DIY Curly Ribbon Birthday Wreath

This time of year, I typically have birthdays on the brain. I’ve been a bit distracted by SNAP!, but with three birthdays in three weeks the planning is now underway…

The first item up?  A fun DIY curly ribbon birthday wreath. Typically I adorn the door with a simple sign, but this is such a cheerful greeting, no?

Curly Ribbon Birthday Wreath

About two years ago, I snapped a terrible cell phone photo of a very pricey curly ribbon wreath at one of the local universities. I’ve been hoping to recreate it for a while and birthday season seemed like the perfect opportunity.

It was an incredibly simple, super inexpensive project and I love how it turned out.

Here is where I beg your forgiveness for the slightly yellow, clearly taken late at night photos (oh and the fact that you can see my reflection in the front door). Though I would love to craft in perfect light, most of my work is done late at night. You will understand, right?!

Curly ribbon birthday wreath


  • Foam wreath – $1
  • Five packages of curly ribbon – $5
  • Red broadcloth – on hand
  • Glue gun and glue – on hand
  • Staples and staple gun – on hand

Total out of pocket, $6. Far better than the $45 the original school spirit version I saw in the store. What do you think? Good deal?

curly ribbon birthday wreath

I didn’t want the icky green Styrofoam showing through on my wreath every time I walked past the glass door and I wanted a nice finished look so I wrapped the wreath form in red fabric.

Do you typically cover up foam wreath bases, or just let them show through? What do you use?

I didn’t actually even cut the fabric just tore a length off, used a hot glue gun to secure it and wrapped it up. This is how it looked:

curly ribbon wreath

You can see where I used the hot glue to make sure the fabric was tight and secure.

curly ribbon birthday wreath

Each of the five ribbon packets had four ribbon bunches. I stapled each bunch down with my trusty staple gun. I alternated direction with the ribbon and hid the staples under all of the fluff.

I also added some random staples throughout the wreath to keep the ribbons poofy, instead of long and droopy.

And just to keep it real, here’s a shot I didn’t realize I had taken that shows all the stuff hanging out of my cabinets…

curly ribbon birthday wreath

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t have enough ribbon to complete the project, but I think it fluffed up nicely.

curly ribbon birthday wreath

I put the wreath up, just to test it out. I love how it looks. I am planning to personalize it with a little sign for each of the birthdays.

Wouldn’t this wreath go perfectly with the fun chevron rainbow cake Holly shared last week?

What do you do to make your birthday’s special?

Looking for more ideas? Check out my birthday board on Pinterest.

Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.


  1. So cute!! Did you know that you can make your own curly ribbon? You just wrap the ribbon around a wooden dowel, secure with clothespins and bake! I will try to find the exact baking time and temp.

  2. Here is a link to a WONDERFUL tutorial from Glorious Treats on how to make curly ribbon in the oven!!! She even made hair bows out of the ribbons!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love this!!!! The color options are endless! Great job!


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