Create a patriotic bandana wreath to celebrate the Fourth of July! This American Flag wreath is so simple and quick to make, even the kids can help! Featuring red, white, and blue bandanas tied to a wired floral wreath with glittering shooting stars for a 3D visual effect. The perfect decoration for your front door this summer!
🇺🇸 Why we love this American Flag Bandana Wreath
You may have seen other red, white, and blue patriotic bandana wreaths online. But ours is different!
Our wreath is made with a flat wire floral wreath, which gives it a flatter look than a round foam wreath. This gives more dimension to the fabric of the bandanas. This also makes it more convenient to hang and store, and it takes up less space when it is time to put it into storage.
We also add glittering tin shooting stars on wire for a fun and festive 3D effect.
This American flag wreath can be made in about 30 minutes with no sewing required. Just tie a knot and you’re done! The glittering stars will need additional time to dry, but the rest of the wreath can be completed quickly.
This wreath is perfect for patriotic holidays like July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. You’ll be able to use it for more than a month each year! Many people leave it on their front door all summer long!
So if you’re looking for a unique and patriotic bandana wreath, ours is the one for you!
🧵 Supplies Needed
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- 16-18″ Wire Floral Wreath
- 6 White, 6 Red, 6 Blue bandanas – easily found at Hobby Lobby or Walmart for about $1 each
- Fabric Stiffener (optional)
- Rustic Tin Stars, If you find white stars instead of rust-colored, you won’t need the white spray paint.
- 18 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire
- Small Wire Cutters
- White Spray Paint – I used Krylon Gloss White
- Glitter Spray Paint – I used Krylon Glitter Blast, Silver Flash
- Fiskars Premier Fabric Scissors
✂️ How to Make a 4th of July Bandana Wreath
You can follow along in the handy video tutorial or read on for the written instructions.
Watch on Youtube
The first step is to remove all tags and packaging from the bandanas, wreath, and any other supplies you have gathered.
Lay out each bandana and fold it in half.
Cut each bandana in half along the fold (no need to measure).
Repeat for all bandanas
Take one of the red bandana halves and gather it together lengthwise, then fold it in half so that you have a loop at one end. Ensure that the jagged edge that you cut is folded inwards.
Place the bandana under the wire wreath with the center of the loop on the outside of the wreath.
Bring the 2 tail ends over the wreath and through the center loop end. Pull tight. You may need to tug a little but be sure to keep the ends even.
Continue this technique with each of the red and white bandanas, alternating colors as you go (red, white, red, white, etc) all the way around the wreath.
In the space remaining repeat the same bandana knot technique with all of the blue bandanas.
Evenly space each bandana around the wire floral wreath and fluff the fabric ends.
If you want the fabric to be stiffer, you can spray it with fabric stiffener. This will help it hold its shape. Many people like to do this, but it is not necessary. I have not sprayed mine and it has still looked nice after 7 years. Although, I had always lived in the desert up to this point. I’m about to display it in the Ozark humidity, I might need to add some fabric stiffener this year. We will see.
If you are looking for a simple patriotic bandana wreath you can stop here and have a beautiful summer wreath to hang on your front door. But if you want to really make it unique you can continue to add the 3D shooting stars.
Spray paint the mini metal stars with gloss white spray paint. Allow the paint to dry completely. If you find any stars that are already white, you can skip painting them.
Give each star a dusting with the Glitter Blast. Allow to dry.
To attach the stars we are going to use a similar method that I used with my 4th of July Felt Wreath. Take the gauge wire and cut it to the length you desire.
I did different lengths for each star as I wanted some to be longer and some shorter for a nice 3D effect. But a good starting point would be approximately 10-12 inches long.
Attach one end to the back of the star with glue. Allow the hot glue to cool before moving.
Take a Sharpie pen, or your finger and curl the tail of the wire around. This gives the impression of the star shooting out of the flag. I demonstrate this technique in the video if you need to see it in action.
Attach the end of the wire (not attached to the star) to the wire wreath in the blue bandana section of the wreath by wrapping it around the wreath and wrapping back onto itself a few wraps to keep it secure.
Do this to all the stars you want to include.
Adjust the wires to lay as you prefer. You can loosen some of the spirals to make them appear longer or tighten others to make them shorter. You can lay some closer to the wreath or pull some further away to create a larger 3D effect.
Fluff the blue bandanas back into place around the shooting star wires. And you are done!
Since we used a wire floral wreath frame, it does not require a hanging loop. It can be hung directly from a standard wreath hook. Now you can hang your wreath and enjoy!
This Patriotic Bandana Wreath is one of the easiest wreath projects I’ve made, yet it still looks rustic and chic at the same time! And it looks great on light and dark doors alike!
📦 How to Store Your Wreath
To store a wreath for a short period of time, you can simply hang it in a closet or other cool, dry place. I’ve seen some people create a wall of art with all of their wreaths hanging on the wall.
