RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

I have enjoyed bringing you collections of 4th of July Printables and 4th of July Wearables Tutorials from lots of talented bloggers and crafters so far this week!  You can also check out Ten 4th of July Decorations to Make {with tutorials}.

PATRIOTIC WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH A RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

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I made this wreath to hang on the inside of the back door in my kitchen for the 4th of July this year.  I hope you enjoy it!

{On a total side note…  My son is in a Silly Science summer camp at the library this week, so that’s where I am working on this post.  I just looked down and saw strings of hot glue from my glue gun on my skirt. Sometimes I’m out and look at my hands and realize there’s black paint under my nails.  Yep…I’m that lady}

Now on to the tutorial!

TO MAKE THIS SPARKLY RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH, YOU WILL NEED:

      • a wire wreath form (I used a 10″ one because I have an oddly small door leading out to my deck)
      • 1-2 rolls of 15-foot red burlap ribbon, depending on how full you want it (I used just over one roll)
      • glittery foam stars or other patriotic embellishments
      • hot glue
      • ribbon for hanging

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First, unravel the spool of red burlap.

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You are going to cover the wire wreath form with the burlap by going over and under the rings in a weaving pattern.

Start by inserting the burlap under the first wire ring from the center of the wreath.  Weave it over the next ring, then under the next.  Pull it through until you come almost to the other end of the burlap.  Leave a little extra there (about 3 inches) so that it doesn’t get pulled back into the wreath form when you fluff the burlap.

Now that you have woven the burlap over and under the rings of the wreath frame, pull the burlap so that it is loose, making loops or puffs.  Adjust them until they are about as big as you’d like.

Now weave the burlap back through the wire circles on the wreath form, this time coming from the outside to the inside.  After you arrive at the center, pull the burlap loose and fluff it up.

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Repeat this process to finish attaching the burlap to the wreath, fluffing as you go.  The pattern is like a basket weave, so if you went over a wire when working toward the outside of the wreath, you will go to that wire when working your way back to the center and vice versa.

I would recommend going out or back 4 times in each section of the wreath for small and more times for a larger wreath form for a nice full wreath.

If one side of your wreath looks less full than the other, glue your embellishments on the side that is less full to fill it in.  That is what I was going to do with my wreath and was even thinking about including that tip in this post as I was working, but I guess I was just so darn excited about getting those sparkly little stars on that I glued them on the full side.  Doh!  Not that big of a deal, but it did make for another trip to the craft store for a second roll of burlap to fill it out.  {In reality, I was in a rush trying to get all the stars glued on before heading out for Silly Science Summer camp…so is the life of a crafting mama…}

Once your wreath is at a fullness you like, secure the end of the burlap by tucking it underneath one of the wires on the back of the wreath.  If you have extra burlap and need to cut it, you can glue it down on the back using a line of hot glue so it doesn’t unravel.

And then it’s time for my favorite part!  Add your sparkly red, white and blue stars.  I used hot glue which worked fine for these stars because they are very light.  If your embellishments are light, hot glue will work fine, but if they are heavier, like larger wood stars for example, you can attach them to clips and then clip them to the wreath or use twine or string to tie them on (if you don’t mind seeing the string), or even glue string to the back of the embellishment and then tie it around the back.  Hot glue alone will not hold heavy embellishments on your wreath for long… (ask me how I know)

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I was thinking that the stars looked like little starfish (I know, I know “sea stars”) floating in a net when I was attaching mine.

Lay out the stars in a pattern you like on your wreath and then lift and glue them one at a time to preserve the pattern you chose.

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Lastly, you can add a hanger to your wreath.  Because of the open wire of the wreath form, you can hang this wreath using a nail or you can use an over the door wreath holder as well.

I chose a coordinating ribbon and glued it into a loop around the wreath form on the back.  I used a flat tack to secure it to the top of the door.

And there you have it!

YOUR VERY OWN STAR SPANGLED WREATH!

You might also like the Blue Burlap Monogram Wreath or this natural colored Burlap Wreath!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES TUTORIALS

If you missed yesterday’s post, “4th of July Printables” be sure to check it out for lots of unique, FREE printables!

WELCOME BACK TO PATRIOTIC WEEK AT MY WEEKLY HABIT!

I have been searching high and low to bring to you a variety of 4th of July wearables tutorials.  I think we’ve got the kids, ladies and even Fido covered!  You will find lots of DIY patriotic things to make and wear including t-shirts, shorts, dresses, necklaces, hair accessories, flip-flops, a dog collar and more!  I hope you enjoy this 4th of July Wearables tutorials as much as I have!

4TH OF JULY WEARABLES

NO SEW WAVING FLAG SHIRT

I love that this sweet shirt is “no sew”!  She uses ricrac, ribbon, and hot glue to whip this shirt up in a snap!
gingerlymade.com

BANDANNA FLAG T-SHIRT

Turn red, white and blue bandannas into this fun flag shirt using Heat n Bond.  Great “no sew” option for boys!
sugarbeecrafts.com

4TH OF JULY STAR NECKLACE

Learn how to turn polymer clay, Mod Podge, and glitter into this unique and festive 4th of July necklace.
2girlsin2cities.com

4TH OF JULY STATEMENT NECKLACE

See how to creatively combine old and new elements using ribbon in this red, white and blue statement necklace tutorial.
mycuprunnethover312.blogspot.com

SHORTS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

Use fabric paint to turn plain shorts into patriotic pants!
gingersnapcrafts.com

PATRIOTIC TUTU

Learn how to make this tutu in less than an hour for about $7 (with enough supplies left over for three more!)
jensidea.blogspot.com

RUFFLED AMERICANA DRESS

Use your sewing machine to turn a Walmart dress, red interlocking jersey fabric, and a white tee into this sweet ruffled dress.
sweeterthancupcakes.com

RUFFLED SKIRT

This one requires some skill on the sewing machine.  If you are an experienced sewer, try out this adorable red, white and blue skirt tutorial.
mama-says-sew.blogspot.com.au

FELT HAIR CLIPS

Jessica at Cutesy Crafts uses a die cutter to cut the shape of the felt for these hair clips, but you could cut out a similar shape by hand as well.  These look nice on a clip and would also look great attached to a headband.
cutesycrafts.com/

MULTI-RIBBON HAIR BOWS

Learn the technique that will have you making these bows in about 12 minutes a piece.
locksandlocksofhairstyles.blogspot.com

DIY RIBBON FLIP FLOPS

You can make these easy flip-flops with the kids for under $5.  All they have to be able to do is tie a knot!  My daughter had fun making a similar pair using fabric strips last summer.
aboutamom.com

LIBERTY CROWN

Have fun making and then dressing up as Lady Liberty this Independence Day!
spoonful.com

DOG NECKERCHIEF COLLAR

Don’t forget about the dogs this summer!  I love when dogs wear bandannas!  This neckerchief combines a bandanna and collar in one!  For beginning sewers.
http://folksyhome.com/

PARADE WANDS

This last tutorial isn’t exactly a wearable, but I thought it was cute and wanted to share.  Kids love having something to do and waving this wand while standing to wait for or watching the parade is just the ticket.
eighteen25.blogspot.com

CHECK BACK TOMORROW WHEN I’LL BE SHARING A STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL OF MY OWN ON HOW TO MAKE A PATRIOTIC WREATH!  SEE YOU THEN!