How to Turn a Pine Wreath into a Patriotic Wreath

I’ve been using pine wreaths for 2 years and much to peoples’ surprise, they find that they actually come out very full and beautiful and can be used year round. Pines are usually a Christmas item and people often think of them as something that can only be used at that time. I’ve been able to sell hundreds of designs for all holidays and occasions using this base. The best time to snatch these are when Hobby Lobby and Michaels Stores start putting them out on their shelves between June and July when all the makers and creators start preparing for their Big holidays shows and sales. You can also get them at great deals after the holidays when they are drastically reduced.

Here is a Pine you want to look for. They come in various sizes but for this project, you’ll want to grab a “24 evergreen or Canadian pine. The one pictured is from Michaels Stores and one of my favorite pines to use because of its’ fullness.

This picture will show you the supplies that I will be using for this Patriotic design.

SUPPLIES

  • 1 Patriotic Top Hat from Walmart
  • 1 Sun Flower Bush from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 Greenery Bush from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 Pack of Foam Patriotic Stars from Hobby Lobby
  • Small Flower White Flower Bush from Michaels
  • 1 Patriotic Flower Bush from Michaels
  • 1 Red Burlap Roll from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 Blue Burlap Roll from Walmart
  • 1 Any 4’ wide desired WIRED Patriotic ribbon
  • 1 Burlap w/white polka dot ribbon from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 Glimmery Blue WIRED ribbon from Hobby Lobby
  • 1 1” Patriotic WIRED Ribbon
  • Wire Cutters, Scissors, Glue Gun, Glue sticks

Don’t worry about getting all the supplies exact. Go with what you can find in your local stores and follow along and incorporate what you have with these instructions.

INSTRUCTIONS

Separate all the pine bristles so it becomes nice and full and we can start working on it. You don’t have to open them very wide, but just enough so all the bristles are not tangled with each other.

Next, you want to secure your sign onto your base. The bristles make for great use of this. This particular sign had a wire hanger on it so I just wrapped the pine bristles to it to secure it in place like so.

Sign is secured in place using bristles twisted around the wire on sign.

Now it’s time to build our design around the sign so let’s begin cutting our burlap pieces. Start by cutting 4 pieces of each the red and the blue burlap about 6” wide.

Buy red burlap roll here http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Ribbon/Red-5-1/2%22-Burlap-Ribbon/p/114850

Pinch and grab

Now, pinch the middle of your burlap piece and grab towards the center to form a “ruffle”.

After you have made your 1st burlap piece into a ruffle, find a spot on your wreath to place it on and set it between 2 bristles. Twist the 2 bristles at least once to secure the burlap piece into place.

Continue this technique of creating your burlap ruffles and alternating the colors every 2″-3″ apart. You may place further or just until all the pieces are evenly around.

All the burlap ruffles are evenly around and in an alternating color pattern.

Next step is cut the glimmery blue ribbon into 4- 6” pieces and dovetail the ends. Dovetailing can be done by folding the end of the ribbon and cutting it in an upwards manner from the crease to the edge to create the “V” look on each end.

Buy the Glimmery blue ribbon here http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Ribbon/Royal-Blue-2-1/2%22-Glitter-Net-Wired-Edge-Ribbon/p/11636

Place the 4-6” Glimmery Blue ribbon pieces on each side of your sign. 2 on one side and 2 on the other. Use the pine bristles to secure the ribbon in place by twisting at least once onto the base.

Use the pine bristles to secure your glimmery blue ribbon.

At this point I’m sure you are noticing the polka dot ribbon bow and glimmery blue ribbon bow on the top corner and bottom corner. Don’t panic. We are going to tackle that part real quick.

Cut you 2- 24” piece each of the polka dot and blue ribbon. Dove tail all the ends.

We are going to make 3 loop bows now. Grab your polka dot ribbon and leave about 3” of tail. You’ll want to make a loop and bring to the underside towards the top of the tail and pinch in place. Next while still pinching and holding, you want to twist the ribbon so the print is facing the outside and create another loop. Pinch and hold this second loop in place and repeat this step so that you create a third loop. While still holding your bow, place it on the base like above picture and use the pine bristle to hold into place.

Repeat the above step to complete your 2nd polka dot bow and place as pictured above.

Make your glimmery ribbon bows with same instruction as above but simply place on top of the polka dot bow. You make opt to untwist the bristle holding down the burlap bow and place right on top and retwist bristle to secure OR you can just place right on top and just twist in place using the same 2 bristles holding the polka dot ribbon.

Now that we have added all the burlap and 2’ ribbon, it’s time to add your 4” wide ribbon.

Get your roll and secure the start of the ribbon with the bristles and create about a 5” poof by securing the 2nd point with the pine bristles. Continue making another poof by repeating the same and then cutting off the ribbon to continue on the other side as the picture below shows.

