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I recently made a red truck wreath for Christmas and I had some mesh leftover. I also had the cutest ribbon that I had gotten at the Dollar Tree that I have been itching to use, so I decided to make a wreath!
What you will need to make this wreath:
- Embroidery hoop in size of your choice (Get a set of them here!) *
- a variety of ribbon in colors and patterns of your choice
- mesh ribbon
- pipe cleaners
- 2″ and 3″ wide wired ribbon for the bow
- wooden dowels – 1 for each ribbon used
- wooden clothespins
- hairspray or Stiff and Quick spray
- embellishments of your choice. I used leaves and a small glitter pumpkin pick top
I did not have enough mesh to use a 14″ wreath form and I didn’t have a smaller wreath form, so I used an embroidery hoop instead! I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate my ribbon, but then I remembered that I could curl it using the korker method. My friend Tiffany showed me how to do this a few years ago.
You are going to use wooden dowels and wooden clothespins and your oven to curl your ribbon. First, soak your wood in water for about 15 minutes to avoid it catching fire when it goes into your oven. After you soak it, start wrapping your ribbon around each one in a candy cane fashion. Secure the beginning with a clothespin and then again at the end, then cut your ribbon.
I used one wooden dowel for each pattern of ribbon, that I ended up cutting in half and got two pieces out of each. I used 8 ribbons total, so 16 ribbon sections. After I wrapped all of my ribbon, I soaked the wrapped dowels again for another 10 minutes or so. In the mean time, I preheated my oven to 250 degrees.
After soaking, I lined a baking sheet with the ribbon dowels and baked for 20 minutes.
Once they were baked and cooled, I sprayed them all with hairspray and let them dry again. Once they were dry from the hairspray, I unwrapped each dowel and my ribbon was curled!! Isn’t that neat!? I then cut them in half.
Next, I grabbed my mesh and made two 6″ roll ups and placed them inside my index and middle finger. I added a piece of ribbon and then wrapped the bundle around the embroidery hoop. I secured it with a pipe cleaner to the hoop. Here is a short video clip demonstrating.
This is how your bundles will look. How cute is this!? Just keep adding bundles until you fill the wreath 3/4 of the way full. You will not go all the way around, because you will be placing your bow on the bottom, directly onto the embroidery hoop. You are welcome to go all the way around, but I ran out of mesh, so I left the last fourth empty just for my bow.
I use the Deluxe EZ Bow Maker to make my wreath bows. Very simple process. Here is a quick tutorial that I found on YouTube. I used two ribbons for my bow. One was 3″ and the other was 2″.
After I tied my bow onto my hoop, I hot glued a couple of leaves onto the center and then glued on a mini glitter pumpkin that came as a set of picks from the Dollar Tree. I also dove tailed my ribbon ends for a more finished look. How do you like my mini fall wreath? This wreath measures about 12″ in diameter and is perfect for a small window or door. I have it on a cabinet in our downstairs bathroom entryway area. I love it!
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