4th of July Wreath
So weird story…I was sitting in my backyard watching my kids in the pool and I happened to look down. Lying on the ground were these wooden stakes we purchased to lay out an outline for where we’d like a new border for the grass in our yard. We thought we’d use the stakes instead of spray painting the ground. Well, they’ve been kicking around for a while now and I happened to notice that they made a really cool circle when laid out together (see below). Which got me thinking that I was wanting to make a 4th of July wreath….so I did! And I really love the way it turned out!
You should have just enough time to get this made before the Fourth!
What You’ll Need
- 10 Pine Grade Stakes (1 in x 2 in x 1 ft)
- Wooden Stars
- Acrylic paint (red, blue, white/cream, yellow, and sparkle!)
- Wooden Circle
- 10 Wood screws
- Foam brushes
- Ribbon (variety is up to you…I used wire edged for the center bow and regular for the side pieces)
- Small rubber band
- Twine or cord (to hang wreath)
- Wood glue
- Hot glue gun + glue sticks
- Felt (to glue on back to protect your door)
- Drill (for creating a hole for the twine or cord to go through and to screw the stakes to the wooden circle)
Step 1 – Paint the Stakes and Stars
First up – painting! I did three blue, four red, and three cream. I used yellow for the stars to make them stand out, but my husband really thought they should have been white…so it’s up to you! Once I added the main color, I used a sparkle paint to add a little somethin’-somethin’.
Step 2 – Glue the Stakes to the Wooden Circle
Take that wooden circle and use some wood glue to glue your stakes to it in the lovely pattern I showed you above. Then stick something heavy on top of the whole mess and let it dry overnight. I found something in my yard…a board and a rock.
Step 3 – Glue the Stars to the Stakes
Your wreath should be taking shape now…next up is to glue the stars to the blue stakes in whatever order/pattern you like. I just randomly applied them because I thought it made it look more rustic.
Step 4 – Screw the Stakes to the Wooden Circle
So you’re probably okay skipping this step, but I wanted my wreath to be good and sturdy so I opted to screw each stake to the wooden circle. I wanted to make sure those babies weren’t going anywhere. Plus, I pretty much look for any excuse to use my new drill.
As you can see from the picture, I really needed pilot holes…but I was lazy and just forced those screws in. We’re going to cover the whole mess up and it’s on the back so…it’s really up to you and how perfect you want your wreath to be. Those stakes aren’t going anywhere though!
Step 5 – Add Your Ribbons
Now it’s time to add the bling! I took two pieces of opposing ribbons (approximately 13 inches long) and glued them to the center point with hot glue. After watching multiple tutorials on how to make a bow – I ultimately just went for it and looped my wire-edged ribbon into an elongated ‘O’ shape (right side out), pinched the middle and wrapped a small rubber band around it. Then I fluffed up the ribbons to cover the rubber band and voila! Then I glued that ribbon onto what now actually looks like a 4th of July wreath.
Step 6 – Add Some Felt to the Back to Prevent Door Damage
We recently repainted our door so I really didn’t want those screws causing any damage…so I grabbed some scrap felt I had around the house, cut it into a circle and glued it to the back with hot glue. I also created little tiny felt pads to glue on the bottom four stakes because of the way the wreath hung on my front door – those were the parts that touched the paint. This way the wreath doesn’t scratch my paint when the door is opened and the wreath moves.
Step 7 – Drill a Hole and Thread Some Twine Through it
So after all these steps, I was still unsure about how to hang my 4th of July wreath up! I ultimately decided it made sense to just drill a small hole in the wooden circle and thread some red cord I had through it. It would look great with twine or raffia too. Only caveat is it needs to be sturdy enough to hold the weight of these wooden stakes.
And you’re done! The 4th of July wreath hanging on my front door…I’m all ready for the 4th!