Patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July are not just days to crank up the grill and throw a big party, nor is Memorial Day just the unofficial kick-off of the summer vacation season. These special days are to honor our military and the birth of our country. So this Patriotic Wreath fits the bill for my front door!
I am very much a Patriot (my high school mascot is, as well – Go Patriots!) and I believe in honoring those that have served and are serving to protect and defend us.
So, I made this simple (I don’t like too much frou-frou) wreath to adorn my front door to show the world that I admire, respect and celebrate the freedom we enjoy because of the brave men and women who have fought and died. God bless the USA! And God bless our military!
- 1 foam wreath
- 3 skeins (isn’t that what they are called?) of yarn (red, white, blue)
- Ribbon for hanging
- Plastic Stars (self-stick – Hobby Lobby)
Before I began, I took a tape measure and a pen and marked off 4″ increments all around the wreath until I had about a 7″ space left. I started with white yarn and just went round and round until I had filled up the first 4 inches. Then I used red for the next 4 inches, then white, etc. Then I used the blue yarn for the last 7 inches. When I would finish one section, I would just tie the end of that yarn to the beginning of the next yarn for the next section. I made sure the knots were on the side of the wreath that no one would see.
I then attached the stars. They had a self-stick dot on the back (see note). After adhering a small loop of ribbon on the back of the wreath with my hot glue gun, it was ready to hang! Cost: Less than $20.00 (with Hobby Lobby coupon). And I had lots of yarn left over! Hum . . . . what else can I do with that yarn?
Note: After hanging my wreath, I saw shooting stars. Those stars, one by one, fell to the porch. So, alas, I had to get out the hot glue gun and glue those suckers back on.
Here’s a totally unrelated helpful hint: Have you ever been sitting in a waiting room, browsing through a magazine and saw a recipe you just can’t live without? I would never tear a recipe out of a magazine that belongs to someone else (man, I hate that), so this is what I do: I take a pic of the recipe with my smart phone. When I get home I enlarge it so I can read it and then I either write it down in a binder where I keep recipes or I email it to myself and store it on my computer. I also do that with tips I want to remember or a website I want to check out.
What’s your plans for Memorial Day?