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This rescue dog wreath is simple to make and can be used for a great cause. Make one of these to promote dog rescue or sell a few to raise both money and awareness. 

Alright, y’all…this wreath is near and dear to my heart. Today I’ll be showing you how to make a rescue dog wreath. I’m lucky enough to have several rescue pups, and the joy those furballs bring to my life is unchartable. Truly.

DIY Rescue Dog Wreath

18 pieces of mesh make up the base on this wreath form. Each piece should be about 30 inches long. In the video below, I’ll walk you through how to turn each into a pretty ruffle by attaching them to the metal frame. This is done by using my favorite pipe cleaner trick—once you see it, you’ll find yourself doing this on every wreath!

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DIY Rescue Dog Wreath

This rescue dog wreath is simple to make and can be used for a great cause. Make one of these to promote dog rescue or sell a few to raise both money and awareness.
Yield: 1 wreath
Author: Damon Oates

Instructions

  • Fluff out wreath form
  • Take your 10" mesh and cut (18) 30" pieces.
  • Take each of the 18 pieces of mesh, scrunch down the center, and add to every wreath tie. This is the ruffle method. Do start at the bottom of the wreath frame and work your way to the top to avoid getting tangled up.
  • Get your wreath sign, pipe cleaners, and staple gun. Staple a pipe cleaner to each corner on the back of the sign. Add a buffer so that the staple won't go through the sign. Add glue around the staple to reinforce and make sure everything stays. Set aside to dry.
  • Pull out your EZ Bow Maker and ribbons.
  • Take your 2.5" ribbon and measure the length of the board (16") for your tail, and make (2) 8" loops on each side.
  • Next, take your 1.5" ribbon and measure the same length in tail and make 2 loops slightly smaller than the previous on each side.
  • Then take your next 2.5" ribbon and make same length tail, and a single loop on each side slightly smaller.
  • Get your next 1.5" ribbon and measure same length tail and a single loop on each side slightly smaller.
  • Take your other 1.5" ribbon and measure same length tail and a single loop on each side slightly smaller.
  • Take pipe cleaner and wrap around the center of the bow. Twist nice and tight. Fluff out bow
  • Get out your ribbon tail board, 2.5" ribbon, and 1.5" ribbon.
  • Wrap 2.5" ribbon around the ribbon tail board and cut into (18) 14" strips.
  • Cut ends into dovetails.
  • Wrap your other 2.5" ribbon around the ribbon tail board and cut into (18) 14" strips.
  • Cut ends into dovetails.
  • Wrap 1.5" ribbon around the ribbon tail board and cut into (36) 14" strips.
  • Layer (2) 1.5" ribbon strips on top of (1) 2.5" ribbon strip, fold in half, scrunch in middle, and add to the wreath ties. Alternate each of the 2.5" ribbon.
  • Fan out the ribbon tails. and Make sure it all points out to make the wreath look bigger.
  • Repeat previous 2 steps until you add ribbon tails to each wreath tie on the bottom and then the top ties.
  • Add sign to wreath frame, right above the ribbon tails.
  • Then add your bow to your wreath. You can extend your pipe cleaners by twisting another pipe cleaner, so you can reach the wreath frame and tie nice and tight. Add the bow to the top center of your wreath.
  • Trim all ribbon tails in your bow in to dove tails and then curl tails. You can trim tails of the bow at different lengths.
  • Take (2) 1.5" ribbon, measure 24-inches, fold it in half, told in half again. Take a 2.5" ribbon, and measure 24-inches. Layer the ribbons on top of each other and add right in to the wreath tie. Trim tails in to dovetails. Make 2 and add to each side of the wreath.

I definitely encourage you all to give this wreath a try! If you are a craftperneur, you can make a set of these and donate a part of the proceeds to pay for a rescue dog’s medical bills or buy food for a shelter. This is a way that your crafting can literally save lives, y’all!

If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.

We would love to see your beautiful summer wreaths! Please share with us over at the How To Make Wreaths Facebook Group.

 

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