June 26

DIY: 4th of July Wreath

Be still my heart!! IT’S EIGHT DAYS UNTIL THE 4TH OF JULY! Perhaps you’ve caught on that the 4th is my favorite holiday, without reservation, 100%.

In addition to my three part (totally over the top) series of holiday inspiration (food, clothing & decor), I also wanted to highlight a really easy and fun DIY project today.

I promise, easier than it looks!

I promise, easier than it looks!

Making wreaths is one of my favorite ways to acknowledge the turning of seasons, and celebrate each holiday. Changing my wreath over from fall, to Christmas, to Spring, etc, always brings me a lot of joy that a new season is coming.

Wreaths are a great decor item, because they’re like throw pillows – easy to change the vibe of your front door in an instant. They also make fantastic gifts.

A second...because why stop at one?

A second…because why stop at one?

I made these wreaths for two of my friends, and they were a huge hit! I bought my supplies at Michael’s, but any craft store works well. Put your own spin on it and enjoy!

DIY: 4TH OF JULY WREATHS

MATERIALS:

  • Thick, wire edged ribbon – I use rolls of burlap as well
  • A variety of artificial flowers – red, white & blue (of course)
  • American flags
  • Long pearlized pins (used for sewing)
  • Any other flair you want – bows, glitter, etc.
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Hot glue gun

    These materials make my heart happy.

    These materials make my heart happy.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pin your thick ribbon to the back of your styrofoam wreath, using the pearlized pins. Another option here is to hot glue gun the ribbon, but I just find pinning to be easier (and easier to change the accouterments down the road for another holiday).

    I prefer using pins over hot glue for easy switches later.

    I prefer using pins over hot glue for easy switches later.

  2. Wrap the ribbon continually around the wreath, being careful to try to keep the ribbon even with each wrap.

    I want to swaddle the child I don't have in this material.

    I want to swaddle the child I don’t have in this material.

  3. When you’ve covered the entire wreath in ribbon, cut the ribbon and pin (or hot glue) the end on the back.
  4. Grab your artificial flowers. If they are attached to a fake stem, it’s easy to pop the blooms off of the stems. If you need to, you can use scissors.

    These fake flowers pop right off their stems.

    These fake flowers pop right off their stems.

  5. Grab your flowers, flags, and anything else you plan to use. LAY OUT your design first without pinning anything and take a photo of it. Laying it out first is much better than just starting to randomly pin crap places and then realizing half way through that you don’t really like what you’re making.

    This layout is roughly what I wanted it to look like - doesn't have to be perfect!

    This layout is roughly what I wanted it to look like – doesn’t have to be perfect!

  6. I think the easiest way to start actually attaching your items to the wreath is to working on your florals from the outside in. Pin the two things the furthest away from each other, and then work towards the center of your design. If you start with the centerpiece and work outwards, it’s a lot easier to wind up uneven. Each flower really just needs one well placed pin. NOTE: If you are making mini wreaths or wreaths that are very thin – make sure when you push the pins in, that they do not push all the way through to the other side (or you may wind up with a couple of bloody finger tips!).

    Starting with the outside florals.

    Starting with the outside florals. These guys were so small, I taped them together first, then pinned them down.

  7. When you’re finished, hold the wreath out in front of you (the angle looking at it straight on is different than when you’re looking down creating it). Adjust any little things you want adjusted. Here, if you want to hot glue anything to keep it extra sturdy you can – but if you stick with just pins, you can just unpin all of your stuff for that holiday, store it, and re-pin the next season!

    Yeah, that looks bomb! Or...looks FIREWORK

    Yeah, that looks bomb! Or…looks FIREWORK shall we say? 

I made the bow on the top with this one by pinning two flags together.

I made the bow on the top with this one by pinning two flags together.

CLEAN UP: I like to create labeled plastic bags for each holiday that I can put extra materials in. Because….I am slightly OCD. But I can find a Christmas bow in under 1 min. So there.

OCD? Or simply extremely organized in my holiday festivities?

OCD? Or simply extremely organized in my holiday festivities?