Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Measures 10" x 7"
 

Just when you thought sheer ruffles were for clothing, along comes this stunning holiday wreath.  Its soft and delicate look sets it apart from most of the wreaths you’ll find hanging on front doors. No complicated construction here. The edges of ruffle strips are dusted with gold paint then wrapped around a Styrofoam ring and glued in place. There’s also no sewing required, the ruffle edges come finished and ready for your project.

Directions

COVER EXPOSED AREAS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - The Ruffles Separate the ruffles by cutting the fabric into strips.  Each strip should be about 1 ½” wide and consist of 1” of ruffle and ½” of a flat border.  This is a knit fabric that doesn’t fray.

step 1 - The Ruffles

Separate the ruffles by cutting the fabric into strips.  Each strip should be about 1 ½” wide and consist of 1” of ruffle and ½” of a flat border.  This is a knit fabric that doesn’t fray.

step 2 - To paint the ruffles, secure both ends of the strip to a covered work surface with painters tape.  Work in sections if you don’t have the room to paint an entire strip at one time.  The edges of the ruffle should be taught but not so tight it curls. 

step 2 - To paint the ruffles, secure both ends of the strip to a covered work surface with painters tape.  Work in sections if you don’t have the room to paint an entire strip at one time.  The edges of the ruffle should be taught but not so tight it curls. 

step 3 - Using a fine nozzle and light pressure, create a line across the edge of the ruffle with gold paint.  Too much pressure from the airbrush will lift the delicate fabric.  Drape the ruffles over a hanger to dry.

step 3 - Using a fine nozzle and light pressure, create a line across the edge of the ruffle with gold paint.  Too much pressure from the airbrush will lift the delicate fabric.  Drape the ruffles over a hanger to dry.

step 4 - Attach the end of a ruffle strip to the backside of the wreath using a glue gun.  Craft sticks work well to hold the fabric in place while the glue sets.  The top center of the wreath will be the point at which you start attaching ruffles.

step 4 - Attach the end of a ruffle strip to the backside of the wreath using a glue gun.  Craft sticks work well to hold the fabric in place while the glue sets.  The top center of the wreath will be the point at which you start attaching ruffles.

step 5 - Wrap the strip around the wreath, creating small tucks:  one on the outer edge, one on the front flat surface, and one on the inside edge.  Glue the tucks into place.

step 5 - Wrap the strip around the wreath, creating small tucks:  one on the outer edge, one on the front flat surface, and one on the inside edge.  Glue the tucks into place.

step 6 - Bring the fabric to the back of the wreath and start your next row.  The ruffle hem from the previous row should cover the flat border of the new row when it is glued in place.

step 6 - Bring the fabric to the back of the wreath and start your next row.  The ruffle hem from the previous row should cover the flat border of the new row when it is glued in place.

step 7 - Continue working down the wreath until you reach the bottom center.  As you work the curved areas you will need to overlap the ruffles at the inner edges of the wreath more than the outer edges because of the difference in diameter.  When you’ve finished adding ruffles to one side of the wreath, move to the top center and attach the end of a ruffle strip to the backside of the wreath.  Overlap the strips in the center which will create a flat double border to be covered later.  Repeat steps 5-7 above to finish covering the wreath with ruffles.

step 7 - Continue working down the wreath until you reach the bottom center.  As you work the curved areas you will need to overlap the ruffles at the inner edges of the wreath more than the outer edges because of the difference in diameter.  When you’ve finished adding ruffles to one side of the wreath, move to the top center and attach the end of a ruffle strip to the backside of the wreath.  Overlap the strips in the center which will create a flat double border to be covered later.  Repeat steps 5-7 above to finish covering the wreath with ruffles.

step 8 - Add The Ribbon and Holiday Stems Wrap a piece of pearl edged ribbon over the flat double border, bringing it to the back of the wreath.  Fold the ribbon, creating a 6” loop.  Slip the raw edge of the ribbon against the wreath and use straight pins to hold it in place.  Dab hot glue on the pins before inserting them into the wreath.

step 8 - Add The Ribbon and Holiday Stems

Wrap a piece of pearl edged ribbon over the flat double border, bringing it to the back of the wreath.  Fold the ribbon, creating a 6” loop.  Slip the raw edge of the ribbon against the wreath and use straight pins to hold it in place.  Dab hot glue on the pins before inserting them into the wreath.

step 9 - Cut branches from the Holiday Stems and glue them to the center ribbon on the right side.  Add as many or as few as you like.  Slip some of the stems under the ribbon and glue in place.

step 9 - Cut branches from the Holiday Stems and glue them to the center ribbon on the right side.  Add as many or as few as you like.  Slip some of the stems under the ribbon and glue in place.

step 10 - Create the bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon.  Secure the bow with wire, twisting the ends together.  Leave a 2” tail of ribbon.

step 10 - Create the bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon.  Secure the bow with wire, twisting the ends together.  Leave a 2” tail of ribbon.

step 11 - Using the point of a scissor blade, poke a hole through the ribbon and in the top center of the wreath.  

step 11 - Using the point of a scissor blade, poke a hole through the ribbon and in the top center of the wreath.

 

step 12 - Fill the hole with hot glue and push the bow’s wire ends inside. When the glue has set, use the ribbon tail to cover the wire. Glue in place. Add more stems below the bow.

step 12 - Fill the hole with hot glue and push the bow’s wire ends inside. When the glue has set, use the ribbon tail to cover the wire. Glue in place. Add more stems below the bow.

step 13 - Cut a few gold ball stems and poke them into the wreath in clusters.   Dab the stem wires with hot glue before poking them through the fabric and into the Styrofoam.

step 13 - Cut a few gold ball stems and poke them into the wreath in clusters.   Dab the stem wires with hot glue before poking them through the fabric and into the Styrofoam.

step 14 - Finish the wreath by securing the loop you made at the back of the wreath, to the top center of the wreath.  Put nail head wires through a pearl, dab the wire with glue and push it into the Styrofoam at the left edge of the ribbon.  Repeat on the right side.  Attaching the ribbon to the center will allow the wreath to hang properly.

step 14 - Finish the wreath by securing the loop you made at the back of the wreath, to the top center of the wreath.  Put nail head wires through a pearl, dab the wire with glue and push it into the Styrofoam at the left edge of the ribbon.  Repeat on the right side.  Attaching the ribbon to the center will allow the wreath to hang properly.

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • 1144 Gold Enamel Paint
  • Fine line nozzle

At Fabric.com

  • 8 inches of 60” wide, ruffled knit, ivory fabric (results in approx. 13 yards total length)

At JoAnn’s

  • 12” Styrofoam wreath
  • Painters tape
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 headpin wires
  • 2 pearls
  • 2 straight pins
  • 4 ft. pearl edge sheer ribbon 2” wide by Offray
  • Gold holiday stems
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Craft sticks
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At Amazon

  • Aztek airbrush

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