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Make a Patriotic Wreath with Wire, Beads, and Buttons

Updated on June 27, 2014

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

Simple wire wreath adorned with red, white, and blue buttons and beads.
Simple wire wreath adorned with red, white, and blue buttons and beads.

Get Ready

Wire, tools, beads, buttons, and craft wire.
Wire, tools, beads, buttons, and craft wire.

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.

That's it!

All the Supplies Are Available on Amazon

Aluminum Wire 12 Gauge 39' Coil-Silver
Aluminum Wire 12 Gauge 39' Coil-Silver

This sturdy wire will work to make the wire frame for your wreath.

 
Forum Novelties Bucket of Patriotic Red White and Blue Beads 144 Pieces
Forum Novelties Bucket of Patriotic Red White and Blue Beads 144 Pieces

Red, white, and blue beads are perfect for a patriotic wreath.

 
Craft Wire Silver Plated Tarnish Resistant 24 Gauge 30 Yd
Craft Wire Silver Plated Tarnish Resistant 24 Gauge 30 Yd

Use thin craft wire to thread the beads and buttons on then wrap around the wreath.

 
General Tools 397 Long Handled Magnetic Pickup Stick Sweeper
General Tools 397 Long Handled Magnetic Pickup Stick Sweeper

I have a magnet like this I use to find wire and other metal objects.

 

Make the Wire Frame

Wire Frame from Rusty Wire

Wire Frame with Hanger.
Wire Frame with Hanger.

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.

Add additional wires till your wreath suits your fancy.
Add additional wires till your wreath suits your fancy.

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

String of buttons strung on the wire frame.
String of buttons strung on the wire frame.

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

Wreath with beads and buttons.
Wreath with beads and buttons.

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.

How Do You Celebrate Memorial Day and the Fourth of July? - Will You Make a Patriotric Wreath?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @lesliesinclair: You can always unwind a wire hanger, scuff it up to take off some of the finish and soak it in water. It'll rust!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You now have everyone feeling bad for throwing out that rusty wire....you never know when a crafty idea may pop up and what a cute patriotic one you've come up with here for your Imminent feature, congratulations! I love that you could vary the size of buttons and make different arrangements and like your understated approach with this....sometimes, less is just more! :)

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Great idea for a wreath. Thanks for sharing.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I wonder where to find a rusty hanger these days, in fact it's hard to find wire hangers anymore, but this is a swift idea.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      It is very pretty, I could see doing one of a larger size to hang on the door around Independence day. Thanks for sharing the great idea!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Great craft idea! I'm a Canadian, but my mother moved to Florida and has become very patriotic. She lets me know about all of the holidays. I love that this is an affordable craft. :)