Fourth of July Ribbon Wreath
If you are like most Americans, you probably do not have a flagpole at your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some patriotic decorations! Ribbon wreaths are great ways to share your patriotism with your neighborhood, and they are so easy to make! They can be used year after year, and are the perfect addition to your front door for this year’s Independence Day.
To start, you will want to visit your local fabric or craft supply store. You will definitely want to pick up a wreath form, but you will need to choose what size you want as that will determine how much ribbon you need. I would recommend at least a 12-inch size if you plan to put this indoors, but definitely larger if this will be on your front door.
Next you will need to pick out your ribbon. Since this ribbon wreath will be 4th of July-themed, look for your reds, blues, and whites. I think a darling and inexpensive way to have a red and white-striped look is with chevron ribbon. Look for the red and white print, and buy enough to wrap the entire wreath form you chose. If you would rather, there may even be a red, white, and blue chevron print you could wrap the entire form in as well. If you were feeling especially crafty, or you just can’t decide between a few spools of ribbon, you could wrap a pattern of the two around the wreath form and wrap each spool around the wreath but leave a space for the others to be wrapped around as well. You will also need to purchase or make some felt flowers. Again, the color choice will be up to you, but if you are doing just the red and white chevron print, look for mostly blue and white felt flowers of all different sizes. If your ribbon will be a mixture of red, white, and blue, then I would recommend a similar variety in felt flowers. The key to the felt flowers is to get a variety of sizes and designs. The last thing you will need is just a foot or two of grosgrain ribbon to hang your wreath with.
To put it all together, tightly wrap the wreath form with the ribbon(s) of your choice. To secure it, use straight pins or hot glue. Now, place the felt flowers wherever you want on the wreath. It looks really cute when you have a bunch of blue felt flower in the top left corner of the wreath as it makes it look more like the American flag. After you have decided where to place them, secure the larger flowers first with hot glue or pins. Then, fill in the spaces with the smaller flowers.
Last, but not least, you need to hang the wreath. This is where the grosgrain ribbon comes into the picture. The texture of this ribbon helps grip the wreath easier, and it is strong enough to support the weight of it while it is hanging on your door or wall. Loop the ribbon through the wreath, then tie a tight knot where you want it to hang from. For example, on my front door I want my wreath to hang about 6 inches, so I would tie a knot right about where the nail is to hang it. To cover the knot, tie a pretty bow over it. Now you will have the security you need to hang your latest creation!
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