DIY Christmas Wreath – Ribbon Poinsettias

christmas craft - poinsettia ribbons

Making your own Christmas wreath is a great craft project to help celebrate the festive season. This tutorial is for a christmas wreath made from ribbon poinsettias. These ribbon poinsettias are easy to make and look beautiful when made from glossy satin ribbon. Here’s what you will need –

  • satin ribbon – 5cm wide
  • floristry wire
  • scissors
  • a wreath base – of whatever material you like
  • a hot glue gun
  • embellishments – bells, bead (optional)

christmas craftFor each ribbon poinsettia you will need to cut three strips of ribbon approximately 15cm long. christmas craftCut the ends of the ribbon to form points – you will need to do this for both ends. christmas craftFold each strip of ribbon like a concertina: fold in half and then fold the outer edges in opposite directions. Your ribbon should look like a bow tie (see the image above)ribbon poinsettiasAs you fold each strip thread them onto a pin to hold them in place until you are ready to secure them with wire.
christmas craftTake a piece of wire, also 15cm long and fold over so it resembles a hair pin.
christmas craftPut the wire over the centre of the three strips of ribbon and twist a couple of times at the back to make it secure. You can now remove the pin.
ribbon poinsettiasCross over your wires – this is the hardest part. If you look at the image above you can see the wire is attached in three different directions: one straight across (the first step of attaching the wire) and two in diagonally opposite directions. To make your first diagonal, take one of the ends of the wire from the back, separate your ‘petals’ and take the wire up through one pair of divided petals and down through the opposite pair of divided petals. Take the second end of the wire from the back and repeat the same steps on the opposite side. With both wire ends now at the back, give them a final couple of twists to make your flower secure. You can now play with your petals until you have achieved a look that you are happy with. christmas craftIf you want to add beads or bells to the centre of your ribbon flower, simply add the embellishment at the wiring step.

christmas craftThe rest of the ribbon is completed in the same way as the plain ribbon flowers.
diy Christmas ribbon wreathI made a lot of ribbon flowers in a short amount of time – enough for two wreaths. It is up to you how you choose to attach your ribbon poinsettias to make a wreath. I added my ribbon flowers to a gold wire hoop using my hot gue gun. A similar method could be used regardless of what you choose for your wreath base.

DIY christmas wreathHere are my two Christmas wreaths hanging in our rumpus room.
DIY christmas wreathAnd there’s no reason you can’t make these in other colours and use them as gift toppers or hair bows. Join me on Instagram for other Christmas craft activities.

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3 Ways to make a Pegboard Christmas Tree

pegboard christmas tree ribbonThese pegboard Christmas tree ideas are great for anyone with limited space or just looking for an alternative to the typical store bought, fake green tree. These ideas are quick and simple to construct and because the pegboard sits flat on the floor or hung on the wall, it is a space saving alternative to having a large Christmas tree. And this means more room for presents! Yay! First up is my red ribbon tree –ribbon and pegboard xmas treeThese are so simple to put together. Using some pegboard hooks, mark out where you want the outline of your tree to go, and then run the ribbon around the hooks and let it fall in a lovely puddle at the bottom of the pegboard. pegboard chistmas ideasTo make your corners, place two hooks in opposite directions and thread the ribbon in a zig zag motion around them. unique christmas tree ribbonAnd there is no reason you can’t choose your own embellishment for the top of the tree. There are no hard and fast rules, so if you don’t want to use the traditional angel or star, find something else that appeals to you. I have used a red bird on my tree top.pegboard christmas decorFor my next tree i used a simple string of silver beads and a plain white star as the topper. You could also use tinsel, jute string or a garland of felt balls as an alternative. Nat at Little Puddles sells garlands in a variety of Christmas colours and they would be PERFECT for this project. My Christmas budget is at its limit, so i may have to wait until next year to give the garlands a go. pegboard ideas for christmaschristmas tree pegboardMy last pegboard tree is made from a string of coloured lights. My string of lights was quite long, so i managed to wrap it around the tree outline three times. unique christmas treeMake sure you buy lights that are on silver or clear wire, so that they blend in with the pegboard. pegboard chistmas treeI’ve decided to stick with a combination of the lights and silver balls. This way the tree looks pretty during the day as well as the evening when the lights are shining brightly. unique christmas decoratingPhotobomber Perry! Totally confused and unsettled by the constantly changing tree. What do you think? Would you consider a pegboard tree?

DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas

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I love gift wrapping! I’m catching up with some very special friends this weekend. We’ve been out of school 20yrs this year (gasp) and we try to catch up every 12months for a weekend away together. It’s a great way to reconnect without the distraction of husbands, kids and life in general. I’m soooo looking forward to it! We also take the opportunity to celebrate our birthdays, as they all fall within a couple of months of each other. And what a wonderful excuse to play around with gift wrapping. 🙂
blue dots wrapping paper

I love gift wrapping but I hate buying expensive paper knowing that it’ll be thrown away. I’m not saying my friends aren’t worth it!! I’d just prefer to spend extra on the gift, or on wrapping embellishments that can be recycled. This is why i prefer to use brown paper, white butcher’s paper, old sheet music or pages from old atlases to wrap gifts. I’ve even seen gifts wrapped in old paper sewing patterns and newspaper. What a great idea! This time around I’ve played with brown paper, doilies, ribbons, washi tape, vintage sheet music and a bit of paint. I even used one of my handmade bows to decorate one of the gifts. I LOVE the outside looking as pretty as the gift inside. Here are my wrapped gifts! Enjoy 🙂
diy dotted wrapping paper gift wrapping ideas blue theme vintage sheet music as gift wrapvintage sheet music as gift wrap pretty gift wrapping ideas wrapping paper ideas gift wrapping ideas red themed diy wrapping paper red theme gift wrapping ideas doileys ribbon washi tape gift wrapping ideas doileys ribbon washi tapeAnd where would we spend a weekend away celebrating friendship and birthdays? RedAgape Guesthouse of course. 😉
wrapping gifts with doilies and brown paper