With Memorial Day and Fourth of July fast approaching, it is officially the season for PATRIOTIC WREATHS, YA’LL! I absolutely love all of the insane amounts of ribbon designs that come in red, white, and blue. And you’re not just limited to patriotic ribbon. You can also use florals, signs, and even grapevine wreaths in patriotic shapes, like stars! There are so many possibilities! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use a few of these in a simple patriotic wreath with grapevine.
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Patriotic Grapevine Wreath Supplies
The supplies I use in this tutorial are from the April subscription boxes from DecoExchange. I personally helped DecoExchange pick the items in this box, and I am seriously OBSESSED! If you don’t have the subscription box, don’t worry! You can also find many of these supplies – or similar ones – at your local craft store and online. When it comes to ribbon, you can use whatever patriotic design you love! I recommend keeping the sizes the same, though. The same goes with your florals. Choose the colors and type of florals that you think will work best with your design.
Here’s what you need:
18-inch round grapevine wreath
21.5-inch Star Vine from DecoExchange
2 floral bushes (60919) from DecoExchange
1 long-stem blue floral from At Home
1 roll of 4-inch wired ribbon
1 roll of 2.5-inch wired ribbon
1 roll of 1-inch wired ribbon (from a high-end ribbon box subscription from Decorator Crafts)
Wrapped wire from Hobby Lobby (It’s almost like wired string. Sturdier than twine, but thinner.)
Stem cutter from DecoExchange
Glue pot from Amazon
How to Make a Patriotic Wreath with Grapevine
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own patriotic wreath for your front door. To watch me create the wreath and see everything that came in the April subscription box, watch the tutorial video included at the end of this post.
Step 1: Attach the Star to the Grapevine
To get started, we’re going to attach this beautiful star to the grapevine wreath. You don’t want the star in the center of the wreath. You want to put it off to the side a little – just enough to come off one side a bit and have enough space on the other three sides to add florals and a bow.
To attach the sign, push your wrapped wire through the border of the star sign, then through the grapevine to the back of the wreath. Twist the wire to secure.
Step 2: Make Your Bow
Create a bow using three types of wired ribbon: 4-inch, 2.5-inch, and 1-inch. I used a lighter ribbon on the top for the 1-inch ribbon to break up the similar material, color and shade of the sign and other ribbon I was using. It also brought in all of the colors of the other ribbons (red, white and blue, of course!)
Starting with the 4-inch ribbon, make one loop on each side of the bow that are about 7 inches. This size loop makes the bow hang over the same amount as the star on the other side. This makes the wreath even. Make your loops by pinching the ribbon, twisting, then looping.
Next, take your 2.5-inch ribbon, make two loops on each side about half an inch or so smaller than the first ribbon.
Finally, take the 1-inch ribbon and make one center loop (to hide the pipe cleaner), then pinch, twist and loop, making one loop on each side that is about a half-inch or so smaller than the previous loops.
Stack all the ribbons on top of the other, starting with the 4-inch, then the 2.5-inch, then the 1-inch on top. An EZ Bow Maker can help you hold all the ribbons together without too much strain on your hands.
Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the stack of ribbon and twist it super tight to secure the ribbon, leaving the arms of the pipe cleaner to attach to your wreath.
Step 3: Attach Your Bow
Stick the pipe cleaner through the grapevine to the back and twist it to secure the bow to the wreath. Fluff your bow by pulling and opening the loops. Cut the tails to the length you love and create a dovetail by folding the ends of the ribbon and cutting at an angle.
Step 4: Add Your Florals
Spread out the stems of your florals to give them some life! Take the floral bunches apart from the main stem, dip them into the glue in your glue pot, and stick them through the grapevine. Put florals on three sides of the wreath – below the star, under the bow, and above the bow and star – creating almost a crescent shape around the star.
Wreath Supply Subscription Box
Ya’ll. I have said it before and I will say it again, the subscription boxes from DecoExchange are such a great source for creative inspiration! Each month, a new box arrives at your front door, filled with various wreath supplies that are meant to inspire you to create your own design. This is NOT a wreath kit. Instead, the box features different types of seasonally-relevant supplies to help you think up a new creative project – or projects! If you want to join the subscription or get on the waiting list, simply go to WreathSupplyBox.com. The box is $60, including the cost of shipping, and typically has about $80 – $90 worth of quality supplies – sometimes, the value is even higher! For example, the value of the April box was $121. That is an INSANE VALUE!
If you watch my video below, you’ll see that I didn’t even use all of the supplies included in the box. Yes, you get enough supplies for multiple projects!! The other supplies found in the April box that I didn’t use include: 2 super fun 2.5-inch rolls of ribbon with tie-dye and flip flop designs, 2 wooden signs, a raised metal American flag sign, a flip flop sign CUSTOM MADE just for the subscription box, a roll of red mesh and OUR FAVORITE blue handled scissors. Ya’ll, they REALLY knocked it out of the park with this box!! Great GREAT value here.
Now, if you are looking for a wreath kit, I do have some available wreath kits on Etsy! I may even have some patriotic wreath kits still available, too. These kits come with everything you need to make a specific design and may include supplies like a wreath frame, mesh, ribbon, and sign, depending on the project.
Other Wreath Ideas to Celebrate America
Bring on the red, white, and blue! There are so many ways to make a patriotic wreath, whether using deco mesh, signs, various ribbon designs, florals, or FUN patriotic picks! Here are a few of my designs from this year. And if you’re looking for another wreath to make, try this patriotic deco mesh wreath tutorial!
DIY Patriotic Wreath Instructions
Print these instructions and save them for when you’re ready to make your wreath! You can also use this as a shopping list when you’re ready to get your supplies.
How to Make a Patriotic Grapevine Wreath
- 1 18-inch grapevine wreath
- 1 21.5-inch star vine
- 2 floral buses (60919)
- 1 long-stem blue floral
- 1 4-inch wired ribbon roll
- 1 2.5-inch wired ribbon roll
- 1 1-inch wired ribbon roll
- wrapped wire string
- stem cutter
- glue pot
- pipe cleaners
- Position the star offcenter to leave enough space on three sides to add florals and a bow. Attach the wreath by pushing wire string through border, then through the grapevine wreath to the back. Twist the wire to secure.
- Make a bow using your4-inch, 2.5-inch and 1-inch. Starting with the 4-inch ribbon, make a 7-inch loop on both sides, by pinching, twisting and looping. Use your 2.5-inch ribbon to make two slightly smaller loops on both sides. Stack on top of the 4-inch ribbon. Finally, take you 1-inch ribbon and make a center loop, then make one loop oneach side. Add that to the stack, then wrap a pipe cleaner around the center ofthe stack and twist to tighten.
- Stick the pipe cleaner arms through the grapevine and twist in the back to secure the bow to the wreath.
- Separate your flower bunches from the main stem. Dip each bunch into the glue in your glue pot and stick them through the grapevine on three sides of the wreath, making a crescent shape around the star.
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