I wanted a new wreath for my front door that would work from Memorial Day through to the 4th of July. While I know the general color scheme is red, white and blue, I wanted a bit of subtle sparkle, so I went with red, light blue and silver. This DIY 4th of July wreath makes the ideal Independence Day decoration, but can be easily altered for numerous holidays.
Ten 1.5″ Smoothfoam balls
24″ length of 20 gauge silver wire
Ten 12″ lengths of 1/2″ silver lamé ribbon
1 yard of 2″ double-faced red satin ribbon
Acrylic paints – red, light blue
2 sponge brushes
Needle-nose pliers, wire cutters
1. Poke a hole through each ball with the skewer (to turn it into a bead), then poke a toothpick into each ball. This will be your handle to hold the ball while you paint it.
2. Paint 5 balls with red paint and 5 balls with light blue. Press each toothpick into a piece of cardboard or scrap foam to let the balls dry. Repeat with second and third coats of paint to get a nice, smooth finish.
3. Thread the balls on to the long wire, alternating the red and blue. Gently bend the wire into a circular shape, twist the ends together and form a loop at the end with the pliers.
4. Tie each 12″ silver ribbon into a bow around the wire between each ball.
5. Tie the red ribbon into a large bow and attach to the top of the wreath with a twist-tie.