Saturday, September 22, 2012

DIY Ribbon/Material Fall Wreath

I thought I had better get this posted for the first official day of fall.

I started out with this wire wreath from Hobby Lobby, and I'm sure you can find these at your local craft store.  Then bought about 8 different materials in fall colors, patterns and even different textures along with  about 15 different ribbons in a variety of widths and patterns as well.  I tried to get some solids, some with patterns, different widths and textures for a variety.  Although I had a wide variety of textures, widths and patterns I tried to keep most colors in brown, orange and golden tones to go with the fall colors.  
 Then start cutting, I used pinking sheers both my ribbon and material. 
 I cut the material into strips about 8-10" long and about 1-2" wide.

I then cut the ribbon about the same length and then laid all of my strips out in an assembly line.
I know it looks like a lot and it is, you can use more variety if you wish or less, there is no right or wrong when it comes to this part.  Also if you don't want yours as bushy as mine turned out, just make your strips shorter.
 I started on the inside ring and just tied on each strip, going down my assembly line.  You can tie a single or double knot, I did a double because I didn't want to have mine have any chance of coming apart later.
At first it didn't look very full, but give it time.  It also makes a difference how close together you put all the strips.  I liked mine pretty full, but I will warn you it can take quite a while to tie this many and it can get a little costly for a wreath, or at least I thought it was.
I only tied mine on 3 of the 4 rings.  
I used the inside 2 and the outside ring, for me it was full enough.  
When I finished I gave it a haircut to even out some of the longer strips.  
 I am going to add a brown ribbon to hang it by, but it is not necessary, 
it will hang on the wire ring without it.
This really wasn't hard at all to make, just a little time consuming, but not bad.  
If you like crafts as much as I do, you'll find it worth your time, and I hope this helps.

Thanks for visiting my ragged part of the country,
Jana

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  2. That's so beautiful! You're very creative. I love fall and the colors it brings with it, and you used them perfection.

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  3. You know I'm going to tell you it's beautiful - coz it IS!! Gorgeous in fact. But I still want to know what time you get up and what time you go to bed and why did cheeky Cheri remove her comment? :))))

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  5. Hi! Just a quick question before I start my wreath (thanks for this blog by the way!).. how many yards do you think you used? I tend to go overboard on my ribbon buying :) thanks!

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    1. I'm so sorry it has been several years since I made this, but I tried to get different widths of ribbon and different textures. It takes A LOT AND IT CAN BE "squished " together to make it look fuller, which I think looks best. I used ribbon and material, ribbon alone gets very expensive and there is a lot of materials to help get more interest. Good luck and have fun, it is a pretty forgiving wreath and great for storage

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  6. I love this but how did u get the material and ribbons not to be floooy once u hung it up

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  7. I love this but how did u get the material and ribbons not to be floooy once u hung it up

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