A Patriotic wreath is a great way to express your American pride. Whether it be a national holiday, special military celebration, or simply part of Americana style decor, a handmade wreath adds a festive and homey touch to any home’s decor. When displayed on a door or somehow incorporated into the front yard of a home, a handmade Patriotic wreath also adds excellent curb appeal. You can easily create your own unique Patriotic wreath by following these simple step by step instructions.
For starters, you will need a wreath base. I prefer to use a straw base as I find them to be very durable so that they will last for many years without deteriorating.. You may also choose to use a Styrofoam base or one of the floral foam bases, but note that these can break down over time and you will get a shorter life from the finished product.
Next, choose a wired, wide fabric ribbon with a Patriotic theme. These will be easier to find as the Fourth of July approaches when you will have a wider selection of available prints to choose from. However, at any craft supply chain store such as JoAnn, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby, they most likely will have some type of Patriotic print through the year. One large spool should be enough to cover your wreath base.
Now, choose a package of lace in either red, white, or blue. The pre-packaged variety tends to be durable, easy to work with, and less costly than choosing lace from the spool. These can usually be found in retail craft supply outlets such as those mentioned above. One package of pre-packaged lace should be enough to complete your Patriotic wreath.
Finally, it’s time to choose your embellishments. Again, this will be a lot easier to find, and the selection much larger when shopping near the Fourth of July holiday season. For your embellishments, think of items such as stars, flags, hearts with red/white/blue, buttons, etc. Keep your eyes open as you peruse the aisles and you’re sure to find something that jumps out at you.
While at the store, pick up supplies you will need in the assembly of your wreath if you do not already have an ample supply on hand. Make sure you have a large supply of plain straight pins, a hot or cool melt glue gun, and a large supply of glue sticks for the appropriate glue gun temperature.
Now, the fun part! To begin, unwrap your wreath base. I choose to do this outside or over a garbage can if indoors and using the straw wreath base, as it tends to shed a lot when unwrapping. Don’t skimp and leave the wreath wrapped, because it looks very tacky when completed. You want the natural straw to peep through here and there.
Next, begin wrapping the wide, wired fabric ribbon all around wreath base. Pin end of ribbon securely as you begin, keeping in mind to pin at what will be the backside of the wreath when completed. Wrap ribbon, leaving about one inch intervals between each round, until entire wreath base is covered. Pin end but do not cut just yet. Check your placement and make sure ribbon has been wrapped fairly evenly. Make any necessary adjustments, and when finished, pin ribbon securely around entire wreath base. Cut off end of ribbon and pin end securely.
Now you are ready for the lace. Repeat the same process as above, wrapping and pinning lace, placing the lace on the bare areas of straw you left open when wrapping the fabric ribbon. After completing this step, it’s time to think about those extra touches that really your wreath special. I like to use narrow satin ribbon and pin small bows in strategic locations around the wreath. Pin or glue into place.( See photos for examples.) You may want to use part of the wide fabric ribbon to create a large bow at the bottom, or use either a solid red/white or blue ribbon. If you are not handy at making bows, you can create a bow by simply making each section separately and pinning into place.
Adorn your project with any embellishments you have chosen, and display your new creation proudly. The wreath shown in the photos is one made by me that is available for sale in my Etsy shop, Creatively Crafty Designs (search under CHRISTY1968). Your wreath is sure to become a unique traditional piece for those special patriotic holidays and events.