1 Ribbon Wreath

For our wedding, Tod and I were fortunate to receive beautiful gifts from entirely-too-generous friends and family, wrapped in Williams-Sonoma's signature paper and tied in the most beautiful hunter green grosgrain ribbon. The ribbons were so lovely that I couldn't bear to part with them so I put them aside with my gift wrapping supplies for a later use. 

As it so happens, now is later, and the ribbons are once again in use.

When I put the ribbons aside, I had the idea that I could do something with them during the holidays due to their rich green color--make a wreath perhaps--and originally, I intended to go to Michael's or some other craft store and buy some sort of wooden or metal wreath form to use as a base, but then one morning I awoke with a better idea: I could use an old bicycle wheel frame as the base. (Yay bikes!) That is, if I could find an old bicycle wheel frame.

Enter the fine folks at Affordabike on King Street. One Saturday when Tod and I were out wandering on King Street, we popped into Affordabike and asked whether they might be willing to part with any old wheel frames. They were happy to oblige, and the best part: they wouldn't take my money, so in this case, my 100% recycled wreath was turning out to be 100% free. 

I'm sure I looked like a total oddball riding my bike home with an old bicycle wheel swinging from the handlebars, but looking like an oddball is the least of my worries. (And just so you know, Tod also got to look like an oddball, because when the shops lured me in, he very sweetly agreed to take the wheel the rest of the way home so it wouldn't cramp my style.) 

When we returned home, I recruited Tod to dismantle the axle and the hub parts so we'd be left with only the frame and the spokes. 

Once we cleaned up the wheel, we tested it on the door to make sure the size would work.
Then it was time to break out the green ribbons.

I tied on a few pieces of ribbon to get some ideas, but then I decided the best way to start would be to wrap the entire frame. 
So wrap it I did. 

Zelda was totally confused, but she wanted to help.

And by wanting to help, she really just wanted to sit as close as possible to the wheel while I worked.

Tying the ribbon in knots looked too messy.

So I untied the knots and tried something else. I made ribbon loops and pulled the ends through.

I liked the loops much better.

Once I finished a row of loops around the outside, I still had a ton of ribbon left so I added a row of loops around the inside.
Another of our wedding gifts (one from my parents, actually) came wrapped in cream and light green ribbons, which--no surprise here--I also saved. To give the wreath more personality and fullness, I wove those ribbons through the spokes. I think Zelda was still confused, but I can't really blame her. 

Oh, and I added green felt to the back of the hub so it wouldn't scratch the glass on our storm door.

Finally it was time to hang the finished product.

Is it a masterpiece? Umm, no. But is it meaningful and fun? Sure. And was it free? One hundred percent. So there you go. A ribbon wreath made with lots and lots of love.


Anonymous said...

oh oh my, you crafy little bride. the wreath is, well lovely, chic, hip, and industrial. it fits and looks super on your door. who knew? you knew. I cannot resist... a no buy cycle.

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