We’re less than a week away from my favorite holiday and I couldn’t be more excited! Brent and I will be celebrating our nation’s birthday in DC this year and I can’t imagine a more patriotic and festive locale. Wedding festivities, time with friends and some sight seeing is just what I need for a mini summer vacay. But here on the home front, I’ve been a little lazy. Normally one to decorate a bit for each holiday, I’ve been slacking and this time I’ll blame it on being pregnant and tired. Still, the pastel Easter/Spring wreath greeting me as I came home each day was a reminder that I needed to get moving and make a change before the 4th. So, I started looking on Pinterest for some fun and colorful 4th of July themed wreaths and came across this beauty. Unfortunately, like so many pins do, this pin did not lead to any website with a how-to or instructions. So this is where this post comes in handy. I have recreated this wreath and made an easy how-to guide below. This one’s easy and shouldn’t take you too much time so get on out there to your favorite craft store and get to work!
Photo via Pinterest
Metal wreath frame (mine is 20″ in diameter ) (these can be found in the floral section of any craft store)
Standard sized clothespins (I used about 90 for my wreath in the 3.25″ size)
Spray paint: red, white, navy blue
White glittery foam stars
Burlap ribbon or pre-made bow (I found pre-made burlap bows in the gift bag section of Hobby Lobby.)
Newspaper or tarp (for clothespin drying)
Optional: Scotch Guard
1. Clip your clothespins on the wreath like the picture above to get an idea of how many you will need for your wreath. My 20″ wreath frame took about 90 pins. Divide your clothespins so that roughly a quarter of them are designated to be spray painted navy blue. The remaining clothespins should be divided into red and white. (For me, I had 20 navy blue, 35 white and 35 red. This worked perfectly as you can see that each red and white grouping is in a cluster of 5.)
2. If your wreath frame is green, go ahead and spray paint it white and hang it up to dry. I’ve found it works best if you manipulate a wire hanger and hang the frame from the wire in a safe location outside. Also, if your clothespins don’t fit across the entire wreath (mine originally had four wires across) go ahead and use some pliers to remove one of the layers of wires. My clothespins fit perfectly with it now that it only has three wires.
My wreath frame looked just like this one with four wires going across. I removed the innermost wire so that my clothespins would fit across the remaining three wires perfectly.
3. Spray paint your clothespins on one side and let dry. When ready, flip over and paint the other sides. All sides of the clothespins should be completely painted.
4. Add clothespins to your dry white wreath frame as photo depicts staggering a bit for depth, with navy blue pins in the top left section. To achieve the look above, remember to cluster your red and white pins in groups of 5.
5. Add assorted white foam stars to the navy blue section.
6. Optional: Scotch Guard your burlap fabric/bow to lengthen the life of your burlap bow.