The other day I saw the cutest patriotic wreath get posted and shared in a Crafting Facebook group where woman make and share things that they make for their own home. I asked if there was a tutorial or source I could find, but never got an answer. I mean this wreath is so beautiful and perfect for the 4th of July, I wanted to share it with you. I couldn’t find a tutorial online (Google search and I struggle seeing eye to eye…no a burlap brown wreath is not what I had in mind Google. But hey at least they gave me wreaths this time)! So I decided I would just play around and see if I could figure it out and make a Patriotic wreath tutorial for you all. This is what I came up with! Hope you enjoy it!
4th of July DIY Patriotic Wreath Tutorial
To begin you need to gather your supplies. I love this wreath tutorial because almost all of my supplies came from Walmart and were very inexpensive.
- 12″ foam/floral wreath -green or white, it doesn’t matter. Just whatever your store has.
- 4-5 Red Felt sheets, 4-5 white felt sheets, 2-3 blue felt sheets. It all depends on how tightly you place the fabric as to how much you need. I’d recommend getting the higher number to be safe.
- Size 17 Pins (27mm)
- Pen/pencil or marker
- Rotary mat
- Measuring stick
- Fiskar Rotary cutter
- 10 Paper/cardstock stars approximately 1.5″
- 24 gauge silver wire
- Glitter paint/spray
- Small stretch of ribbon
- A few dabs of hot glue
- Staple gun (optional)
As far as crafts go, this is one of the longer crafts I’ve created. Meaning it takes more time than I usually spend on crafts. I have such a hard time staying focused and not getting bored and moving on. So usually my crafts can be completed in just a few hours at the most. But I will warn you, this one took a little longer than that. Although it didn’t take more than one day.
First things first. You need to cut all the felt sheets into 2″ X 2″ squares. Thus why I love using a rotary mat and rotary cutter. If you are careful and pay close attention to detail you can actually cut up two sheets of felt at once. That really cuts down on the amount of time cutting up fabric. Really it is half of the reason this craft takes so long. Just cutting up the fabric.
Now, the next part you can skip if you love being full right brained and creative. Sometimes I space out while doing monotonous tasks, so I knew better than to just free hand the next part. So I measured the area where I knew I would want the blue section of the wreath. And marked that section with a pen. Then I divided up the remainder of the wreath in sections of Red, White, Red, White, etc. And marked each section.
This really helped me from going too far with each color. And it let me know when it was time to switch up colors. But again, you don’t have to measure and mark if you don’t want to. But for me it was a huge benefit.
To start creating you take one corner of your felt square and fold it kiddy corner. Then you fold it kiddy corner again. Now you have your felt ruffle.
Take a sewing pin and staying close to the base tip, insert through the fabric and into the wreath. To begin I did four squares together. And once they were pinned into place, you can ruffle them up easily to hide the pins.
From there, I didn’t follow any type of pattern. Just gently lifted the edge of a felt ruffle and inserted the next felt ruffle slightly under it. This way it prevents any of the wreath from showing through or from having any bare spots.
Work until you complete a small section of either red or white. Depending on which color you started with. And then repeat on the next color. Working your way around the entire wreath. And then proceed doing the same with the blue felt.
You don’t have to pin felt squares around the entire wreath. Just the front and sides where one would see it. The back you can leave alone. In fact it is preferred so that it will lay flat against the surface it is hanging against.
And I should point out. It is really important you get the longer pins. I started with smaller pins for this project. And they just wouldn’t stay in. They weren’t long enough to really hold the fabric in place. I actually was 80% finished and carried it around the house to show the husband and realized that the felt wasn’t staying in. So, I’m really helping you forego a big headache of having to take it all out and repin with longer pins.
Attaching a hanger for your patriotic wreath
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to having a secure hanger on my patriotic wreath. I probably went a bit overboard on this. But hey, at least I know my wreath isn’t going to be falling down any time soon.
To make a hanger, simply measure out a bit of ribbon to the length you desire. I had some large white satin ribbon on hand, so that is what I used. I placed a dab of hot glue on the back of the patriotic wreath where I wanted the wreath to hang from. Then I looped the ribbon around, placed another dab of hot glue between the two layers of ribbon. While working with hot glue, be sure to check out our top 5 craft tips post for tips on how to make it stronger with no glue strings hanging off.
To finish if off and make sure this hook really isn’t going anywhere, I added 4 shots with my staple gun. See, I’m OCD. lol.
Creating Shooting Stars for your Patriotic Wreath
Part of what I love about this wreath from other wreaths are the shooting stars from the blue section of the patriotic wreath. To make these you can freehand cutting them out. Or if you happen to have a cricut machine that would probably be the easiest. I have my good friend Maureen from Made By Marzipan to thank for my stars. I have not yet dived into the world of paper crafts yet. So she really saved my bacon this time by offering to cut out some stars for me with her machine.
You can cut them out of card stock or label making material. Maureen got me some awesome label makers so I wouldn’t have to glue my stars together. But if you don’t have labels, no problem. It will still work.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love glitter on crafts. So I had to add some glitter to the stars. I spray painted each star with a glitter spray and let them dry while I cut up the felt and created the wreath.
You will need to cut 5 pieces of the jewelry wire to about 10-12 inches long. I used 24 gauge, but I’m thinking a slightly stiffer wire might make it easier. Not for the curling aspect. But keeping it in place once you finally get it where you want it. A little wind (which is UBER common here in Idaho) and my stars were all bent out of place.
Lay a star with glitter side down. Place the center of the wire across the star. Then place the next star (glitter side up) directly above the first star. If they are labels, simply remove the paper and let them seal together with the wire between the two stars. If you are using cardstock, simply use a little craft glue or hot glue to seal the stars together.
Take a sharpie pen and curl the wire around it on both ends. I like the thickness of the sharpie marker best, but really you could use a smaller writing utensil if you wanted tighter curls.
Keep curling until both ends of each star are curled. Now take the most loose curled end and use that to insert into the wreath. I put two stars on the inside of the blue section, and three on the outer edge, alternating with the ones on the inside. To do this, simply peel back the blue felt until you see the wreath. Since the wire is so flimsy, I used a pin to poke the hole first. Then I very gently inserted the wire into the hole until it is secure.
Replace the felt and fluff. Move onto the next star. Once all the stars are completed, it is time to re-fluff the felt. It may take some time, but simply keep working with the wire until you can get each star to lay exactly where you want it to lay. That is one reason why I think using a thicker wire would be helpful. Even after I get the stars in place, it is really easy to get bent out of place.
But once the felt is fluffed and your stars are aligned just right, you are done! Stand back and admire your work! And to make it even more fun; take it outside and start taking pictures of it! See how it shimmers, or radiates in different lighting. Are you ready to see the final product?
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