Fall is finally here! So in preparation for trick or treating, here is a fun little wreath project. This is a great project that can be done in an hour or less.
- Large Styrofoam wreath base (do yourself a favor and don’t buy the porous kind because you will struggle to get glue to stick.)
- 3 types of ribbon; one for wreath base, one for hanger and one for the bows. (For the base ribbon you will need at least 15 ft.)
- small piece of burlap or jute ribbon (maybe about 2 ft)
Feel free to mix up your prints, and colors. Get what you like best. I was originally looking for orange and white polka dots, but my son helped me choose black and orange.
- Large Fall flower
- Black, medium point paint pen, or black acrylic paint and small paint brush
- Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
- Sewing Scissors
- Additional items you may need-wire cutters, Mod Podge, and weather proof sealer
1. The first step is to get your glue gun ready to go. Next grab your wreath form and your base ribbon. You could also use fabric. I chose this chevron ribbon with wire because I liked the finished edges and the wire helps it have a nice tight wrap around the form. Take the end of your ribbon and glue it almost at a diagonal to the back and start wrapping around the form.
You will need to take your time and watch so you get a smooth even wrap and don’t have any white showing. Just overlap each piece slightly and keep it tight around the form. Once you have finished your wrap, secure it neatly on the back with more hot glue.
2. The next step is to make your word banner on your burlap piece. Make sure to have a piece of cardboard or paper under your burlap so you don’t paint your work surface. If you are comfortable free handing with paint you could write it with sharpie and place under the burlap so you can see the image then paint. You could even trace over a print out. You may need to do a few coats with your paint pen so you cover the area well. You can write “Trick or Treat” or anything you’d like. Set that aside and let it dry for a few minutes before you move on. You don’t you may get unwanted paint elsewhere on the wreath. When its ready place the burlap on the wreath where it is supposed to lay. While holding it in place flip it over and secure each end neatly on the back with hot glue.
3. With your banner in place your are now ready to add your flower. I found a great flower that had an alligator clip on it so I simply clipped it on where i wanted it. If you have one that comes in a bunch or has a stem you will need wire cutters to trim the wire up to the back of the flower. Then you can place your flower with a little hot glue. Check your placement before you commit.
4. Next you will make the loop of ribbon that is basically a decorative wreath holder. For this piece I used a gross grain with no wire. I took the polka dot ribbon and glued one end to the back at the top of the wreath. Make a big loop and see where your end needs to be and cut your other end of ribbon. It will come around the front of the wreath and go to the back where you can glue it right over the starting point. you may want to put a dab of glue between the two pieces of ribbon right above the wreath form. It just depends how you would like it to lay.
5. Next you are going to make the bow for the top. There are several ways you could do this. You could tie it around your loop and make a bow or you can make a bow and glue it on. Sometimes bows give me a fit so I chose to make the bow and glue it to the polka dot loop. I just used a fairly simple bow. Wired ribbon is great for bows because it can be manipulated and fluffed up to look nice. The bow should be a few inches down from the loop of polka dot ribbon leaving a loop at the top to hang your wreath. You may again want to add glue to the pieces of ribbon behind the bow. Just depends how its trying to hang.
That’s it! Its that simple. Hang and enjoy!
A Few Additional Tips:
-Many times the ends of your ribbon, like on your bow, will fray. One way to prevent this is to use a little Modge Podge on the ends. Just a little dab all the way across the bottom edge. Mod Podge dries clear and is a great sealer. If it is a silky type of material just use the tiniest bit so you do see and color difference. They also make a product called No Fray, but Mod Podge is my go to for many projects.
-Pay attention to your materials. Many types of ribbon may not be recommended for outside. What I like to do on my wreaths and door hangers is weather proof them a little bit. You just need a product that waterproofs. I usually get a Scotchguard type product sold in the camping department in Walmart. Its used for waterproofing camping gear, but they make similar sprays for shoes and some craft stores may carry several options.
Hope you had fun on this little project!