Friday, June 15, 2012

4th of July Ruffle Wreath

The Forth of July has got to be one of my very favorite holidays
I love our country and am so grateful to live here
I love the family time
I love the summer warmth of the whole day
I love the BBQs
I love the carnivals
I love the fireworks
I love the parades
and I LOVE the decor 

My hubby totally makes fun of how much I love the 
carnivals and parades its like I am a little kid again on the 4th
There is magic in the air that day
Hubby loves the holiday too
And I am so excited for Maddux for this year
I think he is at such a fun age for the parades and fireworks
I was looking around my house and super sad
cuz I had like no decor for one of my favorite holidays
so I got to work and the first thing I needed was a wreath 
for our front door, Well its a back door cuz we live in a basement 
apartment but you know what I mean :)

I finished mine a couple days ago and 
have already gotten a lot of compliments on it 
and love seeing it every time I am in and out of our door
Which is a lot these summer days :)
I am really excited to share with you how I made it

What you will need:
-A water Noodle from the dollar store
(totally beats the wreath forms that are like $8)
plus the noodles are thick so they keep the perfect circle when hung
-duct tape
-red material
-Red white and Blue felt
I got 9 rectangles of felt of red,
10 rectangles of blue, and 12 rectangles of white 
These are the rectangles you can get at Michaels of even Walmart
-Fabric scissors
-A cup or something circle to trace
-A pen or marker
-Wood Stars (Purchased at Michaels)
-white craft paint
-Sand paper

***I had all of these items on hand except the felt and noodle :)
making it a very cheap project YAY!

Here is what I did:

First I made my $1 water noodle into a wreath form
Seriously this was the best 
 I used another material piping in this post...I do not recommend it
the water noodle is much thicker making it much more durable 
and it stays in the perfect circle with no bending or sagging
I need to go back to the dollar store and stock up on these
before they are gone since they are only sold in the summer time 

I cut it down a little bit to it was the size I wanted then I put the two 
ends together making a circle and duct taped it to keep it in place

Next I took some red fabric that I had on hand cut it into strips and 
wrapped it around the wreath covering the whole thing
pinning the end to keep it in place 
I decided to wrap it in red fabric since I have a glass door 
You can see the back of the wreath so I didn't want the yellow and duct tape to 
show I would much rather see the pretty red :)

Now it is time to do the lengthy parts of the wreath
Warning!!! this does take a lot of time and patience but it is so worth it when you 
are done, you will love it 

I took my sheets of felt, my cup to trace to make my circle and a sharpie marker
I was able to trace 12 circle on each sheet
Red- 9 sheets of felt
Blue- 10 sheets of felt
White- 12 sheets of felt
making a grand total of 373 circles
yeah it took a lot you could probably get away with less
but I wanted it to look really full
Luckily felt is really cheap

After all your circles are traced it is time to cut, cut and cut
I watched TV shows while I did the tracing and cutting so it wasn't so bad
just takes time and patience like I said

Yay! all done tracing and cutting
Now you are ready for pinning

Next I marked where I wanted the blue to start and end which was about 8 inches 
I marked it with a sharpie onto the wreath
then I measured about 2 inches between each stripe 
and marked them with a pin so I knew where to start and stop with each color 
It made it easier to keep the stripes close to even

Now comes the putting it all together 
1. take your circle
2. Fold it in half
3. Then fold it in half again so that it is in quarters 
and looks like a triangle
4. Then you will take your pin and pin it right into the wreath

I continued this with the blue until I filled up the whole section that 
I had previously marked 
I made sure to keep them close together and it different directions
This gives it the fluffy ruffle look
I also made sure to cover the whole front of the wreath so only the back 
was unfinished since no one sees the back 

Once I got done with the blue section I just took it section by section
and did my white and red stripes in the marked areas switching off 
colors until I got all the way around the wreath
again this takes time so just make sure to do it with 
music, a TV show or a movie in the background 
and while the kiddos are in bed or napping :)

