I really need a creative outlet once in a while, and it’s great when I can involve my kids in a project because I get to have quality time with them, I can teach them some crafting skills, and I get to use up a little of my creative energy all at once. This Fourth of July wreath is super easy to make, and kids can help with most of the steps.
You will need:
- 3 Bamboo hoops, 12, 14, and 16 inches in diameter
- 5 3.8″ wide wooden stars
- 8 1″ wide wooden stars (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Wooden patriotic ornament of your choice, no wider than 10 inches – I found mine at Michaels, and I noticed Hobby Lobby had some too. Amazon also has these and these.
- Red, white, and blue acrylic paints – a shiny finish is preferable
- about 12 inches of 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide red ribbon
- a hot glue gun and 3-4 hot glue sticks
Step 1: Paint all the parts
Paint the larger stars blue and the smaller stars white. Paint the 16″ and 12″ hoops red, and the 14″ hoop white. Depending on your paint, you might need 2 coats. Let the pieces dry completely. My 4 year-old and 9 year-old helped with this step, and they did a great job!
Paint the wooden ornament for the center of your wreath. If your ornament didn’t come with a hanger already attached, glue some twine or ribbon to the back to make one.
Step 2: Attach the stars
Place the smaller hoops inside of the larger hoops, carefully centering them and spacing them evenly all around. Being careful not to shift the position of the hoops, arrange the blue stars to your satisfaction. I clustered mine on the lower left of the hoops.
If you overlap your stars like I did, you will need to alternate them in an over, under pattern so that the bottom stars can make contact with all three hoops. Once you have the stars arranged in a way you like, hot glue the stars onto the hoops, starting with the “under” stars. The stars are what will hold the hoops together, so make sure you anchor each star to all three hoops. Once the under stars are on, attach the over stars with hot glue. Once your blue stars are firmly in place, arrange and hot glue your white stars on top of the blue stars. You are almost done!
Step 3: Add the ornament and a hanger
Now all that is left to do is attach the ornament in the center and add a ribbon to the back of the wreath to hang it with.
Cut about 2 inches of ribbon, and loop it around the twine on you ornament and the inner red hoop at the top middle of the wreath. Hot glue the ends of the ribbon together. Move the glued ends to the back of the wreath, then glue the loop in place on the red hoop.
Take the remaining ribbon and fold it in half. Glue the ends together, the glue the ends to the top center of the back of the wreath. Now you are finished and your wreath is ready to hang!
Happy Fourth of July!