15 Minute Patriotic Wreath

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

My husband always groans when I come home with supplies to make a new wreath, but I love how easily they can update a room or brighten our front door.  With Memorial Day just a couple of weeks ago and the 4th of July coming up soon, I decided to pick up a few simple supplies from JoAnn’s to make a patriotic wreath that I can use in my decor.  One of my favorite wreath forms to use are grapevine wreaths because the wreath itself is part of the decor and you don’t have to do a lot to add a little extra something to it to make it your own.  The best part is that it only took 15 minutes to put together from start to finish!

To make your own patriotic wreath, you’ll want to grab the following supplies:

  • 12″ grapevine wreath
  • bead/berry picks (found by the wreath making supplies)
  • 1/2″ ribbon
  • scissors
  • safety pin

As for making the wreath, I decided to try something a little different and create a video tutorial!  I’m hoping to incorporate more videos for recipes and crafts in my posts to change things up a bit.  If you have any questions about the process, please let me know!

In all, I spent less than $10 for everything and for only 15 minutes of my time, which is important to me because I only have so much time to craft.  I love how my new wreath turned out and it’s currently sitting in my kitchen/living room area being all patriotic and reminding me why I love the 4th of July.  Independence Day is in my top 3 favorite holidays and I love everything about it (except parades, I know I’m probably in the minority).

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

I love this easy 15 minute patriotic wreath!  I can use it for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Do you decorate for patriotic holidays?  What do you usually do to celebrate?

Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

While fall might not officially be here for another three days, I think it’s pretty safe to say that fall is here.  I’ve been pulling out my fall decor and even made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and spiced apple cider last week.  The air is cooler, which makes it much more enjoyable for my kids to go and play outside and inside we haven’t had the air conditioner on more than a few times this week.  Yes, fall is here whether you want it to be or not.

Today, I’m sharing a super easy tutorial for a fall wreath you can make for about $15.  (I bought all of my supplies at JoAnn’s and everything was 40% off.)  Considering that most store bought wreaths start at about $40, I definitely think that making my own was worth it.  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes and I was able to make it exactly as I had pictured in my head.  Win!

When it comes to fall wreaths, nothing says fall to me like a grapevine wreath.  They are sturdy, add texture and each one is unique.  So for my wreath, I started with the grapevine as the base.  Then I picked up four large flowers, each a different color.  I chose the kind with clips on the back with the thought that if I wanted to change the flowers out at some point in the future that I’d have the flexibility to do so.  Plus, the individual flowers were more full and prettier than the kind that came in a bunch.  Lastly, I knew I wanted some kind of a berry and so I found these little picks and got 3 of each color bunch (yellow/orange and orange/red).

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Once I got home, I positioned the flowers on the wreath without clipping them.  I decided it would look nice to arrange the flowers from lightest to darkest.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Then I unwrapped each berry pick (using an Xacto knife) so that I had 4-5 smaller bunches.  I could have left the picks all together but doing it this way allowed me to mix the colors together and make them go a little further.  After I separated them, I twisted the ends together so the wire wasn’t poking out and the bunches would hold together.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Starting at the top of the cream flower, I began sticking the berry picks into the grapevine wreath, alternating between the two color groups.  I had just enough to go all the way around.

Lastly, I clipped the flowers into place and fluffed them up a bit and adjusted some of the picks, then hung it on my door!  (I use the 3M hooks.)

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

I love the bright fall colors and the way they contrast with my dark door!  My porch is slowly gearing up for fall and I hope to be adding some cornstalks and a few more pumpkins soon.

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

Wreaths are an easy way to add a little decor for any season.  This fall flowers and berries wreath can be made for less than 1/2 the price of a store bought one in about 30 minutes!

I hope my fall wreath tutorial inspired you to make your own!  If you’re looking for a little more inspiration though, be sure to check out these wreaths below from some very talented ladies!

7 DIY Fall Wreaths to inspire you this fall season!

(from left to right, top to bottom)
Fall Flowers and Berries Wreath (above)  |  Sunshine and Munchkins
Fall Wreath  |  Meet Our Life
Simple DIY Magnolia Wreath  |  Craftivity Designs
DIY Fall Inspired Wreath  |  Restyle It Wright
DIY Fall Wreath  |  Corner 52
DIY Fall Dollar Store Wreath  |  North Country Nest
Leaves and Berries Fall Wreath  |  Making Joy and Pretty Things

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Valentine’s Rag Wreath

When my husband and I moved into our home almost 5 years ago, one of the things I was most excited about (besides an attached garage of course) was having a front door to hang cute wreaths on.  Oh sure, we’d had front doors in our previous apartments, but all of them had been basement apartments and not very big so we didn’t have company over very often.  And in my opinion, part of the fun of having a wreath on your door is so people can see it.  Right?

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I love decorating in the lovely shades of pink, red, purple and white that accompany the holiday.  I didn’t have a Valentine’s wreath for my door so I decided to remedy that problem with a cute new rag wreath!  Rag wreaths are so easy and inexpensive.  They store well and fluff up easily when you pull them out of storage.

Haven’t made a rag wreath before?  Let me show you how!

Valentine’s Rag Wreath

Materials:

  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • cutting mat 
  • ruler
  • 12″ wire wreath form (I bought mine at the dollar store, but any craft store will have them)
  • 2 yards of fabric, split between 3-4 different patterns/colors (I bought mine at JoAnn’s)

Start by laying your fabric out in front of you.  Using your ruler, make snips in your fabric every 1″ to 1 1/2″.  Any smaller than that and your strips will be too narrow and you won’t be able to see the color/pattern.

After you’ve made all your snips, you have a couple options of how to proceed:

  1. Grab the fabric firmly and rip along the snips you made down the length of the fabric.  Continue ripping until the fabric is in strips.  *Doing it this way will create more frayed/ragged edges on each strip.
  2. Using your scissors/rotary cutter and ruler, cut down the length of the fabric until all the fabric is in strips.  *Doing it this way will create less frayed/ragged edges on each strip.

Either method works great, so it’s a matter of preference in terms of how frayed/ragged you want your strips to be.

Once you have all your fabric in strips, cut each strip down into 5-6 inch pieces.  Any shorter and you won’t be able to tie it and any longer will cause the strips to flop over when you tie them onto the wreath and you’ll lose out on fluffiness.

Then I laid my strips out in a pattern and started on the innermost ring of the wreath.  Just a simple double knot will do.  Go all the way around the inner ring, then start on the next ring.  Continue tying around each ring until you’ve completed all the rings.

When you’re finished, the back of your wreath should look like this:

You can hang it up like this if you want or add some embellishments.  I decided to add a little bunting across the front using some washi tape I had that matched the red/white polka dot fabric I used on the wreath.

I am totally in love with my new wreath (no pun intended)!  I like that it still has that Valentine look to it, but by using the mint green with the red and white, it’s not your typical red/white/pink decor.  It is also totally affordable costing less than $10 to make.  (I spent around $8 using coupons and promotions for my materials.)

Do you like decorating with wreaths?