A tiny part of me has always wanted to be able to craft my own wreath, but the rest of me always got in the way. Thanks to a suggestion from another blogger, I've finally done it, and all I needed to know how to do was cut ribbon and tie it into knots. Hurray.
I found this idea over at Thrifty Crafty Girl, who is doing 31 days of Halloween over on her blog (that woman is serious about Halloween). Her wreath was all black and covered in awesome googly eyes. While it's hard to get too many googly eyes in my opinion, I wanted a wreath that would work for the entire fall and replace the fall wreath I had hanging on my door.
This was on my door. It is a $7 plastic wreath I bought at Wal-Mart a few years ago. If you look at it from the street, it adds a nice pop of color to the front of the house. If you are actually at my front door...well, it looks like a $7 plastic wreath from Wal-Mart.
Here is my new wreath. It is not plastic, and I made it with my own hands.
You know how I managed it? It is simple and mindless--at least as mindless as the episode of Grey's Anatomy I watched while I made most of it (it's horrible, but I just can't stop myself). You'll need: a foam wreath and ribbon. I chose two orange ribbons--a grosgrain and a polka-dot satin. Next time, I'll choose a wider ribbon so I will finish faster. If I did the math right, I used just over 36 yards of ribbon for this one.
To make the wreath, cut the ribbon into 12" pieces. Tie the ribbon in a knot around the wreath--right over left, left over right. Repeat, repeat, repeat until the foam is covered. I found that I needed to stagger the knots a bit to ensure the foam wasn't peeking out.
When I had filled the entire wreath, I cut off all the frayed ribbon ends, which in my case were most of them. Habitually crafty people: Is there a way to minimize the fraying? I wondered whether, if I'd cut it a certain way or bought better ribbon, there would have been less fraying.
I hope to display my creation until it's time to put up Christmas decorations. The kids, however, love a good Halloween decoration, so I attached some little creatures with straight pins for the Halloween season. I'll remove them soon after Halloween and file them away for next year.
Anyone else have a seasonal craft even a novice can pull off?