This month, along with our group of blogging friends, we are participating in a Dollar Store Craft Challenge. This challenge is a fun one! I always enjoy finding ways to use dollar store items in my craft projects. Who doesn’t love a good deal? Since I’ve been doing some crafting for the Fourth of July, I decided my craft would combine patriotic colors with some dollar store items. My Dollar Store Challenge Craft is a fun and simple Patriotic Wreath.
I love stopping by my local Dollar Tree to check out the seasonal decor. I always find fun items that I can use for crafting. For only a few dollars, I can combine several of the items I find there and turn them into a decor piece.
We encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in this month’s challenge. Stop by the following blogs for some wonderful inspiration!
I’m doing lots of crafting in red, white, and blue this month. When I spotted these packages of patriotic hats at the Dollar Tree last month, I bought 4 of them. I wasn’t sure just what I would make with them, but they were too fun not to buy! Each pack has one red, one white, and one blue hat. Along with the hats, I found foam star wands at the Dollar Tree. I knew I could put these together with the hats for a patriotic decor piece.
After looking at the hats and wands for a couple of weeks, I still wasn’t sure what to make with them. Since wreath making is one of my go to craft items, I began to think about how I could use them as a wreath. I tried several different configurations before deciding on the final look.
When I pulled out my patriotic craft stash bin, I found a few rolls of red tulle, some glittery star stickers, various types and sizes of ribbon, and a blue metal star. An idea of how to create the wreath began to take shape. I already had a foam wreath in my craft stash, so I was all set to get started. This form is 16 inches.
I began by wrapping the tulle around the wreath form and tying it off into a tight knot.
From there, I continued wrapping the tulle, bunching it up along the way. It took one roll of tulle to cover about half of the wreath form. The roll was 6 inches x 31 yards. Since I was planning on covering the wreath with the hats, I could have used only one roll, without as much bunching. But, I often repurpose wreaths, so in its next life, it might need to have the full look. I continued wrapping one more roll of tulle around it.
Once the wreath form was completely covered, I used a dab of hot glue to secure the end of the tulle to the wreath. Before adding the hats to the wreath, I cut off the attached strings. After trying several different looks, I began putting the hats in place on the wreath with hot glue.
I continued hot gluing the hats to the wreath.
I used a total of ten hats on the wreath.
I added a star sticker to the top of each hat.
Using a small piece of red, white, and blue ribbon, I made a loop for hanging. It’s hot glued and stapled together. It’s stapled and glued to the back of the wreath.
The metal star that I had in my craft stash has a small hole for hanging in the top. I ran a piece of twine through the hole, tied it off, and slipped it over the loop ribbon.
Using more of the the red, white, and blue ribbon, I tied a simple bow around the loop of ribbon. The last touch for the patriotic wreath was to add the star wands. I used a piece of the string that I cut from the hats to tie three of the wands together. I trimmed the wand sticks down so that they wouldn’t be seen. The wands are tucked into the ribbon to keep them in place.
The new items for the challenge include the hats and wands. The tulle was purchased at the Dollar Tree last year. Using items already on hand, (ribbon, wreath form, metal star, and star stickers) kept the cost for my Dollar Store Craft Challenge low.
The hats are made of plastic, but the wraps around each hat are paper, so I don’t plan on leaving this outdoors to be exposed to rain. I’ll hang it on an inside door instead.
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Last summer, I made a quick and easy Coastal Wreath using scarves I purchased at the Dollar Tree. Click below for the details on how to make this very inexpensively from dollar store items.
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Patriotic Wreath ~ Dollar Store Craft Challenge
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