Looking to add a little red, white, and blue to your decor? Make this easy DIY Patriotic Wreath with just a few supplies. Keep the wreath up all summer long!
****This post contains affiliate links.****Last year, I saw a picture on Pinterest (see here) of a nice wreath for the 4th of July. I made one for my door last year and loved how it turned out. A friend liked my wreath so much that she asked if I would make her one. I decided that while I was making it, I might as well take pictures and put together a tutorial so you can make one for your own home..
Make Your Own Patriotic Clothespin Wreath
Supplies Needed to Make Patriotic Wreath
Wire Wreath Frame
Darice Wood Cutout Star Assorted Styles,1 to 4 inches each
Acrylic paint: (Apple Barrel white, blue azure, and Americana lipstick red) (JoAnn's & WalMart)
Surebonder Mini Glue Gun - high temperature
High Temperature Glue Sticks
Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
Clothespins - amount depends on the size of your wreath (I used 40 red, 35 white, 21 blue for a 24 inch wreath) (Dollar Tree)
NOTE: There have been a lot of questions about the wreath size I used. Mine is a large 24-inch wreath. The link I provided goes to a different size wreath because the only link for a 24-inch wreath didn't seem to be a reliable seller. You can buy any size or shape that you want to use. The difference would be in how many clothespins you would end up needing to use.
Tutorial To Make A Patriotic Clothespin WreathI hand painted all of the clothespins. I've seen other posts where people used spray paint to paint the clothespins, but I am not good about getting an even coat of spray paint. So, if you have a steady hand, use spray paint. But, if you are in the middle of binge watching your favorite tv series on Netflix and have the time, use the acrylic paint. You have more options for colors and shades that way too.
Update: You can also use a gallon plastic bag, squirt some paint in, add your clothespins, mix around, then remove and set out to dry. That will save you plenty of time.
Before painting, I always cover my crafting surface with my craft mat. It keeps my desk from getting paint all over it, and the mat is super easy to clean and reuse.
After painting the clothespins, it was time to paint the wooden stars. I like that the stars are different sizes. It makes them look nice on the finished wreath. When the clothespins and stars were painted and dry, it was time to put them on the wire wreath frame.
The wreath frame has 4 wires. When putting the clothespins on the frame, I skipped using the top (outside) wire and used the other three. I started by putting the pin on the second wire and extending to the third wire. The next pin starts on the third wire and ends on the bottom wire. This way the clothespins sit at different angles and they look nice. I alternated the clothespins this way all the way around the wreath frame.
I put all of the blue clothespins together. Then I put 5 red clothespins followed by 5 white pins then continued the pattern around the wire wreath frame. I've read comments that I put too many stripes (red and white bunches). If you are concerned about having the correct number of stripes for your wreath, you can space the clothespins out more than I did or you could even buy a smaller wreath frame to make it more accurate.
Next I hot glued the stars onto the blue clothespins. I didn't do any certain pattern, I just glued them on where I felt they looked good. When gluing the stars for this project, make sure you use a high temperature glue gun. The high temperature will make sure that the stars stay glued to the clothespins, especially when the wreath is outside in weather.
I love how this wreath turned out. I actually keep this wreath up through the whole summer. I'm always a little sad when it's time to take it down and put up my fall wreath.
This wreath is perfect for any, and all, of the different patriotic holidays. It is nice enough to put up for Memorial Day and keep up through the 4th of July or longer.