Monday, November 28, 2011

Puffy and Personalized Christmas Wreath

Have you seen all the fun, "puffy" Christmas wreaths out there in blog land? I've been wanting one for awhile now, but I didn't want to pay a lot for one. I also didn't think I could make one and have it look the way I wanted. Well, I got over that and decided to make one using some ribbon I bought at Michael's on clearance after Christmas last year. The ribbon is firm and bendable, so I thought it would make a good wreath. I also plan to use it on our Christmas tree. I decided to use two different colors of ribbon to give the wreath a fun look. This wreath was surprisingly easy to make! I am no longer intimidated!
All you need is your ribbon of choice (make sure it “bends” and holds its shape), wire wreath form, and some coordinating pipe cleaners or floral wire.

To begin, I cut my pipe cleaners in half so the ends wouldn't be so long when I tied the ribbon down. To make your loops, all you do is loop a section of ribbon and then twist the pipe cleaner to secure the "bend" of the ribbon to the wreath form from the back. You can see it better in the pic below. I was a little worried as I started out on the wreath because it was looking skimpy, but once I added in several more layers, it turned out great!

Here's the wreath with all the ribbon attached! I ended up going around the wreath twice with each color ribbon. I went around with the green ribbon, then the red, then the green again, then the red for the last layer.  With each layer, I worked it into the other ribbon for the layered effect. I didn't even use all of the ribbon on the rolls!

My wreath needed a little personalization, so I painted an "M" green and then added some white dots. I drilled a hole up in the corner of the M before I painted it, so I could attach it with a pipe cleaner.

Those of you who have known me personally for longer than a day know that I am not the least bit artistic! I used to get panicked when I had to go to art class as a child! Most kids love art class, but I dreaded it! I'm a math, English, and science girl, so the fact that I actually painted something with craft paint is HUGE! (Painting furniture is totally different!) My dots are horribly uneven, but I'm still proud.

Here's the wreath with the M attached and ready to be hung on the front door.

I added a few "curly Q's" after I got the wreath on the front door. It needed a little something extra! I think the wreath looks great against the yellow door!

The curls totally make the wreath!

I love my new wreath!

For any of you paying super close attention, yes we still have a storm door. I propped the storm door open and hung the wreath directly on the front door just for the pictures. The wreath actually hangs on the storm door, but it makes for horrible blog pictures with the glare!


Linking up to these fabulous parties! Tatertots & Jello, Between Naps on the Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Serenity Now, Mommy By Day Crafter By Night, The 36th Avenue, The DIY Showoff, Today’s Creative Blog, At the Picket Fence, Home Stories A to Z, Gingerbread, Remodelaholic, Thrifty D├ęcor Chick, The CSI Project, Beneath my Heart, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Perfectly Imperfect, One Artsy Mama, Hi Sugarplum


Susan said...

Hey that looks very cute!! Great job! I found the link on Home Stories of A2Z.

Mindie Hilton said...

Love your wreath, very pretty. I would love for you to share your talents at my weekly linky party. Fri-monday come strut your stuff.

Amy said...

ooooh, fun! I especially love that polka dot M! Monograms are so cute. Would you share here?

Anonymous said...

Hi! I saw your post at the Tuesday's Treasure party. Your wreath turned out great. I love that you are proud of your polka dots. You should be!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass

live by the sun, luv by the moon said...

Simply lovely!

LeAnn said...

Thanks sooooo much for sharing this idea. I love these but couldn't or should I say wouldn't pay that much for it. Can't wait to give it a try!

Cinthya said...

This is super pretty. I want one! I would love if you linked to my linky party at:

Lindsi B said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I'd love you to link up with us.

Chrissy said...

This is so cute!! I love the ribbon! :) Awesome job! I'm a new follower too.

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

so fun -- and I love the polka dot letter! Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

Found you via Serenity Now. This is a really fun project. Thanks for sharing.

Peppermint_Patt said...

Love your creativity!
What an awesome wreath!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

bI just made one of these following your tutorial. It came out awesome. Thank you.

Roeshel S said...

I've been on vacation and I'm new to your blog - so this is the first puffy wreath I've seen and it's gorgeous! Great job!