You would think that in all my crafting years I would have made several wreaths, but no, this is the first. I really wanted to have something patriotic for the fourth, but I was tired of my same 'ole things. I decide a wreath was what I needed. I choose to not hang it outside but to hang it from an old door I have inside. I like it, it's is westerny...yes.. but also very 4th of July.
I started with a pool noodle from the dollar store. These noodles are usually smaller and shorter than other noodles; this one is right at 4 feet long. I twisted an empty toilet paper roll to fit into the noodle opening then holding the ends together I taped it well. If this was going to go outside, I would have used a sturdier tape like duct tape.
I tore a white fabric with a faint pattern into 3, apx. 3 inch strips; they are about 3 1/2-4 feet long. I wanted the texture if the torn edge. First I taped down one end, then I wound this white fabric around my pool noodle wreath base covering apx. 1/3 of it. Next, using red bandannas (because I already had them) I wound them around the next third of the noodle. I could have cut them in half, but I am a cheapskate and wanted them left whole in case I want to use them again.
Last I used denim scrapes from the denim jeans leftovers (see my denim projects here); a strip down the leg side and two top bands. I wound it making sure the edges and parts I wanted to show would. I used tape on the ends to secure it tightly. Tape is a good way to audition the placement before committing to glue. If I were putting this outside, I would use hot glue to secure it and remove my tape. I made sure all the taped ends were on the back out of sight.
Lastly, I cut out stars from felt, stitched around them with a little stuffing on the inside. Here is where I found the idea for the stars. I pushed a pipe cleaner/chenille stem inside the stars and then tucked the other end of the pipe cleaner/chenille stem under a fabric flap. I used a pipe cleaner strip in the back to hang it from too. I have to say I really like my wreath but after looking at it awhile, I think it needs two or three more stars, a couple larger than what I already have, then it will be perfect. I just need to go buy more felt.
Now here are more 4th of July ideas for you.
Fun wands from The Tip Toe Fairy.
Home decor from Just Us Four.
Sensory Bin from Teaching Mamma.
Easy Patriotic Breakfast from Like A Saturday.
4th of July Table from Like A Saturday.
A fun flag from Craftiments.
Fun cupcakes from The Tumbleweed Contessa.
Free printables from Carissa Miss.
Yummy treats from Just Us Four Blog.
Upcycled garland from Crafty Journal.
Garden decor from The Tumbleweed Contessa.
Using an old frame fro decor from Second Chance To Dream.
Patriotic magnets from Crafty Journal.
4th of July fonts from A Typical English Home.
Free printables from Love Bakes Good Cakes.
Hair bows from Bowdabra Blog.
Decorated onesie from Bowdabra Blog.
Patriotic skewers from My Turn.
Barbie dress from My Turn, too cute!
Wreath from Just Us Four.
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