Monday, June 17, 2013

DIY Chevron Ribbon Wreath

Happy Monday! We have a super easy project to share with you to brighten up your front door for the summer.  I've been working on adding some pops of color to our front porch to liven up our very beige exterior.  When I saw this adorable chevron ribbon wreath on Lolly Jane, I knew I had to use the same chevron ribbon (it was an added bonus when I saw she found it at Hobby Lobby - helllllo 40% off coupon!). 

You will need a few things for this project:

  • 1 straw wreath (leave the plastic on, or you will get straw all over the place)
  • 2 rolls of ribbon (one for the wreath, one to hang it by)
  • Straight Pins
  • Sheets of felt for the flowers (2 sheets for a big flower, 1 sheet of felt for a small flower)
  • Hot Glue

First, begin wrapping the wreath with your chevron ribbon. I started by attaching the ribbon to the wreath with a few pins.  Lolly Jane mentioned that the roll of ribbon would be just enough to make it around the wreath, so make sure to wrap it tightly. 

Once you get all the way around the wreath, tack the end of the ribbon down with a few more pins.

There are a million different ways you can then decorate your chevron wreath.  I wanted to add some red to match a bench cushion on our front porch, so I decided to make some felt flowers.

First I started by printing a flower template in 2 different sizes. I downloaded the flower template on this blog, and re-sized the rounded petal flower (see arrow below) on our printer/copier. 

Once I had my templates, I simply cut out 6 flower shapes for each color flower. You might notice 2 of my 6 flowers in red are smaller. I only had 1 piece of felt to make my big flower, but I would recommend cutting 6 flowers of the same size (and using 2 pieces of felt).

With my flower pieces all cut, it was time to hot glue them together. I've been perfecting my felt flowers for baby girl headbands, and I love this tutorial. Instead of recreating a step by step guide that is already perfect (in my opinion), I'll let you follow these instructions.  I like a fuller felt flower, which is why I decided to do 6 cutouts, instead of 4-5 that she recommends. I glue the extra flowers in the middle.

When you have your flowers created, you simply add them to your wreath with a few more straight pins.  These felt flowers are really easy to make and so versatile.  Like I mentioned above, I've been making smaller felt flowers and adding them to elastic for baby headbands.  They could also be hot glued on to belts, adult headbands, or pinned on pillows. 

Cut one more piece of ribbon (I decided to use the yellow chevron to add some more color) to hang your wreath by, and you are done!

How easy is that?! A few days after I hung the wreath on the door, Reed mentioned that he thought my flowers were "getting much better".  I'm not sure if he thinks I made some horrible flowers in the past or if all of my practice has made me a flower expert. Either way, Reed noticing the flowers (and then remembering to say something) is a huge compliment in my book! ;)

Have you added any summer-y decorations around the house? Share your links in the comments, we would love to see!