DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Four Seasons Fabric and Ribbon Wreath
This colorful wreath project uses scrap fabric, ribbon, and other textural elements to create a unique home decoration that reflects the changing seasons. This festive wreath can be displayed in your home throughout the year and will work wonderfully with any seasonal or holiday decor.
Although I designed my wreath to depict the different seasons, this is optional. You could also borrow the idea and textural elements of the wreath project, but use any color combination you choose to match your decor or represent a specific holiday.
This wreath is not really designed for outdoor display. However If your front door is protected, and depending on the materials you use, you could probably hang it on an exterior door.
Materials for Making a Four Seasons Wreath
The basic materials for this wreath project are:
- A foam wreath form - you can probably use any wreath form for this project. I liked this foam wreath because of its rounded tube shape. My wreath is about 11 1/2 inches in diameter from the outside edge. I bought it at my big box retailer for $7.
- Various scrap fabrics, ribbons, and other materials in a variety of colors and textures - again, I chose materials in the colors of the four seasons, but this is not essential. You can choose whatever color palette you wish.
- A glue gun and lots of glue sticks
- Sharp scissors
- Measuring tape
Ideas for Materials to Use to Decorate Your Wreath:
- Scrap fabric, ribbon, and other trimmings
- Yarn or twine
- Beads or beaded garland
- Upholstery nail heads or other decorative tacks
- Buttons, sequins, or bits of broken jewelry
- Glass pebbles or marbles, as you might put in a vase
- Artificial flowers or leaves
- Crosscut pieces of small branches
- Acorn tops or seed pods
- Feathers or seashells
How to Make the Wreath
1. The first step in making your wreath is to lay out your materials to see how they will look together. I laid out my materials, starting with my winter colors, using white and blues. Then I moved into spring colors with light burlap ribbon and an artificial flower. I added some green fabric and gold nail heads for summer, and then twine and orange ribbon to depict the fall season. I chose my colors to reflect the different seasons, but also to go with my living room.
It's a good idea to mix your textural elements around your wreath to balance your design. I put wooden beads in one section of my wreath, and then added gold nail heads across the wreath. Likewise, I tucked an artificial flower on one side of my wreath, and added a feather on the other side (see top photo).
2. Next, it is helpful to measure around the width of your wreath form. This will tell you how long and wide to cut your materials without any unnecessary waste.
3. If you are planning to design your wreath to depict the four seasons, it might be helpful to mark on your wreath form where one season will end and the next will begin. I used a black marker to divide my wreath into four equal quadrants and drew a line on the foam to indicate the separate sections.
4. I planned to start my wreath by adding white felt petals. However, I knew these petals would overlap over some jute twine in my fall section, so I actually started by wrapping my wreath with about an inch of twine. I used a dot of hot glue on the back of my wreath to secure the beginning and end of my length of twine.
5. Then I began cutting my white felt petals. I cut a bunch of fabric rectangles that were 2 and 1/2 inches high by 1 inch wide. I took one of these pieces and trimmed the top into a curved point, like on a leaf. Once I got the shape I wanted, I used this cut piece as a template, laying it over each of the other pieces and following the shape to cut my petals. They are not all exact but once glued on my wreath, I don't think anyone will notice.
6. I glued on my first row of petals, overlapping my twine. Then I placed the next row of petals so they covered the seam between my previous petals. I continued to glue my petals in place in this manner for four rows total.
7. My next material was some blue raffia ribbon, but I wanted to use this to hide the break between my white petals and some denim fabric. So I glued down a wide piece of scrap denim first. This took some manipulation to get it to fit around my wreath because of the curve of the shape. I had to fold and tack it in place on the back side. If you want to use a wide area of material, you may want to cut it into thinner strips, and wrap it around your wreath form like ribbon.
8. Once I had my denim fabric attached, I wrapped my raffia ribbon around my wreath to hide where the white felt ended and the denim began. I used hot glue to tack the beginning and end of the raffia in place on the back of my wreath.
9. Then I glued some white buttons onto my blue denim. You could also use other winter elements like little plastic snowflakes to decorate this section of your wreath.
10. My next material for my wreath was some wooden beads. I had cut my denim extra long so that I could wrap my beads over it, and the denim would cover my green foam form.
To add my beads, I strung them first on some thin string and tied off the ends tightly. I glued my first bead in place on the back of my wreath, then wrapped the rest of my string of beads around the form. I glued the last bead in place on the back of my wreath, making sure to also tack down the end of the beading string too.
11. Next, I used a small piece of gold and white ribbon to separate the winter section of my wreath from the spring. When changing seasons on my wreath, I tried to choose materials that would work with both of the neighboring seasons.
12. For the spring section of my wreath, I wrapped a large area with burlap ribbon. I knew I was going to add an artificial flower to this section, and I planned to tuck it into one of the wraps of ribbon when I was done with my other materials.
13. Next, I attached a piece of green dotted ribbon to my wreath. Again, this ribbon would work with both the spring and summer sections of my wreath.
14. Then I added some green felt petals to my design. I cut these petals exactly like my white petals above and glued them in place in the same manner.
15. My next material was my decorative upholstery tacks. I knew my green wreath form would show through the tacks, so first I wrapped a section of my wreath with brown ribbon. This ribbon also covered the bottom edge of my petals.
15. I was able to just push my upholstery tacks into my wreath form with my fingers. These tacks are a little expensive at $5 for a bag of 48 tacks, so I only placed them on the front of my wreath. I tried to arrange them in an even pattern that followed the shape of my wreath.
16. I left some blank space on my brown ribbon so I could overlap the first element of my fall section of my wreath.
17. The first material I used for the fall section of my wreath was some fuzzy red ribbon. I wrapped this around my form, overlapping it above the brown ribbon from the last section.
18. Next, I wrapped my wreath with some orange decorative ribbon. I planned to add a feather when my wreath was complete.
19. I ended this section with more twine to meet the jute that I started my wreath with. I added a little metallic gold elastic to this area for some sparkle.
20. To add my feather, I just trimmed the bottom stem and tucked it in between the wraps on my orange fall ribbon.
21. I then tucked my artificial flower into my spring section in the same manner. I think this is my favorite element on my wreath.
How to Hang Your Wreath
I chose to display my Four Seasons wreath on my mantle, but you could also hang it in your home. There are two ways to hang your wreath:
1. In one of the areas of your wreath wrapped in ribbon, make a separate loop out of the same ribbon. Then glue it to the back of wreath so that your loop sticks out above your wreath as a hanger.
2. Use string, rope, or twine and tie it around the tube of your wreath. As you tie it, make an additional loop that sticks out above your wreath as a hanger. Then attach the materials on either side of your loop to hide it on your wreath so only your hanger shows.
© 2017 Donna Herron