You may find 4” ribbon at your local craft store or various online stores.

WHEW are you tired yet? I’m not! Creating is fun! Now that we have all that done, it’s time to move onto florals! My FAVORITE part! Woohoo!

The florals and greenery is the fun part because you are now going to see your wreath really take shape and come together fast.

For this next step, you are going to need your tools. Start getting the hot glue gun ready and warm up for about 3 minutes.

To work with florals and greenery, you need very good wire cutters to cut thru thick and thin stems. Here are my favorite ones that I highly recommend. I use them religiously and have several pairs.

You can purchase them here at my affiliate link… grab you 2 in case you lose a pair. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B6AXJM8/?tag=shecratoo-20ry

Start by clipping off 4 greenery stems. You’ll want to push up all greenery up the stem as far as possible up to the top without it falling off the stem. Cut off enough stem to leave about 3” of stem.

Here is a good choice of greenery bush that you can use for this design.

Purchase greenery here http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Bushes-Garlands/Greenery/Green-Plastic-New-Boxwood-Berries-Bush/p/4320

Next cut off your desired florals and again push any leaves etc. up to the top of the stem without pushing it off the stem. Clip off just enough to leave about 3” of stem.

Here are similar hydrangeas that is used but these are baby blue from Michaels. These would also look great in your design if you can find the red or white ones.

http://www.michaels.com/light-blue-hydrangea-bush-by-ashland/10496961.html#start=13

Use this picture as a guide to how you’ll want to place your greenery and florals.

Notice the 4 greenery bushes are opposite each other around the base. Put hot glue on the stem and simply place in the spot you have chosen and make sure it grabs onto some pine to glue into place.

Next do the same with the florals. I chose 2 red florals and 2 white florals and placed them opposite each other with hot glue on the stem. (pictured above)

After this point, you may put in the smaller accent florals by gluing the stem and sporadically inserting around the wreath to create a lush full look.

Isn’t your wreath coming out beautiful? It may look done and technically you could call it done at this point, but we have a few more accessories to add and then we can call it a masterpiece.

Once you are done with this step, it’s now time to add in the last of our florals, ribbon, foam stars and the optional flex tubing not originally listed in supplies.

Here are the foam picks and sunflower bush I purchased and the link to claim.

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Seasonal/4th-of-July/4th-of-July-Decorations/Red-White-Blue-Glitter-Star-Picks/p/8081096

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Bushes-Garlands/Floral/Yellow-Sunflower-Bush/p/3141

You may also find similar items above at Wal-Mart or Michaels Stores.

Cut off 2 sunflowers and leave about 3” of stem and hot glue it. Place in the wreath like pictured below.

Also cut off excess pick on your patriotic stars and hot glue the stick. Place the star pick as pictured below. Keep in mind, based on the placement and colors of your florals, you’ll want to put the foam stars not directly close to its’ like color. Notice how the white star is not close to a large white flower and so forth.

You are almost finished. Just a few more steps.

Next, you want to create 2 triple loop bows with your 1” ribbon, which would be my star ribbon pictured above. Follow the instructions a few steps above where you made a triple bow with the polka dot ribbon.

Place your 2-1” triple loops bows on top of the shimmery blue bows and secure in place.

At this step if you have flex tubing (the tan roping), create triple loops and also place on top of the 1” ribbon as so. I love adding flex tubing to my designs. They give it a fun look and come in so many different colors.

Flex tubing can be purchased here with an account registration.

http://www.craftoutlet.com/8mm-faux-jute-deco-flex-tubing

Now we are nearing the end of our design and I promise no more steps. Hang in there with me here. The finish line is in sight!

Counting My Blessings on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day for me is a day to relax, do nothing and just spend it with my babies running around the house. If I’m brave, I’ll chance it and go out to eat somewhere and tolerate the crowds and long wait times.

My 4 babies keep me on my toes and there’s never a dull moment, nor quite time. I long for the days when there’s peace and quite, a clean house and not having to share food off my plate because picky fingers always have to sneak what’s mine. BUT, let’s be real…when it is quite and the kids happen to be gone visiting their grandmas house, I don’t know what to do with myself and I’m lost because I miss them. HAHA!

L-R: Zane, Zoe-Olivia, Grace-Araiah, Glory-Adonai

Since I was little, I was always wanted to be a homemaker like my grandmother and serve my husband and raise my children at home. Nowadays its sometimes impossible to do because households now take 2 incomes to maintain. I was so very grateful last year in August that I was able to walk away from my corporate job after 17yrs. I came home to my babies and told them Mommy did it for them. I’m now always available for them when they are sick, need to be picked up for school etc. I’m only a minute away and can watch them grow right before my eyes and never miss a second. Being a stay at home mom is priceless.

