While poking around in my stash, I noticed that I have waaaaay too much ribbon in a variety of colors and widths. I decided that I needed to put some of it to use!
- Green ribbon, 1/4" wide is used in my example piece
- Red ribbon for the bow, about 6-8" needed per wreath
- Glue, I used tacky glue but hot glue would work.
- Tiny red pom poms
Cut two lengths of green ribbon, each about a yard long. Pin the ends down about 3/4 inch on each ribbon creating a loop. You hot glue the ends down if you wish.
Now, let's begin ribbon braiding! Stick one of the the loops into the other. Hold the two ribbons together with your thumb for the next step.
Without twisting your ribbon, take the tail of the ribbon on the left and insert a loop into the loop that is pointed to the left.
Now do the same as step 3 only on the right hand side. You will need to gently pull the loops on the left to tighten it down on the loop that you have just inserted.
Continue in this manner with loops and tightening until you have braided a piece that is approximately 6" long.
To end your braid, pull the end of a loop through and tighten as you have been. Add a bit of glue in the center to help better secure the ends.
Overlap the other end of the braid over the spot of glue. Add a bit more glue on this end. You have now created the wreath!
After the wreath has dried, cut an 6-8" length of the red ribbon. Tie a overhand knot in the center. Glue it to the top of the wreath where the two braid ends overlap.
When the glue on the red ribbon has dried, tie it into a bow knot. Trim the excess red ribbon if needed. Glue on the red mini pom poms. (This part will help the wreath maintain its round shape!) You can also glue down the bow knot ends if they aren't behaving.
Glue a loop of ribbon to the back for hanging and you are done! :)
I've also tried using the 1/8" wide ribbon and it can be tedious. Ribbon that size would make cute gift toppers or ornaments for a mini Christmas tree.
Now, it's your turn! Make some mini wreaths! :)
Also, check out my other Stashbustin' Ornaments on the My Tutorial page! (Scroll to the bottom. )