How to make your home a showstopper this July 4th {Hint: Swag Wreath}

Posted in CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS, WALL ART
on June 26, 2013

 

The 4th of July brings to mind for me a time gone by – parades, fireworks, picnics and ice cream cones, cook outs with hot dogs, cheeseburgers and corn on the cob – banners on every door and the flag flying high. It’s America at it’s best, but with a 40s spin – I swear, I was born in the wrong decade.
With the 4th quickly approaching, it is time to get into the holiday and patriotic spirit! What better way than dressing up your front door for the occasion? This wreath, with tea-stained fabric, lends a touch of vintage Americana and the grapevine wreath base along with the raffia embellishments, both provide a rustic feel – it’s a perfect addition to our front porch and exactly the look I wanted. To make the wreath, start off with a grapevine wreath form and 1 yard of your favorite patriotic fabric.

Hem all raw edges of the fabric by either pressing and sewing a 1/2″ hem or using a product such as stitch-witchery.

To begin the swag, create small pleats on one short end of the fabric, pinning as you go.

Stitch, or glue folds into place, attaching to the bottom left of the wreath form using glue – You could use craft glue for this, but I’m an immediate gratification kind of girl and used hot glue. Yes, I burned myself trying to place it, so do this carefully.

 

Stretch the other end of the fabric across the wreath and gather together. Secure the pleats to the wreath form in the top right corner using a coordinating color pipe cleaner.

Take the bottom right corner of the remaining fabric and tuck, securing with glue under the gather, creating a swag.

Embellishments include a large fabric flower, raffia strands, and three 5-point stars, created from cardboard and painted in what else? Red, white and blue!

To create the flower, begin by downloading and printing out this template. Cut two of each size from three coordinating fabrics, therefore creating six petals.

 

To assemble, starting with the largest shape, pinch one of the heart shaped petals together at the base. Using a needle and thread, sew through the pinch from behind, taking about three or four stitches to secure, therefore creating a gather. Repeat on each of the remaining two petals and tie off. Repeat on each of your petals.

Stack petals in a staggered pattern, largest to smallest, and secure with thread. Go here for a video and fuller explanation.

When finished, apply the flower directly on the swag at the attachment point on the top right, thereby hiding the attachment. Add the raffia, by wrapping around and under the flower and glue to secure.

 

To create the five point stars, begin by downloading and printing the template. On a thick card stock – I used a recycled cereal box – trace and cut out the three stars. On each of the three stars, gently score from tips to center. There will be five score lines per star. Gently push and fold on the score line for each star.

To “age” the stars, brush very lightly in black along the score line of each star. Let dry.

 

To complete, apply a light coat of each red, white and blue craft paint, one to each star. Let dry.
Apply a clear coat for protection.

 

Glue the stars to the wreath.

Hang – and enjoy your holiday! Happy 4th of July!

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7 Comments

  • Courtney @ {not so homemade}

    I love how cute this is! I need to try something like this. My front door is so boring. Love this idea!!

    June 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks so much, Courtney! I can't wait to check out your blog as well! Thanks or visiting!

      June 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Aprilrutherford

    Now that is just seriously awesome! Love it!! I might actually be inspired to make my first wreath!

    June 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Great wreath and super tutorial. I love your style. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live Monday evening. http://www.astrollthrulife.net. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

    June 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • TitiCrafty by Camila

    Super cute, I love it!!! I was your neighbor over Sugar bee crafts! Sorry I'm so late, I had a few crazy busy couple of weeks but here I am!… I really love how you made this wreath!!! Awesome share!!!

    Hope you are having a great weekend

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila
    Sunday Bewitch Me & Titi {Link Party}
    Thursday Titi's Spot for the Pin HOP

    July 1, 2013 at 2:12 am Reply
  • Navy Wifey Peters

    Gorgeous wreath! I love the fabric you used, and the flower is so cute! I'm pinning this to my patriotic board!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

    July 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply
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