11.14.2011

A Girls Night {Christmas Ribbon Wreath Tutorial}



A brand new week is here...
a week I happen to be very excited about!
{Breaking Dawn is Thursday at midnight...Wahooo}


I hope you all got a chance to read Jessie's guest post for me from Friday! But if you didn't, please refer to this previous post to read it. I had NO idea what she was going to write about as she hacked my blog, but her post was hysterical and it was definitely one my only of my favorite hacked guest posts.


Jessie and me had a date to an amazing Italian restaurant in Powell, called Luce, on Friday night. It did not disappoint, and of course, I love any time I get to spend with her! :) I will post those pictures and share about our time tomorrow because unfortunately I didn't get any on my iPhone. fail.


On Saturday, I took extra advantage of the fact that Billy was having a guys weekend {in Florida nonetheless} and decided to have 2 of my girlfriends over for a Pinterest inspired craft party. I decided to pick the craft this time {we are planning another one!} and let the girls know all the supplies they would need. I made baked brie, macaroni salad, and my fav black bean taquitos and the girls brought wine and other delish appetizers.


The baked brie was delicious by the way.
Possibly my new favorite appetizer to make.


We decided to make our own version of the ribbon Christmas wreaths you can find all over Pinterest. I liked the idea of getting a head start on my Christmas decor so when it's time to decorate, I will just need to hang it! Update: it's actually already hung on our door. I like it so much I couldn't help myself. ;)


...it's safe to say I'm in the Christmas spirit now!


We used this picture as our inspiration:

Pinned Image



Christmas Wreath (Ribbon/Fabric) Tutorial:

FYI: You can find everything you need at Hobby Lobby
or your preference of a craft store.


Here's what you'll need:

-1 Grapevine Wreath
-Your choice of Christmas colored fabric {3 yards & 3 patterns seemed to be a good amount}
-Christmas ribbon {I bought 4 spools but didn't need it all}
-Hot glue gun
-Any ornaments, pinecones, letters, or decorative pieces to attach to the wreath {I used all of the above, with a wooden "K" letter for our last name}



Step 1: Since we each wanted to add wooden letters to our wreath, we bought a small can of silver spraypaint and spraypainted the letters first so they could dry while we worked on the wreaths. If you don't use any letters, skip this step. :)


Step 2: Lay out your supplies on the ground {do this craft somewhere that you don't mind the floor getting messy!} and pick out a certain pattern with your fabrics. Lindsay and Christine decided to do one type of fabric {which was a gorgeous red/green stripe}, and I was kinda all over the place and used 3 different types of fabric. We started with one fabric and used it in about 4 or 5 spaced out places around the wreath and then used the other fabrics or ribbons to go around them in a pattern.

We found that the fabric is much easier to work with than the ribbon, so we only used the ribbon as an accent. 

Step 3: To attach the fabric and ribbon, you will just want to "weave" it through the wreath and tie a knot in the middle. You will get the hang of it once you do more pieces. You can kinda shape the pieces how you want them. We noticed that thicker, longer pieces of fabric looked a lot better and covered more room.




{this is Linds helping the gimp {ie: Me} with my wreath
while I'm playing photographer}


Step 4: Once the wreath is filled with your desired amount of fabric and ribbons, hot glue gun the ornaments or the letter on top of the ribbons.

...and take a break for some wine ;)





This is a {messy} picture of all 3 of our finished wreaths.
Mine is in the middle.



Didn't Lindsay {right} and Christine's {left} wreaths turn out so cute?

I loved how they only used one fabric to make it look more put together, but accented with different colors of ribbon. Since I used some pinecones, I chose not to add any other letters because I thought it may be a tad too much. I also wanted to add more green ribbon to mine because our front door is painted red!


Here is my finished wreath
hanging on our front door:




I'm extremely happy with how it turned out! In fact, I kinda love it.
I would be lying if I said I didn't get a lot of help from Lindsay when it came to the tying of the knots. I was not very good at that part. She's a good friend.

The most time consuming part of making this wreath was just the tying of the fabric and ribbons. Once you get the hang of it, everything else goes very quickly and is easy to do. I'm sure eating a ton of food beforehand and consuming multiple glasses of wine made us go a little slower than normal too. ;) You can definitely finish this project in an hour or 2! I'm thinking about making them for some family members as Christmas gifts.


What do you think of our Christmas wreaths?

Have you made a similar ribbon wreath before?


Now, hmmm...what DIY project is next on the list...




41 comments :

  1. I seriously love this wreath! I was planning on making a different type of wreath, but I may try this one instead! :)

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  2. Katie that turned out SOOO cute!!! We may have to steal this idea to do one for our door... IN LOVE WITH IT!!!

