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Make a Patriotic Wreath with Wire, Beads, and Buttons
Make a Red, White, and Blue Wreath
To show your patriotism this Memorial Day or Fourth of July, make a patriotic wreath with wire, beads, and buttons. This easy wreath took me less than half an hour to make. You can do it, too!
If you love showing your pride for America, this simple wreath will look great on your wall or door. It only takes a few craft supplies, and the kids can help you make this easy wreath. I bet you know someone who would love one of these wire wreaths of their own.
The primitive design lends itself to using what you have on hand. I love crafts that are not too perfect. And this one fits the bill!
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Primitive Wreath - Perfect for Patriotic Holidays
Gather Your Craft Supplies
Wire, Beads, Buttons
To make this red, white, and blue wreath, I used old rusty wire that I found. You wouldn't believe all the wire that's just lying around out there! If you want to find your own, great! I recommend using a long-handled magnet, which picks up any and all iron-based items. If you want to use new wire, go for it.
You'll also need beads and buttons. Again I chose from my supplies on hand. I have tons of old buttons and lots and lots and lots of beads. If you need to go buy some, that works too.
You'll also need thin craft wire (about 24 gauge or smaller, meaning 24, 26, or 28 gauge) and some jewelry or craft tools. I used wire cutters, flat nose pliers, and round nose pliers.
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This sturdy wire will work to make the wire frame for your wreath.
Red, white, and blue beads are perfect for a patriotic wreath.
So are these red, white, and blue buttons.
Use thin craft wire to thread the beads and buttons on then wrap around the wreath.
I have a magnet like this I use to find wire and other metal objects.
Make the Wire Frame
Wire Frame from Rusty Wire
First gather a long piece of wire to make the wreath. My wreath is on the small side, measuring only 6 inches diameter. You can make yours as big or small as you want.
Twist the wire into a circle shape. It doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, as you can see from the photo here, my rusty old wire had lots of weird twists and turns and curves to it. I like that! If you prefer a more symmetrical circle, use a round item to twist the wire around to get a perfect circle.
Be sure to add a hanger or a loop at the back for hanging your patriotic wreath. This recycled wire already had the hook shape at the top so I went with it. I made another wreath and twisted wire at the back to form a loop that doesn't show. Either way works fine.
Finish the Wreath Portion
Add more pieces of rusty wires (or new wire) to make your wreath look good. Everyone's idea of "enough" is different. When it looks good, stop.
I used pieces of found wire. If you use one large piece of new wire, you can make the wreath from one large continuous piece. With adding smaller pieces that had twisted bits, my wreath came out more chunky and odd shaped.
Whatever you want to do is fine!
String the Buttons
String the Buttons on Craft Wire
Use the craft wire to string the buttons to make a long strand to wrap around the wreath.
Push the wire through a hole in the button then through the other hole.
Separate the buttons on the wire (so they're not so close together) by twisting the wire with the round nose pliers. I left about an inch or two between each button. You can stack them up if you want. Anything goes with this free-form wreath!
For buttons with a shank on the back, push the wire through the hole then bring the end of the wire back through the hole to secure it in place or it will go all wobbly on you.
String the strand around the wreath. Secure both ends in place by wrapping the craft wire around a piece of the wire frame.
String the Beads
Add Personal Touches with Beads
Next take a length of craft wire and string beads onto the wire, using the same technique as with the buttons. Twist the wire between beads to space them out.
Wrap the wire full of beads around the wreath. Use as many beads as you want. I used a length that went around the wreath once. You could do as many lengths until you think your wreath looks perfect!
Other options: use charms and other pieces like keys, washers, screws, anything you like, to complete your wreath.