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DIY Ribbon Wreath in Three Easy Steps!

Learn how to make a DIY ribbon wreath in three simple steps! This is a very easy craft for Christmas decorating or any time of year.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can make a wreath with ribbon. You’ll be cutting pipe cleaners and attaching ribbon with them. I’m going to walk you through the steps.

How to make a wreath with ribbon

If you’ve never had the joy of making a wreath before, this is going to be your favorite home decor project of all time. When you’re young, you look at a craft like this and wonder if you’re ever going to be able to make something so cool. At least I did.

I had no idea that when I would get older, a DIY ribbon wreath would be completely attainable. That all I needed was the money to buy the supplies, and I’d be on my way. Because the truth is, making a wreath like this is just about as easy as it gets!

If you’re someone that likes to decorate with a wreath all the time, this is perfect. It’s budget friendly and you can make a new one for every season. And you don’t have to leave it as-is (thought it’s cute). You can also add embellishments any which way you like!

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This easy ribbon wreath is completed in three easy steps. You’re going to cut the pipe cleaners, then you’ll start the steps of attaching ribbon. You’ll do three rows – one, two, and three. It’s that simple!

how to make christmas wreaths with ribbon

What wreath form should I use?

You’ll want to use a wire wreath form for this project. You need something that has attachment points that you can twist the pipe cleaners too.

For this project, I used a 12″ wire wreath form, but there are several sizes out there. My Dollar Tree has a bunch of 9″ ones that would make a smaller wreath, but I also know you can get them larger as well.

What type of ribbon can I use?

The first time I tried this project I bought ribbon that was wide and long enough – but it didn’t have any wire in it. And it wasn’t as stiff as mesh. So, everything flopped over.

You want to get ribbon that has wire in it so that it stays “loopy.” You can also use mesh ribbon! It should be 2.5″ or wider. Mesh that is 6″ plus works fine as well.

How much ribbon do I need for the wreath?

I used 2.5 rolls of ribbon for this wreath. They are 30 foot rolls which makes it about 75 feet for a 12″ wreath form. This can vary greatly depending on your loop size and wreath form size.

Wire wreath form, scissors, buffalo plaid ribbon, and pipe cleaners

Are you ready to check out how to make this DIY ribbon wreath? Here’s what you’re going to need!

Gather These Supplies

This wreath is very easy to hang with either a picture hook or Command strip. And it doesn’t weight much at all.

making a wreath with ribbon

Now that you know how to make a wreath using ribbon – are you going to try it? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Yield: 1 wreath

Ribbon Wreath

How to make a wreath with ribbon

Learn how to make a wreath with ribbon in a few easy steps! This is perfect for Christmas decor but looks good all year.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $12


  • 12" wire wreath form
  • Wire ribbon - 75 feet
  • Pipe cleaners


  • Scissors


  1. For my ribbon width, which was 2.5" inches, I cut the pipe cleaners into thirds. If your ribbon is wider, you might need to cut them into halves. Start with several and set aside into a pile.Cutting a black pipe cleaner with a pair of scissors
  2. Grab one of your ribbon spools and unfurl a length of ribbon. Bunch the end of the ribbon together. Tie it down onto the wreath form, going from front to back, with a pipe cleaner piece. You'll twist together in the back.Attaching the end of wire ribbon to the wreath form with a pipe cleaner
  3. You want to have the gap between each pipe cleaner attachment point measure about the size of your hand. So take your hand and wrap the ribbon around it.Making a loop with the ribbon using your hand
  4. Secure down the ribbon with another pipe cleaner, making a loop as shown. You'll want to twist your pipe cleaners on alternating wires.Attaching the ribbon to the wreath with a pipe cleaner
  5. Repeat the process of making ribbon loops and tying them down with pipe cleaners around the entire wreath form. As you can see, you are alternating between securing to the second and third wires of the form.Pipe cleaner attachment points with blue circles
  6. Work your way around the form until you've gotten one rotation complete. For this first row, I used up one entire spool.First ring of ribbon attached with pipe cleaners
  7. Either trim the ribbon or start a new spool. Twist the end down as you did in the first step, then work your way around the inside of the wreath form one more time. You're going to be using the second and third wires again. This row really adds a fullness to the wreath, and pushes that first row out a little bit.Second ring of ribbon attached with pipe cleaners
  8. Start the third row of your ribbon wreath on the very inside, alternating attaching the ribbon between the first and second wires of the form. When you are finished, trim the ribbon with your scissors. Fluff for fullness before hanging.Third ring of ribbon attached with pipe cleaners


SOME RIBBON will be a little thinner or less substantial than others. If you complete your wreath and find that you need more body to it, feel free to add more to the outside third and fourth wires. You can keep going until the wreath form is full.

Also, at the end is your chance to "fluff" the ribbon a bit. Since the ribbon contains wire, you can bend it and adjust it to fill in areas, and fix loops that have flattened, etc. Don't forget this important step before hanging.

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Now that you know how to make a ribbon wreath, let me know in the comments! Plus check out these other cute and easy wreath projects for a variety of holidays and themes:

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Friday 22nd of December 2023

the picture of the back is so helpful! would you include a picture of the back for the second row? Just need a visual for how to do the 2nd and 3rd row.


Sunday 26th of November 2023

I made it on a 12” wire wreath form and just added one more row on the 1st and 2nd wires on top of what you described. It turned out beautiful! Thank you for the detailed instructions :) Happy Holidays


Sunday 26th of November 2023

@Noelle, yay! I'm glad it worked out.


Monday 6th of November 2023

Could this be made with 2 different ribbons? The first and third being the same and second one being the coordinating one?


Monday 6th of November 2023

Absolutely! I think that would be great.


Wednesday 9th of November 2022

In your detailed explanation, you say you're trying down onto the second and third wire (and that's what the photo shows). But in the "recipe" it says tie down to third and fourth wire. Just looking for clarification. Thanks.


Monday 9th of January 2023

Second and third wire yes, thank you! I changed it!


Monday 7th of November 2022

Hi there, So bottom line 4 wires labeled 1 - 4 starting from the inside, the first ribbon is on wires # 2 and #3 the second ribbon is on the same wires but fills the gap of wires #2 and #3. The third ribbon is on wire #1 (inside wire) The fourth outside wire has nothing on it. I love this cannot wait to make it just wanted to confirm the steps. Thank you


Monday 9th of January 2023

Yes! On mine, the fourth wire has nothing on it!

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