Ring of Fire(works)

fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display

Around St. Patty’s Day, I found a lovely tutorial for a rosette wreath made from a zillion felt circles.  Little did I know when starting the project that my delicate dentist hands would hurt for a few days afterward from cutting all those circles!  BUT, I still love the tightly clustered look of the wreath and decided to change it up a bit to make it 1.) easier on the hands, 2.) less time consuming and 3.) festive for the 4th of July! Instead of circles, I cut 3 inch squares out of leftover fabric from my flag bunting, leaving the edges a bit raw to create the illusion of bursting fireworks.  Hands are fine, I was done in a few hours (instead of a few days) and the colors really pop!

Here’s what you need:

  • 10-inch white styrofoam wreath form
  • box of straight pins
  • approx 2 yards of scrap fabric, the thicker the better
  • rotary cutter, rotary mat and Omnigrip (so fast and easy if you are a quilter and have these already, otherwise use a ruler and scissors)
  • scissors
  • ribbon for hanging

Here’s what you do:

  1. Snip edge of your fabric every three inches and rip out strips.
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
  2. Layer strips of fabric together and cut out three inch squares.
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
  3. Fold each square as shown, such that the folded over corner bisects the edge it is being folded over upon.
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
  4. Fold over again as shown, so that you have four points sticking up.  Insert pin at folded edge.
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
  5. Pin each folded square onto wreath form, clustering tightly to create bursting firework effect.
    fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display
  6. Fluff fabric after adding a few squares and continue adding until all visible surfaces of wreath are covered (everything but the backside).
  7. Flip wreath over and use straight pins to affix your ribbon hanger.
fourth of july crafts fabric wreath red white and blue fireworks display

Cost: $5, after using leftover fabric from another project!  I picked up the wreath and straight pins at Joann’s and used a 50% off coupon toward the wreath.  A super thrifty holiday craft!