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Red White and Blue Wreath Tutorial

It’s hard to believe we are well into summer…

I blame it on the weather (it has been unusually wet and cold here in Utah) and the fact that I have not had a seasonal wreath on my door since March 1 (when I took down the Valentine’s Day wreath).

Anyway…I absolutely love the Fourth of July. It is seriously one of my favorite holidays. Follows right after Christmas for me (confession: I may or may not have a patriotic themed Christmas tree amongst my Christmas collection).

I have wanted to put together a new summer/patriotic wreath for sometime now.

I also thought it would be fun to try a fabric rosette wreath. I’ve seen them all over the web and had bookmarked this one posted on Jen’s blog last fall for inspiration.

I was looking for something with a few less rosettes (see: less time intense) and a little more variety in size, style and color.

 

 


The supplies for this project were easy to find around the house or inexpensively picked up at the craft store – a wreath from, some rough linen, a couple of patriotic fabric scraps and just a slip of left over ruffle…


I snipped and then ripped two lengths of fabric to cover the wreath form (I think I had about a yard and a half of this fabric on hand to work from). I loved using the rip method to rough up the linen a little bit, especially since I typically go for such a finished look.


As I wrapped the wreath form, I periodically secured it with my trusty hot glue gun. So that it remained nice and tight. Hmmm. Finished it sorta reminds me of a mummy…maybe I’ve got something going for Halloween here…


Next up was creating the rosettes. I used two techniques to make the flowers on my wreath, both super easy. Before starting anything, rip your fabric into one inch (ish) strips.


For the flatter, more tightly rolled version, start by folding the fabric in half and tying a quick knot in the end. Next dab a little fabric glue on the strip and start your initial roll. I usually roll my fabric five or six times before I begin twisting it. Periodically secure your rosette with the fabric glue and tuck the end underneath to finish off.

You can mix this up by rolling the fabric more loosely and/or changing up the width of your strips.


The second method? Even more simple. Just take a needle and thread, and make large stitches along the bottom ruffling the fabric as you move along.

Once the rosettes were completed, I decided to finish them off with some buttons (I had most of them on hand from a collection I received at a Quilt Market event). A nice added layer of color and bling to dress the wreath up and finish it off.


I love the way the rosettes turned out. The best though? I love the way that the colors in the wreath blend with all of the flowers on and around my porch and stand out against my black door.

Hopefully this wreath will pull me from my decorating rut. How often do you change the wreath on your front door? Monthly? Seasonally?

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32 Responses to " Red White and Blue Wreath Tutorial "

  1. I love this wreath! Amazing and so much fun.

  2. Leanne says:

    I love this wreath and the buttons too. I need to change my wreath. It’s flowers and a banner which is okay, but I want red, white and blue. Thanks for motivating me. Maybe tomorrow.

    • Tauni says:

      Leanne, Eek! It’s been too long!!! I’ve missed talking to you and I hope everything is well.

      I am loving the red white and blue that is gracing my front door. Strangely, its been a huge pick me up! I’d love to see what you come up with…

      xoxo
      Tauni

  3. Emily
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    That is ADORABLE!!!

  4. That is so sweet Tauni!! I love how bright it is – what a perfect decoration.
    I don’t really do wreaths except for Halloween and Christmas. Maybe I need to start. :)

    • Tauni says:

      Bev, I am a simple crafter and decorator so I try to make wreaths last for a whole season…BUT, I have to say it’s been really fun trying out some new stuff recently. Sort of gets me excited to walk up to my own door!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my woefully sad, lonely blog!

      xoxo
      Tauni

  5. Jennifer
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    I love the wreath, :) And the 4th of July! It’s all about family, and BBQ, and fireworks, and everything good about summer. Not to mention celebrating our independence and freedom. :)

  6. Could it be true? Are you really posting ;)
    I love the wreath. Very cute!

    • Tauni says:

      I know, I know. I have been so very remiss in my posting. To be fair though, I have kept up nearly daily posting over on the SNAP! blog, so…Regardless, it really was fun to get something up on my blog and I am enjoying the new wreath…

      xoxo
      Tauni

  7. Jessa
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    It looks fantastic!

  8. Kara says:

    It turned out just beautiful Tauni! I still have plans to make a new wreath for my door. Thank goodness her in Utah we have till the 24th. ;)

  9. Kami
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    says:

    That is darling, Tauni!

    Now I want to make one!

    • Tauni says:

      Thanks Kami. You know how I feel about crafts. If I can’t complete it in minutes, it isn’t going to get done. I am sure you could whip something even better up. In fact, I saw your pinwheels on Jen’s blog today – LOVE THEM – wouldn’t they look great on a wreath?

      xoxo
      Tauni

  10. adorable & patriotic! happy 4th!

    • Tauni says:

      Awww. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I am really excited to be pulling out my patriotic decor this year…Kinda wish that I would have done it a little bit earlier!

      xoxo
      Tauni

  11. Victori S.
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    says:

    You make it look so easy. My rosettes never turn out so nicely. I love the fabric and buttons you used. I need to pull my 4th of July decorations out. (You really have a patriotic Christmas tree?) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Tauni says:

      Ha! Victoria, you should know by now that if it isn’t easy, it’s nothing I would do…I really do have a patriotic Christmas tree. I used to have patriotic everything, but I’ve toned it down in the last couple of years :)

      xoxo
      Tauni

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  14. Michelle says:

    SO cute! I love the bling you used, they colors look great with the rosettes- very nice! :) Right now my front door is rockin’ a giant “Land of the Free” bottle-cap decoration that I bought from a local craft store :) Happy 4th to you!

    • Tauni says:

      Michelle,
      Hopped over to your blog to check out that bottle cap decoration…so cute. And, I love all of the lovely girly things over there. So cute!

      xoxo

  15. YAY!!!! I have been waiting for a Tauni post! I know you’ve been super busy at Snap! I love this wreath! Saw it on TT&J. This is FABULOUS!!! Any chance I could get a play by play tute on the red rosette! it’s super cute! :)

    • Tauni says:

      Ami,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I am hoping to blog more frequently here on my personal blog…

      I really like the red rosette too. It’s kind of a cheater rosette…Take a peak at the supply photo I posted. For the red rosette, I used the length of red ruffle I had on hand. I just took the ruffle and then used a large loose stitch along the edge, further ruffling it. Pulled it tight, shaped it and secured it.

      xoxo

  16. Sarah says:

    Loved this, thank you for sharing!! I made myself one. I love it!

    • Tauni says:

      Oooh. Sarah. I would love to see your wreath! I am always looking for ways that I can improve and it helps so much to see other people’s work.

      xoxo

  17. Ellie G says:

    Those flowers are awesome, Tauni. I’m really diggin’ the stripe-ee one. I’m so super proud of your blogging. :) You rock!

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