Easter wreath with dark and light purple ribbons and an easter globe sign with rabbits.

Easter Wreath DIY with the Pancake Frame

If you’ve followed this blog, my video tutorials, social media or coaching group – or you’ve perused my Etsy shop – you’ll see that wreaths can be used for so many more holidays than Christmas – and even non-holidays, like various seasons, birthdays or just because. Of all the different kinds of wreaths, there’s just something about Easter wreaths that I love – not only are they filled with lovely pastel colors and ADORABLE ribbons and signs, they breathe life into homes and porches after months of winter weather. If you’re looking to make an Easter wreath DIY, I have a super cute one for you to try! Not only does it use my wreath style – the Pancake wreath – it also uses a brand-new product co-created by me!

This wreath recipe works two-fold. It shows you how to make a pancake wreath and also shows you how to make it on the patent-pending the Pancake Wreath Frame! Let’s get to it.

Waiting to make your wreath? Pin these Easter wreath DIY instructions to Pinterest for later.

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Using the Pancake Wreath Frame

Before getting to the instructions for making an Easter wreath, you have to know what you need to make it! While I adore everything I used to make this wreath (listed in the next section), my absolute favorite supply is the pancake wreath frame – co-invented by yours truly!

This wreath frame is everything I, as a wreathmaker, could ask for in a frame! It’s flat and study and features notches and holes that allow exact placement of pipe cleaners without the guesswork. Even better? The pipe cleaners stay put, nestled in those notches.

When you purchase the pancake wreath frame on DecoExchange, you buy it in a bundle – which comes with a 10-inch frame and sign extender. That’s two extra projects you can do! And tutorials for those supplies can be found on this blog and the Sincerely Creative Mom YouTube page.

Easter Wreath Supply List

The wreath supplies listed below will be everything you need to make your adorable wreath – from the base to the coverage and the bow, I got you covered!

14-inch Pancake Wreath Frame

10-inch-wide deco mesh

Two 2.5-inch ribbons (for tails)

One 4-inch ribbon (for bow)

One 2.5-inch ribbon (for bow)

Two 1.5-inch ribbons (for bow)

Easter sign

Pipe cleaners

Zip ties

You don’t need the exact same ribbon design, deco mesh or Easter sign to complete this wreath. The measurement and quantity are what’s most important. But, if you’re curious where to get what I have, the supplies I used in this video were from a wreath supply box. For more information on these boxes, check out MelsSupplyBox.com.

Prepare Your Easter Wreath Materials

To help save time, stress or confusion, preparing your materials ahead of your work will be super helpful. For a more in-depth guide on preparing your materials, I have a great tutorial on cutting deco mesh and ribbons and preparing your sign. Below are basic quantities and measurements to make for each material.

Sign:

Flip sign over and adhere zip tie mounts to the top and bottom of the back of the sign. Rectangular signs usually require zip tie mounts on the sides of the sign.

Use a tiny bit of DAP Rapid Fuse to ensure the mounts stick. Clamp the zip tie mounts to help it dry and adhere.

Tail ribbons:

Cut 12 ribbons, 14 inches long from two, 2.5-inch rolls.

Dovetail the ends by folding the ends in half and cutting at an angle on the fold.

Take one of each tail, and stack them on top of one another with your favorite design on top, then fold in half. Repeat until you have twelve stacks of two ribbons.

Deco Mesh:

Cut 12 pieces of mesh, 20-inches long.

How to Make a Wreath for Easter

With your supplies in hand and your materials prepped, you are ready to start making your wreath! Keep in mind, this Deco Mesh Pancake Style Easter Wreath DIY is fit for any designer level – whether you’re just starting out or have been a maker for years.

Step 1: Add pipe cleaners to frame

Using the holes and notches as your guide, add the pipe cleaners by sticking them through each hole and wrapping them around the corresponding notches and twisting to secure. Twist the arms of the pipe cleaner close to the notch. You should have six pipe cleaners around the outer edges and six around the inner edges of the frame.

Step 2: Ruffle and attach your mesh pieces

Lay the mesh piece flat on the table and ruffle right up the center of the mesh, collecting the material as you pull it toward you. Pinch the center of the ruffle tight, then lay it right into the arms of the pipe cleaners attached to the frame, starting with the outer edge of the frame. Twist the pipe cleaner twice over the center to secure, then overlap the ends of the ruffle to make it flat and circular. Work your way around the outside of the frame first.

Do not add your ruffles to the inner edge of the frame just yet. (That’s step 4!).

Step 3: Add your ribbon tails to your ruffles

Still working on the outside, add your ribbon tails to the ruffles, using six of your ribbon tail stacks. Take each stack of two ribbons, unfold the stack and pinch the center, making a V shape. Lay the center of the V in the arms of the pipe cleaners, over the ruffle and with the ribbon tails facing out. Twist the pipe cleaner over the center to secure and cut off the excess pipe cleaner.

Pull the tails up and down, then side to side, keeping the pattern of the ribbons the same.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the inner part of the wreath frame

We’re going to do the exact same thing for the inner part of the frame: attach ruffles, then ribbon tails. With the inner section, the mesh ruffles will overlap, which will cover the frame – something your customers would probably prefer!

Step 5: Make the Easter bow

Take your 4-inch ribbon and make a 7-inch tail. Make a 6-inch loop, then pinch, twist and loop. You will have two loops.

Next, grab your 2.5-inch ribbon and make the tail and loops just a little smaller than the previous ribbon. Make two loops with that ribbon and a short tail.  When stacking your ribbons for your bow, the long tails will be on the bottom of the loops, point down and the short tails will be above the loops, pointing up.

