DIY New Baby RIbbon Wreath

I first started making this design in 2011. The little extras always vary, but the heart of the design remains the same. I just love the frayed edges and jam packed ribbons. So many of you asked how I made my wreaths, so I decided to share my secrets and design. I hope you enjoy. It's a wreath anybody can make. If you want some more inspiration, please follow my Pinterest board for even more ideas. And watch my video down below so you can see first hand how I put my wreaths together. And please remember to read my secrets below, so you can make your wreaths extra special too.

  • 12 inch beveled Styrofoam wreath
  • 2 0z of acrylic paint
  • painted 6 inch wooden letter or painted wooden frame
  • 6 yards of 1.5 or 2 inch ribbon to wrap (about 2 spools)
  • 1 yard of 1.5 or 2 inch ribbon to hang (about 1 spool)
  • 10 to 15 different spools of assorted ribbons for filler 
  • 100 T pins

 Want a larger wreath?
  • 18 inch beveled Styrofoam wreath
  • 8 inch wooden letter
  • 200 T pins
  • 4 spools of ribbon to wrap. you may get away with 3.
  • You may be able to use your original 10 to 15 spools of ribbons to fill. It all depends on how densely you pack your ribbons on the wreath!
  • and no extra paint is needed.

My Secrets!!!!!!
  • Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby!!! Did ya get that? They have everything you need.
  • Use the weekly 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby on the beveled wreath. Styrofoam never goes on sale and it's no cheaper to buy online. Shipping Styrofoam is why Styrofoam is so expensive. Use JoAnn's for your back up store. Between both stores the beveled wreath is available in 12, 14, 16 and 18 inches in white craft and green floral Styrofoam. (green is okay to use as long as it doesn't show through the ribbon. If you are strapped for time and unable to find the size you need, Michaels also sells the same wreath. Michaels and JoAnn's also take coupons, even competitors!
  • I use T pins. Nope, I don't use hot glue and I don't use straight pins. Yikes! And I don't tie on my ribbons. Okay, so this is the only item I don't get at Hobby Lobby. GO TO STAPLES! If you don't live close to a Staples, go to Office Depot or Office Max. 100 T pins at Staples is less than $4.
  • Ribbon at Hobby Lobby is on sale every other week for 50% off. If it's not this week, wait, it will be next week.
  • I use anywhere from 10 to 15 different kinds of ribbon in my wreaths. Stock up during the sale. If you have kids, especially a girl, you will use it! Use 1.5 inch to 2 inch ribbon to wrap your wreath. Or if wrapping in burlap, use 2 inch to 3 inch. Be Careful! The wider the ribbon, the harder to wrap. For the filler ribbons use from the thinnest to 2 inches.
  • Jam pack your wreath with ribbons! Don't be stingy! The fuller the better. Use a wide assortment of ribbons, different colors, textures, width, patterns.
  •  Pick at minimum 3 to 4 colors to use in your wreath. Only using 2 colors will not look right.
  • Wooden alphabet letters go on sale too at Hobby Lobby. When they do, it's for 30% off. So you can wait for a sale. It's at least once a month. Or you can use a 40% coupon. Or you can buy it for full price.
  • Acrylic paint also goes on sale to 30% about once a month or more.
  • Hobby Lobby only accepts one coupon per shopping trip per day! Plan in advance. Look at the sales. It is a rare occasion that paint, ribbon and wooden letters are all on sale at once!

Wrap your wreath starting on the backside. Use a T-pin to secure the ribbon. Wrap tightly around trying not to overlap the ribbon any more than necessary.

When you come to the end of one ribbon and need to start another, I like to cover my T-pins so they are not visible. I think it looks more professional that way. Simply pin the ribbon on in the opposite direction and fold over the pins. Then keep wrapping.

 No need to cover the entire wreath. Stop short of the area where the ribbon hanger will be.

Wrap the ribbon hanger at wide angles in opposite directions. Start at the underside holding the ribbon in place as you loop it around the wreath.

Use T-pins to secure the hanger on the backside of the wreath and make a loop folding the ribbon end under so it's not seen.

Take 7 to 8 inch strips of ribbon and tie them in loose knots.

Push the T-pin into the knot from under the top portion of the ribbon pushing through to the bottom and out.

Secure the ribbons to the wreath.

Watch my DIY wreath video for lots of extra hints to make your wreath special and take it over the top!

Need wreath ideas? Check out my Wreath Board on Pinterest.


Anonymous said…
You put a 12 inch wreath, but what is the dimension for the actual wreath you are wrapping (1, 2, 3 inches?)
Jennifer Bryant said…
The actual dimensions are 12 x 2.5 x 2

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