Simple Patriotic Wreath – Great for Memorial Day and Independence Day

In this post I show you how to make a simple Patriotic Wreath that is very festive.I usually switch my décor from Spring to Patriotic mid to late May. This gives me décor that will cover both Memorial Day and Independence Day.

I love using wreaths in my outdoor décor. This year I needed a new wreath since I sold my old one when we moved from Florida. This patriotic wreath will fit the bill perfectly. This wreath works great for all of the patriotic holidays , July 4th, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day

Supplies Needed

  • Florist wire to secure the bow and create a hanger
  • Hot glue gun and refill sticks

Instructions for Making a Patriotic Wreath

Step 1 – Spray paint the wreath.

I didn’t like the dark brown color of the wreath. That was easily solved with a can of white spray painted. I painted the grapevine white and it now makes the perfect background for the decorations on my wreath.

Spray painting a wooden wreath

Step 2 – Cut out stars.

I couldn’t find stars the size I wanted so I decided to try cutting them out on my Cricut. I actually couldn’t believe how easy they were. I got 2mm balsa wood sheets to use for this. If I were doing it again, I’d probably get thicker wood because the Cricut could definitely have handled it.

I used the shape feature in Cricut Design Space and resized I to be 3.5” wide and 4” tall. You have to unlock the sizing feature to be able to change it to a non-square size. If I were doing it over, I’d keep the sizing square.

When you’re cutting these out, be sure to pay attention because my machine thought it needed 11 passes and it only took 3. I wasn’t paying enough attention on the first one and scored my mat.

If you don’t have a Cricut or other cutting machine, these Wooden Stars would probably work just fine.

Cricut machine cutting a wooden star

Step 3 – Paint the stars.

Use acrylic paints to paint the stars in the colors of your choice. I didn’t order new paints for this project, so I chose a red and blue from my craft stash to use.

Painting wooden stars

Step 3 – Make a bow.

I’m not the best bow maker but I’m learning. As soon as I have it perfected, I’ll teach you. Until then, just use the method you like best. Any combination of ribbon in patriotic colors will work

I used 3 ribbons for this bow. The white with red & blue stars is 2-1/2” wide, the red & white stripe is 1-1/2” wide, and the blue with white stars is 7/8” wide. I used florist wire to hold the bow together and attach it to the wreath.

Patriotic ribbon bow

 

Step 4 – Attach the stars to the wreath.

The stars were super easy to attach to the bottom of the wreath with hot glue. If you use the Balsa wood just be careful not to bend them too much or break them.

Gluing wooden stars to a grapevine wreath

Step 5 – Add some sparkle.

I thought the wreath needed something else. I had some firework cake topper picks from an earlier project, so I decided to add some of them.

Gluing sparklers to a grapevine wreath above wooden stars

Step 6 – Add hanger.

Look at your wreath and decide where you want the top to be. Use a piece of floral wire to fashion a hanger by winding the ends around the larger pieces of the grapevine. To give it added strength and hold it in place, add a drop of hot glue on each end.

 Check out the results of my patriotic wreath. Isn’t it festive!?

Festive patriotic wreath

Send me a photo (janet@alifeofbalance.com) if you decide to try this wreath.

 

4th of July Blog Tour

Want to see more 4th of July entertaining ideas? Well then, that’s great because today, you are in for a treat!

 

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32 Comments

  1. Beautiful wreath! I need something festive for the 4th and this is very inspiring! thank you for sharing it at the Friday with Friends link party!

  2. Janet, I love your 4th of July wreath! Grapevine is my favorite base for making wreaths, but I’ve never spray painted one before. What a big impact! I need to figure out how to cut wood shapes on my Cricut, too. The firework cake toppers were the perfect finishing touch. It was fun hopping with you!

    1. I also love grapevine wreaths but just felt that the dark wood color wasn’t right for the holiday. I was afraid it wouldn’t paint well but it did. I’m so glad I tried it. I loved your tiered tray in the hop.

  3. Super cute Janet! I was just thinking that I need a new 4th of July craft or decoration, great ideas in this hop, thank you!

  4. Your wreath is the cutest and I can not believe I have never thought to paint the wreath. My wheels are spinning since I have several of those in my attic. So happy to be hopping with you.

  5. Your wreath is beautiful. I’ve been thinking of ideas of how to make my own July 4th wreath and you’ve inspired me! Thanks for sharing!
    Pinning…
    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  6. So cute and festive! And what a great idea to make your own stars with the cricut. I always forget I can do that, but I’ll definitely have to remember it next time, I love how yours turned out.

  7. Janet, your wreath is so fun and festive! I have never cut wood shapes with my Cricut, but now want to give it a try! Thank you for sharing! It is always fun to hop with you! Pinned!

  8. My husband recently told me that the front door wreath needs to be replaced. If he is mentioning this, I know it’s bad lol. Thank you for the inspiration!