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Embroidery Hoop Wreath for Christmas

Use our step by step instructions to make your own embroidery hoop art for the holidays.
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Author Angie Holden


  • Hot Glue and a Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pen
  • Printer

What You Will Need

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Buttons Collector jar natural color (get from buttons.com or Wal-Mart or Joann Stores)
  • Offray Ribbon natural color (get from offray.com or Wal-Mart or Joann Stores)
  • JOY printable
  • Tracing paper in white
  • Buffalo plaid fabric
  • Greenery
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Printer paper


How to make a bow:

  • First, you will need to use your roll of ribbon to make a bow for your wreath. Start with a small loop in the ribbon and hold that with your thumb. Then add five loops on each side of that. These should all be approximately equal in size. Finally, make a large loop with the rest of the roll of ribbon and hold the end of the roll with your hand.
  • Use the pipe cleaner to go through the small loop and all the way around the burlap ribbon. Be sure to catch all of the loops including the end of your ribbon. Pull the pipe cleaner really tight and twist a few times. Then trim any excess from the end of your ribbon with scissors.
  • You can now fluff your bow and cut the large loop in half. Set this aside for now. You can do more fluffing and trim your ends once the bow is on your embroidery hoop wreath.

How to make an embroidery hoop wreath:

  • Start with your embroidery hoop. Separate the two pieces.
  • Put the fabric between the two pieces and tighten the hoop. Then pull the fabric until it is really tight.
  • Then flip the hoop over and start trimming away the excess fabric. I find it is easiest to do this with a craft knife. Just run it close to the wood and cut the fabric away.
  • Continue all the way around the hoop.
  • Put something to write on under your fabric like a book. Then add a piece of white tracing paper on top of your embroidery hoop with the shiny side down. Print the word joy onto regular copy paper. Lay this on top of the tracing paper. Use a pen to trace around the outer edges.
  • Then remove the paper pieces and you will be left with a white outline on your fabric.
  • You will be using buttons to fill in the word. Some of the buttons may be too large for the outline. Set those to the side.
  • Use the wide variety of buttons in the jar to fill in your word. Secure them in place with hot glue. Use two layers of the buttons to really make the word pop off of the fabric.
  • Then just continue in this same manner until the entire word is filled.
  • Then secure some greenery to the top with some hot glue. I used two sprigs on each side.
  • Trim the pipe cleaner ends from the bow then hot glue it to the center. You can now fluff the bow however you would like.
  • You can trim the ends of your ribbon short or long. I chose to trim mine long with a "V" cut. I then used hot glue to secure the ends under the greenery so that they hang down the sides of my embroidery hoop wreath.