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Okay, maybe a better title for this post would be “The Pinterest Project That Kicked My Butt.”  Warning – Do not try this at home.

A few weeks ago, I saw a ribbon wreath on Pinterest.  It seemed easy enough – a few yards of ribbon, styrofoam wreath form, straight pins, and hot glue.  How hard could it be?  I followed the links to several blogs that said this was such an easy project and described how to do it.  One even said that she did hers during her son’s naptime.  I’m always looking for easy projects, especially for holidays, and this seemed perfect.

I bought all my supplies and started right away, but it wasn’t long before I realized that this was a huge project.  I mean massive.  It took days weeks.  I had to go back out to the store to buy more supplies.  TWICE.  There was a week or so where I couldn’t even stand the sight of the project.  I abandoned it altogether and it mocked me from the corner of our kitchen (which is where I do most of my crafts until we get a bigger place, and can spare some room for a real craft area).  About a week ago, I decided I had too much invested to just let it all go to waste – too much money, too much energy, too much time.  I was determined to finish it.  And finish it I did.

I think as bloggers we sometimes try to simplify projects, when they are actually complicated.  Because who wants to read about a super complicated project?  Then again, maybe it’s not them, maybe it’s me.  Maybe I did something wrong on this one.  I’m not sure, but let me just assure you, this is not a “done in an hour or two project”.

Want to know how I did it?  Okay, I’ll tell you.  Mainly because I’m just so proud of myself for finishing it and I love the way it turned out, but I still strongly urge against anyone trying it themselves.

What you will need:

Tons of ribbon in varying widths (mine ranged from 1 1/2 inches to 5/8 of an inch)

Hot glue


Foam wreath form

Straight pins


Step 1 – Wrap the foam wreath form in the widest ribbon that you have.  I’m pretty sure mine was 1 1/2 inches wide.  Secure the end with a straight pin, then glue when you have the ribbon exactly where you want it.  Make sure to leave a little of your widest ribbon left over, because you will use that same ribbon to hang the wreath up.

Step 2 – Cut your remaining ribbon into 4.5 inch strips.

Step 3 – Fold the strips in half and glue shut, but leave a small area at the bottom unglued.

Step 4 – Open the area that is not glued shut and glue it to the wreath.

Step 5 – Then do it a million more times.

Step 6 – To hang the wreath, take the remainder of your widest ribbon and attach it to the back of your wreath using straight pins.  I attached mine in two places, the glued underneath.With the ribbon secure, I hung it up and tied a bow at the top.

Sounds easy, right?  Don’t fall for it!