DIY 4th of July Garland & Wreath

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful first weekend of summer :) I can't believe next week is already July 4th! Last weekend I did a fast DIY garland and wreath to decorate and wanted to share both with you. These are SUPER easy to make and best of all they are free! If you've been following this blog you know I love crafting with paint swatches because you can get any color your heart desires and they can be used for so many things. For this DIY I just grabbed about 10-15 of each red, white and blue paint chips from Lowe's. I picked out several different colors of blue but feel free to use whatever colors you'd like :)

TO MAKE THE GARLAND:

1. Start out with about 30 paint swatches in red, white and blue.

 2. Next you need to cut out a star from one of your paint swatches. I like the not so perfect looking star but feel free to trace a perfect star from any clip art you choose online. Just print out a star that you think would be the right size and trace it onto your paint swatch.

 3. Once I had one star cut out I used this as my template and traced the star on all of my paint swatches.

 4. Once you've finished tracing, cut out all of your stars. Half of these will be used for the wreath and half will be used for the garland.

 5. Next, grab some string and tape! I love this all natural jute twine from Hobby Lobby and use it all the time.

 6. Finally, tape the backs of your stars to whatever ribbon or string you are using. Voila! A simple red, white and blue banner to add a little something to your mantle or wherever you choose to hang it!

TO MAKE THE WREATH:

 1. To make the wreath you're going to need to cut out a cardboard ring. I used two bowls and traced them on my cardboard.

 2. Cut out your wreath shape. Cardboard can be kind of tricky to cut, so I had to bend mine a little bit to cut it in a curved shape. You could also use an exacto knife if you have one.

 3. Next you'll hot glue all of your star shapes in varying directions and colors. I layered a lot of stars to create a little bit of interest to it! Your finished wreath should look something like the picture below!

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Happy crafting :)

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