loop with the mesh ribbon. Just like in Step 1/2, squeeze together the sides of the ribbon and secure them with the next twist tie. With each tie, I decided to move my ribbon back and forth from the inside ring to the outside ring. Keep in mind that the larger the loop, the more voluminous your wreath will be. Don't cut your ribbons until the very end!
4. Keep making loops all the way around the wire frame until you reach your starting point. You can move both ribbons around the wreath at the same time, or separately. I decided to complete one round of mesh, and then went around with the solid ribbon.
5. Go around the frame a third time, this time using the mesh. If you feel like certain parts of your wreath are a little bare, go ahead and use your wire to create a new tie. I was lucky enough to find small wires with garlands on them, so that's why there is so much green popping out of mine. You can also use pipe cleaners! Keep going until your wreath's volume is to your liking. Adjust loops and fluff it up as you go, so you can really see where you need to add more. When its exactly how you want it, cut the ribbon.
6. If you want to add in some accent decorations, bows, or florals, go ahead and add them in and secure them with wire. It is best to place them where the ribbons start and end, so you can cover up where you cut the ribbon. (Sorry I forgot to take a photo, but pretty self-explanatory)
7. Hang it up and admire your new masterpiece!
What is your favorite part about holiday decorating? Are you going to make your own ribbon wreath? I would love to see pics!
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