Memorial Day: How to Make a Wreath – #KickOffToSummerWeek2014

Haven’t all these Memorial Ideas been inspiring?  It makes me hungry and my “to do” list is growing!  Today we are going to touch on Memorial Day: How to Make a Wreath.

 

How to make a wreath

 

Last Wednesday, I shared our Easy Memorial Day brunch.  We celebrated a bit early because of Hubby’s long trip.  You may not have noticed the wreath I made.  But, that was a bit on purpose, because I wanted to share it today with you!   But, first a note from Kick Off to Summer’s cohost, Lauren.

 

Welcome to Day #5 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps.

With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas.

Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!  Check out the links at the end of this post for more great Memorial Day ideas.

 

This wreath is so simple to make.  I was able to keep the cost down by using cupcake liners, flower stickers, ribbon and fabric  that I had on hand.  So, I only had to buy a foam wreath form.

 

wrapping wreath
Begin and end your piece on the same side for a more finished looking wreath…don’t do what I did!

 

I started by cutting my fabric into strips.  I didn’t get exact and use a ruler.  I just cut approximately 1-1/2 – 2” wide strips.  Then I pinned the end to the form and wrapped the fabric around it, pinning it when I came to the end.  Just repeat this step until it is completely covered.  If I would have thought this process through a bit more, I would have made sure to start and end on the same side, so there would be one “finished” side.

 

cupcake liner flowers - how to
Start with two cupcake liners to make a flower.

 

For the large flowers, I used cupcake liners.  I first flattened one out, then I cut into the pleated part of the second one and cut a small circle out of the center.  I didn’t cut the center circle out at the same size for every flower, to give a little variety in the finished size.  You can see in the picture above that my circle isn’t perfect either.  Don’t worry about it, because you are going to cover it anyway.

 

cupcake liner flower assembly
Make sure to “crinkle” the top liner to give a petal appearance.

 

To start assembling your flower, you take some double stick tape and put some on the flattened cupcake liner in the center.  Next, take your second liner with the center cut out, at the cut edge and stick the inside corner to the tape.  Now start crinkling the center part around till your ends meet again.  By crinkling the center edge while you tack it to the tape, it gives you a petal appearance.  To finish off the center, I used some flower stickers that I had, but you could use buttons, pompoms or just circles of paper glued to the center.

 

Adding decoration
Keep adding decoration until it looks right.

 

Now the rest is just assembly.  I used a pin to attach everything you see to the wreath.  Well, except for those adorable little clothes pins!

 

Memorial Day: How to make a wreath
Add a U S A for a patriotic wreath.

 

I really love the look of banners lately, so tried to give this wreath a little banner.  I just used some different ribbon I had for some additional texture.

 

wreath closeup
Finish your wreath with a banner. By using clothes pins, you can change your message.

 

Then I used some velvet ribbon to make the U, S, and A.  All I did was take a black pen and write on it.  Placed behind the velvet are some more of the cupcake liners, just cut into smaller pieces for a little additional red.

 

Memorial Day wreath: How to make a Wreath
The Memorial Day Wreath is finished!

 

Then I just used some of the extra fabric I had cut into strips with a piece of contrasting lace to make the wreath hanger.  This was such an easy project and fast too.  I love the color and the fact that I can hang it from Memorial Day till Fourth of July!

 

Have you tried using cupcake liners in an unusual way?  Please share, I would love to hear!

 

Looking for more ideas? Check out the rest of the Kick Off to Summer Week bloggers below!

Lemon Brookies by From Gate to Plate

Easy Red Wine Strawberry “Coolers” by Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Memorial Day: How to Make a Wreath by Lil Huckleberries

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches with Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Perfect Fresh Lemonade by Forty Eighteen

Sparkling Cupcakes by Lady Behind the Curtain

Seaside Pasta Salad by The Freshman Cook

Crumb Topped Blueberry Pie by It’s a Keeper

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie by Life on Food

Fiesta Fruit Slush by Little Dairy on the Praire

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad by Love in the Kitchen

 

8 thoughts on “Memorial Day: How to Make a Wreath – #KickOffToSummerWeek2014

    1. Thanks Teri! It has ended up being one of my favorite wreaths. Now, if only I could figure out a way to prevent fading in the AZ sun!

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