Using a pre-made wreath and adding your own embellishments to it is a great way to make a designer wreath in less time. This designer winter wreath demonstrates how to use this technique when you need to make a wreath quickly.
Hey, y’all! We’re in full swing making seasonal decor over here at the wreath chateau. This time of year is super hectic, but it’s also one of my favorite creative periods.
And every year, we don’t just make Christmas wreaths. We also make sure to include at least one generic winter design too.
As Craftpreneurs trying to build up our store inventories in time for customers to buy our items, we need a few hot designs that we can make quickly.
Today, Stephanie and I are showing you how to take a pre-made winter wreath and, with just a few simple additions, transform it into a designer wreath that anyone will love (and buy).
This approach saves time so you can get your inventory filled up and have time to experiment with other items or just enjoy the season yourself. After all, isn’t being able to work on your own schedule the appealing thing about living a Maker’s life?
How To Make A Simple Designer Winter Wreath
Follow along with how we make this wreath to learn how you can save time and still make original designs you can sell.
- Wreath form with frosted greenery and frosted berries on it
- (3) 33” strips of 2.5” ribbon (red with white snowflakes)
- Winter church Merry Christmas sign
- Pipe cleaners
- Staple gun
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- EZ Bow Maker
Winter Wreath Instructions
Here’s how Stephanie and I turned this pre-made frosted winter wreath into an original piece.
Start by fluffing out the wreath greenery and berries to make the wreath look fuller and more life-like.
Let’s prepare our sign so that we can attach it to the wreath. If the sign is thick enough, you can simply staple the pipe cleaners to the sign.
However, if your sign is relatively thin, you can glue mounting squares on the back of your sign and insert pipe cleaners into them.
Once your pipe cleaners are ready (and the glue is set, if you used it), use them to attach the sign to the wreath.
Next, take your 1.5” ribbon and cut (3) 30” strips. We’re going to make a layered bow with these strips.
Let’s make a simple layered bow. Note: each layer only has one loop. Alternates the side where the loop rests.
Grab your EZ Bow Maker and the first strip. Measure 8,” pinch, and make a 7” loop. You’ll have one short tail toward the top of the bow and one long tail toward the bottom. Let your EZ Bow Maker hold it while you work on the next layer.
Take your second strip and repeat the process, positioning this layer so that the loop is on the other side of the bow.
Repeat the process once more with your 3rd ribbon strip, making this loop a little smaller (about 6.5”). It will act as your center loop.
Carefully remove your bow from the EZ Bow Maker and secure it by wrapping a pipe cleaner around the middle. Hold on to the pipe cleaner behind the bow and twist the bow to tighten the pipe cleaner and make the bow pop.
Using the same pipe cleaner, attach the bow to the bottom of the winter wreath. Dovetail the ends and fluff out the bow.
Pro Tip: If you want your bow to stay in the same place you put it, you can add a little hot glue to the top of your bow and press it against the sign until it sets. That way, your bow won’t shift and move in transit (or while hanging on the door).
This bow is done, y’all! Stephanie did a great job helping me complete this project, and I love how it turned out. I think this project not only highlights my technique for making beautiful wreaths quickly but also shows that simple designs can be lovely too.
Make This Wreath For Your Inventory!
I hope you loved watching this winter wreath come to life. It doesn’t need to take a lot of supplies or time to create a beautiful design your customers will buy.
Please feel free to personalize this design by swapping out the sign design and ribbon colors.
While you’re here, check out these other popular seasonal designs too:
- How To Make Holiday DIY Tree Centerpieces
- Simple DIY Christmas Wreath Idea For The Holidays
- Christmas Snowman Grapevine Wreath
- White Christmas Wreath Tutorial
- 4-Piece Grapevine Christmas Wreath
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 wreaths! Please share with us over at the How To Make Wreaths Facebook Group.
Just pin this simple designer winter wreath tutorial to save this idea for next time!
Simple Designer Winter Wreath
- Fluff out the wreath greenery and attachments to make the wreath look full and natural.
- Prepare your sign so that you can attach it to the wreath by attaching pipe cleaners (either with glue or staples).
- Cut (3) 30” strips from your ribbon. We’re going to use these strips to make a layered bow.
- Let's make a simple, 3-layer bow.Place your first ribbon strip in the EZ Bow Maker. Measure 8,” pinch, and make a 7” loop. Direct the short tail toward the top of the bow and the long tail toward the bottom. Take your second strip and repeat the process, The loop for this layer should go toward the other side of the bow.Repeat the process once more with your 3rd ribbon strip, making this loop a little smaller (about 6.5”). It will be your center loop.Carefully remove your bow from the EZ Bow Maker and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle. Twist the bow to tighten the pipe cleaner and secure it.Using the same pipe cleaner, attach the bow to the bottom of the winter wreath. Dovetail the ends and fluff out the bow.