DIY Ribbon Wreath {with no-sew fabric flowers}

DIY Ribbon Wreath

This post should be subtitled “I’m in love with my hot glue gun” because that’s how I feel about it right now. IN LOVE! I may have mentioned a time or two about my sewing phobia. Ahem. I can sew in teensy weensy little bits, but the whole process kind of stresses me out, so I choose not sewing over sewing whenever possible. And boy was it possible with this sweet little spring wreath!

I used the following items to put this wreath together:

Supplies

  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Wreath Form {I really wanted to use my $1 pool noodle trick again, but apparently no one goes swimming in Pittsburgh in April…who knew?}
  • Hot Glue Gun, aka the new love of my life {sorry, honey ;)}

Wreath

I started by wrapping my ribbon around my wreath form which, by the way, is about a bajillion times faster than using yarn. Why have I been using yarn all these years? {Okay, it is really cute so maybe it’s worth it.} I just hot glued the start of the ribbon to the back of my wreath form {1} and started wrapping. Every 3 or 4 wraps around I would use a little dab of hot glue to attach my ribbon to the wreath form {2}. When I got to the end I just snipped off the ribbon and secured it to the back of my wreath with hot glue, and I was done {3}! My ribbon spools held 3.6 meters of ribbon and I ended up using about 1 1/3 spools for my 16″ wreath form.

Hot Glue Steps

Flowers

Now on to the flowers! I used three types of no-sew flowers for this wreath, all of which were pretty simple.

No-Sew Fabric Flowers

#1- The Nest

To make “The Nest,” I cut a piece of fabric 2-3″ wide and 21″ long {1}. The wider/longer your fabric, the bigger your flower will be. I then twisted it {2} and began wrapping it around itself, securing it with hot glue {3}. I continued to wrap and wrap and wrap, adding a dot of hot glue every inch or two {4}. Finally, I secured the end of the fabric, the tail, to the back of the flower using hot glue {5}. Quick and easy!

Nest Collage Steps

#2- The Braided Nest

The Braided Nest follows a very similar process. I started with three strips that were about 3/4″ wide and 21″ long {1}. Again, the wider/longer your fabric, the bigger your flower will be. Tie the three strips together with a knot {2}. Twist all three strips of fabric {3}. They will come undone somewhat as you braid, but if you twist them first, it will be easier to incorporate them into the braid. Braid the three strands together and secure the end with a knot {4}. As with The Nest, begin wrapping your fabric around itself, securing it with hot glue {5}. Continue to wrap the braid, using a dab of glue ever inch or two to hold the flower together {6}. Secure the tail at the back of the flower using hot glue {7}. Enjoy your beautiful braided flower {8}!

Braided Nest Instructions

#3- Geometric

Geometric Flower

I shared the simple no-sew tutorial for this final type of flower a few months ago. You can find it here.

Put It All Together

After I had completed my wreath and all of my flowers, I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the flowers, and I was done! Our front door sure is looking a lot happier these days!

Front Door with Wreath

What’s your favorite way to decorate for spring?

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so cute. I love your fabric flowers. I also have anxiety with the sewing machine. Glues guns I love. ;-) Visiting from Give Me the Goods. Have a great week!

  2. says

    Oh! I really like it Abby and the color is perfect for spring too! :-) Adding those flowers was a great idea! thanks for the tutorial on the flowers, you make it look so easy but I don’t know if mine would look like that! I will still give it a try! :-) Beautiful wreath (love that there’s no sewing in love!) Wish you a great week!

  3. JaneEllen says

    What could be prettier on a door to welcome one and all but your gorgeous wreath? Love it so much and the flowers are so pretty, cheerful. Makes a person smile just looking at it. Great tutorial also
    . I tried to make the twisted strip flower last year, lets just say it was pretty sad, had more glue on it that showed, not too pretty. I will try again tho since your excellent tutorial is more clear than directions I had before. The braiding flower will have to attempt that one again also. Since I’ve gotten older I can’t seem to braid, I get mixed up which one I did before or last or whichever, lol. Ah the fun of getting to be a senior. Luckily you have much time before you have to deal with that nonsense.
    The last flower I’ve done and was able to make it look decent even. So glad I found your blog and so enjoy seeing your posts. Happy Days to you and yours.
    Your boys are adorable, so sweet.

  4. says

    So cute! I know a little girl who would love for me to do this ;) I have tried doing similar flowers, but they don’t turn out quite as pretty as yours, I guess I’m too inpatient. This year, I am making it my mission to decorate my door with homemade wreaths, that echo the season, it would surely help if I shared on my blog. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi, hope you have a great week.

  5. says

    I love those colors! The rosettes are so cute. I’m planning a baby shower and plan to have a head band making table. These flowers would be perfect to make!

    • says

      Thanks, Heather! Yes, they are super easy, so people who haven’t done things like this before should have no problem picking it up. What a great idea for a shower! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Krissy says

    I love how you used ribbon to wrap the wreath… it makes it stand out really well. I do fabric wrapped wreaths, but maybe I need to try a ribbon wrapped one, too! Thanks for sharing! (Linked on Lil’ Luna)

    • says

      Thank you, Kelly! I am just seeing you everywhere these days–Practically Functional, Joss & Main coming up…you are one popular lady! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  7. says

    So… I totally want the wreath!! Great job!!

    Thanks for partying with me last week! Can’t wait to party with you again tomorrow evening at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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