DIY Bunny Wreath using a large Bunny Head and 24" Work Wreath. Here is the supply list of the products used on this wreath. Please note that you can make this wreath using other styles of 10 Deco Poly Mesh, ribbons or embellishments such as the Bunny Head. This Bunny Wreath is similar to another that we recently made, but this one is using the larger Bunny Head and a larger Wreath form, with the addition of the DIY Bunny Legs.
Supplies - Click here for quick list to purchaseXX7488W4 Burlap Work Wreath 24"
XB95510-01 Natural/White Poly/Jute 10" x 10 yd Mesh - 2 Rolls
9721160 Hanging Bunny Head 32" Pink, Blue or Green (larger head than the one used for the 10" Pencil Wreath tutorial)
981840-12 Red/White 2.5" Polka Dot Ribbon
RG1358JH Turquoise Quatrefoil 2.5" Ribbon
X334740-39 Turquoise, Lime, Red Striped Ribbon 2.5"
MG102518 Burlap Garland Wired
For Bunny Legs - View separate tutorial (The Burlap Garland used for the Bunny Legs is temporarily out of stock, but more should be arriving next week)
This wreath was created using the ruffle technique. We started with a 24" Burlap Work Wreath. It doesn't matter on this technique if you start on the inner ring or outer ring of the work wreath.
The poly/jute mesh was cut into 10" length. Each roll of 10 yard mesh should yield 30 pieces of mesh. We cut both rolls of mesh up for ruffles and placed a clump of 3 ruffles in each twist.
We use a 24" x 36" self healing Omnigrid Cutting Mat and a 45mm Omnigrid Rotary Cutter (these are available at Amazon and we have included our affiliate links.)
To save time, we cut two layers of ruffles at a time using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. To make the ruffles, just take the 10" piece of mesh and scrunch or gather up through the center (selvage edges to the sides) and hold the ruffle pinched like a bow tie or bow.
Tip: Use a clothespin or a clip to hold a ruffle until you get your others made. Once you have a clump of three, attach that clump to one of the twists on the Work Wreath. You only need to close it with a couple of turns right now, because you will be adding more items later.
Continue working around both rings of the Work Wreath. Once you've completed the ruffles, your wreath will be nice and full and probably measure about 24" in diameter if not a little more.
If you are new to wreath making, the ruffle wreath is one of the easiest to start with. It will always come out nice and even because the ruffles are the same size and you won't have to do any measuring other than cutting your mesh in 10" lengths. You center may fill up and to open it back up, just push the mesh outward from the backside of the wreath.
After we had completed this portion of the wreath, we still had some pieces of mesh left over. It may vary as to how many extra pieces you might have left over, but from these two rolls we had about 18 pieces which is actually more than I would have expected. But, in order not to let it go to waste, we decided to add this extra mesh to the wreath. Instead of just putting another layer of ruffles, we tool the 10" length of mesh, pulled slightly on the diagonal and made a sort of curl.
If you don't have enough of these diagonal curls to go in each twist, just add them to every other twist or evenly space them around on the work wreath. Again, open up the twist and lay the curl on top of the three ruffles and re-secure the twist with only a couple of turns.
Next we attached the large Bunny Head. This Bunny Head is made of Styrofoam and covered in burlap, so for this particular piece, we were able to slip a zip tie through the burlap on the back of the head and make a loop.
We took another zip tie and ran this through the loop and through one of the rings on the Work Wreath, securing the head directly to the Work Wreath frame. Not too tightly, because you don't want to tear the zip tie through the burlap. We put this Bunny Head in the center since we had legs to attach also, but if we didn't have the legs, you could put the head more over to the side, etc.
Next we attached three different styles of wire edge ribbon. You can use any number of assorted ribbons for this wreath. We chose three different styles and cut them in 12" lengths. It's always good to do a test ribbon before you start cutting your ribbon. You want the ribbons tips to extend a little beyond the tips of your mesh in most cases and if you cut them too short, they won't show up as well.
Give the ribbons a nice finish by either making a diagonal cut on the edge, or doing a chevron cut by folding the ribbon lengthwise and cutting at an angle on the folded side.
Choose the pattern you want to use and attach the ribbons by opening up the twist and laying the ribbons down on top of your last layer of mesh. This time you can secure your twist with 3-4 turns since this is the last layer of product you will be adding. If you want to add something else after the ribbons, just secure with a couple of turns.
You can place your ribbons on the wreath in any number of ways, you can layer narrow ribbons on top of wider ribbon, use contrasting colors and patterns. Just be sure to place your ribbons face up when you secure them.
The Bunny Legs (instructions to make are shown in the DIY Bunny Leg Tutorial) were attached to the Work Wreath Frame with the wires on the legs and you can secure with chenille stems if they flop around too much.
This is a large wreath with the addition of the legs. The ears on the Bunny Head are wired so you can bend them if you like. We pulled the ribbons together by adding a couple of ruffles around the bunny feet and also added a little bow tie to the neck to coordinate.
The ruffle wreath technique is a very easy wreath to make, don't be afraid to try it and remember that you can choose from many colors of 10" mesh right here on Trendy Tree and pick out an assortment of ribbons. We have lots of other Easter products too that would make cute Easter decorations))