Friday, May 16, 2014

Minnie Mouse Wreath: Tutorial


I have been sharing some of the crafts I made for my 4-year-old's Minnie Mouse Themed Birthday Party. This is a wreath I made in the shape of Minnie Mouse. It was actually really simple. 


Here are the supplies I used:

1- 12" box wire wreath frame (found at JoAnn's)
2- 6" box wire wreath frames (also from JoAnn's)
3 rolls of black wired burlap ribbon. I originally bought two rolls, then had to go back to the store for a third. I found the ribbon at Michael's.
1.5" red and white polka dot ribbon (found at Hobby Lobby)
Packing tape
Pliers, needle and thread, and glue gun (not pictured)


The wreath frames were held together by pieces of wire that were bent up around the inner and outer circles. This is a little complicated to explain, but I will do my best: I pulled open the outer bends of two wreaths with pliers and then slid the outer circle of each wreath inside the opposites wreath's wire bend then pinched them back closed. In the picture you can see that both wreaths are secured by both wires.


I attached both 6" wreaths to the 12" wreath to form the Minnie head with the wires as described above and then secured it with some packing tape to make sure it all stayed in place.


Next, I took the end of the burlap ribbon, slid it up from the back of the wreath, and tied a knot around the outer wreath wire. (This picture was taken from the back of the wreath).


Next, I pulled the ribbon up between the two outer most wires and made a little loop. The size of the loop depends on how full you want the wreath to be. My loop was about the width of two fingers. Next, you twist the loop sideways to hold it in place. The next loop will be between the middle two wires and then the following loop will be between the two inner most wires. You will repeat the loops and twists, moving from one space in the wreath to the next, then down to the next row. You always want each new loop to be separated from the last one by a wire so that it will all stay together. This may mean jumping around a little bit as you work your way around the wreath. For example, as you move down to the next row, you will want to make your loop between the middle two wires instead of making a loop directly below the previous one. (I hope that all made sense!)


Here is the wreath taking shape. Continue working around the entire wreath until everything is covered.


For the bow I took my ribbon and made two big loops.


Then I added four more loops.


To keep it all together I hand stitched it down the middle.


Next, I pulled the thread to gather the loops and wrapped the thread around the center tightly.


I took another little piece of ribbon, folded it in thirds, and wrapped it around the center of the bow to cover the thread. I secured it in back with a little hot glue.


I took some thread through the back of the bow and tied the bow in place on the wreath.

This wreath was really simple and it looked great hanging on our front door!

Have you ever made a burlap ribbon wreath? What occasion did you make it for?

12 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I'm going to try this for my sister's family to have on their door when they get back from Disney next week :) Thank you!

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    1. I am so glad you liked the idea! If you do make it, I would love to see how it turned out! You can send a picture to addapinchofsparkle{at}gmail{dot}com

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  2. This is so cute. I have to try and make it. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. I am so glad you liked the tutorial! If you do make it, I would love to see how it turned out! You can send a picture to addapinchofsparkle{at}gmail{dot}com

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  3. I got the stuff to make one last night. Will let you know how it comes out.

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    1. I would love to see how it turned out! You can send a picture to addapinchofsparkle{at}gmail{dot}com

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  4. Made my first wreath today. It for my daughters first bday. Tweeked the bow and used floral wire to attach instead of tying a knot.

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    1. Great idea! I would love to see how it turned out! If you get a chance, you can send a picture to addapinchofsparkle{at}gmail{dot}com ! Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday!

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  5. I'm attempting to make a friend of mine a Mickey Mouse using your instructions. Super nervous! Never worked with these wire wreaths with any success :(

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    1. Good luck! I would love to see how it turns out! If you get a chance, you can send a picture to addapinchofsparkle{at}gmail{dot}com!

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  6. Hi there. I start3d making burlap wreaths a few weeks ago.my daughter sent me this photo today and asked me if I would make it for my grandaughter. I would do anything for her (Izabella and she is just 2 years old ) she is MM crazy but I'm scared to do this - is it really as easy as you make it seem ? Extra advise would be so appreciated.

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  7. Instead of opening up the wire to attach each wreath to one another, use zip ties. It's a whole lot easier plus you could use zip ties to hold the burlap instead of tying that way you won't have a big knot and waste the burlap.

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