Make a Whirly-Twirly, Patriotic Wreath
Written by on Friday, May 24th, 2013

There are so many special occasions when the old red, white & blue looks great on display…. to show our patriotic spirit, like:

Memorial Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day, Veterans Day, Military Homecoming, etc.

The easiest thing to display, of course, is a wreath because it looks great on a door, wall, above, below or propped up on the fireplace mantel OR even as an indoor or outdoor table centerpiece!

So, I decided to tackle that project for us, but as always…  on a budget!

How does $12 sound?

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I found some of the items in the store and pulled 2 items from my trusty Christmas decor:

Wire wreath form (Craft store w/coupon) – $1.80

8 Pinwheels (Dollar Tree) – $8.00

2-piece Package Topper (Dollar Tree) – $1.00

Apx. 3 yards of (apx) 2-1/2″ Shiny Ribbon (from my own Christmas decor stash) – FREE!

Apx. 3 yards of 1″ Shiny Ribbon (from my own Christmas decor stash) – FREE!

Patriotic Flags – $1.00 (Dollar Tree) 2-pack of Cupcake liners and Cupcake Toppers

1 shiny Pipe Cleaner

Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

Begin, by wrapping bright, shiny red or blue 2-1/2″ ribbon around the wire wreath frame, on a diagonal to keep it neat & flat.  Then, staple both ends together, where they meet.

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Remove all of the pinwheels from their display sticks and begin placing them around your wreath frame

until you achieve a pattern you like.

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Create a bow, by looping the length of 1″ shiny ribbon (5-7 times) and twisting a sparkly,

color-coordinated pipe cleaner around the center and place it also.

(The pipe cleaner is what you will also use to attach it to your wreath frame (in between the ribbon wrapped around the wire frame).

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Begin adding each pinwheel to the wire frame, tucking it (securely)

underneath the wrapped ribbon and adding hot glue, to keep it in place.

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The 2-piece package topper I also found at the Dollar Tree was the perfect centerpiece to add to the bow because

the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” was removable , enabling me to create 2 different looks for:

All other patriotic holidays & special occasions (by removing the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” & using the pom-pom only)

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Independence Day (by leaving the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” in place and adding 2 tiny flags, using a spot of hot glue)

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What’s so much fun about this wreath is how the pinwheels spin a little,

when the wind catches them, adding motion to an already whimsical patriotic creation!

Here’s how the 2 wreaths look… on The Seasonal Home’s front door:

For INDEPENDENCE DAY (4th of July)

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For All Other Patriotic Holidays and Special Occasions

(on interior door)

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Apples are such a great snack & decoration, so why not use them,

in the center of your wreath, to create a beautiful, patriotic table centerpiece.

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Enjoy the Creativity and Celebrating!

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