Make a Patriotic Wreath!
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I have been ready to bring out the red, white and blue for a week or so now. Summer seems to come early here in Florida, or maybe it is just the summer weather that comes early. Regardless, I want to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for my freedom with a patriotic wreath on my front door.
I began with an 18″ straw wreath form. Using a 21 weight wire to push through the straw I made a loop. A Command hook will make it easy to hang this on your door.
Make sure your wrap the ends of your wire around so that no sharp end will brush up against and scratch your door. If you want a little extra protection, you can wrap the wire with fabric or a fuzzy pipe cleaner.
Prepping the flowers:
This can be made easier with large hydrangea blooms. I could not find red hydrangea in a bright red, so I selected red artificial geranium bushes. Cut all of the blooms off of the red and white bushes.
You can use these wood wired sticks to secure a couple of the blooms so that they can be secured into the straw wreath form. An alternative to using wood wired sticks is to use a Steel Pix machine. If you make wreaths or other crafts to sell, it might be worth investing in. You can attach any red, white and/or blue ribbon to your wreath. I selected a dark blue with white stars. I used eighteen feet of ribbon for this bow and the long streamers I attached. Securing the bow with a pipe cleaner, I used the same pipe cleaner to attach the bow to the bottom of my wreath. If you would like, you can view my bow-tying tutorial here: Bow Tying Tutorial. This part is really east. All you need to do is to use the steel or wood pick on the blossoms to push them securely into the straw wreath. (Don’t unwrap the plastic from the wreath.) I used 3 – 4 of the geraniums and 2 of the white hydrangea blooms. Work your way around the wreath alternating the red and white blossoms.
Continue sticking the blooms into the straw wreath securely, alternating red with white. I used 3 or 4 bunches of the red geraniums for each red stripe and 2 white hydrangeas for each white stripe.
There you have a pretty bold red and white wreath with a great blue and white starred ribbon with long streamers to make a statement. Will you be decorating your home for the Fourth of July or Canada Day?