Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July Wreath

We normally don't decorate for Independence Day.
Yes, I feel a bit guilty about not flying the red, white and blue.
But I have been loving all of the amazing decor I've been seeing on
blogland and pinterest.

There was a 5 Below store right next to the restaurant where we were having dinner last night.
Outside was a huge bin of pool noodles marked $1 each.
Didn't I see some cool, pool noodle wreath tutorials?
I can give it a try for $1.

So after dinner, we headed over and I picked up a few noodles and 
some amazing decorative duct tape.
(for my next project)

After reviewing my pins and doing a few google searches,
I put this little number together this afternoon,
 I am really digging it.
And it was so easy to make!
and literally cost me $1!!
(insert happy dance)

What do you need to make your own wreath:
Pool Noodle
Packing Tape
Blue and White paper
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Paint - Optional
Ribbon - Optional

I angled the ends of my pool noodle slightly
so it would make a perfect circle.
Once I got the right fit, tape it up.

Even though my pool noodle was red, it looked a bit pink.
I had red spray paint on hand from a old project, so why not bump up the color?

After a few light coats.
(Now it really looks pink in the previous picture.)
Set it out to dry.

Next step is making the rosettes.
I had 3 pieces of paper that I cut in varying sizes.
2 pieces for the long paper and 4 for the shorter.

Fold each paper accordian-style and glue together end to end.

Then glue the two ends together to make a circle.

Here are my different sizes.
Then just push down on the top to make your rosettes.
I put a dab of hot glue in the center to keep the rosettes in place.

Next up is making the origami stars.
It took me at least 3 pieces of paper to get this process down.
I found THIS great step by step video, but I like still pictures too.
So here is my process.

This is a piece of 8.5 X 11 paper cut in half.

Fold the paper onto itself.

Take the lower right corner and bring it up to the top edge of the paper.
Make sure your corners are pointed and form a crease.
Bring it back down.

Take the upper right corner and bring it down to the bottom edge of the paper.
Make sure your corners are pointed and form a crease.
Bring it back up.

You'll now have a creased X on the end of the paper.
Now take the left edge of the paper and bring it to the middle of the X.

Note: your paper will be too long, so look at the bottom of the X and 
start your fold about half and inch from the X.
Bring toward the middle, then cut the paper where the middle of the X overlaps.
It will look like the picture below.

Take the middle point of the paper and fold it back onto itself,
lining up the edge of the paper with the one below.

Take the bottom right edge (red dot) and bring it up so the edge matches the middle fold.
It tried to make this easier with some colors.
So, take the red dot and move it to the blue dot and the edges line up on the red line.

Now, fold the paper behind at the red line.
You will end up with the below.

Only a few more steps! 
You can do it!!

This is where you get to choose the size of your star.
Take your scissors and cut along the red line.
The lower and narrower, the smaller your star will be.

You are left with a tiny triangle.

Just unfold it.
You will see the middle of the star and the legs.
I just played around with the creases to make sure all were the same.
Basically, make the shape below for each leg.

You will be left with a perfect star.
I know it's a ton of pics, but the stars took about 3 minutes each.
That is, once I figured out my folding.

I made 3 for the wreath.

The last part was the fun part.
Placing the rosettes and stars in a fun patter and hot gluing them in place.

Once I was done, I realized I needed to break up the red.
I found some thin white ribbon, hot glued one end and looped it round the wreath.
All Done!

Jaime and Michael thought it was pretty cool.
I have to agree.



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  1. Cool! I love dollar projects!

  2. Melissa, I love how easy and yet beautiful this wreath is!

  3. Love your wreath! Thanks for linking up to Sunday Round Up, have a wonderful weekend!

  4. This turned out great. I hope you'll add it to my Patriotic Project Parade!

  5. I love this! So cute! Would love for you to share at the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    1. :) Thanks for the invite, Jill. Great blog, am following via GFC and FB.

  6. It's so pretty.. I especially love the directions for the paper folding stars... I have to try that...

    Thanks for sharing with the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!


  7. That's awesome and can't beat the price. Newest GFC follower from Making the World Cuter. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. I am hosting Mom's MOnday Mingle. Love for you to link up!

  8. This wreath is awesome! It's always great when you can make awesome decorations for next to nothing. :)

    I recently started a link party, Cooking and Crafts, and I would love for you to link this project up to it.

    Have a wonderful evening!


    1. Thanks for the comment and the invite. I just linked up and and following!

  9. Such a great, inexpensive wreath. Thanks for the tutorial on the folded stars! Love 'em. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  10. I'm totally impressed! How cute! I found you via the Sunday Social and am happy to be your newest follower! I'd love for you to follow me back at :)

    1. Thanks for the follow, following you back via FB. You have such a pretty blog! Can't wait to see more.

  11. Your wreath looks great and very festive! Can't beat a $1 deal :)

  12. What a cute idea! Found you through the mingle. Now following google friend, fb, and twitter. Would love follows back

    1. Hi Kathryn! Following you back via GFC. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. This is so very clever, great tutorial and you made it sound so easy:) Have you visited Freedom Fridays this week to see who was featured? Lol

  14. Hey Melysa, featuring your wreath on this week's All Star Block Party!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. THIS IS ADORABLE!!! I can't believe how creative you are! So awesome, I would have never come up with using a pool noodle for a wreath! And the rosettes and stars are so cute! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see what you come up with next!


  16. Really, really pretty!! And how great it only cost $1. I love wreaths and never decorate for the 4th either??!?! But I made a wreath this year too. I love the idea of just spray painting a wreath instead of covering it. I'll have to try that next time. Pinning this. Thanks for sharing!!

  17. SO cute! Love this! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

  18. What a great wreath! I would not have thought to spray paint a pool noodle. I love that is was also very frugal to make. I am linking this to my Pinterest 4th of July board.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Dare to Share. I cant wait to see what you link up next.


  19. So cute! It's even cuter knowing it's from the dollar store :) I'm featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up!!


  20. Very cute - love the stars!
    Thanks for sharing this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  21. Love the stars! Thanks for linkin up! Can’t wait to see what you’ve made this week!

  22. Love this wreath! You've been featured at Sunday Round Up this week! > Have a wonderful weekend!

    -Kayla :)


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