Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Wreath

The first Saturday in May, is a VERY big deal in the great state of Kentucky, for the last 143 years it has been known to us as Derby Day. Kentuckians love a good party, and throwing a derby party is right up there with the perfect wedding! We have to have lots of food,  lots of drinks, and LOTS of Roses!!! 

Kentucky Nerd Moment:

Garland of Roses  or as we call it.... The Run for the Roses

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race's current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a "crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon. The "crown," a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner's Circle.


So clearly I celebrate Derby Day every year, no matter where in the world my travels take me! When I'm home in Los Angeles I always through a proper Derby Party (PS. I love the Derby so much I had my bridal shower on Derby Day) This year I wanted to take my decor up a notch, but make it something I could keep (fresh roses get expensive quick!) So I was inspired my the garland of Roses that the winner gets draped with and I am tickled to show you how easy it is to make my DIY Run for The Roses Wreath!

You will need:

  • 15" or bigger (depending on your  door width) U form
  • 4" Red satin ribbon
  • 3" Gold ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3 dozen plastic red roses
  • Scissors

Start by wrapping  the red ribbon around the U form, start at the top and working your way down I do it in 2 sections. I hot glue gun the end to the fabric 1/2 way and then start wrapping again until you've reached the top on the other side.

 Pop or cut the flowers off the plastic stems (they should pop right off) and hot glue them onto the ribbon wrapped U form starting at the top and building out as you go down and make it thicker thick 2 to 3 roses building it all the way around the U form.

Keep hot gluing the roses in clumps of 2 and 3 and glue in some of the leftover stem greenery as well to fill in your wreath. 

Now measure out your hanging ribbon ( I chose gold you can do a silver or a red ribbon, whatever you love!) to the desired length. IF you have a wreath hanger I suggest making it much shorter, so that it hangs properly in the desired location on your door. Also allow for 3 to 4 inches of extra ribbon on either side, so it can be used to glue down on the U form.

Place the hot glue on the U form then gently press the hanging ribbon in the glue then press it and let it set and dry before you hang it. ( I let this one set for 3 hours before I hung it... I really wanted to make sure it held and it's great!)

Finally, I stand there and admire my work, I always  do that, because I'm tickled to death that what  was in my brain actually came to life!!  I'm hanging my on my front door, but this could be great anywhere as decor for a Derby Party! Enjoy and Happy Derby Day y'all!!