DIY Patriotic Wreath: Fast & Easy!

Perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day!

Last year I made these wreaths, and I’d like to share the tutorial for making a DIY patriotic wreath with you again. I made not one, but two wreaths for $5! Technically I only spent $2 on mine since I already had the foam wreath forms & the red burlap ribbon. I got all of my supplies from the Dollar Tree.

To make your yarn wreaths you’ll need:

  • styrofoam wreath form or 2 if you’d like to make more (usually on the faux flower aisle)
  • pack of red, white, & blue foam scatter stars
  • pack of 2 red, white, & blue bows
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors
  • red burlap ribbon or other patriotic colors- DT had some blue the other day. They were 2″ wide.
DIY Patriotic Wreath

Step 1- DIY Patriotic Wreath

To get started you’ll need to wrap your wreath form with the red burlap. Run a strip of hot glue along the top of the burlap, then carefully press it on to the side of the form that you’ll use as the back.

Blue hot glue gun placing strip of hot glue on the back of red burlap to wrap around DIY patriotic wreath.
Watch your fingers here. The glue is HOT!

Then wrap it with the burlap by passing it through the center of the form then around the front, repeat until you’ve gone all the way around the form.

Since the burlap is wide, it makes these pleat type puckerings around the inner part of the form. That’s ok, that is what you want. It gives it a prettier look. Once you’re back where you started, cut off the excess & again carefully glue the ribbon to the back side of the wreath.

Pleats in the red burlap of the DIY patriotic wreath.
You can see the “pleating” look here.

Step 2

Next place a generous amount of hot glue to the middle blue loop on the bow & press it onto the wreath.

Hot gluing red, white, and blue ribbon to  DIY patriotic wreath.

Now choose the location & color pattern for the foam stars. I placed mine at the bottom & had one big star in the middle with two smaller stars on each side. I also used different color patterns for each wreath, with a large blue star & the small red & white on each side of one, & a large white star with small blue & red stars on each side on the other. You can do the same pattern on both if you prefer. Place a good bit of hot glue on each star (I placed the middle, large star first, but it can be done in any order) & press them on to the wreath.

The Last Step

The only thing left to do now is to put something on the back of the wreath to hang it up. I have lots of pipe cleaners (called chenille stems in stores), so that’s what I used. You can use anything you have on hand that will form a loop to hang it from, i.e. ribbon, twist ties, zip ties, string, yarn, etc. I cut my pipe cleaner to about an inch or so, I didn’t really measure. Sorry about that! Then I twisted it to make a loop & glued it to the top center on the back of the wreath.

Red pipe cleaner twisted to form a loop and being hot glued to the back of the DIY patriotic wreath.

The DIY patriotic wreath is now finished. It was so easy to make & took no time. From start to finish it only took about 15-20 minutes, & that includes the time I paused to take pictures. Plus, you can’t beat making two very cute wreaths for $5! I plan to use mine for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, & Flag Day, so I’ll get a lot of use out of it. I’m hanging mine on my balcony doors.

Love them hanging on my balcony doors!

More summer DIYs!

If you’re decorating your home for the summer, you might like this beach yarn wreath. It looks amazing hanging on my wall sconces. I made two alike, one has a seahorse and the other a crab. This grapevine beach wreath looks great hanging on a gallery wall for the summer. It was inspired by a Pottery Barn wreath that is $108, but you can make your own for well under $20!

If you’re decorating for a patriotic holiday I think you will like this post from Blue Sky at Home. She will show you how to set up a red, white, and blue vignette. Hers looks great!

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