A Ribbon Sculpture Christmas Wreath is a lovely item to craft to add to your Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts.
Materials needed for Ribbon Sculpture Christmas Wreath
1.2m x 6mm wide emerald grosgrain ribbon
10cm x 6mm wide red grosgrain ribbon
12cm x 9mm wide emerald grosgrain ribbon
alligator clip or brooch back
6mm Double sided tape or E6000 glue
5 x hot fix rhinestones
needle & thread
Wood burning tool (lighter or matches will also work)
Hot Glue Gun
How to make the Military Braid for the wreath
Take 6mm wide green grosgrain and find the centre. Place pin at the central point. Loop the right side of ribbon over and pin in place. Take the left side of the ribbon and make a loop towards the back and form a loop. (There is no need to pin the second loop – I did not have enough hands to take the picture and hold the ribbon).
Thread the left side loop through the right hand side loop. Remove the pin and gently tighten the right hand side loop until the other loop is relatively tight and secure.
Make a loop with the right hand side ribbon and pass it through the left hand side loop. Gently tighten the left hand side ribbon until it is flush with the edge of the looped ribbon. Repeat on the left hand side. Continue until the braid is approximately 10cm long.
Pull the ribbon of the last loop all the way through. Trim ribbon leaving approximately 1cm of ribbon and seal the ends with the wood burning tool or a naked flame. Bring the two end pieces of ribbon together and stitch – do not tie off stitching.
Bring the two ends of the braid together and overlap slightly. Stitch together and knot thread.
How to make the Red Christmas Bow
Make 2 loops as shown. Cross right over left and continue by folding it over the back. Bring the same loop though the bottom opening. Take one loop in each hand and gently ease the bow into shape. This may require a bit of loosening and tightening to get the desired shape.
Place a stitch in the back of the bow being careful not to go through the front piece of ribbon. Trim off some of the tails leaving approximately 2.5cm and seal the ribbon.
How to Line an alligator clip with double sided tape
Take 12cm of 9mm ribbon and seal the ends. Place double sided tape the length of the ribbon. Remove backing tape, open the clip and place the ribbon between the top and bottom prongs. Carefully flip the ribbon over and cover the remainder of the clip with the ribbon.
Put a bead of hot glue in the middle of the clip and place the Ribbon Sculpture Christmas Wreath on the clip. Hold for a moment for the glue to cool.
If you like a bit of bling add the rhinestones now. We used 16ss (approximately 4mm) Clear AB hot fix rhinestones.
We have kits on sale at Sarah Lauren for this project. Kit contains enough ribbon, clips and rhinestones to make 5.
Download instructions here – Christmas Wreath Hair Clip Instructions