How To Make a 4th of July Wreath
Photo By: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano
Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare
To make this patriotic decoration, gather small pieces of driftwood, add paint, and then glue the wood onto the wreath form.
Tools and Materials
For this project, you will need: a hammer; a hot-glue gun; screwdriver; scissors; a variety of driftwood sticks (3 to 7 inches long); wood wreath form; bleach (small amount), painter's tape (thin); a paintbrush; craft paint (red, white and blue); picture hanger kit (for over 10 pounds); and wire nails (17 gauge x 1").
Prep Wood For Paint
Collect long and short pieces of driftwood, varied sizes ranging from 3 to 7 inches. Rinse the driftwood in a solution of 2/3 water and 1/3 bleach, and then lay them out on a tarp to dry. Wrap the pieces with painter's tape at random locations.
Stripe Wood With Paint
Paint sections of each piece of driftwood with red, white and blue paint. Leave some of the spaces natural. Let dry.
Add Hanging Hardware
Before you attach the driftwood to the wreath form, add a picture hanger to back of it.
Adhere Wood to Wreath
Using a hot-glue gun, attach the wood pieces (one at a time) to wreath form. Go once around the ring, do not layer them on at this point. Let each piece dry before moving onto the next. You may have to hold some of the pieces in place while the glue hardens.
Secure Driftwood If Needed
If necessary, hammer small 1-inch nails into the driftwood pieces to hold them in place.
Add Second Layer
After the first layer of driftwood is secure, start gluing on the second layer to cover areas where the wreath form still shows through.
July 4th Ready
Once the second layer is dry and secure, the wreath is ready to hang. This easy-to-make wreath is sure to make a big impact at a Fourth of July party and all year-round.