How to Make a Styrofoam and Ribbon Wreath

Updated on July 3, 2018
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Put a Lovely Wreath Together on a Budget!

Need to make a cheap gift for somebody? Need a quick housewarming present? Have an abundance or ribbon that you’d like to put to good use? Here is a quick and easy homemade decoration that can be displayed in your home, used as a decoration, or given away as a gift.

What You'll Need

  • A piece of round Styrofoam: Any size or thickness will work. If you can choose the color, I suggest you go with green. If you have a piece of Styrofoam handy, cut a wreath-shape from it.
  • 1 box of sewing pins
  • Hot glue
  • Several rolls of ribbon: It took three rolls to make the wreath in this project.
  • A bow (optional)

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1. Wrap the Ribbon

If you don’t want the Styrofoam to show, wrap a spool of ribbon around the styrofoam. Work from the center and wind around the outer edge. Loop it back towards the center. Keep the ribbon tight, and secure each end with your pins or hot glue.

  • Tip: I use hot glue as a backup. It’s easier to move the pins around as you work, especially when you are first starting and trying to judge the ribbon spacing versus how much you have to work with.

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2. Cut the Ribbon

Cut the rest of your ribbon into two- to three-inch strips. If you have more than one pattern of ribbon, decide how you are going to arrange them on the wreath. For this wreath, I had more of one pattern than another so I knew that there wouldn’t be enough to cover the wreath evenly. So, I arranged them in the design that I ended up with.

  • Tip: Use themed colors to make wreaths for different occasions such as cheering on sports teams or celebrating holidays.

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3. Fold the Strips

Fold each strip into thirds. Overlap the ends of each fold into the center of the back of the ribbon.

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4. Pin the Ribbon

Pin the strip through the center of the ribbon, making sure to pin through the ends of the back of the ribbon where folded. Then, pin the ribbon to the styrofoam. If you don’t have enough pins, hot glue the ribbon inside the loop to secure together. Then, glue the back of the ribbon to the front of the styrofoam.

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5. Work in Rows

If your wreath form is wide, you’ll need to pin or glue the ribbon in rows. Start from the center and work your way out. Keep the pieces of ribbon close together. You can even pin or glue ribbon to the inside or outside of the wreath.

  • The wreath that I made was just wide enough for one row of ribbon.

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6. Fasten a Bow

Glue or pin a bow to the front of the wreath, or make one out of leftover ribbon like I did.

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7. Fasten the String

Optional: Fasten the string to the back of the wreath for easy hanging.

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        Patricia Scott 

        10 days ago from sunny Florida

        O it must be my day to read about wreaths. I just read one by Peggy Woods about making a seashell wreath. This one too looks like a lovely one I can make to share with a friend. Angels are on the way ps

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