Monday, June 17, 2013

Stars and Stripes Wreath


I don't know what it is about the fourth of July, but it always seems to sneak up on me. Usually it goes something like this... I first start thinking about putting a decoration or two up around the beginning of June. Somehow June flies by, and all of a sudden I realize the 4th is just days away but I haven't put a single decoration up. Since the holiday is so close I don't bother and decide that I'll do something next year. Then I repeat this exact same cycle the following year.

But this year I'm happy to say I finally got a decoration up. This stars and stripes wreath.


It's made using inexpensive craft felt- and I love the way it turned out so much that I plan on using the same technique to make another wreath.

I started by cutting circles out of the felt. I used a large mug as a template for my circle, which I would guess is about 3 1/2 inches wide. I could get six circles out of every sheet and ended up needing 8-10 sheets of each color.


Once I had the circles cut out I folded them in fourths and used straight pins to attach them onto a 16 inch foam wreath form.




I found it was easiest to start by filling in both ends of the area I wanted to be blue. And then begin making the red and white stripes. I left the middle of the blue section empty so I had a place to hold the wreath while I made the stripes. Once the stripes were done I filled in the rest of the blue section.



To make a hanger I pinned a loop of white ribbon to the back of the wreath.


The last thing I did was to use a small (and very sharp) pair of scissors to cut stars out of my scraps of white felt. Then used felt glue to attach them onto the blue section in a random pattern.


I almost didn't add the stars. I liked how the wreath looked with just the solid colors and felt like maybe my idea of the stars was going to be too much. But in the end I decided to go for it, and I'm so happy I did because it's my favorite part. I think the stars are just the finishing touch this wreath needed (and besides the flag just isn't the same without them).


16 comments:

  1. I really need to make one of these wreaths! I love them!

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  2. I love it! I am adding this project to my to do list!

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    1. Thanks Ceri, if you make one I'd love to see how it turns out.

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  3. This is just fantastic, Meg! I can see these for being made in all different color schemes for any holiday! Great project--thanks!

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    1. Thanks Craftymoose. I can see them for a bunch of different holidays too.
      : )

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  4. How 1 many circles did you use for each red/white stripe? Im soooo making this.... thanks for sharing.

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    1. The amount I used for each stripe varied. I would just keep adding circles until it felt full enough. I used 8-10 sheets per color- and got 6 circles per sheet. There are five stripes of each color, so that works out to an average of 12 circles a stripe.

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    2. The amount I used for each stripe varied. I would just keep adding circles until it felt full enough. I used 8-10 sheets per color- and got 6 circles per sheet. There are five stripes of each color, so that works out to an average of 12 circles a stripe.

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  5. This looks so cute and fun to make. Can you buy felt by the yard instead of buying 30 pieces? I mean if you have 8-10 of each color that could end up being almost $30.

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    1. I'm sure you could use felt by the yard since your cutting circles out of the felt. But I didn't use wool felt I used the acrylic craft felt. I can't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure it was under $15.00 for all the felt.

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    2. I just bought some felt at michaels and I think it ended up coming out to about .29 cents a sheet

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  6. What a great wreath, such vibrant colors, and a wonderful way to display our flag!

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  7. I see that you said to use felt glue and im a newer crafter so Im not really sure of everything yet but can you just use a glue gun? also, if felt glue will work better, what section of Michaels would you find it in? I couldn't find it near the felt. TIA!

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  8. I just finished making this, and have received so many compliments! Love it. So easy to make. I bought the felt squares at Walmart for 23 cents a piece. I also used a hot glue gun to add the stars. Easy peasy.

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