Tip: If you have bad carpal tunnel like me, use this amazing tool, the EZ Bow Maker from DecoExchange. It will hold each layer of ribbons (loops and tails) as you build each part of the bow. Then, when your done stacking, you can lift your bow right out of the maker.

Take your first (of two) 1.5-inch ribbon and repeat – two loops. Stack on top of the previous two ribbons.

Now, with the last ribbon (your remaining 1.5-inch ribbon), start with the long tail, then make a medium loop (about 3-4 inches). This will be your center loop of the bow. Then, make two more loops and stack on top of the other ribbons. Dovetail the ends of your tails.

Pinch the center of your ribbon stack, then wrap a pipe cleaner around the center of the stack and twist several times to secure.

Pull the center loop over the pipe cleaner in the center to hide it. Bring all of your long tails below the loops and spread them out. Do the same with the short tails above the loops. Spread your loops, making sure you can see all ribbon designs.

Step 6: Attach your sign and bow

Add your pipe cleaners to the zip tie mounts on the back of the sign. Then stick the pipe cleaners through the mesh, wrapping them around the frame and twisting behind the frame to secure.

Next, secure your bow to the frame by pushing the arms of the pipe cleaner through the mesh and wrap them around the frame, twisting to secure.

Tip: When positioning your sign and bow, move the features around (before attaching) to make sure you cover any pipe cleaners that show.

Step 7: Fluff your bow and spot check

Fluff your bow by pull and spreading out the loops, making sure everything is positioned correctly and nothing is covering the sign. Cut any tails that are too long and go through, pulling on the ribbons to make sure you can see them all and everything looks satisfactory!

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Spring and Easter Wreath DIY Ideas

Looking to extend the use of your wreaths? What I love about spring wreaths is that many can be used for Easter wreaths, too. My favorites include:

The Popular Tulip Wreath (also made on the pancake frame!)

This gorgeous wreath is made with orange and coral tulips that are SUPER eye catching! The pancake wreath frame is PERFECT for this wreath because it is sturdy enough to hold these florals – heavier than mesh and ribbon – in place. The frame’s structure, sturdiness and ease of use are many reasons why I almost exclusively use this frame.

The Butterfly Grapevine Wreath

Pinks, florals and butterflies just scream spring! And the grapevine adds a natural element to the design. The grapevine is already such a focal point, it doesn’t need much decoration – just a few small additions, like a small bouquet and pretty hand-made bow.

The Moss Base Wreath

Moss wreaths are another type of wreath that adds a natural element – just perfect for spring. And the bright green of the moss is perfect to build on with fun colors, like bright blue, hot pink and yellow.

Easter Wreath DIY Recipe

Are you looking for just the nitty gritty instructions without all the detail? Here’s the shorter version, complete with a supply list. It’s a great reference to print out and use when shopping for all your materials.

Easter Wreath DIY

Follow these simplified instructions to make your wreath. Print out this wreath recipe and supply list for quick reference.
Total Time1 hour
Keyword: DIY wreath, Easter Decor, Easter wreath, Spring decor, spring wreath
Yield: 1 wreath

Materials

  • 1 14-inch Pancake Wreath Frame
  • 1 roll 10-inch wide deco mesh
  • 1 roll 4-inch ribbon
  • 3 rolls 2.5-inch ribbon
  • 2 rolls 1.5-inch ribbon
  • 1 Easter sign
  • pipe cleaners
  • zip ties

Instructions

  • Prepare materials by adding zip tie mounts to back of sign, cutting two, 2.5-inch ribbons for tails (12 pieces at 14-inches long each) and cutting deco mesh (12 pieces at 20-inches long). Stack your ribbon tails in twos – one of each design.
  • Add pipe cleaners to frame by putting them through each hole, wrapping them around each corresponding notch, and twisting to secure. You'll have 6 pipe cleaners around the outer edge of the frame and 6 around the inner edge.
  • Ruffle your deco mesh up the middle, pinching the center, laying it in the arms of each pipe cleaner, and twisting to secure. Only add mesh ruffles to outer edge of frame.
  • Add ribbon tails to the mesh ruffles by pinching the stack in the center, laying the ribbon atop the ruffle (ribbon tails facing out), and twisting the pipe cleaner to secure.
  • Repeat to add ruffles and ribbon tails to inner edge of frame.
  • Make your bow using your 4-inch ribbon, 2.5-inch ribbon and two, 1.5-inch ribbons. Starting with the 4-inch ribbon, make a 7-inch tail, then two, 6-inch loops by pinching, twisting and looping. Using the 2.5-inch ribbon, do the same – make a tail and two loops (a tad smaller than the first ribbon). Stack the 2.5-inch ribbon atop the 4-inch. Repeat with the last two, 1.5-inch ribbons. The final ribbon will have an additional loop – the center loop of the bow.
    Pinch the center of your ribbon stack, and wrap a pipe cleaner around the center, twisting several times to secure all layers of ribbon. Pull the center loop over the pipe cleaner, then pull and spread all loops.
  • Add pipe cleaners to the zip tie mounts in the back of the sign. Stick the pipe cleaners through the mesh, wrapping them around the frame and twisting behind the frame to secure.
    Secure your bow to the frame by pushing the arms of the pipe cleaner through the mesh and wrap them around the frame, twisting to secure.
  • Fluff your bow and spot check your sign, tails and deco mesh.

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