How to make a Christmas ribbon wreath – two easy bubble wreath designs to DIY

Always fancied making a Christmas ribbon wreath? Here's how to make one in less than one hour

red ribbon wreath with Christmas dried fruit and green bow on a white door
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As much as we love the traditional festive door wreath (opens in new tab), we also adore the idea of a Christmas ribbon wreath. They're popularity is increasing and they're a great way to add beauty to your front door or use in your wall decor. Bubble wreath designs have a lovely form to them and they make great gifts! You can make this using mesh but I love the look of ribbon personally. The best part is that you can make a wreath this this yourself for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one! And not only do you save money, but you can also customize the ribbon colors to your preference. 

Much like when you're making a foliage Christmas wreath, you only need a few items to make a ribbon wreath. And, you can find all of them at your local craft store like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or online at Amazon.

We've designed two Christmas ribbon wreaths for you to DIY – which will you choose?

1. All the festive feels with classic red

Christmas red and green ribbon wreath on white door

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You can't beat a classic red and green wreath whether it's real or faux. Follow our step by step below on how to make this beautiful Christmas ribbon wreath. 

You'll need:

  • a roll of 4 inch red ribbon (opens in new tab), we used 20 metres (22 yards)
  • a wreath ring (opens in new tab), we used a 16 inch
  • scissors
  • Christmas dried fruit (opens in new tab) pieces 
  • cinnamon sticks (opens in new tab)
  • contrasting ribbon for a bow and for hanging
  • florist wire (opens in new tab) for wiring dried fruit pieces 

1. Attach your ribbon

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Tie your ribbon to the inside of your wreath ring, within one of the four sections, and make sure your reel of ribbon is underneath the ring.

2. Make your first loop

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Move the knot to the start of one of the four sections and push the first loop through, we make ours approximately 2 inches high.

3. Add more loops

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Twist the ribbon once and repeat through the next two sections of the wreath ring.

4. Start a new row and repeat

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Twist again and start the next row in the middle section, then the inside one, and then the outer section. Always twist the ribbon once before looping. We did 8 rows per section of the wreath ring.

5. Complete the wreath ring

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Keep going until they’re all full, cut the ribbon and fasten at the back.

6. Attach your cinnamon sticks

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You can get pre-wired cinnamon sticks – they are easy to place as you simply decide where to attach them and twist the wire. If you have simple cinnamon sticks, use ribbon to tie two together and use wire around them to attach to the back of the wreath ring. We used three for this size ring. 

7. Wire your dried fruit 

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Whether you make your own dried fruit pieces or buy them already dried, you will need to wire them for the ring. Take one piece of florist wire and place it as shown above. Then twist once below the fruit slice. Attach it to wreath ring and twist the wire at the back to fasten. Add as many as you like! Your Christmas ribbon wreath is complete, all you need to do now is decide whether to hang it inside or out. 

2. Green and cream plaid Christmas ribbon wreath 

For this DIY ribbon wreath, I chose a green and cream plaid ribbon with a silver embellishment down the center. To accentuate the embellishment in the plaid ribbon, I chose a silver ribbon to use with it. You can mix and match ribbons according to the look you want. I used two spools of 30 foot ribbon for a total of 60 feet. If you want your wreath to look more full you can use a third spool. Here's a full list of supplies:

DIY Ribbon wreath

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1. Start working on the outside of the frame

Start by cutting off a length of ribbon from the spool. Working on the outside wire of the wreath frame, slide the ribbon underneath about an inch, apply a line of hot glue along the top width and fold over to secure. 

DIY Ribbon wreath

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DIY Ribbon wreath

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2. Create your first loop

Loop the ribbon over and through the second wire on the wreath, leaving a loop of about 3 - 4 finger widths.

Step by step ribbon wreath

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3. Move onto the next

Push a section of the ribbon up between the third and fourth wire to create another loop.

Step by step ribbon wreath

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4. Twist, loop and push through the ribbon

Twist the ribbon and loop over and through the inner wire. Push a section of ribbon up between the two middle wires.

Step by step ribbon wreath

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5. Repeat

Then repeat with the next section. Twist the ribbon and loop over and through the outer wire. 

DIY Ribbon wreath

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Continue this process, bunching the ribbon as you go to cover the wire frame and give the wreath a full look. 

6. Keep it tidy as you move around the wreath

When you come to the end of your first piece of ribbon, hide the end on the backside of the wreath and glue to secure it. Then cut another length of ribbon and repeat the process moving all the way around the wreath. 

DIY Ribbon wreath

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7. Fluff the wreath

Once you’ve finished the final section and secured the last end of ribbon on the back side of the wreath with hot glue, you’ll want to fluff your wreath and make sure none of the wire is showing. 

DIY Ribbon wreath

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8. Choose an embellishment

At this point you can choose to leave the wreath as is or add some embellishment like some floral sprigs or a bow.

9. To make a bow for the ribbon wreath

Add this to your repertoire of Christmas crafts why don't you: 

To make a bow, layer the ribbon on top of itself, moving back and forth until you have three loops on either side. The bow should be approximately 6” - 8” long, leaving enough on either end to hang down. Cut a 4” piece of ribbon and wrap around the center of your layered bow and secure with hot glue.

10. Attach your bow and hang

Attach the bow to the wreath using floral wire or hot glue. Now your DIY ribbon wreath is ready to hang on a door or mantel! 

Tip: To reuse your wreath over and over, choose a neutral color for the base of your wreath and change out the bow or embellishment with the seasons! 

DIY Ribbon wreath

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For this project I spent $9 on ribbon and $4 on the wire wreath frame for a grand total of $13! It only took about an hour from start to finish and now I have a beautiful wreath to display in my home.

Sure, you can buy a great Christmas wreath but if you've left it super last-minute and if the good ones are gone, I'd just DIY!

Dori Turner writes blog posts and feature articles on affordable design and DIY from her home in the heart of Oklahoma. She has a passion for teaching others how they can transform their home on a budget.

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