Who here loves a good craft? *raises own hand* Who here loves a good craft that celebrates your national holiday? *raises both hands* Who here loves a good craft that celebrates your national holiday and costs ZERO DOLLARS? *raises both hands and feet* For the June edition of There for the Making – the Zero-Dollar DIY Challenge, I used items I already had in my craft stash to create a simple, cheerful Canada Day wreath in red and white for our front door. I remember making Canada Day crafts back when I was little (crafting has always been a part of my life), so I feel like I’m getting in touch with my roots with this project.
In case you’ve missed the memo (or if you lives elsewhere than Canada!), we’re celebrating our country’s 150th birthday on July 1st! Naturally, this is a cause for much hoopla and general celebration, and it means that the July 1st excitement is getting extended ALL YEAR! I thought it would be nice to display our Canadian pride with a fun, whimsical wreath.
I’m joined this month for this no-spend DIY challenge by five other talented bloggers, who are sharing some summery DIY ideas with you. Make sure to scroll (and read!) down for the links to all their wallet-friendly projects!
This was an easy and quick DIY to create: I decided against wiring the decorative elements onto my grapevine wreath because, well, the wreath has seen better days and this is probably its final incarnation. (You might remember it from this post.)
- Wreath base (I used a grapevine wreath)
- Decorative silk or paper flowers (I used white faux gerberas)
- Ribbon in the colours of your choosing (I used white and red striped gros grain)
- Needle and thread
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Pipe cleaners and dowel (or a round paint brush handle, a round spatula handle etc.)
How to Make a Canada Day Wreath
1. Lay out the elements you want to include on your wreath and determine their approximate placement. Remember that things often look best in odd numbers, and don’t be afraid to edit, rather than add! (For example, I used five flowers instead of six because it was more visually pleasing and balanced.)
2. Make your ribbon rosette by looping the ribbon 5-6 times, leaving two long tails at either end. Sew through the middle to secure it. (You can see how to make a different rosette style here!)
3. Add pompoms (or another decorative element, such as a large button, small flower, or beads) to the centre of your rosette. I glued mine on but you could also sew them on.
4. Create the pipe cleaner spirals by wrapping the pipe cleaners tightly around the dowel. You can spread out the spiral as much or as little as you wish. I varied the length of mine for some visual interest.
5. Glue the flowers to your wreath, making sure to be careful of your fingers with that hot glue!
6. Glue on the spirals, hiding the ends under the flowers.
7. Glue on the ribbon and admire your handiwork!
Are you making any special decor to celebrate #Canada150? Or maybe you hail from elsewhere in the world and have a national holiday coming up? Let me know what you’re making in the comments! I love to hear about your projects.
I particularly love how the little pompoms look on the ribbon – it feels like a touch of carnival flair! Nothing says “whimsy” like pompoms! 🙂
Now that our door is all gussied up and ready for Canada’s big birthday, I’d love for you to check out yesterday’s Canada Day-themed BBQ! I have lots of red and white decor and some cool budget-friendly finds.
Be sure to stop by and see all the great no-spend summer projects in this edition of #ThereForTheMaking! There is some great inspiration for your next craft and home decor DIY.
There for the Making: June 2017