How to make a ribbon wreath – an easy bubble wreath design to DIY

Bubble wreaths are beautiful and super popular. This is how to make one using ribbon in less than an hour, for less than $13...

Green and silver/gold ribbon bubble wreath on display on hanger
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Ribbon wreaths are really popular and 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 or Michael’s or online at Amazon.

How to make a ribbon wreath step-by-step

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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