I know...I know...the fourth of July was last week! And, I hope that everyone enjoyed theirs as much as I did. Each year for the past four years my husband and I have gone to the firework show and concert that our city, Nashville, Tennessee, puts on. We tend to have different friends and family go with us, and sometimes it is just the two of us...but, normally it is a foregone conclusion that we will be downtown Nashville on the fourth. The fireworks show is AMAZING!!! This year, there was the sweetest family that sat down beside us...and, they were visiting from Alabama. The father stated that Nashville's show was rated in the top 4 shows in the nation...I CAN BELIEVE IT!!! I also love how our grammy winning Nashville Symphony plays patriotic songs to the fireworks in the background....it simply takes my breathe away!
I have stated in previous posts that this summer has thrown me a few curve balls and I know that my wreath is a little tardy. I've simply not been able to do things exactly as "expected". I did want to share my wreath, however. Since we are about to have a big event...you might have heard about it...the Olympics...coming up the end of this month, I plan to use the wreath throughout the month of July, and throughout the Olympics, in support of USA.
A lot of this wreath was created with imagination, common household recycled materials, etc. Here is the list of materials used for the wreath:
- Grapevine wreath (purchased @ Dollar Tree-like I've always said, one of my favorite craft stores)
- Blue Spray Paint (to paint the wreath)
- Toilet Paper Rolls (2-for base of fireworks)
- Scrapbook Paper (for fireworks)
- Thick Cardboard Box (used to cut out different sized stars)
- Paint (I used a red, white and blue-combined the blue with white to make a baby blue for contrast)
- Paint Brushes
- Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun (@ first this is the only thing I used to adhere everything; however, when the wreath got to temperatures over 100 degrees, the glue reheated and heavy materials did not want to stay...so)
- Super Glue (extra security on heavy objects for hot days)
- Wired beading (to form fireworks)
- Tissue paper
- Wooden Letters (I purchased a set of the whole alphabet @ Hobby Lobby with a coupon for very cheap knowing that I can use for many projects)
- Picture Frame
- Chalkboard Paint
- Washi Tape
Wow...once I typed out all of the materials it really looks like a lot. However, I decided to begin this wreath pretty late one night, and believe it or not...I had EVERY LAST ONE of these items here @ my home! So, while the list looks intimidating...it really isn't. I mean...come on...toilet paper rolls? Those are TOTALLY FREE! I'm going to show you some close ups, and then give you a little more details.
To complete the Fireworks:
- The body is a toilet tissue tube covered with scrapbook paper. I simply went through my supply and picked out scrapbook paper that I thought was festive and "patriotic".
- The hardest part of the firework was the point at the top...I will be completely honest and tell you it was trial and error. Basically, cut it at a bias and with a curve. And, it doesn't have to be EXACTLY perfect...mine isn't; but, I've had several positive comments anyway.
- I stuffed tissue paper up into the toilet paper tube and hot glued around the base.
- Then I tied with a piece of twine.
- I repeated this process with both fireworks. I chose to have different, yet complementary, scrapbook for both of my fireworks.
To fix "God Bless America" Mini Chalkboard:
- The outer part and inner part of my frame were gold leaf, and I didn't want gold leaf, so I first painted the frame a black metallic.
- I adhered washi tape on a raised area on the frame to provide some additional "patriotic" flair.
- I painted two coats of chalkboard paint on the back of the frame. Once this was completely dry, I wrote the words "God Bless America" on the Mini Chalkboard.
- I save good quality boxes for crafts such as this. I took one of my thick boxes, turned it over and began drawing various sizes of stars.
- Then, I began cutting the stars out.
- After cutting the stars out, I painted the stars varying colors between white and a baby blue mixture I made. I also painted my "USA" wooden letters. Then, I took the end of one of my small paint brushes and randomly "red-dotted" some of the stars and the wooden letters (to provide contrast).
Finally, after all of the small preparation projects (some of the projects had to have time to dry before proceeding)...it was time to put it together. I put everything together with hot glue first go around. HOWEVER, it only took 1-2 record setting heat days in a row to let me know that the hot glue gun (while one of my favorite tools) wasn't gonna work if the sun was remelting it. So, I went back in with some super glue to provide some extra "support" when/if the hot glue softens during the "hottest summer we've experienced on record"!!!
So, there you have it...what do you think? Did you find any ideas that you can take away and use on another wreath...or maybe even make yourself an Olympic wreath of your own?
Thankfully, I will still be able to enjoy my patriotic wreath for the rest of the summer as I cheer on the USA during the Olympic games. Are you as excited as my husband and I to watch the Olympic games? If so...what is your favorite part of the Olympics?
I would love to hear what you think!!!
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