Jun 27 10
by cara
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Flag Wreath

I’ll devote an entire post to last night’s party sometime soon, but I wanted to share this project since July 4th is quickly approaching.  Lately I’ve been wanting to create and make, feeling motivated and wanting to dip my toes into a few crafty projects.  I was inspired by the July issue of Good Housekeeping to make a festive wreath for the 4th of July.  This craft requires only two relatively inexpensive supplies: a foam craft wreath and tiny flag toothpicks…lots and lots of flag toothpicks:

The directions are simple: Stick the flag toothpicks in the foam wreath until the wreath looks full and fluffy.  That’s all there is to it!

(In need of a better wreath hanger for the front door….)

The wreath took me about 2 hours to complete and I found the repetitive nature of the task to be a nice little stress-reliever.  I used around 600 toothpicks on mine (they came in boxes of 120), and there are some places on the sides of the wreath that could still use more.  I would advise starting with the inside of the wreath, instead of the front as I did.  I think this would be fun for older kids to do on their own (maybe on a smaller wreath), and I let The Littlest Apple poke a few toothpicks into my wreath.

Isn’t this fun and easy?  A cute and festive flag wreath to use for July 4th, Memorial Day, Flag day, and any other time you feel like breaking out some patriotic red, white, and blue!

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  • http://www.countingcoconuts.blogspot.com Mari-Ann

    This looks lovely!! I created a similar activity for James using the flag toothpicks and a small Styrofoam circle.

  • http://www.bystephanielynn.com Stephanie Lynn

    Cara – I love this! Simply gorgeous! I’ll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks somuch for linking up to The Sunday Showcase – I greatly apprecite it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • http://www.simplekids.net Kara Fleck

    *gasp* I LOVE this! What a great idea and it looks so festive and fun!

  • Melinda M

    I am totally digging this wreath! Very cute!

  • http://www.thepenningtonpoint.com Lisa~

    I am totally going to make this! I love how full it is. Thanks for showing it. Lisa~

  • http://www.christyrobbins.blogspot.com Christy

    You’re wreath is absolutely gorgeous!! It’s my favorite July 4th wreath yet!!!

  • Elaine

    Where did you get the flag toothpicks? That is cute as can be!

  • http://www.thepickyapple.com cara

    I can’t tell you how glad I am to see all of your comments about this wreath. This is the first wreath I’ve made, and while making it (especially at the beginning) I thought it either had the potential to be really cute or really tacky. I was pleased with the results, and I’m glad to know you all think it’s cute too!

    Mari-Ann: I’m definitely going to use my leftover toothpicks and some additional styrofoam for an activity for The Littlest Apple. I think he would enjoy that!

    Stephanie Lynn- I am SO excited to be featured on your Sunday Showcase. This is my first week linking up, and that totally made my day. Thanks!

    Elaine- I got my toothpicks at Party City, but I know I’ve seen them other places too. I bet you could even find some the day AFTER July 4th on clearance if you’re willing to wait until the next flag-holiday to display your wreath.

  • http://newlywoodwards.blogspot.com Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    WOW! This is adorable… so cute and clever!

    But, oh my… I”m getting impatient looking at it. I don’t have much patience. And, all those little flags….

    I think I’ll be living vicariously through you. ;)

  • http://fowlsinglefile.blogspot.com Megan Berry

    Yes, that IS fun! My daughter would love helping me prick all those little flags into place. Thanks for sharing this festive idea!

  • http://www.tidymom.net TidyMom

    What a simple fantastic idea!! I LOVE it!!

  • http://CraftOmaniac.blogspot.com Jennie Larsen

    I adore how easy simple and OH’ SO CUTE THIS IS! I may have to do this one!!! Jenn

  • http://www.bljgraves.com BLJGraves Studio

    Beautiful wreath!

  • http://www.modsblog.com bree Johnson

    SOOOO FREAKIN ADORABLE I LOVE IT!

  • http://www.thisismeinspired.blogspot.com Stef

    This is very striking! I just love it. I’m not a big wreath fan, but this one I’m going to have to make. It’s gorgeous!

  • http://attemptingcreative.blogspot.com Kimberly @ Attempting Creative

    I just read in one of your comments where you said you were worried it would come out really tacky. I have those very same fears when I’m crafting. (And some of my things really are tacky.) But this is a great, great wreath! Very fun and definitely patriotic! Happy Fourth!

    xoxo,
    Kimberly

  • http://www.thefarleys.blogspot.com meghan

    i am sending HUBBY to get these toothpicks on his way home from work!!!! I LOVE this idea!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://www.madiganmade.blogspot.com Madigan at madiganmade

    I’m a big fan of simple and easy. It may have been tedious – but it turned out fab! Love it.

  • http://www.thepickyapple.com cara

    Thanks everyone for all of your comments! I haven’t done many crafts thus far, but I am feeling really encouraged to continue doing more….time and Littlest Apple permitting! :)

  • http://eighteen25.blogspot.com jen @ eighteen25

    nope not tacky at all. i love it!! i used these little toothpicks last year in my cupcakes. never crossed my mind to make a wreath with them. just might have to now!! thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://labbabslife.blogspot.com/ Leigh Ann

    I love this! Will definately have to make this for next year. thanks for sharing!

  • http://jealous-hands.blogspot.com Christi {Jealous Hands}

    This is awesome!!

    Gotta get some flag toothpicks!

  • http://decortoadore.blogspot.com Laura Ingalls Gunn

    I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you will stop by for a bbq on a white tablecloth. :)

  • LeAnne

    I have been hunting flags all day. My son is home from Afghanistan and want to do this for his welcome home party…could you tell me what size wreath you used? as I can only find 432 flags as of right now.

    Thanks a ton!!!

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  • http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/ Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    I think this is one very clever idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing this one. So cute and perfect for the Fourth of July! I’d hang it for Memorial and Labor day too!

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  • http://metropolitanmama.net Stephanie

    What a great project! It turned out beautifully…and just in time for Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  • http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com ourlifeinaclick

    I love how this turned out. I already have a few of those toothpicks (not the req’d 600!!) and I didn’t know what to do with them besides stick them in cupcakes. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    heather

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  • Sarahdooo

    I really enjoyed making this wreath.  I didn’t use as many flags as you and my results weren’t as full as yours.  I like what I did.  I also posted my finished project @http://needleandhook-sarah.blogspot.com/p/crafts.html ( my blog).  Thanks

  • Terriallard26

    I love your wreath!!!  Thanks for sharing such a beautiful idea to celebrate the Birthday of the USA

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  • frances huffaker

    where can I get the flags

  • apw

    i got some at Party City. i am sure they will start to show up at more stores now that summer is upon us.

  • Mavis Jones

    Cute wreath. I may have to try this next summer. I’m so into wreath making these days and am always looking for new, cute, and easy ideas.

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