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This ladybug wreath is made with a combination of ribbons, ruffles, and bows in complimentary red and black colors. This is the perfect way to jazz up a front door—watch the video and learn how to make it!

One of our recent wreath-making kits that went out was this adorable ladybug wreath. Ironically, it wasn’t until I started putting this wreath together that I realized how many of our ribbons features ladybugs!

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DIY Ladybug Deco Mesh Wreath

For this project, you’ll start with a 15″ wreath frame. Cut 7 30-inch ruffles, then add 18 12-inch cuts. In the video, I’ll show you how to put them together on the wreath frame to make a series of pretty curls.

By the way, I did something I haven’t done before in this tutorial. I usually pick either curls OR ruffles and do the same thing all around the base. For this ladybug wreath, I felt like changing it up so I did curls around the outside and ruffles in the middle. I actually ended up really liking it – it gives a fun texture – check it out and tell me what you think, too.

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Terri Bow using the EZ Bow Maker

How to make a Terri Bow using the EZ Bow Maker

Materials

Instructions

  • We're going to take our first 1.5" ribbon. We're going to measure it out 8". Pinch it in the center. We're going to give it a twist, slide it in. We want our pretty side up, ugly side down.
  • We're going to measure it out to 7". Bringing it back through, twist it. Y'all, whenever you're twisting your ribbons, make sure you twist them this way one time and then come back the other way when you come back across.
  • So the first one, we want a tail and a loop facing the same direction. So we have our tail and our loop both pointing towards us.
  • When we come back across, we're going to measure our 7". Go straight down. Y'all, it's the tail so we want both pretty sides up. On the outside, we're going to dovetail it. So we're just making an X every time.
  • For the next 1.5 inch, we're going to have our tail pointing out the first time. Give it a twist. Tail pointing up. So if our tail's pointing up, we want our first loop going up. Y'all, and guess what? We're not going to measure anymore. We're just going to make each one a little bit smaller going in.
  • Now our other 1.5 inch ribbon is next. Since our last one, the loop was down, so now our first tail is going to be down. Y'all, any time you kill a role, well, then you get to buy three more. It's a rule.
  • All right. So our last one, the first thing that we had down was a tail. So we will bring our tail up to the top this time. Bring a loop down. And you just keep following this same pattern all the way up until we get to the center.
  • So the previous ribbon, we have a loop down, so now we're going to start with our tail. Repeat same steps: Tail to the top. Loop on the top. Give it a little twist in the middle.
  • Then I like to finish mine with the center loop. So to get your center loop, you have your tails coming out on one side, a smaller loop right down the middle, and tail is coming back out.
  • Get a pipe cleaner and fold in half. Get it ready, then just hold your pipe cleaner tight in your hand and give your bow a twist.
  • Now, add it to your wreath.
  • You can add it to the base. That way it makes it easier to fluff. If you add it to your base, get it attached, then it'll sit there while you pull your ribbons and your tails all in different directions.
  • Trim these tails up nice and pretty. Y'all, you can dovetail them or you can just cut them at an angle. Whatever you like to do. Y'all, I also like to leave all the tails longer while I'm making the bow. That way when I come back in and trim them, I can cut them all at different lengths. That way you get a really cool, fun textured look.
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DIY Stuffed Ladybug Deco Mesh Wreath

This ladybug wreath is made with a combination of ribbons, ruffles, and bows in complimentary red and black colors. This is the perfect way to jazz up a front door—watch the video and learn how to make it!
Yield: 1 wreath
Author: Damon Oates

Instructions

  • Fluff out wreath form
  • Take your 10" mesh and cut (7) 30" pieces.
  • Take your deco mesh and do 12" cuts. Make 18 pieces.
  • Take each of the 12" deco mesh pieces, curl it and add 2 curls to every wreath tie on the outside.
  • Take the 30" pieces, curl the ends and then scrunch the center. Add to inside wreath ties. Alternate deco mesh colors. Fill the inside wreath ties.
  • Make 3 Terri bows using the tutorial above.
  • Take out 3 of your ribbons and your ribbon tail board. Make (13) 14" ribbon tails with each ribbon. Cut ends into dovetails.
  • Layer (3) 1.5" ribbon strips, fold in half, scrunch in middle, and add to the wreath ties on the outside.
  • Fan out the ribbon tails. and Make sure it all points out to make the wreath look bigger.
  • Add your attachment. Wrap wires around frame.
  • Add the Terri bows you made on your EZ Bow Maker. One below the attachment, one above, and one to the side.
  • Trim your ribbon tails of your bows.
  • Take your remaining ribbon tails and fill in the gaps.

I’m already brainstorming how I can use my new technique to make some different designs. One of the many reasons I love wreath making—there’s never a dull moment, y’all.

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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.

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