Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Looped Ribbon Birthday Photo Wreath

This Looped Ribbon Birthday Photo Wreath is oh-so-fun and a very colorful decoration for a very special day!
I originally shared this project over on The Ribbon Retreat, where I'm so lucky to be a contributor, but I didn't want any of you to miss out on it, in case you didn't catch it over there.  It's just that awesome.  :)

Bright colors just scream birthday to me, so I wanted to incorporate them, using ribbon, into a  "Party" wreath.  What I absolutely adore about this creation are not only the fabulous mix of patterns and colors, but the fact that it can be personalized with the birthday boy or girl's precious photos.   OR add in favorite quotes from the child and mini love letters!  Talk about sentimental.  Simply switch them out for the next individual's special day!  

It's a thoughtful way to celebrate a wonderful person, but also serves as a great party decoration! Just coordinate the ribbon to match the event's color scheme!  

 This project takes some time and effort, but when you're done, you'll have a beautiful decor piece to hang in your home to commemorate each person's birthday.  It's completely worth it....I promise!


12 inch wreath form
Alphabet Tiles
Small Wooden Clothespins
Lots and lots of ribbon (I used 13 rolls and had some leftover) in a variety of colors and patterns!
Hot Glue Gun
Wallet-size photos for embellishing
Jute or twine for the "Party" banner

Cut a bunch of  4 1/2" pieces of ribbon.  I cut quite a bit to start with, and then cut a little more as I needed it so I didn't waste any.  I'm obsessed with polka-dots (surprise, surprise).  :)

Form each piece into a loop and hold in place with a dot of hot glue where the ends overlap.

Working in sections, one loop at a time, hot glue each, seam side down, onto the wreath form.  Feel free to get creative here!  It's hard to go wrong.  Adhere them in every direction and alternate colors and patterns so it's eye-catching!  You can fill in the gaps later with more ribbon loops, but try to group them as close together as possible.  This takes a while, but persevere, and you'll thank yourself later!

Work your way all around the wreath form.  Afterwards, fill in any noticeable gaps with more ribbon loops.  You're almost done!

Now hot glue your wooden alphabet tiles onto a piece of jute or twine.  Thread the ends of the banner through the ribbon loops where you'll want the banner to sit, and hot glue it to the back of the wreath form.

Ta da!  Now grab your wooden clothespins (I used six) and clip them onto wide ribbon loops around the wreath.  Insert some cute wallet-sized photos, and that's it! 

I edited my photos to be black and white.  I love the way they pop against the wreath colors!

As you can plainly see, there's a lot of personality bottled up in this little four-year-old guy. :)  He was so excited to see his face on something I'd made.

Now display for all to admire.  This wreath is such a special and darling way to pay tribute to the birthday child (or adult).  Have fun and let your creativity run wild!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them! 

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  1. Adorable!! I need to make one of these!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's a fun tradition and decor piece as well!

  2. I LOVE this idea Christine!! I make something similar with balloons for my customers, but I never even thought about ribbon- and adding the photos is such a personal idea. I love this so much I pinned it to my polka dot party themed board on Pinterest here-

    Thanks for sharing another one of your original and creative projects!

    1. Thanks Jill! The kids love to see their pictures up on their special day.

  3. What a beautiful idea. I love this. Would be great for any holiday, reunion or party. Pinning.

  4. This wreath is so adorable! And I love that you can switch the photos and use them for different children's birthdays. We host a weekly link up party called Moonlight & Mason Jars that goes live every Wednesday at 5pm CST. I'd love to have you link up with us!

  5. I love this! You did such a good job with it! I really want one:)

  6. What a cute wreath! Congrats on being on the ribbon retreat....!!!
    Pinning!! Happy Easter to you and yours…. :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  7. What a happy happy wreath! I love the idea and your colors are just delightful!!! Thanks for sharing at Twirl and Take a Bow! xo

  8. this is one of the coolest ideas ever! Love, love it! Super creative and simple-which is the perfect combination! Checking this awesome wreath out from great idea Thursday and this sure is one great idea! :-)

  9. This wreath is so colorful and bright! Love it! We shared it on Pinterest with our readers.


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