For more long-term storage you can try some of these ideas:
Wreath boxes. These can hold each wreath individually and be stacked.
Use Plastic Wreath Boxes. These seem to be fairly durable and will keep your wreaths in good shape, and can be stacked.
Canvas or Fabric Containers. These usually feature ties, clips, or carabiners inside for you to better secure the wreaths. Although they cannot be stacked without putting pressure on your wreath.
To display after storage you will want to check it over for any repairs it may need. This is a good time to reglue any stars that may have fallen off or come loose. Dust off the bandanas. If you are really ambitious you could even untie the bandanas, wash them, and then tie them again! You may want to spray the bandana tails with fabric stiffener again to fluff them up.
🧨 More Patriotic Holiday Crafts and Recipes
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No. You can use a styrofoam wreath if you prefer. It will have a more rounded “chubby” look on the wreath and not be as flat on the inner dimension. It will also make the bandana ruffles shorter because the inner dimension will be larger.
Usually just giving a firm tug as you knot them is sufficient. But if you have issues with your bandanas not staying knotted, you can use a dab of hot glue to secure the knots.
If you have humidity, you might experience the bandanas drooping. If this is the case you will definitely want to use a fabric stiffener on the bandanas either before tieing them to the wreath frame or after they are tied. I like Aleene’s Stiffen-Quick Fabric Stiffening Spray as it works well and dries clear.
I found mine on Etsy, but the seller no longer sells them. After more searching, I found various listings on Etsy and on Amazon in all kinds of sizes and price ranges. Simply search “Tin Stars for crafts” and you should find several options to choose from.
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- 16-18″ Wire Floral Wreath
- 6 Red bandanas
- 6 White bandanas
- 6 Blue bandanas
- Fabric Stiffener (optional)
- Rustic Tin Stars (optional)
- 18 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire (optional)
- Krylon SUPERMAXX Spray Paint, Gloss White (optional)
- Glitter Spray Paint (optional)
- Fabric Scissors
- Small Wire Cutters (optional)
Patriotic Bandana Wreath
- Remove all tags from materials
- Lay out each bandana and fold it in half
- Cut each bandana in half along the fold
- Repeat for all bandanas
- Take one of the red bandana halves and gather it together lengthwise, then fold it in half so that you have a loop at one end.
- Place the bandana under the wire wreath with the center of the loop on the outside of the wreath.
- Bring the 2 tail ends over the top of the wreath and through the center loop end.
- Pull tight.
- Repeat steps 5-8 with each of the red and white bandanas, alternating colors as you go (red, white, red, white, etc)
- Now in the space remaining repeat steps 5-8 with the blue bandanas.
- Evenly space each bandana around the wire floral wreath and fluff the fabric ends.
- Spray with fabric stiffener if you desire.
If you want a simple Patriotic Bandana wreath you can finish here. If you want to elevate it, continue with adding the shooting stars.
Adding the Shooting Stars
- Spray paint the Mini Metal Stars first with the Gloss White Spray Paint.
- Allow to dry.
- Give each star a dusting with the Glitter Blast.
- Allow to dry.
- Using the wire cutters, cut the gauge wire to the length you desire. This will be based on how far away from the wreath you want the star to shoot. Measure it a little longer than you desire, because the wire will have a slight spiral effect. A good starting point is 10-12 inches long.
- Cut different lengths of stars to have some shooting out further than others.
- Glue the end of a wire strip to the back of a star with hot glue. Allow the hot glue to cool before moving.
- Repeat step 7 until all stars have been glued to a wire piece.
- Using your finger or a pen, wrap the tail of the gauged wire around to create a spiral effect.
- Attach the end of the wire (not attached to the star) to the wire wreath in the blue bandana section of the wreath by wrapping it around the wreath and wrapping back onto itself a few wraps to keep it secure.
- Repeat step 10 until all the stars are attached to the wreath in the blue bandana section.
- Adjust the wires to lay as you prefer. You can loosen some of the spirals to make them appear longer or tighten others to make them shorter. You can lay some closer to the wreath or pull some further away to create a larger 3D effect.
Adding the shooting stars will be the bulk of the time used to create this American Flag Bandana Wreath. The time is mostly spent waiting for the spray paint to dry and the glue to cool. The actual active time to create this craft is fairly short.
If you are omitting the shooting stars, the average base cost of this patriotic bandana wreath is around $20 depending on where you purchase your supplies. The cost will go up from there depending on which tin stars you choose to purchase, the spray paint, glitter spray, and gauged wire.
Because of using a wire floral wreath, you do not need to attach a hanging loop to the wreath. It can easily hang from a standard wreath hook that attaches to your front door.
When not displaying your wreath, store it carefully in a wreath bag where nothing will be laid ontop of the wreath.
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