Patriotic Wreath

If you’re a glass is half-empty person I’m kinda down to the wire on a Memorial Day wreath.  If you’re a glass is half-full person I’m extraordinarily on top of things for the Fourth of July.   I’ll let you be the judge. ;-)

I started with a basic straw wreath and some 4″ wide satin ribbon.

I’d like to tell you there was some master plan as to why I didn’t take the plastic off the wreath first, but let’s be honest here: it wasn’t necessary and time was of the essence, so I just didn’t bother.  In wrapping the ribbon around my wreath to cover it I pinned the back about every fourth wrap to keep it from slipping.  Once finished it should look like this:

Don’t worry that it’s a little lumpy.  We’re going to cover most of it and you won’t be able to tell.  If things like this bother you {and let’s face it, the reason I’m even addressing this topic is because it clearly bugged me}, you can use a styrofoam wreath form instead, but they cost a bit more.

I then raided my extensive stash of ribbon scraps, and grabbed everything I could find in red, white and blue.  Solids, stripes,  and polka dots; grosgrains, satins and sheers.  If you are not obsessive about over-buying ribbon like I am, I would guesstimate you need about 6-8 rolls of ribbon for this project.  Start tying bows.  By the end of this project you will become a bow-tying expert.  In fact, people from far and wide will come to admire your bow-tying prowess and ooh and aah at your skills.  Trust me on this.

Then attach to your wreath.  You can either hot glue the bows or slip a stick pin inside the loop of the bow to hide it and jab it into the wreath form.  All depends how much you like to rip apart your wreaths to reuse them for future projects.

I’d guess that’s about a third of the way finished.  So keep tying bows!  Fill as much of the top surface of the wreath as possible, mixing your sizes and textures as you go.  And that’s all there is to it.

Linked to:

C.R.A.F.T., The Girl Creative, Keeping it Simple, Between Naps on the Porch, Skip to My Lou, Coastal Charm, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just a Housewife, All Thingz Related, Hope Studios, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Somewhat Simple, Beyond the Picket Fence, The Shabby Chic Cottage, House of Hepworths, Organize and Decorate Everything, The Thrifty Home, Sew Much Ado, Blue Cricket Design, My Romantic Home, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Tatertots and Jello, Delicate Construction, Tip Junkie, The CSI Project

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15 Responses to Patriotic Wreath

  1. Very cute! Happy Memorial Day :)

  2. Jules says:

    This came out adorable ! All the ribbons you picked out look great together. Your pictures are great too, easy to figure out how to make. This would look great around a punch bowl on a table ! Your the before post on BNOTP , stop in sometime at the dragonfly! Have a good Monday, Jules ♥

  3. Sheila says:

    I have the post just before yours this week and stopped by to say hi. I love your wreath.
    Sheila @ Raggedykingdom.blogpsot.com

  4. Pingback: Happy Memorial Day

  5. Coley says:

    Super cute! I have tons of ribbon too. :)

  6. Colleen says:

    Very cute!! I love that you can use it for the 4th too!

  7. Very cute wreath!!
    I love the idea of all the little bows on it.

  8. Erin says:

    Your wreath is absolutely adorable!! I love all the different sizes of ribbon….it adds alot of interest. :)

  9. Kristine says:

    SO festive and fun!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    My link :)
    http://jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com/2011/06/die-cut-art-tutorial.html

  10. Michelle says:

    Adorable!! I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday!! Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

  11. Liz says:

    Well that is just darn cute. I love it. thanks for sharing your idea!
    ~Liz

  12. Leanne says:

    Very cute! I love all the different ribbon you used. Thanks so much for linking to the party.

  13. gin says:

    Great tutorial! I’ve never decorated for the 4th of July but with all the great ideas I’m seeing I just may have to!

  14. mindie says:

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  15. What a completely adorable wreath ~ I love it!

    Have a Happy Labor Day.

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