I just love the colors of the Fall season.
And when I can find some new ribbon to make a beautiful Fall wreath, it just makes me one very happy blogger.
On a recent trip through the Fall aisles of Hobby Lobby, I picked up four rolls of Fall ribbon that inspired me to make this Easy DIY Fall Ribbon Wreath.
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If I could decorate my home all year in the colors of Fall, especially pumpkin orange, I think I would be okay with that.
But I would probably miss the red and greens of Christmas, the bright yellows and pinks of Spring, and the red, white, and blue of Summer though.
So I guess it just makes the opportunity to change out my decor to my favorite colors of Fall just that more special every year.
I always start my Fall decorations with a new wreath!
Along with that same thought, I always enjoy making a new DIY Fall wreath because of the beautiful colors. This year I decided to tackle a DIY Fall ribbon wreath for the first time.
As expected, Pinterest is the best place to look for Fall wreath ideas.
After some searching on Pinterest, I realized that most ribbon wreaths were made in the same basic ways each time. Either the ribbon was looped through the rings of a wire wreath frame or the ribbon was cut into strips, gathered together, and tied to the wire frame with pipe cleaners.
There is nothing wrong with either one of these methods.
I just decided to make mine a little bit differently because I envisioned a certain look for the combination of ribbons I bought at Hobby Lobby.
My ribbon purchase included ribbons in different fall colors and with different widths. One was a 2 1/2-inch wired burlap ribbon, and then three very colorful 1 1/2-inch wired ribbons. These included an orange and green plaid ribbon, a shimmery orange ribbon, and the last one with orange pumpkins.
The first thing I did was to cut up each roll of ribbon into 18″ strips.
This length was determined by what length allowed me to loop and tie each ribbon strip around the wire rings of the wire wreath frame the easiest. Especially for the stiffer burlap ribbon. I tried a 12″ strip but struggled to create the ribbon knot for the burlap ribbon.
Every one of the pieces of ribbon was folded in half with the folded edge inserted between the rings of the wreath frame and then the two loose ends of the ribbon were pulled through the folded loop to knot the ribbon strip around the wire ring.
Using the wider burlap ribbon as the background of the ribbon wreath, I tied the cut strips of this ribbon around the outer ring of the wreath frame first.
The plaid ribbon was next with each strip tied around the second ring from the outer edge of the wreath frame. This was followed by the shimmery orange wire ribbon on the third ring from the outer edge.
Finally, the printed pumpkin wire ribbon strips were tied all around the last inner ring of the wreath frame.
Once all of the ribbons were knotted around the wire rings, a v-shape was cut at the end of the ribbon for each strip.
Each layer of ribbon was also cut in varying layers with the burlap ribbon the longest and the pumpkin ribbon the shortest. My vision was that there would be four visible and distinct layers of ribbons around the wreath frame.
What I didn’t plan on was how the longer lengths of ribbon I started with, the 18 inches, made the ribbons rather flimsy.
When I hung the wreath on the wall, the top ribbons around the wire rings flipped over the lower ribbons. The ribbons were just too long and flimsy to hold the shape, even with wire ribbons.
Since I still liked the look of the different colors attached in layers, I decided to cut the ribbons even shorter instead of remaking the wreath. I also pulled the ribbon knots tighter around the wire ring to keep them from moving or rolling over. Combined with bending and squishing the wired ribbons, I was able to keep all the ribbons in place.
Then I realized another problem with my version of a ribbon wreath.
The center of the wreath was so empty looking and much too wide. With all of the ribbons flared outward, the center was just lacking something. Searching through my available Fall decorations and craft supplies didn’t produce any viable options either.
This problem could only be solved by grabbing my purse and making a quick trip for some Dollar Tree supplies.
I haven’t visited Dollar Tree in some time and was pleasantly surprised at the selection of faux pumpkins and Fall signs available to enhance my ribbon wreath. Especially the packages of small pumpkins with clips that came in white, orange, brown leather, green velvet, and orange velvet. There were even more colors but these worked perfectly with the colors of the ribbons already on the wreath.
Just a few clicks of the clips to the inner ring of the wreath frame, and using a hot glue gun to attach a sign to the back of the wreath frame and the problem was solved. The hanger for the sign also served as the wreath hanger on the back.
Even with some trial and error while making my first ribbon wreath, I am thrilled with how it came together.
My next decision will be to decide if this beautiful Fall wreath is going at the back entrance or over the fireplace. Not sure yet. I will also need to figure out what to do with all of the other faux pumpkins I purchased on my trip through Dollar Tree.
Do you have an Autumn wreath planned for this year?
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Now I invite you to take some time and visit all of the other talented bloggers who participated in the Creative Craft Blog Hop this month. I hope you continue your creative journey through this month’s Creative Craft blog hop by visiting the next blogger in line, which is Jenna’s project for Blooming Pumpkin.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.