I am proud to be an American and although I am not shouting it from the rooftops, I am more than happy to display my love of America with a big showy wreath. I hope this inspires you to create a wreath for your front door this summer, and that you display it proudly!
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I found these unique wreath frames online. I imagine these are made for creating deco mesh wreaths, but this was exactly what I needed!
A 24 inch wire wreath form was used around the plastic wreath form. Using pipe cleaners, connected tightly to the wire wreath form where the cross wires attach will help to secure the inner plastic wreath form.
Using those holes in the plastic wreath form, I secured it inside the wire wreath form.
I used as many pipe cleaners as necessary to make sure my two wreath bases were secure to one another. They did not wobble at all.
I cut a number of pipe cleaners in half and used those half pipe cleaners to begin attaching red, white and blue tinsel garland around the outside edge of the wire wreath frame.
After going all of the way around the outside of the wire frame with the tinsel garland once, I went around two more times, working toward the inside of the frame.
With three circles of the tinsel garland on my wire frame, this wreath is beginning to look festive!
I selected a number of patriotic ribbons and cut them into long streamers.
I decided what would be the bottom of my wreath form and began tying my long streamers around the outside wire of the wire wreath frame, working on the back side. Above, you can see how I am knotting the blue and white striped ribbon.
My streamers add a big showy look to my wreath. I wanted to make sure I added those before I added anything else onto the front of my wreath so I could attach the streamers on the back.
The center decor:
To have a base to add decor to the middle of my wreath, I added a large block of styrofoam. I covered it with chicken wire and attached it to the center wreath form with pipe cleaners.
An Uncle Sam decoration was just the thing for the center of my wreath. To make sure the styrofoam would not show through, I tucked a little extra garland behind Uncle Sam. I secured that with greening pins. I secured Uncle Sam with pipe cleaners, attaching him to the center wreath form.
I tucked red, white and blue flowers into the styrofoam filling in all around Uncle Sam.
To finish off and add some sparkle to my wreath, I added some sparkly stars and glittery picks.
The finished wreath:
Oh, I ended up adding a trio of red, white and blue pinwheels to the wreath too! It is fun, because they spin around in the wind! If you have trouble keeping birds out of your wreaths, this might be just the answer!
Supplies for this project:
When I first finished my wreath I realized it was WAY too heavy to hang on the strongest of the Command hooks I usually use. I decided to use my door knocker and attached my wreath with a couple of pipe cleaners. As you can see, it hung WAY too low!
Time to shop! I found this hanger that says it will support 20 pounds! It adjusts from 13 to 18 inches from the top of the door. You can find it at Grandinroad.
Looks much better, doesn’t it?