How to Make a Wreath Out of Ribbon
Making wreaths can be a full time crafting hobby. If you hang one on your door throughout the year, you might have dozens of wreaths that you’ve made for different occasions. A Christmas ribbon wreath can be easy or complicated to make depending on your experience making wreaths.
In most cases, ribbon wreath DIYs are an inexpensive way to make your entryway look custom, and they are the perfect option for beginners. The wreath shown here is fool-proof and costs under $15 to complete. All you need to get started are several spools of ribbon, a wire wreath base, and some scissors.
Follow this wreath tutorial to learn how to make a sparkling holiday ribbon that will work through Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We’ve included some details on the style of ribbon we used and highlighted some techniques that will make the process more streamlined.
- Wire Wreath Base
- (5) 9-ft spools of gold glitter ribbon, 2” thick*
- (5) 9-ft spools of silver glitter ribbon, 2” thick*
*Glitter ribbon is ideal for this project because the frayed ends are camouflaged with the glitter. You don’t need to worry about cutting each end of the ribbon precisely.
Cut the Ribbon into Sections
For starters, make sure you prep your area in advance. This glitter ribbon works well with this project, but it makes a huge mess. Put down a drop cloth and make sure you keep pets and small children out of reach so they don’t try to eat the excess glitter.
To make this project go faster, we recommend cutting a good portion of your ribbon before starting the knots. This way, you don’t need to jump back and forth between cutting and knotting. Use a sharp pair of craft scissors for the best results, but don’t worry too much about straight edges.
Cut the ribbon into sections that are between 2-3” long. Next, cut the ribbon down the center. By cutting the ribbon in half, you double the amount of ribbon, which will save you money.
Tie a Knot Around the Wreath Base
The main component of this wreath are hundreds of knots. Take your first piece of ribbon and wrap it around the outer rim of the base. Tie the ribbon into a tight knot and pull the end pieces upward. The knot can be a single knot as opposed to a double knot since this ribbon is not easily unraveled.
This wreath isn’t going to look like much until you have dozens of knots, so don’t worry if your wreath looks funny at first. Be sure to take breaks as needed and stretch your hands if they are starting to cramp up from all the knotting.
Alternate Ribbon Colors
The wreath base is broken off into sections that are separated by a vertical bar. Once you fill the entire top row of one section, move to the section below it and add a row of the opposite color ribbon. Working in sections like this makes it easier to see and access the row you’re working on.
Also, don’t worry if your ribbon pieces aren’t the same exact length. You might even want to intentionally cut some ribbon at 2” and some ribbon at 3” to add some more depth to the wreath.
Shape the Ribbon as Desired
Once you have a complete section done, you can start forming and shaping the ribbon to your desire. If there is a spot that looks less full, fluff up the ribbon in that area. The great thing about working with this glitter ribbon is that it is highly pliable.
When you’re done, fold up the drop cloth to gather the excess glitter at the center of the cloth and pour the remaining glitter into an empty jar, so you can use it for a different craft project.
Add a Hook and Hang
If you have a hook on your door, you can hang the wreath from the wireframe or you can add a simple hanger made of ribbon to the back. If you want to add more detail, consider using garden wire to attach some gold and silver ornaments throughout the wreath.