July 4th Wreath: Red, White & Blue

As the month of June was speeding by, I began to wonder if I was going to have the time or the energy to make my patriotic wreath before July 4th.  I bought all the materials over a month ago when I made my second flip flop wreath (click here to see that post; for the first flip flop wreath, click here).  Somehow I did manage to finish my wreath a few days before the Fourth of July; I just didn’t get around to blogging about it until now.  Even though it’s too late for you to make one for this year, there will always be next year.  If you buy your supplies now, they will be on SALE!  Sale?  Did someone say, “Sale!”?  I’m ready. Let’s go!

Here are the materials you need to begin making your wreath (along with watching several YouTube videos on how to work with deco mesh).

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First I added my chenille stems (I call them pipe cleaners –  see flip flop post!).

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Next you start attaching the deco mesh.

Silly me!  I forgot to work from the inside circle to the outside circle.  Oh, well...I made it work.

Silly me! I forgot to work from the inside of the circle to the outside. Oh, well…I made it work.

I was able to go around my wire wreath base three times instead of just twice.  I like the more substantial look doing it this way created than the look of my flip flop wreath.

Next I added the blue and red accent colors.

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I bought some shiny red, white, and blue star garland which I added next.

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What is a patriotic Fourth of July wreath without flags?  I added two flags and a couple of silver beaded, bling-y floral spray thing-ys.   I use such technical terminology, don’t I?

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Here is the wreath on my front door.

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As I was driving by the front of my house on the way to the store, I noticed that you couldn’t really see the flags from the road.  I took it down and added two more flags at the top.

The addition of two more flags at the top make all the flags more noticeable.

The addition of two more flags at the top make all the flags more noticeable.

Now you can easily see there are flags on the wreath from the road.

Ahhh!  Much better...don't you think?

Ahhh! Much better…don’t you think?

I hope you had a delightful Fourth of July!

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

This week’s The Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge is:  In a new post created for this challenge, share a picture that says In the Background.  Click here to see the challenge.  Here’s my take on the theme.

As we were decorating our yard for Memorial Day, I noticed my yellow flower thing-ys  had begun blooming (does anyone know the name of these plants?).  I decided to snap some photos.  After I took the first one or two pictures, I remembered this week’s Photo Challenge and decided to see just what I could “catch” in the background of my frame.  I took these with my iPhone5 camera.  I wish now I would have used my good Sony.  Oh, well, hind-sight is always 20/20!

In The Background:  One of the flags we put out around the house.

In The Background: One of the flags we put around the front of our house.

The intent of this shot was to get the flag with the roses. In The Background:  Three more of the flags down the sidewalk.

The intent of this shot was to get the flag with the roses.
In The Background: Three more of the flags down the sidewalk.

And I just cannot resist posting this next picture.  In the background is my front door with my Flip Flop Wreath!  (Click on the name of the post to see previous posts:  Flip Flop Frenzy – Part 2 and Flip Flop Frenzy).

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I hope you enjoyed my take on the theme “In The Background.”

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