Today I was in the mood to craft. It’s a mood that strikes a couple times a month, usually when my house is at it’s messiest and I have about a million other things I should be doing besides going to the fabric and craft store, but I just have to run with it when it comes along. I love the look of wreaths on a front door, always make the house seem so inviting, but I loathe the country style of so many of them and the exorbitant cost of many more. I really wanted a fun, funky wreath for Halloween and immediately bookmarked this tutorial when I ran across it. (From thelongthread.com) It’s for a simple ribbon wreath. I figured I could make it with some brown or burnt orange ribbon and call it a fall wreath instead of just a Halloween one.
However, after waiting too long to order the ribbon in bulk online (was thinking of getting it from JKMRibbon.com) and discovering that purchasing that amount of ribbon from Hobby Lobby or Hancock Fabrics would set me back close to $40, I decided to rethink my crafty plan of attack. My creative muse perked up as I walked past a display of spools of black tulle. I’ve made many a tutu for various little girls in our lives with spools of pink and purple tulle and they are SO easy. I figured I’d just apply the same concept to the wreath. I love the way it turned out and figured I’d type up a quick tutorial for it. It’s really not much different than the concept for the ribbon wreath, but it ends up looking a little more fanciful to me. I think it would be really fun to do the same thing in bright colors for a birthday party, and will store that away in my crafty mental box for next year.
1 14 inch straw wreath ($4 reg price, got it for $2 on sale at Hobby Lobby)
3 15 yard spools of black tulle ($4 reg price, got for $2.50 each at Hancock Fabrics)
1 10 yard roll of 2 inch black floral ribbon ($10 reg. price, got for $5 on sale at Hobby Lobby)
1-2 yards of orange floral ribbon (purchased a 10 yard spool on sale for $3 at Hobby Lobby, reg. price $6)
a couple pins to hold ribbon in place
small black scrap ribbon to make a loop at the back of the wreath for hanging
I kept the plastic wrapper on the straw wreath because I didn’t want to deal with all those bits and pieces of straw flying everywhere. Then I just wrapped the black ribbon around it tightly, securing it at the end with a straight pin.
Then cut the tulle into 18 inch long strips. I used all three spools to make it really fluffy.
Tie the tulle around the wreath and knot it with a square knot (right over left, left over right)
Continue to tie the strips all the way around until you have it as full as you want it. Make sure you keep all the knots lined up (I kept mine to the center left when looking down at the wreath). Don’t worry if it looks lopsided to you. You can always give it a haircut when you’re finished.
When you’re done, and it’s nice and fluffy and even, tie a simple orange bow to the bottom and a small loop of black ribbon at the top and hang. I have mine on a white Command adhesive hook.
Happy Crafting! (And yes, Sallie, I still owe you a pillowcase dress tutorial! It’s just a wee bit more complicated than this one, but I will get it done soon!)
Oh, and Kendall says hi!
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