Ribbon and Pompom Wreath Tutorial

May 15th
Ribbon and Pompom Wreath

There is something so charming and inviting about a front door with a wreath. And wreaths aren’t just for Christmas or ugly silk flowers anymore!

Wreaths are something that is huge in the DIY world, and maybe because they can be so easy and simple to put together but they still make a huge impact. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Granted, there are fancy and beautiful wreaths out there, but that isn’t really my scene.

Ribbon and Pompom Wreath

That’s why I made this easy ribbon and pompom wreath. It took all of 15 minutes from start to finish, which is great when you’ve got two littles running around.

I posted a tutorial for a nautical wreath last month and I wanted to share this wreath with you this month. It’s so simple and can be made in whatever color scheme you like. That means you can match it to any house, holiday, event, etc…

I wrote two versions of this tutorial, one is the overly simple version and the other is for those who like a little more detail. Both will get you a great looking wreath, so choose your own path!

Ribbon and Pompom Wreath

Ribbon and Pompom Wreath

Materials:

  • a styrofoam wreath form
  • 1.5″ grosgrain ribbon, two 12′ spools or 8 yards
  • .75″ white pompom trim, two 4′ spools or 2.5(ish) yards
  • a short piece of yarn or skinny ribbon for hanging
  • pins

Note: I always use pins to make my wreaths, that way I can change my mind easily. If you use hot glue then you are pretty much stuck (pun intended) with whatever you have made. With pins I can reposition, remove, and even start all over without damaging any of my materials. 

The simple instructions: Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, pin in place. Wrap the pompom trim around the wreath, pin in place. Pin hanging loop in place. Hang.

The detailed instructions: Using a lighter melt the cut edges of the ribbon so that it won’t fray. All you do is run the cut edge of the ribbon along the flame until it melts slightly. Only use this method if you are using a non-natural fibers ribbon. You could also use Fray Check or some glue, but I didn’t want to wait for it to dry.

Pin the burnt edge of the ribbon to the back of the wreath. Then wrap and wrap and wrap the ribbon around the wreath overlapping it so that it covers the styrofoam completely. You want to keep the ribbon pretty taut.

When you come to the end of your first spool of ribbon just over lap the ribbon from the new spool (make sure the ends are finished) and pin it in place at the back of the wreath. The pins should go through the end of the first piece of ribbon and the beginning of the new one, this way you conserve pins.

When you have wrapped the ribbon all the way around the the wreath and all the styrofoam is covered, carefully take the pins out of the first piece of ribbon where you started and use those to secure the ending piece of ribbon. Make sure all ends are melted or finished in some other way, you don’t want fraying.

Visually cut the wreath into four sections and figure out where the pompom trim should go. If you need to you can use a ruler/straight edge and mark the sections with pins. Then starting slightly above the stage right point of the wreath or 2 o’clock, pin the pompom trim to the back of the wreath and start wrapping the trim around the wreath until you get to the 4 o’clock mark. Use the same start and stop method as with the ribbon. (Note: You can’t melt this trim, you have to use Fray Check or clear glue.)

Determine the length you need your loop for hanging the wreath to be and add two inches. Now, cut a piece of thin ribbon or yarn that length and tie it into a loop. Pin the loop through the knot to the back of the wreath at the top, center.

Hang it up, ’cause you are done!

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