Martha inspired fall wreath

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Beautiful, right?

That Martha does it again.

So of course I wanted one of my very own!

Here’s what I created out of free stuff I had laying around my house:


I love how it looks on this mirror!

(Without the flash)

(With the flash)

I’ve taken THREE sets of photos of this mirror. Photographing a mirror is ridiculously difficult! I could NOT get a decent picture!

Here’s how I did it. I went to my stash and came up with these two items.


A small wreath that I got from Goodwill awhile back and a package of crinkle paper ribbon.

I’m trying to figure out what in the heck the crinkly paper ribbon stuff is actually called. Here’s what it looks like when you unravel it.


So anyway, I’m at a total loss to the name of the stuff, but I started cutting it in strips and then unraveling it.


These strips ended up being about twice as long as I needed, so I just cut them in half again. Also, the paper was too wide so I cut it vertically in half.


In the end I was left with paper sections that were about 4″ long and 2″ wide.

First I needed to make my loops. I just folded the paper in half and added a dab of hot glue to the end. The easiest way to make them quickly was to use a hot glue stick as a dowel to wrap the paper around while I glued the ends. This way my loops didn’t get smashed.




Once I had a pile of loops made I started gluing them onto the wreath.

(I didn’t even take the plastic off the wreath)

I tried to stagger them as I glued them on so they weren’t in solid straight lines. This gave it more texture.


I think it’s coming together nicely. I’m really liking this look so far!


Now that I’m done it still seems kinda boring, so I tried to copy Martha again but still keep it unique enough to call it my own.

This is what I came up with:


I tried to like it. I really tried.

But I HATED it.

The gold. The sheer ribbon. The wall color.

So I rehung it on a mirror, and now I LURVE it!


While making and hanging the wreath some of the loops got smashed so I just took a pencil and stuck it inside the loops to fluff them back up.



It was really easy to hang. I removed the frame from the wall and stapled the ribbon on the wall above the nail.


Then I just hung the mirror back up under the wreath.

(This entry way is nowhere near finished. It’s very much a “work in progress” so don’t judge too harshly!)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ribbon!


I bought the ribbon years ago at Ribbons and Bows oh my!. I’m not sure if they still have it or not. On a side note, if you want thick good quality grosgrain ribbon, order it. The stuff at craft stores and Wal-Mart are not very thick and don’t make as cute bows.


I’d say this was a total FAIL:


But this is a WIN!!


I love my 2nd Fall wreath!

So there you go!

My free attempt at copying Martha’s adorable wreath!

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  1. The “stuff” is called Rafia. 🙂

  2. Rafia is actually different – it doesn’t open up as much as this stuff which is called Paper Twist!

  3. Fantastic job Allison – Love it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  4. Oh my gosh that’s beautiful, how long did that take!?! That last close up pic was the best!

  5. I really like that! Looks wonderful!

  6. It is GORGEOUS! It looks like silk at first! I love it. Just love it. Today, I made the burlap wreath that is all over blogland right now, and it turned out cute but not as cute as yours! Very impressed 🙂

  7. Great job! You’re so crafty!

  8. Total LURVE! I like yours better than Martha’s!!

  9. michelles cozy cottage says:

    That is so cute, All summer I kept looking at my corn husks thinking what could I do with them, if I only saw this then!

  10. woweeee I like it!!!

  11. That is super cute! Wish I had the patience for something like that. 🙂

  12. Nancy@Nancy's Couture says:

    So beautiful. I like yours better!

  13. becky townsend says:

    I lub your wreath! I made a similar one years ago using corn husks… after a few years it started to crumble….your idea looks much better using the paper! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love the texture and the color!

  15. Ok..,seriously! Yours is way cuter!!! 🙂

  16. LOVE this, BEAUTIFUL! Great job again my friend!!! 😉

  17. 🙂 The wreath is fabulous!! Well done!! Martha would be proud!!

  18. Yes, it is called Twistel here at most of my craft stores!

    Your wreath is gorgeous!!!

  19. That turned out super-cute! Love it! Just be careful not to leave it in the sun… 😉


  20. That is gorgeous! And I’m so impressed you took all that time, I fear I’m too lazy to ever own such a stylish wreath!

  21. This looks really terrific! And elegant!

  22. Don’t tell Martha, but I like yours wayyyyyy better than hers! Awesome job and great tutorial. I’m bookmarking!

  23. What an adorable wreath! Have you seen/tried the wreaths made from book pages? I think that’s on my fall to-do list. Thanks for sharing your fall decor project!


  24. Wow, you did a fantastic job, it looks great. You don’t look to me to have the patience to do that (from your videos!) so I am surprised! LOL!

  25. I love this wreath. It is so classy looking. Its nice that you could do it for any season.
    PS- I’m visiting from its so very cheri.

  26. It’s so pretty! It looks fab hanging on the mirror. I love it!

  27. For the love of everything neutral — oh my!!! I lvoe it! Sidenote….I have a joke a belt that is that ribbon to as tee. 🙂


  28. What a fabulous twisted paper wreath you have created! Thank you for sharing and with a great tutorial too!

    Happy Fall…
    😀 Lynda

  29. Hey Allison, this turned out so cool. I used to have some of that twisty stuff years ago, and it was fun to make bows out of, this wreath looks very nice, it’s not so plain, but a great backdrop, and even just the color it is, so versatile. I don’t mind the first picture so much other than the gold frame, that killed it for me. Maybe if it was black, so there was more contrast. THANKS for linking up 3 of your fantastic projects , I am SO THRILLED you came back, can I consider you a regular now 🙂 So sweet you are, and seriously with all the choices you have, it means so much to me. Bella 🙂

  30. I have featured this wreath as well

    Thanks for submitting it 🙂

  31. I think this is beautiful! You did a great job!

  32. Cool! Love it with the raffia!

  33. This turned out so cute! And man, how EASY!

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

  34. How smart! I love the look of the wreath~

  35. That IS very autumn with the raffia. It came out great!

  36. I love your wreath. it came out great! as good as martha’s (and i agree with mirror pictures being so impossible….)

    do link it up at our linky party so that other people can find you also:

    only posts with tutorials qualify, but we open a new linky party every wednesday, so, keep on coming… :0)

    have a lovely creative day!

  37. Wow, don’t you love it when yours turns out better than Martha!! You did an amazing job. I love it hung on the mirror!

  38. How pretty!

    I hope you don’t mind. I linked your post to my PORCH AND GARDEN PARTY at

  39. Move over, Martha, here comes Allison! (I actually like YOUR wreath better!!)

  40. Wow, did your blog really just tell me that my comment was too short?! Rude! Lol. I said and will say it again (although now padded by many more words) – ADORABLE!

  41. Love it! I’ve never purchased that rafia/”stuff” before because not sure what I’d do with it. But this looks like corn husk in that color and perfect for autumn & Thanksgiving. You did a great job – it’s beautiful!

  42. I’ve been looking everywhere for that curly ribbon stuff. I can’t find it at any craft stores! I think everyone bought it out to make your beautiful wreath!

  43. wow, you did an awesome job! I love it! I’m featuring you tomorrow in a post about thanksgiving/fall decor on feel free to grab our “i was featured” button!

  44. Wow! That looks beautiful! I’ll have to make one for my front door now 🙂
    P.S. I found you thru where you were featured

  45. made the same wreath at my house! but used corn husks…didn’t even think to use this stuff that you used! really cute!

  46. LOVE this wreath! endless possibilities just by changing the ribbon 😉 Thanks for sharing your tutorial.


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