From New Year’s Day to Valentine’s Day to Saint Patrick’s Day – the first few holidays of the year happen so closely together – it can feel like you’re replacing your door décor every other day. But it’s a great excuse to make a TON of different wreaths – whether for you or your customers. This St. Patrick’s Day pancake wreath is a little different from the original pancake wreath made on a 14-inch frame. This type of pancake wreath is made on a 10-inch frame and utilizes a different type of ruffle. I call it the Pancake 2.0 ruffle.
The 2.0 ruffle allows the wreath to stay thin on a smaller frame. It also sticks out farther from the frame, so it also maintains a good all-around size despite being on a smaller frame. And because we’re only doing one layer, it also makes for a quick project! It’s a win-win. So what are we waiting for?!
If you’re not ready to make your design just yet, pin this St. Patrick’s Day pancake wreath tutorial on Pinterest.
Making A Wreath Using the Pancake Wreath Frame
When making any type of pancake wreath, the new (patent pending) Pancake Wreath Frame is ALL I use now. And, ya’ll, I can’t get enough of it! (Not just because I co-created it!) The frame was made specifically for Mel’s pancake recipe and has pre-placed holes exactly where your pipe cleaners need to go. No more guessing and no more pipe cleaners sliding all over the place while you create. There’s also extra holes for signs and bows – which also fit firmly and stay put, thanks to the frame’s design.
The frame comes in two sizes – 14-inch and 10-inch. When you purchase the frame, you purchase the whole bundle, which comes with both sizes and a sign extender.
As mentioned above, the wreath in this tutorial uses the 10-inch frame.
St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Wreath Supplies
The other supplies used for this tutorial came from a wreath kit, a box full of supplies to make multiple designs. This kit included the pancake wreath bundle, deco mesh, ribbons, wreath signs and more. It’s a triple kit, which means there are enough supplies to complete THREE projects.
If you’re buying supplies separately, here’s a list of what you need – including some affiliate links for companies I love. If you make a purchase through these links, I may get a small commission.
- 10-inch pancake wreath frame (patent pending) from ThePancakeFrame.com
- 10-inch wide, border stripe deco mesh
- Three, 2.5-inch ribbons (for bow and tails)
- Two 1.5-inch ribbons (for bow)
- Lucky clover St. Patrick’s Day sign
- Clover greenery
- Pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems)
- Staple gun or zip tie mounts
Wondering what ribbon is for the bow and what’s for the tails? To make your bow, you need one, 2.5-inch ribbon and two, 1.5-inch ribbons. To make the ribbon tails, you need two, 2.5-inch ribbons.
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DIY Instructions for Making Your Wreath
If you’re using the St. Patrick’s Day triple kit, it is VERY IMPORTANT to watch the cutting instructions (video linked below), so you get the EXACT measurements to have enough supplies to make all three projects in your kit!
Step 1: Get your wreath supplies ready
Follow these cutting instructions if you are using supplies from the St. Patty’s Day triple wreath kit.
- Cut the mesh into six, 26-inch strips
Ribbon tails on wreath:
- Choose two 2.5-inch ribbon designs and cut 6 ribbon tails each at 16-inches long
- Dovetail the ends
- Pair each design with the other, stacking your favorite design on top and folding over. You’ll have 6 stacks of two ribbons.
- Snip six stems off your clover greenery
- Dab glue on the adhesive part of the zip tie mounts to ensure they sticks and stay. Then, stick the mounts to the back of the sign and clamp them down while you make the rest of the wreath.
Step 2: Add pipe cleaners to the wreath frame
Working along the outside of the wreath, stick the pipe cleaner through the hole, wrap it around the notch located across from it, then twist close to the hole. Since you’re working on the outer ring, you’ll skip every other hole.
Step 3: Make Pancake 2.0 ruffles and attach to frame
Lay your mesh piece flat, then scrunch up just off the side, pulling toward you. Since this is a 10-inch wreath, you’ll scrunch up about three inches from the edge of the mesh. Pinch the center of the scrunch – the ruffle will look kind of like a butterfly with one big wing and one smaller. This type of ruffle is called the Pancake 2.0 ruffle.
Lay the pinched part of the ruffle in the middle of the pipe cleaner, then criss cross the arms of the pipe cleaner over the center and twist twice to secure. There will be much more mesh on the outside of the ring than in the center.
Step 4: Add ribbon tails and clover greenery
Take each ribbon stack and pinch the center. The stack will make a V shape. Place the center of the V over the ruffle, between the pipe cleaner arms. Twist one time to secure.
