Monday, July 2, 2012

Independence Day Wreath



I found a version of this cute July 4th wreath on Pinterest and followed it to Capital B. She has great insturctions, but if you would like to follow my instructions see below!

First your supply list:
  • 1/2 yard each red, white, and blue felt.
  • Metal clothes hanger
  • 1/2 inch pipe insulator (8 feet from Home Depot or Lowe's)
  • Felt stars
  • Wire
  • Straight pins
  • Hot glue
  • Fat pen or crayon (anything 1/4 to 1/2" to wrap the wire around)
  • Duct Tape
This project is easy and a fun to do while watching movies! It will take you some time to complete it is not a long hour project, but simple, simple, simple!

First, cut up your felt. I cut mine 2.5 x 2.5 and 3 x 3 squares. They are not perfect but close enough in size, but give a neat look with the small size difference. I do not know how many I cut, but I cut, and cut, and cut some more! There is another stack behind what you see.


Next, get you straight pins and hot glue out. Put a small dot of glue in the center of the felt square, stick your pin thru the hot glue, and then push the felt upward. This is the longest part of the entire project!
You should end up with this:



This is what I ended up with! (If you like the box they are in see my Staples Box Project!)


I choose to make my wreath rings because it's so much cheaper.  There is a must know to using the pipe insulator. Hot glue melts the insulator use a low heat glue gun or if you have high heat glue gun just hold to insulator pipe for about 10 seconds so it sticks.

To make your ring. First take your wire hanger and stretch out. Then run thru the pop insulator, pretty easy huh!! Once you have the wire thru the insulator feel for the end of the wire hanger. take your scissors and snip just above the wire.


Then circle it around bring the ends of the wire hanger together.  I bend the ends around each other to hold it together and then duct tape the seam.


Shape into circle.  Check out my Valentine's Day Wreath! I shaped into a heart!


Now the fun part! I started and ended with the same color red for the stripes. I tried to keep my widths about the same for the alternating red and white "stripes."

Taking your hot glue gun and one of the "florettes" (for lack of a better word) insert the straight pin into the end of the gun just to get a little glue and then stick into the ring. This is the quickest part of the whole project it only took me about 45 minutes to work my way round!


Work your way around the wreath until until you get to the blue and then fill it in.



Now the stars.

Take your wire and cut it about 8-12 inches (you'll adjust it as needed) lengths and wrap around your marker or crayon and you will end up with this.



Take one of your felt stars add a little hot glue to the back of the star and then place the wire on top of the glue. Adjust the wire length to your preference making it your own!  I put a couple of wires without the stars and I am so happy how this turned out! You should you end up with this.




I would love to know what you think!



Mel :D

5 comments:

  1. going to make this! great instructions! love it!

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  2. Thank you!!! It was a lot of fun to make :)

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  3. Why do you have to put a dab of glue in the center of the felt square before inserting the pin?

    Next, get you straight pins and hot glue out. Put a small dot of glue in the center of the felt square, stick your pin thru the hot glue, and then push the felt upward. This is the longest part of the entire project!

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  4. I made this today and it turned out beautiful! Thank you for your idea and your great instructions! So Easy!

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  5. Love that! I saw another one had added some camo fabric next to the blue.

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