Thursday, February 21, 2013

Easter Ribbon Wreath

Today I'm excited to share a guest post from my friend Sarah from Sarah Matthews Photography. I've known Sarah for nearly four years now, since we were both pregnant with our sons. Sarah posted this ribbon wreath on Facebook and I immediately fell in love with  it. Luckily, she was interested in sharing a tutorial with us. Enjoy her tutorial and stop by Sarah's blog to say hi!

Without further ado, I give you Sarah's ribbon wreath:

Sarah's Ribbon Wreath

Hi!  I'm Sarah: wife, mom of two small children (20 months and 3.5 years), amateur photographer, and full time NICU nurse who loves to craft and organize.  My goal is to decorate my home with projects I created, and photographs I have taken.  In my "spare time," I like to do simple projects that can be completed in an evening or naptime - because let's face it, I don't have much spare time!  I recently created a ribbon wreath for my Easter/Spring mantel, and had a huge response when I posted on Facebook and Instagram.  Missy asked me to share with you how I did it!

Materials and Supplies

- Various sizes and colors of ribbon
- Styrofoam wreath
- Straight pins (I purchased a box of 500 and have used them for 2 projects, with plenty left for at least 1-2 more wreaths!)
- Scissors

For this project, I used 9 different spools of ribbon, ranging from 5/8 inch to 1.5 inches.  I don't recommend using anything smaller or larger than those sizes.  You can choose your ribbon texture.  I personally like grosgrain ribbon, although you might notice some satin ribbon.  I did a similar wreath at Christmas, and learned that sheer, wired, and glittery ribbons are much harder to work with.  I did not finish any spool or ribbon, although a couple spools have one foot or less left (8 of the 9 were brand new and purchased specifically for this project).

My styrofoam wreath was actually purchased last fall in the dollar spot at Target.  It is smaller (9.5inch diameter) than most you will find in craft stores.  It is a pretty hideous yellow/orange color, but I bought a few of these last year anyway because I knew I could use them in projects that would cover that color.  You can use any styrofoam wreath you find, but most tend to be bigger than this - just keep that in mind when purchasing ribbon!

Cut the ribbon into about 4 inch lengths.  I found the easiest way for me was to cut 12-15 lengths of each ribbon and organize by pattern.  I did not use a ruler, and it doesn't matter if they are different lengths, this is just an average.  Fold one piece of ribbon into a circle, and where the ends meet, use a pin to secure the loop to the wreath.

Repeat all over the wreath, randomly placing the different patterns.  I just randomly placed ribbons, and the only "rule" I followed was trying to avoid placing 2 loops of the same ribbon directly next to each other.

Keep going, until the entire wreath is covered in ribbon.  Don't forget the top and inside, and check from different angles to see if you have any big gaps of styrofoam!  I found that using wider ribbons on the top/outside was easier for me.

If you are placing the completed wreath on a wreath hanger, your wreath is finished!  If you plan to hang it differently (mine hangs from a mirror on our mantel), there is one more step to take.  Cut a length of ribbon long enough to hang the wreath from your mirror/cabinet/door, so that the ribbon extends to the other side of the mirror.  Straight pin the ribbon (I used my widest ribbon) to the back of the wreath, and since this is a lightweight wreath, you can simply tape the ribbon to the other side of wherever it will hang.

That's it!  This took about an hour from start to finish, and I love the pop of color it gives my mantel (since I have not yet put up any other Easter decorations!

Thanks so much to Sarah for sharing this tutorial on Missy Inspired! Stop by her blog to say hi and check out more of her work!

Link Parties

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  1. This is adorable. I'm excited to be a new follower via GFC. Woul love for you to stop by my blog.

  2. The wreath is so cute. I love simple crafts like this. I found you on SITS and am your newest Twitter follower.:)

  3. Hello!

    I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can check it out on my blog today! Have a great day!


  4. So cute! Love the happy colors! Life to the full, Melissa

  5. So pretty! I love the bright cheerful colors. I need to make one to hang on the door of my girls' room!

    I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

  6. Adorable!! I hope you join our party here:

  7. Adorable wreath. I adde you to my featured blogger in the sidebar.

    I love the pin buttons on your photos. I looked at the code and I just don't have patience to learn and do it. LOL I am intimidated. Did you add it yourself? Want to help me? LOL

    Thanks for linking up! I want to make that wreath!!!

    xoxo, Tara

    1. Hi Tara, I did a lot of Googling to figure it out. It really depends on whether you are on blogspot or wordpress. These are good tutorials -

  8. So bright, pretty, and spring like! Happy Thursday from the enchanted oven.

  9. This wreath is adorable!! What a great idea! Would you consider sharing it and any other projects that you may have over at my Pinterest Party?


  10. I have that exact same yellow foam wreath and, for the life of me, CAN'T figure out what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration! I pinned it:) We love you at Whimsy Wednesday!

  11. Such an adorable idea for Easter! Please share it on Creative Crafts Thursday yet, and any of your favorite projects each and every week!

  12. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  13. Very cute and so versatile! I think this would be so cute in a little girl's room for decoration. I hope you will also come check out my blog.

  14. Very cute! Love how colorful and cheerful it is!

  15. Love this! So pretty and colorful. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

  16. This is so very cute! I'm pinning this to my Easter board. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm visiting from "Mop it up Mondays" and following your blog via GFC. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  17. That is so cute! I love that idea, and a great way to use up leftover pieces of ribbon.

    I would love for you to share this at our link party:

  18. Featuring you this weekend! Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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