I have wanted to make a version of a military wreath for some time and finally finished a red, blue and camouflage wreath honoring my husband’s military service.
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Patriotic Military Wreath
For this project you will need:
- 18″ Wire Wreath Form
- Blue Burlap Ribbon
- Red Burlap Ribbon
- Military Uniform (or you could use camouflage burlap ribbon)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Military patches and dog tags (or whatever you decide to use for decorations)
Using one of the many methods of making a burlap wreath found on Pinterest, I looped the burlap ribbon through the wire wreath form and attached the ends with the pipe cleaners.
I am not including the wreath making instructions on this post because this project was more for inspiration for others than a step by step tutorial on how to make a burlap wreath.
To create the section of the wreath with the military uniform, I first had to take a deep breath, because it just didn’t seem right to cut up his old uniforms even if his rank had changed AND the standard issued uniform has changed, it still took me a deep breath or two before making that first cut. I got over it and continued my project though.
I made sure to cut off the patches on his uniforms first to save for the decoration on the wreath. Some of the other patches he had available without cutting up one of his old uniforms. Then I cut long strips of the fabric from the back of the uniform to use like ribbon to wrap around the wire form.
Luckily for me my husband is very tall and his old uniform is extra large.
The patches and rank were attached to the burlap ribbon with hot glue. I hung his very worn out dog tags from the top of the wreath to dangle in the middle.
For the memorial day weekend this wreath is hanging outside my side entrance, but because I don’t want to take any changes of damaging the patches, I will be moving this wreath inside to display.
Since I had leftover strips of camouflage fabric from this wreath, I was able to make another smaller 12″ wreath for his parents but only used his name patch and the flag patch. My husband is a 7th generation military veteran and this smaller wreath honors all of the veterans for his family, including his brother.
To make this version of a patriotic military wreath you will need:
More Patriotic items you may like:
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT)