This God Bless America Patriotic wreath is a great anytime, year-round wreath. I mean.....when are we NOT Patriotic! The wreath was easy to make since we used the 30" ruffle technique. Watch the video!
Wreath Supply Kit
Purchase wreath supply kit here while still available: 2020 Patriotic Wreath Supply Kit - Update - kit is sold out. Some individual supplies may be left, or you can choose other colors of mesh, ribbons or signs and still make a similar wreath.
Cut mesh into 30" lengths for the Patriotic wreath. You will need 18 pieces for the 18 twists on the Pencil Wreath. The 24" Pencil Wreath at Trendy Tree measure 15" across the widest ring. The addition of mesh, ribbons and other embellishment results in a wreath that measures 24" or greater. It will not take the complete two rolls of mesh, but one roll is not enough.
Make a ruffle by scrunching up through the middle of the mesh piece. Secure the ruffle in a twist. Just give the twist a couple of turns. Place a ruffle in each twist on the pencil wreath.
Cut ribbon strips 13" in length. Finish off the ends of the ribbon with either a dovetail or angled cut. Place a ribbon cluster made of all three ribbons in each twist. My personal preference is to open the twist, lay the ribbon cluster down and re-close the twist with three or four turns. Not everyone that makes wreaths does this, so it's just whatever method you choose. Also, you may cut ribbon strips longer if you like at 14". Just experiment and see what you like best.
The ribbon strips add to the look of the Patriotic wreath. But if you prefer, you could simply make 3-4 bows with the ribbon, do loops and tails or any combination you like. After the strips were cut, we still had ribbon left over.
Secure the God Bless America red truck sign to Patriotic wreath. The sign is made of MDF. Staple a folded full-length chenille stem on each side of the sign. Anytime you use a stapler, be sure to check the depth of the sign. You don't want the staple to go all the way through to the front side.
There are other ways of attaching signs also. You can use sticky tabs, eye screws, etc. The sign has a burlap string that we didn't use and didn't cut off. We just tucked it to the back out of sight.
Position the sign in the center of the wreath and reach in from the back. Find the chenille stems and secure them to the work wreath frame. Be careful not to pull the sign in too tightly because you don't want to squash down your mesh and ribbons. Pull any ribbons or mesh out from behind the side.
You can stop right here if you like! The wreath looks great as is, but if you want to use up the rest of the ribbon, you can make a bow and put it on the lower front of the Patriotic wreath. So, that's just what we did))
Make a 12" wreath bow using the E-Z Bowmaker, ProBow or a free-handed bow. We had less of the block ribbon because I cut too many ribbon strips with it. I made one loop on each side with it; three loops with the stars and stripes ribbons and three loops with the royal blue glitter ribbon.
This doesn't have to be the last step, it really should be the first step! Make a hanger for the Patriotic wreath using three zip ties. You can also use chenille stems or floral wire.
Fluff all the ribbons and clip any stray strings. Check the back of the wreath for anything sharp and turn it to the inside or cover it with tape.
The Patriotic wreath measures about 27." It's a great year-round wreath but especially good for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
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