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4th of July Handkerchief Wreath

2016Kim Brush7 Comments
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

Our family really loves the 4th of July holiday.  We shoot off fireworks and have friends and family over for a meal together.  It is one of the best parts of summer.   This year will be no different!

We don’t do a lot of decorating but I like to change the front door wreath to match the season.   I may even make this cute banner!!

So when I saw a 4th of July wreath last week on Facebook I knew I wanted to make one with my friends when we ran away for a recharge weekend.

This easy wreath took less than 30 minutes to make.  I love it!

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Materials needed

6 white, blue and red handkerchiefs(18)

OR 2 yards of each color of fabric

16 inch wire floral ring

Stars—die cuts or paper to cut into stars

I bought my materials for less than $20.  I used a 40% off coupon on the fabric but everything else was regular price so this is a pretty inexpensive project!

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Tools needed

Cutting mat

Rotary cuter

Scissors

Glue gun

Fabric stiffener

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

1.  Cut handkerchiefs in half.  I didn’t worry about the unfinished edges but if you are concerned then use pinking shears to cut the handkerchiefs to prevent raveling.

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

**If you are cutting fabric you will need 12 rectangles approximately 11 inches by 22 inches, which is what is pictured above.**

I cut red and white handkerchiefs and then cut up navy fabric.  The blue fabric was the color I wanted and cost a lot less than the handkerchiefs.

2.  Fold each piece of fabric or handkerchief in half lengthwise.  Then fold in thirds with the cut edge to the inside.  This minimizes the amount of raveling the fabric will do.  You end up with folded fabric approximately 2 inches wide.  

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

3.  Take your folded strip and fold it in half lengthwise.

4.  Put the fold under the edge of the wire ring.

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

5.  Take the folded side of the strip and put your hand in the "hole."  Draw the ends of the strip through the hole and then tighten the knot.  My pictures show that I went through the metal ring but I decided later it looked better without going through the ring.  You can do it whichever way looks better to you!

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

6.  Make knots with all of the blue fabric.  Then you start with either red or white and alternate the strips until you have used them all. 

The picture to the right shows the back of the wreath.  I think the knots show too much on this side. 

The picture below shows the front of the wreath which shows less of the knot. 

There is no wrong way to display this wreath.  You might like the knots showing more and that is cool by me!  Also you might like more or less fabric on your wreath. Just do another couple of strips!  Make it your own!

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

7.  When I moved the wreath some of the fabric strips drooped a little.  Not too bad but knew in the Missouri humidity they would look sad.  So I sprayed the fabric with fabric stiffener to keep it all looking festive.

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8.  Final step is to attach the stars with a glue gun.  Make sure to arrange them how you like them before starting to glue.  You can tweek the placement until you like it while your glue gun is heating up. 

Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com
I used sparkly die cuts but you definitely could cut the stars from scrapbook paper with a Cricut machine or by hand (now doesn't that sound like fun!). It would make the project even less expensive (affiliate).
Need a patriotic wreath?  A handkerchief wreath is inexpensive and easy to make! - DaytoDayAdventures.com

My friend Karen and I did this together.  Making crafts with friends are always more fun!

Would you like a free easy to print instruction sheet for this project? Go ahead & grab it!