There’s just something about a wreath that makes a whole house look happy! No matter the season, a bright and cheerful wreath hanging on the front door or in the entryway welcomes friends and family to our home. With spring just around the corner, I just couldn’t resist creating a fun wreath for our home and a few for my Etsy shop.
If you want to design and create your own spring wreath, this tutorial will give you some ideas to get you started. Of course, you can use any colors you want, but I thought the coral and aqua combination would be a happy color scheme. And since I already had some leftover fabric and ribbon in those colors, it just made sense to use what was on hand.
So, let’s get started making our “Hello Spring” wreath!
Gather your supplies
- Wreath form
- Ribbon (various colors, widths, and lengths)
- Other embellishments (lace, yarn, fabric strips)
- Straight pins
- Glue gun
- Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
I would recommend using a foam wreath form – but all I had was a straw form, so I decided to go ahead and use it, but I kept the clear plastic wrapping on it to hold the straw in place while I was wrapping it with ribbon.
Let’s make it!
Begin by wrapping approximately half of the wreath form with one color ribbon. I started with the wide aqua ribbon, and pinned it in place on the back side of the wreath. Then just wrap it around, slightly overlapping each time you go around, until you have covered about half of the wreath. Trim the end of the ribbon and pin in place with two straight pins.
Then wrap the other half of the wreath with your other color ribbon. The wider ribbon works best for this first layer or wrapping. Just pin of the ribbon onto the back side of the wreath form, and continue wrapping, slightly overlapping each time around, until the rest of the wreath is covered.
It doesn’t have to be exact, so feel free to use up any extra or leftover ribbon you have on hand. You could easily include a third color ribbon, and on this wreath I would have added some white ribbon if needed.
Once you have the entire wreath form completely covered with the wide ribbon, it is time to embellish it a bit with bits and pieces of other stuff from you stash! I had a piece of wide white lace left over from another project, and some narrow ribbon in a similar shade of aqua, as well as a bit of pink gingham ribbon and fluffy white fiber / yarn that ended up on the table in my studio.
I had pulled out a skein of bright coral variegated yarn, as well as some deep turquoise yarn that I thought I might use, but decided those colors were too intense for the look I was going for with this particular wreath. Maybe for summer . . .
Using the pin technique on the back side of your wreath, secure a length of ribbon or lace or yarn and start wrapping it around, randomly, as far as you can go with the length you have on hand.
The white lace lightened up the colors a bit, and then the fuzzy yarn and gingham ribbon added a bit of texture to the overall design.
Just wrap different embellishments around and around until you get the look you like!
Once you have the base of the wreath the way you want it, it is time to create a few fabric flowers to add a bit of pizzazz. The first thing I did with this one was to take a piece of white lace on my cutting table and gather it up and tie it with a narrow white ribbon. That was attached to the wreath on the lower right side with straight pins.
This could be made from a strip of coordinating fabric, too. Use your imagination and you’ll find something that will be perfect!
You might also want to add a few ribbon “streamers” here, as well. Easy-peasy! Just cut a few strips of coordinating ribbon (about 4” – 5” long) and pin them in place right over the little lace or fabric ruffle.
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Cut three circles of fabric from your coordinating fabric, approximately 6” – 8” in diameter, depending on how big you want your fabric flowers to be. I decided I just wanted three, but you could add as many as you want!
Using the long, running (basting) stitch on your sewing machine, or with a needle and thread, stitch all around the outside edge of each fabric square, approximately ¼” from the outside.
Gently pull up the basting stitches, gathering the edges of each circle into the center, and tie the ends of the thread together to keep the gathering secured in the center.
Do this for each of the fabric flowers you want to make; take a few extra stitches with a needle and thread to pull all of the gathers as close together in the center as possible.
This is where you will hand-stitch a few buttons on for the center of your fabric flowers.
I had several vintage buttons that were just the right color, but then I had to use a few of my newer buttons to finish up with three or four buttons in the center of the flower that I wanted to put on the top.
Once the fabric flowers are completed, it is time to put it all together on the wreath.
Place your ribbon “streamers” onto the wreath, on top of the lace / fabric ruffle, and secure with straight pins.
You could attach all of these items to your wreath with a glue gun, as well, but I chose to use straight pins so that I can undo my wreath if I want to, and use it for a different season. Besides, the pins added a bit of extra whimsy later on when I added the other buttons to the wreath!
Then position your fabric flowers on top of the “streamers” in whatever design you like. I layered my three fabric flowers, staggering them so that the only one with the center actually showing was the top one.
Layering them like that created a bit of a “ruffle” effect running up the lower right side of the wreath. All of my fabric flowers were secured in place with straight pins, as well, making it versatile in case I decided to move them.
The final step for the basic wreath design is to add a few buttons here and there to pull it all together. I had straight pins that matched the colors of my buttons so I thought it would be fun to pin the buttons in place . . . don’t you think they turned out just perfect?
And there you have your beautiful spring wreath . . . but I wanted to add a little welcome message to mine so I decided to add a banner that says “Hello Spring.
To create the “Hello Spring” banner simply print out the banner letters (below), but them out, and glue them on to a ribbon.
I actually had a bit of aqua cord (I have no idea why I had it, because I don’t remember a previous project that called for aqua cord, but there it was, so I decided to use it!)
Measure your ribbon or cord to make sure you have the right length to go across your wreath from side to side, then cut it and tie the ends to prevent it from fraying.
Glue on the letters for the banner, and using the straight pin method again, place the banner on your wreath.
If it isn’t quite where you want it, no worries, just pull out the pin and move it a bit higher or lower, until you are completely happy with the look of your “Hello Spring” wreath.
This is a fun and easy project that you can do during the little ones’ naptime, or even make this cute wreath with your older kids. The only parts that need adult supervision are the stitching and the glue gun.
Be careful with little ones around the sewing machine, and especially with the glue gun . . . . but they would have great fun wrapping the ribbons and lace, and pinning the buttons in place. Have fun and enjoy your “Hello Spring” wreath!
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The “Hello Spring” wreath was designed and created for Vintage Mama’s Cottage copyright 2017. This tutorial may be used to create the “Hello Spring” wreath for personal use or for commercial use, but the reproductions of this tutorial is not permitted under copyright laws.