For most people, Valentine’s Day means roses, chocolates and jewelry. For me, it is another opportunity to try out new crafts for Valentines! I love crafting! And holidays and special events are a great time to break out the glue gun, ribbon and embellishments and get my craft on! So I saw a lot of Valentine’s wreaths lately on the web. They are so cute. Seriously. Google search it! So it got the wheels spinning in my head. I have a unique JadeLouise Designs flair! That’s what got my craft shop started 3 years ago. I should totally make a wreath! It was so much fun! So I thought I’d share the easy DIY Valentine Wreath tutorial with you. That way you can have fun making crafts for Valentines too!
Craft for Valentines: DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial
Simply gather all your supplies. You will need
- 1 foam wreath
- 2-3 spools of 1.5″ white satin ribbon
- 1 spool of 2.5″ Holiday season ribbon (I picked a red chiffon type with glitter hearts)
- 1 spool of 3/8 ” holiday season craft ribbon. This is the small Pink ribbon with red hearts. Approximately the same size as
- Hot Glue
- Hot glue gun
- Wood burner, or candle or lighter to heat seal ribbon
- Large Valentines flower or Large bow
- Small craft roses found in packages in the craft section
- 1 package of valentine heart necklaces from the Valentines section in Walmart. Or cheap children’s jewelry section.
- Any other embellishments you choose. Let your craft out and show your style.
A lot of this craft depends on you allowing your creative juices to flow. That is how most of my crafts develop. I start following one person’s design and then decide, “no, I like it better this way.” and before I know it I have a completely different result. So don’t be afraid to be different. Let our tutorial be a starting point and branch out with your own flair.
Also be sure to check in with my 5 easy craft tips post, to see our tips to make this go even faster and be more durable. Including heat sealing ribbon tricks, and the temperatures for your hot glue.
Now lets begin!
Assembling the wreath; Crafts for Valentines
Be sure as you work with the ribbon, you always heat seal the ends. Both the beginning and the ends. All before applying glue or attaching to the craft.
Apply some hot glue to the wreath and apply the white satin ribbon. You want the silky side out. Wrap around the wreath once and hot glue again into place. Then start wrapping the ribbon around the wreath. You will want to apply a small dab of hot glue every few wraps to keep it all in place. I ended up using 2 spools and a tiny portion of the 3rd spool of satin ribbon. But if you aren’t as OCD about the wrapping as I am, you could definitely get this part done with just 2 spools. Just don’t wrap the ribbon as closely together. You simply need to make sure the wreath is completely covered.
Be sure to hold the ribbon tight while you are wrapping so you have a smooth wrap.
After you have a solid base it is time to add the large ribbon. This one we will be wrapping around the wreath too. But not as tightly. We want a good space between each wrap of the ribbon.
Place a dab of hot glue on the back of the wreath where the white ribbon finished off. Apply the large seasonal ribbon. Be careful. This ribbon is more chiffon texture and the hot glue goes right through it. So gently lay the ribbon on top of the hot glue. Then wrap around the wreath and lay across the same spot you started. This will give you two layers of ribbon as a barrier between your fingers and the hot glue. Gently pat quickly to ensure the ribbon is flat against the ribbon and keep you from being in contact with the hot glue for very long.
Now loosely wrap around the ribbon wreath. Cut off extra ribbon and heat seal. Then glue the end back at the beginning. Then do the same with the smaller seasonal ribbon. But this ribbon you want to lay in the center of the white spaces you previously left on the step before. Once that is complete you want to make a hanging loop.
At the back again attach the small ribbon with glue. Wrap around the wreath. You aren’t going to be wrapping around the entire wreath so you can just make a simple circle and come right back to where you began. Add more glue and seal. Leave a good length of ribbon. Then a little ways away wrap the end of the ribbon length around the wreath in the opposite direction. This will allow that he same pattern of the ribbon is facing out. Glue both to the wreath and to itself. You now have a loop with which to hang your wreath.
Embellishing the Valentines Wreath
This is where you will want to decide if you want a large Valentine Flower like I have, or if you are applying a hair bow. I have the flower tutorial in its own post as it was making this one far too long. Plus I added a lot more detailed photos to help with that. If you are looking to create the flower, take a break and visit our DIY Flower tutorial.
If you are simply using a large Valentine’s bow, go ahead and keep going.
On the front side of the wreath you will want to apply a fair amount of hot glue. Center your Valentine Flower or large bow and press to seal. Allow to cool for a minute or two. Then turn the wreath over.
The center charms are simply some cheap seasonal necklaces I found at Walmart in the Valentine section. They came in a pack of three or four for $1. Simply measure out the length you want them the dangle and cut. Then evenly space them in the back and attach to the back of the wreath with hot glue. Now if I was making this to be sold, I would also go a step further and use a felt cut out to cover the ends on the back of the wreath and make it all look nice. But hey! It’s just sitting in my house and no one else is going to see the back, so why bother right?
Now we can leave the wreath as it is. It is rather pretty. But this is me. I love embellishments. I like frilly. I like flowers. I tend to go overboard with crafts for Valentines. So I’m going to keep going. I put together those cute triple rose gatherings spaced around the bottom of the wreath. They are so simple to add! Once you have them put together, just place them where you think they look good. I tried to measure in thirds based on the bottom half of the wreath.
To make the rose buds, simply start with the premade ribbon rose rolls found in the craft section at Walmart or any other craft store. They are usually sold in packages with multiple roses in each package. I put a small dab of glue on the white rose and attached the pink rose. Then rotate around and apply another dab of glue and attached the red rose. Once all three were together. I placed a small dab of glue on the wreath and attached the rose cluster to the wreath.
I told you it was super simple! And they are just so darn cute too!
Finally I hung up the wreath and stepped back. I looked it over. I walked around it. I left it hanging in my room for a few hours. Then I came back. Yes. I can be happy. It can be complete. Our wreath is done! Yes, that usually is my system with crafts. I have to walk away and take a break. Then when I come back I have a fresh perspective and can let it be done or see where I need to alter. Thankfully today; this one is done! See how fun it is?
It looks great inside and outside! Bring on your Valentine holiday spirit!
Ok, so I may seem completely enthralled in the spirit, but honestly this is the only Valentine decoration we have up in our house at present. The rest will begin in February. But I wanted you to have the chance to get out there and get your supplies to make this before the stores ran out! The ribbon usually sells out quickly in my area and waiting until February is far too late. It will all be gone. So don’t wait too long to get started.
And if you are worried that this craft is far too extensive and will take too much time. Don’t worry. I have a short attention span with crafts. I don’t like spending forever on one project. I lose interest and move on and never finish. This project only took me 2 hours to create. But that is also with multiple interruptions from kids, having to run Jade to school, pick her up from school, take her to therapy, pick her up from therapy and do lunch. So really, it probably won’t take that long if you can just sit down and work straight through it.
If you need help or clarification, go ahead and ask! I read all the comments and I’ll reply as soon as I can.
And don’t forget to share your own creations with me! I love seeing your photos! Show me your finished crafts for valentines after reading our tutorial! My email is located in the “about me” section in the right sidebar. Or you can share with me on Facebook or Google+!
Are you ready to get your crafting on?
Carolyn A Colley
Friday 22nd of February 2013
I love the wreath, and it looks like it would really be easy to make, thanks for sharing.
Sunday 3rd of February 2013
This looks like a good idea
Friday 1st of February 2013
These ideas are so darn cute!!You are so creative !
Thursday 31st of January 2013
adorable! My niece would love making this with me :)
Thursday 31st of January 2013
I came back to say that I think I am totally going to make this! Thanks again for the step by step inspiration, you rock!