With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to break out the red, white, and blue. You don’t have to spend a hundred dollars or raise holiday flags to add a seasonal flair to your house. All you need is an hour and a few simple supplies to have the most patriotic door in the neighborhood.
A statement wreath shouldn’t break the bank, and with this easy how-to, you can easily celebrate any season with some cupcake liners, ribbon, and a little creative flair.
What you’ll need:
- A natural grapevine wreath (I used a 24” wreath)
- Festive cupcake liners
- Floral wire
- Wired ribbon
Step one: Create your cupcake liner poufs
Take a cupcake liner in one hand and pinch the center of the base together.
The edges will crinkle out on their own making a small pouf. Make three of these and then, with about six inches of floral wire, wrap them together to make a large pouf. The extra wire will be used to tie the pouf to the wreath.
The size of your wreath will determine how many poufs you want to make. For a large wreath, you may want as many as twenty large poufs. Just like with a floral wreath, a little variety is nice. You can make poufs in different sizes or designs to add a little flair to the wreath. Paper flowers are a fun accent to the poufs.
Flatten one cupcake liner and cut the edges to make petals.
Step two: Tie your bow
A pretty bow is the hallmark of any wreath, even one made with paper cupcake liners. First, measure out your ribbon. You’ll want about 50” of ribbon to make a standard sized bow. Then tie your bow directly on the wreath.
With the few inches of wire you have at the bottom of each pouf, tie them to the wreath. Sometimes, the grapevine is woven tightly enough that you don’t have to do much more than feed the wire through the vines until it catches. Other times, you might need to wrap a vine with the wire.
Step four: Hang the wreath and smile as your neighbors compliment your fabulous door!
As the seasons change, so can your poufs. Keep a box with your old poufs in it so you can pull them out when you need them again – the red and white will look great at Valentine’s Day and Christmas, and the blue is perfect for Hanukah or a birthday party! No one will believe you used cupcake liners to make the best looking wreath on the street.
Raleigh Duttweiler is a freelance journalist, doctoral candidate, and lifestyle blogger living in coastal North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found roaming local farmers markets, estate sales, and the marshy roads of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. She blogs at bunnyvictorious.com.