How To Make a 4th of July Wreath

Add a little red, white and blue to your home with this easy-to-make and budget-friendly driftwood wreath.

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

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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.

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