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How to Make a Thanksgiving Wreath

Let’s have some fun with ribbon scraps, and create a beautiful Thanksgiving wreath. I’ll give you the measurements of my scraps—yours may be a bit shorter or longer.  No problem. That’s what makes your bow unique.Thanksgiving Wreath

Supplies for Thanksgiving Wreath BowSupplies for Thanksgiving Wreath

  • 28″ length patterned 1½” grosgrain ribbon
  • 20″ length 1¼” organza ribbon
  • 24″ length 1½” grosgrain ribbon
  • Six 6″ lengths ½” satin ribbon
  • 72″ length raffia ribbon
  • 24″ length Bowdabra Bow Wire
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Wreath
  • Embellishment (optional)

Instructions for Making the Thanksgiving Wreath Bow

  1. Cut ribbons to appropriate lengths. Dovetail the ends by folding the ribbon in half and cutting the fold on an angle. Quickly pass the ribbon ends through a flame to seal.Dovetail Ribbon Ends
  2. Fold the bow wire in half and put in the Mini Bowdabra. Tuck the ends of the wire under the Mini Bowdabra to keep them out of the way.Wire in Mini Bowdabra
  3. Center and layer the 28″ length of patterned grosgrain and 20″ length of organza ribbon in the Mini Bowdabra.Patterned Ribbon Tails in Mini Bowdabra
  4. Make a four-loop fold bow with the 24″ length of grosgrain ribbon. A longer length of ribbon will yield more/larger loops.Two Loop Grosgrain Bow
  5. Layer the 6″ satin ribbon spikes in the Mini Bowdabra. You can opt to use more that six, but use at least three.
  6. Make a fold bow with the raffia. I had ten loops on each side of the Mini Bowdabra.Add Ribbon Spikes and Raffia
  7. Compress the ribbons with the Mini Bowdabra wand.Compress Ribbons in Mini Bowdabra
  8. With the ribbons still in the Mini Bowdabra, pass the wire ends through the loop and tighten. With the ribbons still in the Mini Bowdabra, tie a secure knot.Pass Wire Ends through Loop
  9. Remove the bow from the Mini Bowdabra, bring the wire ends to the back side of the bow, and tie a secure knot. Leave the wire ends long for attaching the bow to the wreath.Tie Knot on Reverse Side of Bow
  10. Make final adjustments to the bow loops and fluffy the bow.
  11. Optional: Use hot glue or strong liquid adhesive to secure a Thanksgiving embellishment to center of the bow.Add Embellishment
  12. Attach the bow to the wreath using the ends of the bow wire.Thanksgiving Wreath (Instagram)

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