Patriotic wreaths are one of those creations that can be as big and as bold as you want it! Today I’m showing y’all how to make a red top hat poof and ruffle wreath that is big and beautiful!
Making deco mesh wreaths is my favorite y’all! I’m always happy when I get to show y’all how to make one. Today we are working on a patriotic wreath that is sure to make your front door happy! This red top hat poof and ruffle wreath is one of my signature designs. It’s popular with customers and wreath makers alike. And for good reason! These wreaths are big, colorful, and fabulous! They fill up a front door perfectly, y’all. Get ready to learn a fabulous wreath design friends!
Red Top Hat Poof and Ruffle Wreath
Patriotic decor has already been really popular this year y’all! People have been extra excited to show their pride in being Americans. Between that and staying far ahead of the next seasons it is definitely time to get started on your patriotic wreaths! This patriotic creation is fabulous but it is not the only one we can teach you how to make. For instance, if you love grapevine wreaths we have a post where you can learn to make an awesome DIY Patriotic Deco Mesh Grapevine Wreath. We have a red, white, and blue creation for just about every style!
A Word About Bows…
Many of y’all already know how much I love my EZ Bow Maker. I use it for most of my creations these days. In the video below I show you how to make fabulous bows with the bow maker. If you don’t have one yet, don’t worry! You can still make an amazing bow for this wreath by hand. If you need help with making a hand bow check out my post How To Make A Bow For a Wreath, it’s a patriotic bow too!
For this wreath we also make two baby bows. These baby bows don’t need to be anything complicated. Just use the ribbons that you used in the larger bows so that you can balance the colors on the other side of your wreath. Like I said, don’t make it complicated, you just want to get all of those ribbons in there. There doesn’t need to be an exact number of loops or tails, just get them on there. Sometimes my methods are exact, sometimes they don’t need to be. It’s all a creative process, am I right y’all?
- Take your 4" ribbon and measure a 12" tail. Twist the ribbon and add it to your EZ Bow Maker then make 2 8" loops twisting the ribbon before you add it to the bow maker.
- Now use a 2.5" ribbon and measure a 12" tail and make 4 loops that are slightly smaller than your last ones.
- Use another 2.5" ribbon and repeat the same process but only make 2 loops.
- Next use another 2.5" ribbon and use the same process making 4 loops this time.
- Now use a 1.5" ribbon to do the same thing making 2 loops for this layer.
- Next repeat with another 1.5" ribbon making 4 loops.
- For the final layer repeat the same process using a 2.5" ribbon and making 2 loops.
- Then make 1 loop with 2 tails for the center of the bow.
- Finally, take two pipe cleaners and twist the ends together to make one long pipe cleaner. Remove your bow from the bow maker and use the long pipe cleaner to secure the center of the bow twisting it off at the back.
Red Top Hat Poof and Ruffle Wreath
- Start by folding over the end of the 21" mesh and attaching the gather into one of the twist ties on the inner ring of the wreath form. Measure 10" from the first twist tie and add that point to the next twist tie. Continue along the rest of the inner ring. Repeat the same method on the bottom ring but make 12" poofs.
- Cut 18 20" strips of the 10" mesh for your ruffles. Take one roll up the ends a bit and then scrunch up the center to make a ruffle. Add it to one of the twist ties on the wreath frame. Repeat until you've put one ruffle in each tie.
- Cut 4 pieces of craft foam. Put a dab of hot glue close to each corner of your sign. Lay a pipe cleaner on top of the glue and then a piece of craft foam. Then use a staple cut to secure both pieces in place.
- Once the glue is dry use the pipe cleaners to poke through the mesh and attach the sign to the left side of the wreath frame.
- Next add your largest bow in the same way to the opposite side of the wreath from the sign.
- Now add another bow to the top of the wreath the dovetail all of your ribbon ends.
- Next cut your ribbon tales. You want to use a 1.5" and a 2.5" ribbon and you will be using 1 2.5" tail and 2 1.5" tails in each remaining twist tie.
- Take one of the 2.5" tails and 2 of the 1.5" tails and lay them on top of each other. Fold the tails in half and pinch the center together. Attach the center pinch to a twist tie on the wreath frame. Repeat with the remaining ribbon tails and twist ties.
- Now make 2 baby bows using some of the ribbons you used in your big bows and add one to the top and bottom of your wreath where there are empty spots.
- Next assess your wreath and make sure your colors are balanced on all sides. Add ribbon tails if you need to in order to balance the colors.
That’s a Wrap!
This wreath is a lot of fun to make y’all! You saw in the video that balancing the colors is a process. Don’t let that discourage you! Just stand back and look at your colors and if one side doesn’t have enough blue, add some blue. If another spot doesn’t have enough red, add some red. Our eyes naturally want to see balance y’all. That means you’ll be able to do this with no problem, don’t fret. Have fun crafting friends!
Just pin this red top hat poof and ruffle wreath tutorial below to find the instructions later!
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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