Ruffled Ribbon Wreath Tutorial
14″ Box Wire Wreath Form
RX3664KS 2.5″ Gold/Burgundy Flocked Sheer Ribbon
RL1676PT 2.5 Sheer Burgundy with Gold Edge Ribbon
RW584536 5″ Fancy Faux Burgundy Gold Stripe Ribbon (available only in kit)
RG0101208 1.5″ Gold Ribbon
A wreath kit will be available that includes the supplies for this wreath. Once the kits have sold out, the tutorial will be left up since you can apply these directions and chose other styles of ribbons. Click here to purchase the Ruffled Ribbon Wreath Kit.
The first step in this tutorial is to cover the box wire wreath form with ribbon. We used the burgundy with gold edge ribbon. You could use another piece of scrap ribbon, anything that would blend with your colors.
The wreath form is positioned like a soup bowl for this tutorial.
Use hot glue to attach the ribbon to the wreath from and just wrap the ribbon around the form. Use hot glue at the finishing point also. You want to finish with the end of the ribbon on the inside of the wreath form since this will be covered up later.
Take the 4″ ribbon and pull the wire from one side of the ribbon to gather the ribbon. Both edges are wired, so it doesn’t matter which side you start on, just be sure to only pull from one side.
This is a heavy ribbon so gathering is a little harder than gathering on a thin or sheer ribbon. This roll of ribbon contains 10 yards so there is more than enough to make this wreath. Just gather the ribbon and then lay the gathered ribbon down on the wreath form to get an idea of how much it will take to go around the wreath before you cut your ribbon off.
Cut your ribbon off a little longer than you think you will need. It’s easier to cut more off if necessary rather than not have enough. The length you need also depends on how much you gathered your ribbon.
Once you have cut your ribbon off from the roll, you can pull the wire from the opposite end to gather a little more. Apply a little hot glue to the inside of the end of the ribbon and make a small fold, then more hot glue and fold again. This will finish off your raw edged.
Apply hot glue about 1/2″ from the outer edge of the wreath form. We did about 4-5″ at a time, pressed the ribbon in place, and continued around the wreath form. Be sure to hold your ruffled ribbon in place until it has adhered well.
If your glue is a little messy during this part, it really won’t show since you’ll be covering up that gathered edge with the next layer of ribbon.
When you’ve gone all the way around the wreath, overlap the edges of the ribbon a bit and apply a little hot glue to seal those edges.
This is your wreath with the outer ruffle finished.
Next step is to gather a piece of the burgundy flocked ribbon which is 2.5″ in width. This is a sheer ribbon and even though it is flocked, it is easier to gather than the heavier 4″ ribbon on the first layer. Gather a piece and lay it down on the wreath for measurement same as the first. Fold and seal the raw end of your ribbon with hot glue.
To attach the second gathered ruffle, apply hot glue about 1/2″ below where the first ruffle was attached. The second ruffle should overlap the first one. Continue around the wreath and seal the raw ends by folding and using hot glue.
Here is your wreath with the second layer finished.
The third layer is created the same way, gather the same flocked burgundy ribbon and lay it on the wreath for measurement. The hot glue should be applied as neatly as possible for this last layer.
Apply the hot glue right on the inside edge and attach the ruffle, try not to have excess glue. Finish off the ends the same way as before.
Let your hot glue cool thoroughly between the layers. Fix any places that may not have been caught well.
Next we made some assorted sizes of ribbon roses out of the 1.5″ gold ribbon. Roses were made by taking lengths of ribbon that ranged from one to two yards. The longer the piece of ribbon you use, the larger the rose.
Here’s a link to an older tutorial that we did a while back that shows how to make the flowers.
We took some of the remaining 2.5″ ribbon with the gold edge and the 1.5″ gold ribbon and made a simple two loop bow. My intention had been to attach the bow to the wreath using a chenille stem poked through the ribbon covering the wreath and I tried that, but the bow did not hold securely enough. As with any project, sometimes the thought you have to begin with….just doesn’t work out! Then you re-group and do something else)))
We wound up applying a liberal amount of hot glue to the back of the bow and some hot glue on the ruffles and pressed the bow into the ruffles to attach. The bow was held in place until it felt secure. I’m not always a big fan of using a lot of hot glue on wreaths, I guess mainly because we usually take them apart afterwards and re-use our supplies on another tutorial. You can’t do that if you have hot glued items to your wreath. Also hot glue can cause items to come undone eventually, especially in warmer climates, but overall it really works pretty well.
Once your bow is secure, apply a liberal amount to the backs of the flower and glue in place.
The ribbon tails can be finished off with a chevron or dovetail cut. We rolled up the edges of the ribbon with the gold edge to make it stand out more and just crimped the 1.5″ gold ribbon.
The wreath measures about 19″ in diameter. You can make a wreath hanger with some floral wire and just punch a little hole in the ribbon covering the wreath to thread it through. Also if making bows isn’t your forte, just leave the bow off and make more ribbon flowers in assorted sizes and glue a cluster of flowers to one side)))