 

Here’s a video of me fulfilling my dream to be a fulltime mom…grab a tissue!

https://www.facebook.com/claranicoleshescraftytoo/videos/vb.1428072630749087/1780223572200656/?type=2&theater

I don’t want to leave my oldest daughter out. She’s in heaven and I will meet her one day. She’s now 19 and not a day goes by that I don’t think about what’s she’s doing up there. My story of why she’s not with us chokes me up sometimes, but I know she’s being taken care of because she’s with my Heavenly Father. If you want to learn more about her, this will explain it further and maybe will give you some closure if you can relate. If it’s for you, just know God loves you, forgives you and you ARE a mother if your child is not here with you.

https://www.facebook.com/claranicoleshescraftytoo/videos/vb.1428072630749087/1883736938515985/?type=2&theater

There are several important Mothers in my life that I want to say THANK YOU to. I love them all very much and my life wouldn’t be the same without them. I’m blessed they are all still here with me.

First, I want to Thank my Mom, Marie. She was a single mom who worked tirelessly to give me all I had and I never wanted for anything. With no father in the picture to help support me, she filled both roles and raised me well. My mother and I have had a rocky relationship in my older years and it’s only thru prayers and ministry that I was able to Love my mom the way God loves her. We are much healthier now because as my mom gets older, I’ve realized that I’m blessed to have her and tomorrow isn’t promised. This is my favorite picture of us. I remember this day with her ice cold tea and body oil on. She always had a habit of tucking my shirt in neat and pulling my shorts up high.

My beautiful grandmother, Michaela, is equally as important. She helped raise me as my mother worked. I watched her serve my grandfather with love and be an awesome homemaker. With 9 children and 36 grandkids, she was a very blessed woman. I like to say that I was her favorite. She started her days before the sun ever came up with prayer. The house would smell of fresh tortillas by the time I would wake up and she was already tending to the home doing daily chores. My love for chunky jewelry and fashion comes from her. She adored getting dressed up and had tons of jewelry boxes. I kept one to remember her and use it to this day. It’s amazing how much I resemble her. She passed away peacefully in my childhood home years ago and if I know my grandmother very well, she’s having a grand party everyday up in Heaven.

One woman that I admire so much is my Mother in Law, Maryhelen. She lost her husband to pneumonia just 2 weeks after having my brother in law and my hubby was just 5 years old. She has proven to be a very strong and resilient woman despite the unfortunate loss. She also recently suffered losing her 2nd husband of 18yrs and is now a double widow. I see her and can’t imagine raising kids on my own so young and my spouse being gone. She’s still so very young with much life ahead of her and I know losing my recent father in law makes her lonely many days. I always call to check on her and remind her we are here for her and she’s always welcome in our home just to come sit and be loved on.

Not everyone has a “spiritual mother”, but I do. As a Christian, it’s always great to have someone you can connect with that will keep you in line and also love you enough to let you know when you are slipping away from God. I call her for prayer often and at the drop of a hat, she’s giving me just what I need. She has devoted countless hours ministering to me and I can’t thank God enough for putting Rachel in my life. She is a firecracker very much like me and that’s why we get along so well. When we hang out, hours will pass and it feels like minutes. God has given her the gift of creating with her hands. She’s an awesome cook and creates beautiful elaborate jewelry.

My Grandmother Elisa, my dads mom, has always welcomed me and has never pushed me aside like her son. It’s unfortunate that my father has ignored my existence but my grandmother has never shunned me. She calls me “Nicole” and is also a very strong woman. She lost a son teenage son to leukemia and then had 2 of her children (one of them being my father) try to commit suicide over grief from losing their big brother. I think about how that must have been as a mom to lose your first born, and then try to save your other younger children from guilt and trying to take their own lives shortly after. She still lives in the home I’ve always known her at, with my silly and crazy grandfather.

Mimi is my stepdads mom, but very much loved as my own flesh and blood. I met her when I was 11 and she instantly welcomed me as her granddaughter. I have fond memories of her picking me up from school and having juicy warm burgers wrapped in foil for me. She would toast the buns on the oven and add strips of bacon. I had never had my burgers like that until I met her and now I won’t eat my burgers without bacon. I’ve never known my grandmother to be mad about anything and always have joy in her heart.

My children and these women in my life have made me who I am today. I’m a proud mother, daughter, granddaughter, daughter in law and spiritual daughter. Hug your moms and those important women in your life today. If possible, spend all day with your kids and just soak them up. They will be grown and gone with their own families before you know it and you will miss the noisy and messy house.

If you are missing your mom and she’s no longer with you, look at old pictures of happier times. Write a letter to her telling her how much you miss her. Go visit where she is resting and drop her off some flowers.

I pray that your day be filled with love and lots of blessings. Happy Mother’s Day.