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Chic Halloween Ribbon Wreath

My Chic Halloween wreath will be a lovely piece of jewelry on your front door this year. It is simple in construction but it is lush and well-dressed and sophisticated.

By Melissa Bickle ~ Bowdabra Guest Designer

Material List

  • One 12” Styrofoam wreath
  • Approximately 50 yards black 3/8” ribbon cut into 4” pieces with pinking shears
  • Approximately 50 yards black 5/8” ribbon cut into 7” pieces with pinking shears
  • Approximately 1.5 yards wired orange 2” sheer polka dot ribbon
  • Approximately 12 inches black and white zebra print 5/8” grosgrain ribbon
  • Approximately 24” Bowdabra bow wire
  • Bowdabra
  • Black button
  • Black straight pins
  • Four corsage pins


1. Knot each piece of black ribbon in the middle and secure to wreath by pushing black straight pin through knot into wreath. Alternate 3/8” and 5/8” ribbon all around the wreath, covering all Styrofoam except for backside. Leave a small space for bow.

2. Cut a 24 inch long piece of Bowdabra bow wire and fold it in half, then lay it into the Bowdabra. You will have a loop at one end and two loose pieces at the opposite end.

3. Take the sheer polka dot ribbon and twist the side that has the longest end, and place it right side facing downwards into the Bowdabra. This is the beginning of your first loop.

4. Fold the ribbon to make a loop. Twist the ribbon 180 degrees and press down into the Bowdabra. The right side of the ribbon will now be facing down, ready for your next loop.

5. Repeat this step. You will now have a loop on each side of Bowdabra. Continue repeating to create three loops on each side.

6. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra Wand. While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.

7. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Gently pull the bow out of the Bowdabra.

8. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow and knot.

9. Secure bow to wreath with black straight pin.

Follow same instructions to make smaller bow with the zebra print ribbon. Secure in center of orange sheer bow with button and corsage pins.

I hope you enjoy making this stylish Halloween wreath!

To learn more about the designer of this craft click here…..

For more Halloween Craft Tutorials by our Bowdabra Design Team click here….

Linking to: Craft Critique Halloween Round-UP, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Momnivores Dilemma

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