Once your wreath is completely covered you can be done 
or I thought it needed something else
and I had some wood stars
so I thought those would be the perfect finishing touch 
I just painted them white and sanded the edges a bit 
giving it a little worn look
then I hot glued them to the blue section

Then very last you need to be able to hang it from something
so I got some blue ribbon I had in my craft supply stash
doubled it over and tied it around the wreath 
making a knot and loop to hang it from 
then I pinned it a few times just to make it extra strong

And there she is all done and hanging on my front basement door
Pretty huh?!
I love it 

It fact I find reasons to go in an out just so I can see it

I got it up just in time for flag day and am going to keep it 
up until labor day :)

My little Maddux loves it too :)
Stay tuned the next few weeks for some other 4th of July 
crafts I have been up to lately 
they are all really cute, inexpensive and super easy

If you have any other questions on this tutorial 
Feel free to Email me at

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Thank you for Reading for your support and for following 
Happy Crafting 


  1. Ah-maz-ing!!!! That was a lot of work but it looks soooooooooo great!!! Love it Whitney!

  2. So cute! I want to make one so bad. How long was the noodle after you cut it and what size are the felt rectangles?

    Thank you

  3. I just got the dollar store one and cut off maybe 6 inches of it. As for the felt rectangles they are just the ones you can buy at the art and craft section and Michaels or Walmart I think they are the size of like a 81/2 by 11 sheet of paper about.

  4. This is adorable - you are so crafty!

  5. Can I just say how much I LOVE this wreath?? I have been slacking lately on the wreath making department, thanks for the inspiration... I need to head over to hobby lobby and start on this! By the way, thanks for stopping by and following my blog too. :) I love making new bloggy friends!!

  6. What an adorable wreath and a great tutorial! Thanks!

  7. That wreath is absolutely beautiful! So perfect for summer. I haven't made a wreath yet, but I might just have to give this one a try.

    I hope you'll link up at Off the Hook!

  8. This wreath is so cute!! What a fun idea to hang on your door for July and all summer. So fun to read about your cute little family and how you met at SUU. Our sister Elyse went to SUU! Go Thunderbirds! Thanks for sharing on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

  9. So so cute!!! Thanks for posting the tutorial!! I love how great you are at making things!! :)

  10. Oh my goodness...I just made the exact same wreath this weekend! It's so much fun and so beautiful!! I might have to steal your idea for the stars though...couldn't seem to quite get mine to look right!! Thanks for sharing.


  11. Thanks for linking this up to Talent Tuesday! I featured this {along with some of your other link ups} on my blog! They are featured here:

    Happy 4th!

    Nichelle of Vintage Wanna Bee

  12. STUNNING!!!!!! I am totally making this!!!! thanks for sharing! I pinned it too! PS. I'd LOVE if you stopped by and linked this up to our link party!

    I'm a new follower! Follow back if you'd like!

    XOXO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  13. So darling!!! Love the noodle idea!

  14. Discovered your blog through Organize and Decorate. Loving all the 4 July crafts popping up in the link parties and especially like this wreath! Makes me a little jealous that I'm not American...

  15. Such a cute wreath!! I like it better than any of the others I've seen.

  16. Absolutely beautiful! The hard work paid off!


  17. This wreath super cute! Did your hand cramp up cutting all those circles?;) I love the noodle idea! Maybe I'll actually make a wreath or two now that I know a cheaper way to make a base. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  18. I'm featuring you tonight on the link party! Thanks so much for linking up!!


  19. I love your wreath Whitney! What a ton of work but it turned out so cute! Thanks for linking to the party! I featured your wreath today!

  20. What a great idea! I have seen this type of wreath before, but I haven't seen one like this. IT is very well made and so so cute! Thanks for linking up to Point of View, and I hope you'll join us again next month!

  21. Whitney I love your wreath! I was planning on featuring it for the pinterest challenge, but without my computer I wasn't able to participate this month! So I'm featuring it this week on topsy turvy tuesdays



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