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)
Deb Carmicheal says
What a very nice and great gesture for any military person or family. It’s beautiful, too.
The patriotic wreath with the military patches is really cool. I haven’t seen that before! #HomeMattersParty
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
Love the trio of fabrics! Perfect to display all summer long. Visiting from Creative Circle party.
Thanks for visiting Victoria.
What a creative way to show support for our troops!
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Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond says
What a wonderful idea for a wreath honouring services. Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. I’ve pinned and shared. Have a great week and hope to see you link up next time.
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Thanks for visiting Sue.
Emily @DomesticDeadline.com says
This is such an awesome tribute to your husband and a great way to show your pride in him. #HomeMattersParty
Congratulations on a gorgeous heart felt wreath. It is very well thought out and you should be very proud.
Thanks for visiting Leanna
Amber Harrop says
What a lovely way to commemorate your husband’s service Donna
Thanks Amber and thanks for visiting
This is a great idea! I love all the colors and gets me in the spirit. I love any project that uses burlap. Great wreath! #HomeMattersParty
Thanks Rina and welcome to the party each week.
Hi Donna – stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty to thank you for visiting me at Vintage Mama’s Cottage . . . and to tell you how much I LOVE the wreaths that you have made. Please know how much your family’s service to our country is appreciated by our family and our friends and neighbors here in the mid-west.
I also noticed your Scripture verse and would like to invite you to visit our other website at the RUBY community where we have a monthly online and print magazine, as well as the community website where we share family-friendly resources for Christian women of all ages. We would LOVE to have a voice from the military community to share with us how we can support our troops and pray for their families. If you have time, please stop by and see if it might be a place where you could share some of your creative ideas. Here is the link: http://www.rubyforwomen.spruz.com I would love to connect with you there! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Thanks Nina, that is so sweet of you. I have noticed that magazine ad on your site and would love to look at it more. I will do that in the next couple of days. I have seen it before on another site too and think it is a great opportunity to share with other women of faith.
Aww…what a neat idea!
I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/
Thanks for joining the 100th Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
Thanks again Jess. I will do that this morning.
STEPHANIE ABBOTT says
Fantastic idea. Scheduled to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go link party.
Lynn White says
You did a great job with this wreath! My husband is a retired Army veteran. Love this tribute!
Thanks Lynn and tell your husband thanks for his service.
Fabulous! I like how you combine the flag colors and military uniform together. #HomeMattersParty
Chloe Crabtree says
What a lovely tribute to your husband and his service to our country! Perfect for our patriotic summer holidays. Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!
Thanks Chloe. I really like it too.