Hello! I thought I would continue with DIY projects from Bugaboo’s monkey-themed birthday party and show you how I made the jungle wreath. The great thing about this wreath is it is completely temporary – no glue was used so the wreath can be used again! I borrowed the grapevine wreath from my mom and knew I probably wouldn’t have a use for a monkey wreath after this party so I didn’t want to do anything permanent. This project goes pretty quickly and didn’t cost much at all – luckily, I had everything on hand so it didn’t cost me anything!
- Grapevine wreath
- Green paper, at least two different colors. (I just used three different types. One of my sheets was grooved which added some nice texture.)
- Green ribbon, at least two different colors. (Since I was using things on hand, I used up scraps of green ribbon I had)
- Orange cording
- Paper monkey (I printed one of my digital monkeys. You could print any monkey found online or draw your own!)
- Tools needed: Hole punch and scissors.
STEP ONE: Cut out your leaves.
I cut out lots of leaves from three different sheets of green paper. They don’t have to be perfect and definitely don’t need to be the same so I found cutting them free-style was the quickest.
STEP TWO: Cut out triangles from the sides of your leaves.
After cutting out all of the leaves, I went back and cut little triangles into the sides to make them look more like jungle leaves that could be on a large palm tree or fern. Again, I just free-style cut these and did about 2 to 3 triangles per side.
STEP THREE: Cut out vines and monkey.
I drew the vines and cut them out. After, I trimmed them to the length they would need to be to attach behind the wreath. Make sure your vines are longer than your wreath’s inner opening so they can be attached. I cut out the little triangles on my vines leaves as well. On each end of my vine, I punched a hole using the hole punch so I would have a place to thread my ribbon through to attach the vines to the wreath.
I had created digital monkeys in Photoshop from the monkey fabric I had bought. I printed a large one and cut him out to use for the wreath. You could use any monkey found online or draw one yourself!
STEP FOUR: Wrap ribbon around the wreath.
Once I had everything cut out, I started wrapping the wreath with ribbon. I used a lot of green ribbon scraps I had so they were all different lengths and colors. To start each ribbon, I tied it in a knot around one of the wreath’s twigs in the back, then just started wrapping. I found it looked really cool to weave the ribbon through the wreath’s vines. This was a bit messy but looked great when done. I kept wrapping until I thought it looked covered enough and tied the end to a twig in the back like I did to start each ribbon. I had some orange cording, which matched the color scheme of the party so I wrapped that around too!
STEP FIVE: Attach the vines with ribbon
In order to keep with my no-glue rule on this wreath, I decided to attach the vines with ribbon. Using the holes I had punched in the ends of the vine, I threaded a piece of green ribbon through the hole and then just wrapped it around the wreath and tied it in a knot to one of the wreath vines. This worked really well, and since the wreath would just be hanging and not be moved around, this proved sturdy enough. You could, of course, just hot-glue these on if you don’t intend to take the wreath apart.
STEP SIX: Place the monkey and the leaves.
This part was really fun just like wrapping the ribbon. Taking all of my cut-out leaves, I just started sticking them everywhere, tucking them under the wrapped ribbon and wreath vines. Again, this was not permanent, and when I hung the wreath up, a few fell out that I had to stick back in once it was hanging up. I placed the monkey on the vines and he just hung there. You could use some scotch tape on the back of him to make sure he doesn’t go anywhere!
Yay the wreath was done!! It didn’t take too long and made a fun focal point for our mantel decorations! The green leaves and vines helped add to the jungle feel I was trying to create around the fireplace with all of our house plants!
*** A quick side note about decorating our fireplace with house plants: Many of my houseplants, like our Pothos, are toxic if consumed so I usually keep them high up on shelves so Bugaboo isn’t tempted to touch them. Since we put many at his level, we had to keep a close eye on him. Luckily, he was the only little child at the party so it wasn’t too hard to make sure he didn’t touch them ;)
Thanks for following along! Hope you all have a nice weekend :)