Meet the Sullivans: Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

June 27, 2013

Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

I'm so glad I finally stopped putting off making this wreath, my friends! It turned out better than I expected, it was easier than I anticipated and took less time than I thought it would. If you want to make one yourself for your front door for the Fourth it is not too late!

To see the original tutorial I used to make my wreath click here

If you've never ventured into the world of wreath making before, this wreath is a good place to start! There aren't many supplies, no hot glue or fancy techniques are involved. It's easy, and mindless crafting--and pretty foolproof.

I could see this technique of using felt squares be a great way to make a wreath for any holiday. I want to put one together for Mardi Gras next year using green, purple and yellow felt, with a mask a fixed to the middle. Doesn't that sound perfect? 

Now, onto the main event!

Supplies:
  • 200 ball pins
  • rounded foam form wreath
  • 6 red, 6 white and 4 blue felt sheets
  • scissors
  • white card stock
  • craft wire

Cut your red, white and blue felt sheets into 2 inch by 2 inch squares. You're going to end up with some leftover, but it's nice to have them all cut out ahead of time. Make sure to use a sharp pair of scissors meant for cutting fabric, or this could be a long tedious process. Also, I didn't measure the pieces and just eyeballed the size and straightness. Some ended up being more like rectangles than squares and it really didn't make a difference in the final product.


To start attaching your felt squares, fold in half, corner to corner.


It will look a little like a flower at this point, which is what you want. 


Attach it to the wreath using the pin. Secure the pin through the felt at the point you've created with the folding, and then stick it right into your foam form.  As you go you'll stick the point of each new piece of felt almost underneath the pieces that came before it to give it an overlapping, full look. This also helps hide the pins.

**You could probably just use one box of straight pins if you double up squares on each pin.**

I started off with the red section going straight down the top of the wreath until I felt like that section was as long as I wanted it to be. Once I felt like the red section was "big" enough I added more pieces curving outward to give the red section the fullness I desired.

My wreath form was pretty small, so I just did two red sections and two white, and I made the blue section take up almost one quarter of the whole wreath.

To make the stars I used craft wire that I wrapped around a highlighter to give it a twirly, spring like look. I drew the stars free hand on white card stock, cut them out and taped them onto the end of he springs. Since the wreath is foam and the wire is sharp I was able to just poke one end through the felt pieces already in place and into the foam.

Tie on a pretty bow to hang it with, and voila!


5 comments:

Amy said...

This is so cute!! I may have try making one myself. :-) Thanks for the tutorial!

E Hayes said...

super cute! I have no 4th of July decor... need to get on that, or at least to the Dollar store to get some mini flags!

Allie said...

I love this!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Love Love Love!!!! It turned out SOOO cute. I'm pinning this so that I can remember to make it next year!

Emily said...

Such a cute wreath! I love how festive it is!