I was scrolling Pinterest for ideas for a wreath to hang on my front door during the summer. I wasn’t feeling the beachy themes since we live hours away from the nearest beach and the sunflower ones were pretty, but I wasn’t wanting anything floral this time.
Then I came across one of the most beautiful patriotic wreaths I’ve ever seen. I knew I had to have it, but I just couldn’t justify spending $165 on it.
So, I set about making my own flag-draped Americana wreath for a fraction of the Etsy price. And I LOVE how it came out!
Gather Your Supplies
I bought most of the supplies for this wreath at Hobby Lobby, but I ordered the flag from Amazon because I really liked the ‘dingy’ look of the tea-stained flag and I have never seen those in stores.
The total cost for this wreath was $38! Definitely less than the one I saw on-line! It helps if you wait until floral are 50% off at Hobby Lobby. (However, even if I had paid full price for those, the cost would have still only been $47.)
For this Americana wreath, I used:
- 24″ grapevine wreath form
- tea-stained nylon flag
- monkey grass bush
- boxwood leaf spray
- wired linen ribbon
- floral wire
- wire cutters
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Attach the Flag
To attach the flag to the wreath form, fold in a little of the top and bottom of the flag. I left 4.5 stripes showing on the bottom of the flag and then estimated the same amount on the top to fold over. Folding part of the flag ensures that it doesn’t cover the wreath form entirely.
Next, run a piece of floral wire through each of the flag’s grommets and some of the vines of the wreath. Then twist the ends of the wire around the gathered up parts of the flag until it’s secure.
The bottom part of the flag isn’t attached with wire. I simply wrapped it around the wreath form and let the end hang down.
Attaching the flag to the wreath is fairly simple, however, getting the flag to drape gracefully across the wreath was more difficult. I just played with it until I got it to look the way I wanted.
Attach the Greenery
It took me a while to figure out how to attach the greenery. I didn’t want to glue it to or cut the flag in any way, since that felt disrespectful.
So, I ended up using the space between the folds where the bottom of the flag is looped around to hang over. There I could access the wreath form without interfering with the flag and it didn’t even mess up the folds and ‘draping’ that I had worked out.
Attach the bush of grass first. First split the greenery in half and bend one half up and one half down. Then shove the stem of the bush all the way through the wreath form until it sticks out the back side. To secure it, bend the stem tightly around the wreath.
Do the same exact thing with the boxwood leaf bush.
You have to play with the greenery a little to get it to spread out and ‘look right’.
It was easier to spread the greenery out when it was hanging on a door versus laying flat on the table.
Add a Bow
The last step to making your own Americana wreath is to add the bow. I’m probably the worst bow-maker in the history of ever, so I won’t even try to teach you. But this is the YouTube video I use every time I have to make one.
After your bow is made, attach it to the wreath with floral wire and you’re done!
If you like this Americana wreath and are looking for others to hang on your door throughout the seasons, check out these tutorials: