Ribbon Medallion Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I first showed you this wreath when I shared my living room Christmas decorations.
I needed to make something for the center shutter and I wasn’t sure what.

I debated over a couple things then decided that I wanted to make a new wreath.

I had left over burlap from the runner I made and also bought some light brown burlap when I bought the other stuff, so I thought this would be the perfect time to use it!

-wreath form
-glue gun

For medallion:
-needle and thread
-yard stick
-Fabric pen

I started by cutting the burlap into strips. Then hot glued one end to the wreath form and began to wrap.

I wrapped the burlap around slightly overlapping it as I went.

Once I wrapped the burlap in the brown, I cut a thinner strip of the the lighter burlap and then wrap that one around. I also used this one to hang my wreath.

How to make the ribbon medallions:

Using your yard stick, measure out a yard of ribbon and cut.

Then take your ruler, and mark in 1/2in from the end.
Then from that mark, mark every inch all the way down the ribbon.

I didn’t show it for this example medallion but before you begin to sew, take a lighter to both edges of the ribbon. This will seal the ribbon and stop it from fraying.

Thread your needle.
Begin by pushing the needle through the ribbon from front (the side with the marks) to back.

Continue weaving the needle along the ribbon.
Your thread should weave from front to back, then back to front and so on.

Pull your thread tight to ruffle the ribbon.

Gather the ribbon and lay it flat on a hard surface.
Knot your thread so it holds the ruffles in place.

Let go and it should form the beginning of the medallion.

You will now have to sew your two ends together.
Just separate the ruffles sew through the dots.

Once you weaved your thread back and forth a couple times, knot your thread.
Cut off excess.

Now, push down the center of the ribbon.
All of the outer edges should aim in the same direction.
Arrange the ruffles until you are satisfied with the way they overlap.

On the back side, cut out a circle with your felt and hot glue it to hold the ruffles in place.

Next, flip it over and glue a decorative button onto the front.
All done!

I created quite a bit in different Christmas colors.

I then just arranged them how I wanted them on my wreath and glued them down.

Perfect holiday wreath!

It fits perfectly on my shutter.

If you make something similar to my wreath, I would love to see it!

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  • AmieAnn
    December 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    This looks amazing! I love the shabby chic look of the whole decor! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2010/12/pink-hippo-party-7.html
    BTW I love the new Christmasy look to your blog!

  • Anonymous
    December 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I love the Christmas makeover 🙂

  • Mandy [Mandipidy]
    December 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    1st off… I LOVE your Christmas header! So cute! :] And this wreath is adorable!!!… thanks for the tutorial! :]

  • Em
    December 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    That is so lovely! I've been meaning to make a wreath for a long time…maybe I'll get around to it now that school is out. 🙂

  • Michelle L.
    December 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Oh em gee, I love it. What a great tute with amazing pictures of your medallions. I love the look of just a few of them on one side of the wreath. So extra pretty!

  • berg4
    December 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Great wreath! I like how you can change out the medallions to match the seasons too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tammy
    December 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I have all the supplies on my table to make a burlap wreath…just been putting it off..so glad I did…I love the two-tone idea!! Thansk for the tips!
    Have a great day!
    Tammy 🙂

  • Jen
    December 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    This looks fantastic!!!!

  • Jennifer Dawn
    December 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Very cute. I have not seen flowers like that. Love them!

  • Alison
    December 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Wow, this is super duper cute! You can never go wrong with burlap, but those medallions are darling!!

  • June@I will craft
    December 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Great wreath. I love the two shades of burlap.

  • Pam
    December 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Neat wreath and I love the shutters on the wall. So nice looking. THanks for sharing

  • Debbie
    December 14, 2010 at 3:10 am

    This looks adorable!

  • Pamela
    December 14, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Love, love the wreath. Really it could be made for any season. I'm thinking creams. Thanks for showing us how!

  • Krafty Kat
    December 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Just gorgeous! Awesome tutorial and I am in love with your shutters! Thanks for sharing at the Holiday Hookup!

  • Kelly
    December 15, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Found you through Take A Look Tuesday. This wreath is great. The embellishments are so sweet. I'm a new follower of yours!!



  • Kirsty
    December 15, 2010 at 2:50 am

    I LOVE those shutters! and the ribbon is gorgeous.

  • Erin
    December 15, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Great job!! It turned out gorgeous! 🙂

  • Amber
    December 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Thos Medallions are great and so simple! Thanks for the tip.

  • megan @ homemade ginger
    December 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    love the burlap! so cute!

    I have a giveaway going on right now that you might be interested in!

  • Kristy
    December 16, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Very Cute!

  • Johnnie
    December 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hi! I am a new follower from today's blog hop. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Come check out my new blog hop Thrifty Thursdays.

  • Kim
    December 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for linking! I like the doubled-up burlap and the contrasting "neatness" of the ribbon flowers. Nice job.

  • Anderson's
    December 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    So cute! I'm going to try making the flowers!!

  • Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee
    December 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm


    Thanks for linking up at Paisley Passions!

    I'd love for you to come by my blog!




  • Life with the Lebedas
    December 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Love it! Very cute! Thanks for sharing & Linking up for Craftify It Thursday!

  • Lori@Paisley Passions
    December 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for linking up and sharing on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions 🙂

  • Cyn
    December 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    That is beautiful! I especially love your ribbon flowers! They look great! I found you from Crystal's Craft spot link party.

    Cyn from CYNSIRATION

  • Linda@Coastal Charm
    December 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

    You did an outstanding job on this one…it's so very CUTE!


  • amyg @ My 3 Monsters
    December 18, 2010 at 4:50 am

    So, so CUTE!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Steph
    December 19, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I love the two different shades of burlap and the ribbon medallions are gorgeous. All together=wow! Just beautiful!

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    December 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I'm really loving the simplicity of the contrasting burlap colors. The ribbon flower give it just the right amount of pop! Great project! Thank you for linking up to Homemade Christmas!

  • Meg
    December 21, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Oh, I love the flowers! Great idea!

  • Mippie
    December 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

    gorgeous wreath! and a perfect fit for those shutter!

  • Michelle @ Loving Every Second
    December 22, 2010 at 4:03 am

    So super cute!!!

  • {the vintage wren}
    December 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Really cute wreath idea. Thanks for sharing. Carrie

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    December 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hi, Allison! Just wanted to let you know I featured these for the Homemade Christmas Decor portion of my Christmas party! Thanks again for linking up. 🙂


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  • Alison
    May 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

    What is the purpose of the half in marks on the ribbon? Thanks!

  • Marlene Detierro
    September 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This is a cute idea. I've been looking for some sort of decoration for our door that can withstand Wisconsin winters, and this looks so easy even I could do it:)

    Marlene Detierro (Hhttp://heavyhaultruckingtransport.com)

  • Cooper Trophies
    December 2, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Nice blog. The medals are very good and looking so nice. Thanks for sharing it…