Here we are again, these days are flying by!!!
As promised this is the tutorial for the lovely initial ribbon wreath made for my daughter's 3rd birthday party.
You will need:
A 25cms Polystyrene wreath base (Mine had a flat back),
lots and lots of co-ordinating ribbon cut into 2.5 inches,
Long pins with heads,
A wooden or Foam medium sized letter or number,
Paint (to paint your letter if unpainted), Newspaper & apron
Couple of long lengths of co-ordinating ribbon to make bow and hanger.
Select an initial (or number) to use and paint it, (if unpainted), in a colour to match your ribbon choice. Leave to dry and move on to step 2.
Cut your chosen ribbon into 2.5 inch strips.
As before with the table decorations curl over the ribbon strip and where it overlaps push a pin through to the end.
Starting at the top of the wreath push through the ribbon loops, until they sit snugly on top of the polystyrene wreath, I worked in rows downwards, mixing up the colours as I went.
Work your way all the way around - you might want to stop for a cuppa halfway!
Jaffa Cakes optional!!!
This is an optional step as I ran out of ribbon right at the end! I had a few inches of white space left, so I decided to get some co-ordinating satin ribbon and wrap it around the wreath. This then became the top of my wreath. You don't have to do this part - you can just keep going with the ribbon loops until completely covered.
This is the view from the back - I just wrapped 2 different colours around and around until the white space was covered and then secured with a couple of the long pins.
I then took 2 lengths of paler satin ribbon and twisted together. I pinned one end at the edge of the wrapped ribbon block and the other end at the other side of the wrapped ribbon block. (You can see in the picture above where it is pinned). This gave me my hanger, to hang on a hook attached to the door. If you missed out the wrapping ribbon section and continued with the loops then just pin the hanger at the back leaving a gap between each end.
Larger view from the back showing wrapped section and hanger.
Next heat up that trusty old glue gun!
Take your now dry letter or number and onto the back squeeze a large blob of hot glue and spread it around the lower half. Press the letter firmly onto the wreath making sure it is sticking to the polystyrene not just ribbon (you want it to have a nice firm base and not wriggle around!) I put it on the lower right hand side of the wreath slightly offset. Turn off glue gun!!
To finish off the wreath I made a large satin ribbon bow using the 4 colours I had used in the wreath and pinned it on with a ribbon loop in the middle to tie it all in. (You can miss this part out if you wish - it just finished off the wrapped ribbon section nicely!)
Voila - a gorgeous ribbon wreath to match the ribbon topiary trees from last week that you can make to any colour way or occasion!
Next Tutorial Tuesday I will be doing tissue pom-pom flowers...