Baby, You’re a Firework

melanie, 10 June 2011, 2 comments
Categories: 4th of July, Crafts, DIY, Holiday

Happy Friday everyone! In honor of the weekend ahead, I thought I would share a fun craft project with you that will help you get ready to celebrate the 4th of July. This is a very easy wreath that you should be able to complete in one or two quarters of an NBA Finals game*.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you need:

Supplies:

1 14″ straw (DO NOT remove plastic wrap**) or foam wreath (I used straw b/c it was cheaper)

4 Red, White and Blue confetti garlands – I think mine were about 3 yards each

A handful of small glittery star sticks

3 large Red, White and Blue glitter star sticks

Hot Glue

Wire Cutters

Red or Blue Ribbon – one skinny piece, about 10″ long, and one wide piece, about 6″ long

Step One:

Place a large drop of glue on your wreath and press one end of a garland onto it.

Step Two:

While holding onto the beginning of the garland you just glued down, start wrapping the rest of it tightly around the wreath, making sure the wreath form does not show through.

Step Three:

When you get to the end of the garland, place another large drop of glue on your wreath and press the end into it. Hold for a few seconds until it dries.

Step Four:

Repeat this process with the next strand of garland, starting it where you glued the end of the first strand.

Step Five:

Continue this process of gluing and wrapping until the entire wreath is covered. You may want to use something else to press the garland into the hot glue to save your fingers from being covered in burning hot glue. (please take this advice and learn from my pain…)

Step Six:

Next, cut all your little stars off of the main stick they are on, but be sure to leave a few inches of wire attached to each star.

Step Seven:

Put a little dab of glue at the end of the wire on a star, and push the wire down into the wreath form. It helps to hold the wire close to the non-star end to get it down into the wreath.

Step Eight:

Randomly place all your small stars into your wreath. I used 12, but you can use as many as you want!

Step Nine:

Now its time for the large stars

Step Ten:

Decide where you want the top of your wreath and lay your stars out on the upper left side. Put a little dab of glue at the end of the wire and push it down into the wreath form. These stars are a little heavier than the small ones, so make sure you get them really down in there. Nobody likes a droopy star…

Step Eleven:

Take your skinny piece of ribbon and loop it around the top of your wreath, burying it down underneath the garland so it is hidden. Tie it in a double or triple knot right against the wreath form and trim any excess nice and short.

Step Twelve:

Take your wide piece of ribbon and loop it through the skinny piece. Tie the ends of the wide ribbon in a double knot to form a loop, and slide it around so the knot is close to the wreath.

That’s it! Hang it on your door and get ready to celebrate!

Enjoy!

 

*watching basketball is not a requirement for completion of this project

**removing the plastic wrap from a straw wreath creates a huge mess, and since you are covering it up anyway, no one will know it’s still on there

 

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