For many of us, it's important that we show our patriotism in some way during those summer holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day. Some choose to proudly fly the American flag.
In the past, I had a large flag to fly. I've since moved to a townhome, so I decided to craft up some patriotic door decor.
Which days are patriotic holidays?
There are several days that are considered patriotic holidays in the United States.
- Martin Luther King Jr Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Independence Day
- Constitution Day
- Election Day
- Veterans' Day
I can't say that I decorate for every one of these listed, but on those days when I used to fly my flag, now I hang my patriotic star wreath. It is a red, white and blue wreath with flash and sparkle!
When I drive up to my house, I'm thrilled to see such a nice patriotic door wreath hanging there. I don't want to take it down!
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WHAT YOU NEED to make a patriotic star wreath
- Metal star wreath form (Dollar Tree)
- White spray paint
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- 2 bags of red, white and blue tubing (60 ft)
- Pipe cleaners
- 2 rolls each of red, white and blue 1" ribbon
- Craft scissors
- Red, white and blue wreath picks
INSTRUCTIONS on how to make a red, white and blue wreath
STEP 1: prepare the wreath form
To begin, take the star wreath form outdoors and use the white spray paint to cover the front of the star form. Using such light colors, it is important that the metal is white.
This takes very little time to paint and dry. When it is dry, bring it to the craft area.
step 2: make the tubing poofs
The long strands of red, white and blue tubing need to be cut into 20" pieces. Be sure the tubing is not stretched as it is being cut because the pieces won't end up being the correct size.
Cut each strand of the tubing from the two bags into 20" lengths.
Use colored pipe cleaners that match the tubing and ribbon chosen. Cut each pipe cleaner into thirds. For this tutorial, red and white pipe cleaners were chosen as there was no blue to match the color of the blue tubing.
Begin with one color of the tubing and matching pipe cleaners. Take the tubing in one hand and wrap it into four loops. The pipe cleaner will hold the loops together.
Take one of the cut pieces of pipe cleaner and wrap it around the middle of the tubing bow that was made. Twist the pipe cleaner tightly, pulling on the tubing loops in order to twist tight enough to keep them in a poof.
Make all of the poofs from the tubing that was cut and set them aside for now.
step 3: Begin wrapping the patriotic star wreath
There are five sections to the star wreath form. Cut a long piece of the blue ribbon. On one section, begin to wrap the two inner wires with the blue ribbon.
Place a spot of hot glue on the ribbon end at the back of the wreath and glue the ribbon to itself.
Wrap the ribbon around the inner wires, gluing at each end of the wrapping where the wires are. Pull gently with the ribbon. It will be necessary to angle the ribbon as it is being wrapped in order to follow the star shape.
The front of the wreath should have neatly wrapped ribbon, although the back may look a little messy in order to cover the angles.
One inverted "V" shape should be wrapped with the blue ribbon. Next, do the same with a length of red ribbon on the next star section.
Continue wrapping with the remainder of the red and white ribbon, alternating the two colors on each section.
Finish this portion of the patriotic star wreath by wrapping with the red ribbon.
If any bumps show at the front top edges, simply cover them with the next wrap of ribbon or glue the bump down on the back of the wreath.
step 4: attach the tubing poofs to the Dollar Store Star frame
The tubing poofs will be surrounding the colored ribbon portions of the patriotic star wreath, with the tubing and ribbon colors matching.
On the outer wire of the patriotic ribbon wreath, take the corresponding tubing poof and use the ends of the pipe cleaner to wrap it around the wire. Add more poofs until the colored section looks full.
Use 5" to 7" strips of leftover ribbon to tie within the poof sections to add dimension to the outer ring.
Continue adding poofs to each outer section of the wreath with the corresponding colors until the entire star wreath frame is covered.
step 5: add the red, white and blue picks
To add a little bling to the red, white and blue door decoration, wrap the ends of the picks randomly around the center wire of the wreath. In this tutorial, the blue was removed from the picks because it did not match the blue of the ribbon and tubing.
step 6: add a ribbon hanger to the patriotic door decor
Cut a 25" length of any color of the ribbon that remains. This will be the hanger for the patriotic star wreath.
Turn the wreath to the back with the blue section on the right. Tie each end of the ribbon to the outer wire of the wreath on each of the two side sections. Turn the wreath to the front.
The blue section should be on the left side of the patriotic star wreath like the blue section on the American Flag. The patriotic wreath DIY is complete and ready to hang.
Place this on the front door to greet visitors during the patriotic holidays!
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