Everyday lives of the Meabon Household

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A little red, white and blue

Since our national colors take over a few holidays during the summer months (Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day), I decided my front door needed a little splash of festiveness.  I think it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.  Therefore, I'm sharing the details with you!

A total of 3 1/2 yards of fabric - I used 5 different fabrics
21" wire wreath form
scissors or rotary cutter
hot glue gun
needle and thread
ribbon - optional

Step 1 - Cut fabric into 1 1/2" x 7" strips. 

Step 2 - Knot individual strips around wire wreath until wreath is 95% full.  Leave a small section open.

Step 3 - Take a long strip of fabric and wrap around the remaining open section of the wreath.

Step 4 - Time to create a bow.  I layered a fabric bow and a ribbon bow for extra pop.  To make a bow, you use the same steps for fabric and ribbons but make the fabric bow a little larger.

4a - Take the end of the ribbon, leaving about 2 1/2" and pinch it in the middle. 
4b - Make a loop with the ribbon and bring the end back and pinch in the middle.
4c - Continue this process, making four total loops.

4d - Now push a needle with thread through the center pinched part.  Leave a small tail of thread hanging, wrap the thread tightly around the middle and then tie the tail and the head of the thread in a tight knot. 
4e - Make a second bow with ribbon.  

4f - Hot glue the two bows together.
4g - With a small piece of ribbon, tie a single knot. 
4h - Wrap around the middle of the glued together bows and hot glue in the back.

4i - Make two fabric bows following the same steps listed above. 
4j - Hot glue the ribbon bow on top of the fabric bow. 
Okay, now that your bows are finished, you can attach to your wreath.

Step 5 - Remember that fabric that you wrapped around the open section of the wreath?  Hot glue your bow onto the front of this fabric. 

Step 6 - Use a wreath hanger, hang from your door, stand back, admire and sing the Star Spangled Banner!

The great news is that you can make this simple wreath for any holiday.  All you need is the festive fabric!

1 comment:

Lisa Johnson said...

Adorable! Very crafty, Mrs. Meabon!