This has been my go to wreath for the majority of the year. It is sooo simple to make, and easily customizable or changeable for seasons or holidays. And to top it off- it’s cheap. Probably less than $7 if you went to buy the supplies. I had everything except for the wreath itself, which I found at WalMart for $3.54.
Here’s what you’ll need. The wreath, some white acrylic craft paint (any leftover whitish paint would do here), small craft brush, twine, wire ribbon, and a small piece of wood ( I used a piece from a pallet we had started taking apart for another project that was abandoned=). I love the rustic look of the pallet, but you could use a pine 1×3 cut to the desired length if you don’t have easy access to a pallet. If you do use a new piece of wood, I would try aging it with a vinegar/steel wool process, or even just a quick coat of stain). You’ll also need a drill with a small bit.
You also need a cute helper. Snotty nose optional=).
Cut a piece of twine, about 10 inches long. You can’t really go too long here, and this measurement depends on how full you make your bow. This will be used to tie the bow, as well as securing it to the wreath. Grab a long piece of ribbon, but don’t cut any length off the spool. You can use any width ribbon- I’d say this was probably 2 inch, and I loved the way it turned out. Fold the end over, making sure that you leave enough length for the bow’s tail.
Unrolling the spool, continue folding the ribbon accordion style, back and forth on top of itself. My total length was about 10 inches. I just eyeball about how large I want my bow to end up.
Keep folding until you have your bow the desired size and fullness. Or until you run out of ribbon, whichever comes first. I ended my bow just shy of using the whole roll. Be sure to leave some excess ribbon at the end for your other “tail”.
Use your twine to tie a knot securely around the middle of your bow loops.
I like to make the ends of the bow pretty with an angled cut.
Then using the twine ends of the bow, tie the bow onto one of the branches of the wreath.
Now it’s time to fluff and make it gorgeous darling.
Spread those loops out, and sort of arrange them so that they stack on top of each other, giving the bow some dimension.
Now we’re getting somewhere! Onto the sign. I always draw out my lettering in pencil, then go back and fill in with paint. So, start there. I just go back to 3rd grade cursive and freehand it. The beauty of pencil is obviously that it’s not permanent, and allows you to figure out your spacing and height of your letters. Once I have it where I like it, I drilled two holes to hang the sign from. Drawing in pencil first also helps to make sure your holes aren’t on top of any letters.
Then you can go ahead and paint over your pencil markings. After it dries, thread another 8 inch or so piece of twine through the holes we justmade.
Okay- we’re so close, almost done now!
Tie the twine to the branches of the wreath where you want it. Adjust the length, and if you have enough twine, you can make a bow or knot.
And that’s it! Stand back and admire your creation!
And enjoy it all year long like I do!