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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Patriotic Wreath

This was first posted at Family Home and Life, my other blog.



You would think that in all my crafting years I would have made several wreaths, but no, this was the first. I really wanted to have something patriotic for the Fourth of July, but I was tired of my same 'ole things. I decide a wreath was what I needed. I choose to not hang it outside but to hang it from an old door I have inside. I like it, it is westerny...yes... but also very 4th of July. 

I started with a pool noodle from the dollar store. These noodles are usually smaller and shorter than other noodles; this one is right at 4 feet long. I twisted an empty toilet paper roll to fit into the noodle opening then holding the ends together (you can use any cardboard - even from food boxes) then I taped it well. If this was going to go outside, I would have used a sturdier tape like duct tape. 



I tore white fabric with a faint pattern on it for interest into three strips, apx. 3 inches wide; they are about 3 1/2-4 feet long. I wanted the texture if the torn edge but it could be cut. First I taped down one end of the strip to the pool noodle, then I wound the white fabric around my pool noodle wreath base covering apx. 1/3 of it. Next, using red bandannas (because I already had them) I wound them around the next third of the noodle. I could have cut them in half, but I am a cheapskate and wanted them left whole in case I want to use them again for something else.


Last I used denim scrapes from the denim jeans leftovers (see my denim projects here); a strip down the leg side and two top bands. I like the texture the seams added.  As I wrapped it I made sure the edges and parts I wanted to show were left uncovered and positioned right. I used tape on the ends to secure it tightly. Tape is a good way to audition the placement before committing to glue.  If I were putting this outside, I would use hot glue to secure it and remove my tape. I made sure all the taped ends were on the back out of sight.


Lastly, I cut out stars from felt, stitched around them with a little stuffing on the inside. Here is where I found the idea for the stars.  I pushed a pipe cleaner/chenille stem inside the stars and then tucked the other end of the pipe cleaner/chenille stem under a fabric flap. I used a pipe cleaner strip in the back to hang it from too. I have to say I really like my wreath but after looking at it awhile, I think it needs two or three more stars, a couple of them larger than what I already have, then it will be perfect. I just need to go buy more felt. 







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21 comments:

  1. Cool idea. I like to use up old denim! I hope you can share this at What'd You Do This Weekend? next Monday. So original.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda
    www.tumbleweedcontessa.com

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  2. I like the way your wreath combines the western look with a patriotic feel! Pool noodles have become a staple of crafting - and I'm so glad Dollar Tree offers them, even in a skimpier size because that's often exactly what you need!- and the price is perfect!

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  3. Super cute! I have denim scraps that'd be perfect for a Red, White and Blue craft. Visiting from Made By You Mondays party.

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  4. What a great wreath I like how you used the denim pieces! I would love for you to come over
    and link at The Red, White and Blue party. It's over here:
    http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com/2017/06/red-white-blue-link-party.html

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  5. This looks fantastic. I love the variety of pattern and trxture.

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  6. Such a fun and festive wreath for summer! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. Thanks for sharing your upcycled patriotic wreath at Sew It Cook It Craft It, you're one of my features tomorrow.

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  8. Clever idea. Added to my Pinterest queue. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go link party.

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  9. I love this! What a fun way to upcyle the denim. Thanks for sharing at Brag About It. We'll be featuring this at this week's party.

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    1. Thanks you so much for the feature!

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    2. Thanks you so much for the feature!

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  10. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party.Awesome DIY.

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  11. VERY cute and love the re-purposing of jeans. Featuring when my party opens up tonight.

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  12. Your wreath is great. Easy to put together and inexpensive, two things I need a wreath to be. Will probably use a blue bandanna for blue part and not sure yet about white part,maybe some white muslin, then of course a red bandanna, use what I have at home. Just thinking maybe have jeans for blue part, sometimes forget what I have in stash. This looks fun to make, will be nice to have something new for patriotic decorations.
    Have wonderful rest of weekend Greatwreath

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