Turn a Pine Wreath Into a Patriotic Wreath

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I’ve been using pine wreaths for 2 years and much to peoples’ surprise, they find that they actually come out very full and beautiful and can be used year round. Pines are usually a Christmas item and people often think of them as something that can only be used at that time. I’ve been able to sell hundreds of designs for all holidays and occasions using this base while others ignored them. I will teach you how to turn a forgotten seasonal base into a year round beauty.


Here is a Pine you want to look for. They come in various sizes but for this project, you’ll want to grab a “24 evergreen or Canadian pine.  The one pictured is from Michaels Stores and one of my favorite pines to use because of its’ fullness. 
   1 Patriotic Top Hat from Walmart
  1 Sun Flower Bush from Hobby Lobby
 1 Greenery Bush from Hobby Lobby
 1 Pack of Foam Patriotic Stars from Hobby Lobby
1  Small Flower White Flower Bush from Michaels
1 Patriotic Flower Bush from Michaels
1 Red Burlap Roll from Hobby Lobby
 1 Blue Burlap Roll from Walmart
  1 Any 4’ wide desired WIRED Patriotic ribbon
1 Burlap w/white polka dot ribbon from Hobby Lobby
1 Glimmery Blue WIRED ribbon from Hobby Lobby
1 1” Patriotic WIRED Ribbon
Wire Cutters, Scissors, Glue Gun, Glue sticks
Separate all the pine bristles so it becomes nice and full and we can start working on it. Open the bristles just enough to untangle them.
 
Next, secure your sign onto your base. The bristles make for great use of this. This particular sign had a wire hanger on it so I just wrapped the pine bristles to it to secure it in place like so. 
Now it’s time to build our design around the sign. Let's begin cutting our burlap pieces. Start by cutting 4 pieces of each the red and the blue burlap about 6” wide. 


Now, pinch the middle of your burlap piece and grab towards the center to form a “ruffle”. 

After you have made your 1st burlap piece into a ruffle, find a spot on your wreath to place it on and set it between 2 bristles. Twist the 2 bristles atleast once to secure the burlap piece into place.
Continue this technique of creating your burlap ruffles and alternating the colors every 2"-3" apart. You may place further or just until all the pieces are evenly around. 
Next step is cut the glimmery blue ribbon into 4- 6” pieces and dovetail the ends. Dovetailing can be done by folding the end of the ribbon and cutting it in an upwards manner from the crease to the edge to create the “V” look on each end. 
Place the 4-6” Glimmery Blue ribbon pieces on each side of your sign. 2 on one side and 2 on the other. Use the pine bristles to secure the ribbon in place by twisting atleast once onto the base.  

At this point I’m sure you are noticing the polka dot ribbon bow and glimmery blue ribbon bow on the top corner and bottom corner. Don’t panic. We are going to tackle that part real quick.
 
Cut you 2- 24” piece each of the polka dot and blue ribbon. Dove tail all the ends.
 We are going to make 3 loop bows now. Grab your polka dot ribbon and leave about 3” of tail. You’ll want to make a loop and bring to the underside towards the top of the tail and pinch in place. Next while still pinching and holding, you want to twist the ribbon so the print is facing the outside and create another loop. Pinch and hold this second loop in place and repeat this step so that you create a third loop. While still holding your bow, place it on the base like above picture and use the pine bristle to hold into place.
Repeat the above step to complete your 2nd polka dot bow and place as pictured above.
Make your glimmery ribbon bows with same instruction as above but simply place on top of the polka dot bow. You make opt to untwist the bristle holding down the burlap bow  and place right on top and retwist bristle to secure OR you can just place right on top and just twist in place using the same 2 bristles holding the polka dot ribbon. 
Now that we have added all the burlap and 2’ ribbon, it’s time to add your 4” wide ribbon.
Get your roll and secure the start of the ribbon with the bristles and create about a 5” poof by securing the 2nd point with the pine bristles. Continue making another poof by repeating the same and then cutting off the ribbon to continue on the other side as the picture below shows. 
Start getting the hot glue gun ready and warm up for about 3 minutes.
 To work with florals and greenery, you need very good wire cutters to cut thru thick and thin stems. 

Start by clipping off 4 greenery stems. Push greenery up the stem as far as possible to the top without it falling off the stem. Cut off enough stem to leave about 3” of stem. 

Next cut off your desired florals and again push any leaves etc. up to the top of the stem without pushing it off the stem. Clip off just enough to leave about 3” of stem.  

Notice the 4 greenery bushes are opposite each other around the base. Put hot glue on the stem and simply place in the spot you have chosen and make sure it grabs onto some pine to glue into place.
 
Next do the same with the florals. I chose 2 red florals and 2 white florals and placed them opposite each other with hot glue on the stem. (pictured above)
 
After this point, you may put in the smaller accent florals by gluing the stem and sporadically inserting around the wreath to create a lush full look. 
Cut off 2 sunflowers and leave about 3” of stem and hot glue it. Place in the wreath like pictured above.
 
Also cut off excess pick on your patriotic stars and hot glue the stick. Place the star pick as pictured . Keep in mind, based on the placement and colors of your florals, you’ll want to put the foam stars not directly close to its’ "like" color. Notice how the white star is not close to a large white flower and so forth.
Next, you want to create 2 triple loop bows with your 1” ribbon, which would be my star ribbon pictured above. Follow the instructions a few steps above where you made a triple bow with the polka dot ribbon.
 
Place your 2-1” triple loops bows on top of the shimmery blue bows and secure in place.
At this step if you have flex tubing (the tan roping), create triple loops and also place on top of the 1” ribbon as so. I love adding flex tubing to my designs. They give it a fun look and come in so many different colors. 
So now that you have completed the whole look of your wreath, we must complete one major part which is the cleanup part in the back. We don’t want our work scratching up customers doors so turn your wreath around and use those wire cutters to clip off any stems poking out. If you see any problem areas that may scratch your door, a cool trick you can do is clip off some greenery leaves and hot glue them to cover up any wires etc.
 
Once you are done with all the clipping, your wreath is now ready to admire on your door, give as a gift or list for sale.
 
Here is what your finished design should look like! YAY! I’m so proud of you!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Pine wreath  (Michaels)
  • Ribbon  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Top Hat sign  (Wal-Mart)
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Clara Nicole

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