Happy Flag Day!
This simple, beautiful, rustic Farmhouse American Flag Wreath is a sweet way to dress up your front door, especially for patriotic holidays and occasions, and welcome guests to your home! (And the fact that you can make this for about $20 or less is pretty awesome, too!)
I don’t often love faddish decorating trends, but I have to say, I’m smitten with the use of cotton boll stems these days! To me, they’re reminiscent of “the good ‘ole days” and simpler times; times that are full of spending slow evenings on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea and shootin’ the breeze with family and friends. They also remind me of my family – much of them are from (and still live in) west Texas where cotton is a chief crop. I know my dad grew up with his siblings and cousins working in their grandparents’ cotton fields, and he has tons of fond memories of spending quality time with family while growing up.
Yes, I do think about my home decor in such a nostalgic way, so I am all aboard the band wagon of loving these cotton stems!
Here’s what you need to make this adorable patriotic wreath:
- 18″ grapevine wreath
- 2 cotton stems
- 2 red berry cluster stems
- Floral wire (this is what I used, but looking back, I think I might consider using this grapevine wire instead)
- 2 small American flags
- Hot glue gun
- Burlap ribbon (I got mine at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section, but they don’t have it online)
If you buy the materials when they’re on sale at 40-50% off (which is probably every other week for each of these items), you can easily make this wreath for about $20!
First, place the cotton stems where you’d like to position them on the wreath.
Wrap the cotton stems around the wreath and secure them with some floral wire. I just secured each stem with floral wire in one spot.
I tried securing them in the same area so I could cover that one area with ribbon to hide the floral wire (see later pictures).
Next, place the berry cluster stems on top of the cotton stems and wrap them around the wreath & the cotton stems.
I wove some of the berry clusters around the cotton stems so they’d be a little more secure and didn’t stick out of the wreath too much.
You can secure the berry stems with floral wire, but you may not need to if you’re able to wrap the actual stem around the wreath pretty well.
Next, place your flags where you’d like them in the wreath. This part actually took me a while – probably about 5 minutes – to really position them where I wanted them and get them to actually stay. I ended up cutting off part of the stick of the flag so they didn’t stand up too much from the wreath.
Once you get the flags positioned where you want them, you’ll want to secure them in some of the crevices with hot glue.
Then wrap ribbon around the area with the floral wire and where the hot glue shows on the flag sticks. I didn’t originally intend to do this, but I thought it was a great way to hide what I didn’t want the wreath to show, and it also gives more surface for securing the bow.
Tie a bow and hot glue the middle of the bow to the ribbon wrap secured to the wreath. (Sorry, no pictures of how I made my bow. I am AWFUL at bows and it’s a whole mess of a process as I try to get the perfect bow. Bow tying and teaching how to tie bows are not my calling in life. If you’re an awful bow-tier too, hop on Pinterest and look up some tutorials for how to get that perfect bow!)
Look how adorable! This just makes me want to walk on through my front door!
A perfect piece of decor for patriotic holidays & occasions – Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, or as an everyday wreath! It is totally acceptable to decorate with American flags year-round.
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And the fact that you can make this wreath for about $20 is such a bonus!