It’s less than a month to the Fourth of July.  Can you believe it? Do you have patriotic decorations ready?  Honestly, I don’t.  I’ve just gotten started.  I’ve got a couple of projects in the works, and the one that I’m sharing today is my first completed patriotic craft of the season.  Of course, it’s a wreath because as Mellow Man tells everyone– we may not be completely decorated around here, but we have a wreath for every holiday!  For this Fourth of July, I made a wreath with chevron burlap ribbon and felt pinwheels.  It was a quick and easy way to add to my holiday wreath collection, and I’m delighted with how it turned out.  I think I need to make a few more pinwheels for decorations, but I’m really enjoying my Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath
I purchased the red chevron burlap ribbon at Pick Your Plum, and I used it to wrap a Styrofoam wreath form, securing it with straight pins.  I use the smallest pins, and pin the back around the edges of the ribbon, so that the pins are barely visible.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath The next step was to make the pinwheels.  I used stiffened felt that is available for approximately $1 at any local craft store.  I wanted something that was going to maintain the sharp points of the pinwheel, so I felt the stiffened felt would work better than regular craft felt.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

I started by cutting a square of stiffened felt.  The stiffened felt helps the lines look crisp and the pinwheel look good.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to cut as close to a square a possible.  I made two 3-inch squares and one 5-inch square for this project.  After I cut the square out, I drew two diagonal lines across the square.  I then cut towards the center, stopping 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the center point.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

I folded the left-hand side of the cut to the center point, and secured them all in place with a glue dot.  Once the four pieces were attached to the center, I used a red, adhesive, scrapbooking embellishment in the center to cover up the glue dots.  Then I simply played with the 3 pinwheels until I positioned them in a way that was pleasing to me, and I attached them to the wreath with my hot glue gun.

My Mom Made That: Patriotic Pinwheel WreathThat’s it!  The project was so fast and fun.  I love it when I can make a craft in under an hour.  There is such a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment when I do that!  How about you?

Guess what?  There are even more awesome Red, White and Blue projects to check out today!


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