Red, white, and blue for the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!—I know I’m early but our next time together will be after the holiday. I have been very busy with my garden, planning a graduation party for my youngest daughter Paige, and redesigning a room at the lake. I have ordered leather chairs and am anxiously, VERY anxiously, waiting for them to be delivered…Putting all of that aside, I want to show you how to create a patriotic wreath! I was able to purchase all of the supplies for it at Walmart. It should be a quick in and out of the store, then back home to create!

List of supplies

Wire wreath - 12” wreath or size appropriate for your door

Clothespins - 150/200, I used 132 (37 blue, 51 red, 44 white)

Spray paint - Red, white and blue (one can of each)

Stars - multi-sized foam stars

Hanger - fishing line, ribbon or wreath hanger (choose your favorite!)

I was excited to get started, so I just jumped right in without a plan—not usually my style! I cut apart a box to use when spray painting the clothespins. I chose to paint outside on the grass, it looks colorful for a while, but grows and gets trimmed away the next time the lawn is cut. I guestimated the number of each color clothes pin I would need. I painted 36 blue, 50 red and 50 white. While applying multiple coats of paint and waiting for them to dry, I played with the layout of the wreath. I decided that ¼ was to be blue. Now to divide the remaining ¾ into 13 sections, to represent the 13 stripes on our flag. This division required some math computations and in the end worked out pretty well—at least I think so!

My plan was to paint the clothespins, add them to the wire wreath, and hang it on my front door. But while I was assembling it I was able to see the green wire of the wreath through the clothespins, so I took the clothespins off and spray painted both sides of the wreath white. Much better...now to assemble.

I used a two layer method for attaching the clothespins. This base layer is uniform—as much a possible with rectangular clothespins on a circular wreath! I attached all of the clothespins to the outermost wire ring, ring #4. I clipped them on allowing the small circle opening near the hinge of the clothespin to encircle the wire.

For the top layer I staggered the clothespins some taller than others. The varied pattern adds movement and the appearance of depth to the wreath. For this layer I clipped each clothespin over two wires, #1 and #2, closest to the center of the wreath form. To accomplish the staggered pattern, clip your clothespins in two ways (see photos for help).

Shorter ones: Place the circle cutouts of the clothespin around both wires on the wreath.

Taller ones: Attach the clip to wire #2, placing the wire between the two circle cutouts.

The actual assembly took me about 20 minutes. When I had all of my painted clips attached I was short 1 blue, 1 red, and had 6 extra whites.  Darn it!... time to paint two more clothespins. When they had dried—enough to be handled—I clipped them on, add the white stars and was finished!!! I used fishing line to hang it on my door. Fishing line is nearly invisible, so only the wreath is seen from the street!

I had fun making this patriotic wreath. I know time is short, but Fourth of July isn’t until Monday so you still have time to make your own. OR host a wreath making session at your barbeque on the 4th and everyone will have a festive and patriotic wreath for their own door next year!!!

As always if you make one, please send me a photo!