Patriotic Wreath

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!

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue
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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.


4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue supplies
                                              

 Tutorial To Make A Patriotic Clothespin Wreath                                               

I 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.

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue painting

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.

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue arranging

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.

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue

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.

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue

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.

4th of July wreath DIY tutorial clothespin patriotic red white blue





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69 comments

  1. I love love LOVE this project! The finished product is gorgeous and is so great for this summer! I'm not great with spray paint either so I'd be all about the han dpainting and Gilmore Girls watching too. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and your kind words!

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    2. As a mother of a Soldier, thank you! I love this project. I'm making one for all my "Fellow Mom's"

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    3. That warms my heart to know that this was a special project for you. Bless you and the other "Fellow Mom's" out there.

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    4. What size wreath frame did you use. Seems like the 12" inch does not hold that many pins.

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  2. The wreath looks great! I wouldn't mind making one.

    http://bobaandpearls.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nikki! It's a fun project to work on.

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  3. Oh I am making this over the weekend! I have to go out to shop today. I'm not at all crafty or clever but I can do this one.

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    1. This is an easy to create project for anyone. =) And it looks wonderful when it's done!

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  4. I love this wreath, and how easy!

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    1. Thanks Charlene! It was fun and looks great.

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  5. These is great idea. I want to make wreath from long time. From where did you got plain round wreath??

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    1. I updated the shopping information for the supplies in the post. I got the wire wreath at JoAnn Fabrics. They have 3 or 4 different sizes for the round wreath frame. Last year they had a square frame that a friend of mine used and it turned out cute too!

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  6. So pretty! Such a great idea for the 4th of July!

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment Kristie! Last year I left mine up until the end of summer because I loved it so much. =)

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  7. This is so beautiful...I love it! Thanks for sharing at Bloggers Brags this week. I'm pinning it to our group board on Pinterest. Have a great week!

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  8. I couldn't believe those are clothpins but then I looked closely and...Amazing wreath! One of the most creative I've seen!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment! It was fun to put together.

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  9. Loved this! I am in the process of making a 4th of July wreath, but pinned this one to try next year.

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    1. So glad that you like it! I'd love to see what you are making for this year. I love getting new ideas. =)

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  10. Love this!! Thanks for sharing at Tips & Tricks! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Krysta.

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  11. i love how simple but also how cute it is. wreaths are my fave. thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thanks Aubrey! I love wreaths too. I'm trying to plan a fun fall one right now.

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    2. Would love an email with the fall wreath if you made one. Thanks for sharing! theudderplace@gmail.com

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  12. Wow this is so adorable!! I am not at all crafty and this looks like the cutest, easiest wreath for me to TRY to make ;)

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    1. Thanks for you kind words Eva!

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  13. I think I will make this with my daycare kiddos this week. =D Thanks for an awesome tutorial!!!

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    1. You could use markers or paint for this project. I be the kids would love to help!

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  14. Okay this is seriously adorable! I absolutely love how it turned out! Pinned to my personal board and several group boards!

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy! I'm glad you liked it. It was such a fun project to work on and turned out great.

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  15. This Patriotic Wreath is beautiful! I, also, pinned it to my board. But where do you find the wreath frame?

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  16. Thanks for the tutorial. I appreciate you specifying where you bought your supplies. That always helps! I can't wait to try this. I hope it looks as good as yours.

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment Pammla. I'd love to see a pic of your finished project! You could share it to my Facebook page when you get a chance. I'm sure it will look wonderful. Happy Crafting!

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  17. What is the approximate cost to make a single wreath?

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    1. Great question. I bought 2 packages of clothespins at the Dollar Tree, the frame (using a 40% off coupon) at JoAnns for 2.95, a bag of wood stars for $3.50. Paint was .50 each (Walmart). The total would be $10. There will be extra paint, stars and clothespins.

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  18. Did you use glue on the clothes pins at all or did they stay in place without it?

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    1. I didn't use glue at all on the clothes pins. I live in a very windy town and have had the wreath up for 5 months each year for the past 2 years and haven't had any of the clothespins fall off.

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  19. This looks like the perfect gift for my step-mom who has "everything" She loves decorating for holidays.

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    1. Glad you found this useful Kim! I hope your step-mom likes her wreath!

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  20. At the fire department at work the other night, we saw this repinned by someone and decided we needed to make them!

    I found everything on amazon and was able to ship it Prime for free- the cost of all supplies totaled $18 a wreath with the frames being the most expensive part.

    We love love love them- thank you for the creative and cute project for us to do! Don't tell on us- we did it at work! Everybody came to see what we were up to and said "Oh, how cool!" Right? Totally cool! ❤️ -Emmy

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    1. I love hearing this Emmy! So glad that you liked it and people at work did too. It makes me smile knowing that there are more cute wreaths out there. =)

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  21. Love this! What a great project to work on with my daughter! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I appreciate you staying to leave a comment, it brightens my day.

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  22. Are you calling the "top wire" the wire on the outside of the ring or the wire that is closest to the center of the ring? I need help getting started...

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    1. Tracy, sorry if that was confusing in the directions. Yes, the "top" wire is the outside wire. I used the other three ending in the closest wire to the middle. I just edited the post to make it a little more clear. Happy crafting!

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  23. Love this, Ali! Perfect for all of the patriotic summer holidays!!

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    1. Thanks Erin! We love the look of it and keep it up all summer long. =)

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  24. Love décor that can be used all summer. Memorial day thru July 4 is taken care of! Would also be great each 9/11
    Karen

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    1. I like long lasting decor too Karen. It makes me feel like it's worth having up that way.

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  25. Hi There, I picked up the needed supplies today to make my patriotic wreath for my front door. I think I'll make a smaller version for my mom. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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    1. So glad you liked the idea! Have fun making your a wreath for you and your mom! :)

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  26. Beautiful project, simple yet elegant. My daughter's birthday is June 14th, Flag Day, so I'll make this for her for her door. I know she's going to love it!

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  27. I made this today. So cute! Any chance you used larger than a 12" wreath like it says in the list of items? My 12" wreath is packed w/pins and I have many pins left over, according to your count. Either way it doesn't matter because it's a nice and fun craft. Just curious.

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  28. It says it is a 24" wreath but then says you used a 12" wreath form. Is this right? I bought a 24" form for this but then when I gathered up all my things and started to read the directions it said use a 12" wreath .... Help! I am confused! Thanks!

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  29. Mariann - Can't wait to make the Patriotic Wreath. What size wire wreath did
    you use for the number of pins in your directions??

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  30. Ladies... I just bought the 18" wreath form at Walmart and it takes 99 pins. This is more like what she used.

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  31. Love! You hit this one out of the ball park!

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  32. This is a wonderful project, Ali! I could see the same technique used for other times of year. For example fall colors and pumpkins or pastels and Easter eggs. Thanks for sharing it, I love it!

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  33. I just finished this project! Super cute, thanks for sharing <3

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    1. Denise I love hearing you made this! Glad you liked it. =)

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  34. This is adorable! I have a few questions before I make it. Did you glue the back of the clothes pins to the wreath form? And about how far out did you space them? Thanks, can't wait to make it!

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    1. Glad you like this wreath! There is no need to glue the clothes pins to the wire wreath form - if you are using a different base for your wreath, you may have to hot glue them. My pins are quite close together.

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