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  3. I LOVE it Katie! It turned out so adorable!!!

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  4. I am not crafty at all but I feel like this is something I could do! Yours is so cute :)

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  5. How fun! Great idea for a night you just want to stay in and hang out with good friends. :)

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  6. wow, turned out so cute! i love it! inspires me to try it out although i am not crafty at all!

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  7. aw i love these! they all turned out super cute. i have been scoring pinterest for christmasy wreath ideas..maybe i'll try this one!

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  8. I love that you did this! We are planning one of these in Chicago soon. Your wreaths all came out so cute. :)

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  9. Your wreath turned out perfect! Very cute!! And all those appetizers sound amazing! What was the recipe for the baked brie?? I'm hungry now- haha :)

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  10. O my goodness, so freakin cute!!! Wish my front door was covered a little bit, so whatever I hang on it woudn't ruin the first time it rains :( I may just have to make one anyways ha!

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  11. LOVE your Pinterest craft night idea :) The wreaths turned out too cute!! I am so not crafty, but determined to try some of those DIY projects! Glad to see you had such a great weekend!

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  12. Considering this is my "first" time seeing the finished product...I've never seen anything more beautiful!

    No but really-I LOVE the colors you used. And that red door...I'm IN LOVE!!

    PS-how did I forget to mention that Billhead came BACK from Tampa yesterday and Beau is LEAVING for Tampa today?!

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  13. Your wreaths all turned out so cute! And what a great idea for a girl's night :)

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  14. I love it. It turned out great! I would hang it up already too if I had gone to all that work. Why wait until Dec!?:)

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  15. It turned out great! I've been eyeing pinterest for a DIY Christmas wreath too. Too many options... can't decide!!

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  16. This is adorable! I will have to make one of my own this week!!

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  17. How cute is this?! I love the idea of having a Pinterest craft party!!

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  18. your wreath turned out great!!! I love it!

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  19. Oh my gosh! It turned out so cute! I love it!!!

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  20. so cute! :) you are so creative girl!!

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  21. Adorable!! Such a cute wreath, how creative :)

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  22. Hey Babe, it's me your husband. Missed you while i was in Florida, and i'm glad to be back. Great job on making the wreath it looks awesome very very professional. Just think in a few weeks we will be carrying on our tradition of putting up our christmas tree while you make your moms lasagna (hopefully half meat) lol and watching Christmas movies. Cant wait to get home from work today and see you. love you babe!

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  23. You should know youre the bomb.com cause that shizz is Ca-UTE!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  24. I love the wreath! It's so cute! And I would love to hang a wreath on my door that I had made! It would make me take so much pride in it! I want to make one with a bunch of Christmas ornaments...but I don't really craft things...I need to start...

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  25. Omg they turned out SO cute!! Definitely gonna make one of these sometime :)

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  26. Ok your wreath is absolutely adorable!! I love that it's already hanging on the door :)

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  27. i so wished i lived closer so i could come over, eat baked brie, drink wine and you can teach me how to do crafty things like this! looooveeeeeee!

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  28. Love it!!! We are buying a Christmas wreath from Brookstone to match our garland. Now I just need to figure out how to hang it! Anyway, I love your DIY wreath!

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  29. Your wreaths turned out lovely. I miss crafts :( (Cannot wait to graduate and have a life again) Maybe I'll find some time this week to pull out Christmas decorations :)

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  30. Those wreaths turned out so cute! I've been jonesin' to do some of the DIYs I've pinned! If you need extra ladies at your next craft night, count me in!

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  31. Very cute!
    Wine + glue guns...what more do you need??

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  32. Fabulous job with the wreath! Everyones looks wonderful... I am thinking I just might have to copy it! xo

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  33. SO freaking cute! I think I'm going to force my mom and sister to make some of these next week over Thanksgiving break. Soo adorable. Great job!!

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  34. Ok! This is soooo cute! :) I want one! Do you think I can do it?? I am so DIY challenged!

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  35. 1. Totally impressed! Seriously you should sell a few, or do a little giveaway. Thank you pinterest!

    2. Breaking Dawn?? YES!! I am going Saturday :)

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  36. I love how the wreaths turned out! What would we do without Pinterest? You're so smart to have these Pinterest crafting parties :) Oh, and the wreath looks perfect hung up on the door!

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  37. LOVE IT!! :) If i had time, lol, i would definitely try making one!!

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  38. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! You did a great job - now I want to make one!!!

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  39. omigosh. you are too crafty. i dont even want to think about what my little project would look like. good work gurrrrl.

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