Add a bit of glue atop the pipe cleaner, then add a clover greenery stem. Lay the stem atop the center of the ribbon with the florals pointing outward.
Twist the arms of the pipe cleaners to secure. Do this for all outer pipe cleaners with the ends of the ribbon and clover stems all pointing out. Then, wrap the excess pipe cleaner arms around the clover stem toward the center of the frame.
Shape your ribbons so you can see both designs and tails. Pull the ribbon up and apart, then side to side, making sure you follow the pattern of one design, then the next. For example, if you had a 4-leaf clover ribbon and a buffalo print ribbon, the pattern would go: one clover tail, one buffalo print tail, one clover, one buffalo print, and so on.
Step 6: Make a half bow
Since the frame is smaller, there isn’t much room for a big, fluffy bow like my typical pancake wreaths feature. So, instead, we’ll make a half bow.
Start with your final 2.5-inch ribbon and dovetail the end. Then, make an 8-inch tail and 5-inch loop. Pinch, twist and loop to make two more loops.
Grab your 1.5-inch ribbon and do the same, making the loops about one finger width smaller (about 4.5 inches). Stack this ribbon on top of the 2.5-inch one, making the tails all going the same direction.
Take your final 1.5-inch ribbon and make one extra loop on the top – the center loop of the bow. This loop will be about 2 inches. Pinch, twist and loop three more loops that are about one finger width smaller than the loops of the second ribbon layer. Stack that ribbon on top of the others, then pinch the center of the stack tightly. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the center and twist it to squish the ribbons together.
Separate the ribbons. Pull the center loop over to cover the pipe cleaner. You want all of the tails to come down, away from the frame.
Step 7: Attach your sign and bow
Stick the pipe cleaners on the back of the sign through the mesh, flip the wreath over and wrap the arms around the wreath frame. Twist to secure, then hide the excess pipe cleaners under the mesh.
Just as you did the sign, attach the bow by sticking the pipe cleaners through the mesh and wrapping the arms around the frame. Twist to secure.
Do you learn better by watching? Scroll down to the end of this post to get the St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Wreath recipe and video tutorial (as seen on the Sincerely Creative Mom YouTube channel).
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St. Patrick’s Day Wreath Instructions
- 1 staple gun optional
- 2 Zip-tie mounts optional
- 1 easy bow maker optional
- 1 stem cutter
- 1 glue gun
- 1 10-inch pancake wreath frame
- 1 10-inch wide striped deco mesh
- 3 2.5-inch ribbons
- 2 1.5-inch ribbons
- 1 Lucky shamrock sign
- 1 clover greenery bunch
- pipe cleaners
- Cut mesh into six, 26-inch strips. Cut two ribbon designs into 6 ribbon tails each at 16-inches long. Create sick ribbon stacks, each with two different ribbon designs. Snip six stems of clover greenery and attach zip tie mounts with glue or staple pipe cleaners to sign.
- Using only the outside notches of the frame, stick a pipe cleaner through each corresponding hole, then around the notch. Twist the pipe cleaner close to the hole to secure. You'll use six holes/notches along the outer ring of the frame.
- Make the 2.0 ruffle by scrunching about tree inches from the side of the mesh. Pinch the center of the scrunch and lay the pinched part in the middle of the pipe cleaners, twisting twice to secure. The smaller part of the cluster should be in the center of the wreath, while the bigger part of the cluster fans out.
- Bend each ribbon duo to make a V shape, then lay the center of the V atop the center of each cluster with the tails pointing out. Twist once to secure.
- Dab glue on the pipe cleaners, then lay one stem of clover atop the center of each ribbon V. Make sure the clover points out. Twist the pipe cleaner to secure the clover, then wrap any excess pipe cleaner around the clover stem.
- Make a half bow using a 2.5-inch ribbon and two 1.5-inch ribbons. Start with the 2.5-inch ribbon, making an 8-inch tail and 5 inch loop. pinch, twist and loop to make two more loops. With a 1.5-inch ribbon, make an 8-inch tail and three, 4.5-inch loops. Stack that on top of the 2.5-inch ribbon. Finally, with the other 1.5-inch ribbon, make an 8-inch tail, a 2-inch center loop and three more loops about 4 inches in size. Stack on top of the 1.5 inch and 2.5-inch ribbon pile.
- Pinch the ribbon pile in the center, then wrap a pipe cleaner around the stack to secure. Separate the ribbons, pull the center loop over the pipe cleaner and make sure all the tails of the bow point down, away from the wreath.
- Stick the pipe cleaners on the back of the sign through the mesh. Then flip the wreath over, wrap the pipe cleaner around the frame and twist to secure. Do the same thing with your bow.