The secret, fun ingredient for this Thanksgiving wreath are the jumbo chenille stems!! Chenille stems—also known as pipe cleaners—aren’t the first thing that come to mind when creating a bow. But check it out!! They’re unique and easy to work with. Try them as you create this Thanksgiving wreath.
Here’s the supplies you’ll need:
- 27″ length 1″ stain patterned ribbon
- Four 20″ jumbo chenille stems
- Three 12″ regular chenille stems
- 6 yd. length raffia ribbon
- One 1″ pompom
- Bowdabra Bow Making & Design Tool
- 18″ length Bowdabra bow wire
- One wooden floral wreath
- Thankful graphic
- Hot glue
Let’s make the Thanksgiving wreath:
- Fold bow wire in half and put it in the Bowdabra. Tuck the ends of the wire under the Bowdabra to keep them out of the way.
- Layer the satin and raffia ribbons in the Bowdabra, beginning with the satin ribbon.
- Cut the jumbo chenille stems in half.
- Coil the chenille stems around a large knitting needle, dowel rod, or skewer. Gently pull in the ends of the curled stems to expand them a bit.
- Add the jumbo chenille stems to the Bowdabra, then add the regular ones.
- Compress the ribbons with the wand.
- With the ribbons still in the Bowdabra, pass the wire ends through the loop and tighten. Tie a knot on the reverse side. Leave the wire ends long for attaching the bow to the wreath.
- Fluff the bow and make adjustment to individual loops or coils.
- Print the “Thankful” graphic and cut out. Use hot glue to secure the graphic to the back of the wreath.
- Hot glue the pompom to the center of the bow.
- Use the long wire ends to tie the bow to the Thanksgiving wreath.