Monday, June 4, 2012

Patriotic Wreath Tutorial


No shock the inspiration for this wreath tutorial came from Pinterest.  How did we ever live before this wonderful site? A few months back I had come across a wreath tutorial using striped straws only it was for a Christmas wreath.  As soon as I saw the straws I immediately thought of fireworks and knew I wanted to create a wreath using this method but for the Fourth of July.

Supplies Needed:

- 1 foam wreath form (you need one with a flat front, I found mine at the dollar store)
- Yarn or Fabric to wrap around the wreath form
- Muslin Strip to hang the wreath
- Approximately 70 striped straws (I ordered mine from Amazon)
- 3 stars of various sizes (Michaels)
- Blue and Silver Glitter Paint
- Hot Glue


Step 1:  Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric.  You'll notice I used leftover yarn from my summer wreath.  This part is what took the longest.

Step 2:  Cut approximately 1 inch off half of your straws.  I would have a few extra of each size so about 35-40 straws in each size.

Step 3:  Glue your muslin strip to your wreath form, glue the front and back.  I did this because I ended up gluing my straws on top of the muslin.  Make sure you measure the muslin strip to make sure the wreath hangs at the right length.  

Step 4:  Glue your striped straws around your wreath form alternating between your two sizes.  You want the ends to touch at the center of the form.  A flat front wreath form is ideal because it gives you more surface in which to glue your straws to.  

Step 5:  Paint your stars and glue them onto the top of the straws.

That's it.  It's an easy wreath tutorial and can be done in an hour or two depending on how long it takes you to wrap your form.  The straws give the wreath a fun texture and shape, something a little different than most other wreaths.  It's patriotic and can be used for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and even Labor Day.

I'm really excited with how it turned out.  How do you decorate for any of these holidays?  What tutorials  have you found or created?

9 comments:

  1. I'm totally making one of these! I have tons of blue striped paper straws. This is so cute!

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  2. It looks amazing.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

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  3. Thanks Sarah! I am excited to try this, great job!

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  4. This is so cute. I would have never thought to use straws like that. Love it!

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  5. This wreath is awesome. I pinned it to my Red, White & Blue board. Thanks for sharing.

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