Patriotic Wreath

Whew…what a crazy week! I’ve frantically been spring cleaning my entire house and I finally finished today. After 7 days of scrubbing, organizing, painting, and washing, I needed something fun…something like a….CRAFT! I decided that my front door needed a new wreath to welcome others into the perfection that is now my home. With Memorial Day and the 4th of July right around the corner, a Patriotic Wreath seemed like just the thing. With a few supplies, 2 hours, and less than $10, this project was the perfect reward for a week of spring cleaning.

Supplies:

  • Wreath form (You can use wire or foam. Whatever size looks good for your door. I used 14 inch)
  • Red/Blue/White Bandanas (For a 14 inch wreath, you will need 3 red, 2 blue, and 3 white bandanas)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/Marker (optional)

Directions:

1. First, you will need to cut the edges off the bandanas. Personally, I just made a small cut at the top and then ripped the fabric. (Yes, I said ripped. It’s fast, easier, and has more of the shabby, worn look I’m going for).

2. From the edge, make 1 inch wide cuts along the top. You can measure with a ruler if you want, but I like to estimate my measurements since this project does not have to be exact.

3. Now for the fun part (great after a frustrating day at work or with the kids). From the edge, grab a cut of fabric along the top and rip the fabric till you reach the bottom. Whew…didn’t that feel great? Repeat with all of the bandanas, making sure to sort the fabric pieces by color.

4. Next, take a group of 5 or 6 fabric pieces and stack them together. Fold the pieces in half lengthwise and cut in the middle. Repeat with all other fabric pieces until you have a pile of red, white, and blue fabric pieces.

5. Take your wreath form and visually divide it into 8 equal pieces. Think of how you cut a pie into 8 sections (same concept here). You can mark these sections with a marker or just visualize. Luckily my wreath was already divided for me.

6. Next, you will start tieing your blue bandanas strips to your form. I wanted mine to look like the flag, so I started in the right upper 2 sections of my wreath form. Take a strip of blue fabric, wrap it around your form, and tie a knot. For stability, I double-knotted my strips since my wreath was outdoors.

Tieing fabric strips into knots.

7. Just continue adding your blue fabric until you have filled in the right hand corner of your wreath. Make sure you push the pieces of fabric closely together after you tie them. This ensures there are no gaps in your wreath at the end. Also, I varied the location of my knot for a more shabby look (see above).

8. Now it’s time to add your red and white fabric strips. Here’s where it’s important that you divided your wreath into sections. You should have six sections left. To add the white and red fabric, you will need to place a mark (or visualize) in the center of each of your sections. This now leaves you with 12 sections on your wreath.

9. Start from the right hand bottom corner (where the blue fabric stops) and add your white strips to the first section. Work around the wreath in a white-red-white-red pattern until you have filled in your entire wreath.

10. If you want, you can take your scissors and trim any wild and crazy pieces that are sticking out in your wreath.

What a fun and easy wreath to make! This is also a great project for kids to help with (especially those learning to tie knots). If you don’t like the flag look and still want a patriotic theme, just change the pattern to red-red-white-white-blue-blue, or whatever pattern you choose. Just make sure you adjust the amount of bandanas that you need.

I hope you enjoy creating this wreath as much as I did. God Bless.

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Get your CRAFT on!

In my house, EVERYTHING is about being a boy! Going to ball games, fixing cars, monster trucks, digging in the dirt, loud noises, sports, wrestling around, weird smells, climbing, and all over boy silliness is the norm in my house. I’m not saying my boys can’t be the sweetest things when they want to be, but being the only female among these manly men can be difficult at times. That’s when I get my craft on! Yesterday just happened to be one of those days. I had worked a couple of night shifts, and came home to find my house a little messier than usual. I looked at all the toys on the floor, breakfast dishes on the table, pajamas hanging from doorknobs, and turned myself right back around and got back in my car. Sure I was tired, but at that point, only a craft project would do. So off I drove to gather my supplies. A few hours later, this is what I had created.

Floating Flower Arrangement

Beautiful centerpiece

Supplies: Bouquet of flowers, empty glass vases/candle holders (I used clear), water

Cost: $5 for flowers. Glass vases/candle holders run between $4-$6 depending on size, but I just used what I had around the house.

Directions: Place flowers in vases, placing blooms up (I just popped the blooms off the bouquet I bought, no cutting required). Fill vases with water, leaving space at top. You can then rearrange flowers for appearance. Wipe vase top (inside and out) with cloth to remove any water marks.

Voila! You’re done. So simple and easy, I’m sure it will make a wonderful centerpiece for your table!

Valentine Wreath

Supplies

Supplies: 5 Heavy duty paper plates (10 1/16in), pink ribbon, scissors, glue gun, and 1 spool each of red, pink, and white 6inX25yd Tulle (I found mine at Wal-Mart in the ribbon section)

Cost: Heavy duty paper plates $3.47 for pack of 50 (35 cents for 5 plates), pink ribbon $1 (clearance!), Tulle $2.47 each spool ($7.41 for all three. Total cost = $8.76 +tax

Directions:

Take a paper plate and puncture a hole in center. Then cut an X in the middle, up to the sides.

Center of plate cut

Next, cut around the inside of the plate, so you only have the outer edge as a ring. Repeat this for all 5 plates. Stack paper plates together.

Left with only a paper plate ring

Next, you will add the tulle. I cut each color of tulle in 14in pieces (you can estimate or measure with ruler…whatever you’re most comfortable with), cutting each piece as I went. I found it easier to cut as I went, rather than cutting all the tulle at once. Also, it kept my tulle nice and neat on the spools.  To add the tulle to my paper wreath, I just tied a knot, pulling it taut, and then double knotted it. I used at red, white, pink pattern, but you can use whatever pattern is best for you.

Knotting the tulle

After you tie a piece, you will want to slide it next to your other pieces. Remember to push your tulle pieces tightly together, so that it covers the entire plate. Also, I made sure the knots were evenly placed (I put mine right at the edge of my plate).

Tightly gathered tulle

Keep adding your tulle until you wreath is full. This took me about 1 1/2 hours to do, so allow for plenty of time. Next, cut a 10 in piece of ribbon and tie the ends together with a double knot. Flip the wreath on its back. Separate a few of pieces and add a small amount of hot glue. Next, put the ribbon knot on the hot glue (careful not to burn any fingers). Let it dry slightly then push your tulle together.

Glued ribbon

Your done! Now hang your wreath on your front door and enjoy!

Valentine's Wreath

I hope you enjoyed getting your craft on. Remember, you don’t have to use these Valentine’s day colors. Any colors you use will look great! Let me know how your projects turned out. I would love to see your creations.

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