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How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

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How to make a ribbon wreath with plaid ribbon and a burlap bow for your front door for the holidays! So easy to make! 

I’ve been creating a different Christmas front door basket for the past few seasons so I was ready for a change.

This beautiful, and large, ribbon wreath was just the change I was craving and it was so fun to make.

Of course it had to involve plaid ribbon and burlap, I’ve been crazy for both of them lately.

ribbon wreath hanging on front door

So, not only did it have the plaid and burlap that is so popular but it’s super easy project to do, and cost less than $15.

A wreath of this size would have cost a lot more if I bought it ready-made.

Supplies to make a DIY ribbon wreath:

ribbon, pipe cleaners and wreath form

Creating a Christmas ribbon wreath

To get started, I used 1/2 a pipe cleaner to tie down the end of the ribbon to the frame and made a loop (3-4″ tall), tying the loop down with a pipe cleaner.  

making ribbon wreath
tucking in ribbon on DIY ribbon wreath

I worked my way around the whole frame making a loop and tying each one down with 1/2 a pipe cleaner.

using pipe cleaner to tie ribbon wreath loop
tying loop of ribbon wreath with pipe cleaner
tying pipe cleaner on back of ribbon wreath

As I worked my way around, I made sure I kept the loops at the same height (3-4″) and tied them close together (otherwise you can see the wire frame when you twist the loops).

back of DIY ribbon wreath with pipe cleaners

Once I was done making and tying all the loops, it was time for some pulling action.

I grabbed a loop and pulled it to the inside of the frame.

pulling loops on DIY ribbon wreath

Then I took the next loop and pulled it the opposite way, to the outside of the frame.

I worked my way around the frame pulling each loop one way or the other.

pulling loops on DIY ribbon wreath

After I was done pulling all the loops, I went back and checked my work.

I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any of the frame showing and fixed any funky looking loops.

Finishing up your wreath

All that was left to do was to add a bow. I really wanted to use burlap so I whipped up my own burlap bow to top off my wreath.

DIY burlap bow

I had some ribbon left so I pinned a piece of the plaid ribbon to the burlap bow tails just for fun.

closeup of ribbon wreath

The finished wreath ended up being a little heavy so I used a piece of thick twine to hang it on our turquoise front door. 

DIY ribbon wreath hanging on turquoise front door in small entryway

I had no real plan when I started this project and ended up making it up as I went along.

I’m just loving how it turned out! And it satisfies my need for burlap and plaid. 


Check out more easy DIY Christmas wreaths

Yield: 1 ribbon wreath with burlap bow

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

ribbon wreath hanging on turquoise front door

How to make a ribbon wreath with plaid ribbon and burlap to add a festive touch to your holiday decor or front door.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $15


  • 18" wreath form
  • black pipe cleaners
  • scissors to cut pipe cleaners
  • 3-¾" plaid ribbon, 50 yds (it needs to have wire in it)
  • burlap ribbon
  • twine


  1. To get started, use 1/2 a pipe cleaner to tie down the end of the ribbon to the frame and make a loop (3-4" tall), tying it down with a pipe cleaner. 
  2. Work your way around the wreath form making and tying the loops down with 1/2 a pipe cleaner
  3. Make sure loops are all the same height and spaced closely together
  4. After loops are tied, pull each loop an opposite way
  5. Take first loop and pull it to the inside of the form
  6. Pull the next loop to the outside of the form
  7. Work your way around wreath form
  8. When all loops are pulled, make sure there aren't any gaps
  9. Tie bow to wreath
  10. Hang wreath on front door

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