Friday, July 1, 2011

Americana Wreath & Garland

Wow! The 4th of July is approaching so quickly! Need last minute decorations??? Got you covered :)

Here is the wreath I decorated:

Best part about the stars . . .
they are used out of recycled cereal boxes!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Grapevine Wreath ($2.00 Hobby Lobby)
  • Acrylic Paints ($3.00 Hobby Lobby)
  • Ribbon ($1.00 Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam Brush, Scorer, Writing Utensil, Scissors, Wire, Glue Gun (My Essentials)
  • Newspaper, Cereal Boxes ( My Recycle Bin)

The main decoration I made on the wreath is the Americana Stars. Here are the steps I took to make them:

1. I first made a star cut out to trace on cereal boxes. Then I traced as many stars as I could on the cereal box and cut them out.

2. After the stars are cut out I did something which is called scoring. With the little scoring utensil start from the middle and work your way around all the five points. After you are done scoring the stars bend at each line to make them pop up!

3. When all the stars are scored you can start painting the stars! I only did one coat to give it more of a vintage look :)

4. Now we are going to create a way the stars will stay on the wreath. Grab the wire and cut as many pieces you need for as many stars you have. Mine was about 2 inches in length. Make sure the stars are dry and then flip them all over to apply hot glue to the back of them. Place the piece of wire in the hot glue (be careful). :) 

5. Arrange the stars on the wreath and then twist the wire on the "sticks" of it so they will stay in place. 

6. For my finishing touch I wrapped some glittery gold ribbon in the wreath. I love it! Looks great on our front door :) 

Now for the Garland. 

I had a couple stars left over and so I decided to make some garland! All you need for this is some string/twine and the hot glue gun :)

Measure the length you want for your garland and then cut it. Turn the stars over on the back side and place a dot of glue on them. Take your stars (with the glue on them) and place them wherever you want them to sit on the string/twine. 

Then when your satisfied with how full your garland is...DISPLAY IT! :)

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! :)

~Wishing you creative bliss~


  1. Hey! What a great idea! These are really cute. I could definitely use this idea either at home or in my future classroom :o)

  2. Thanks Sasha! Yes they are so easy to make and adorable :)