FamilyFun Test Drive: July 4th Wreath Decoration

People have been asking me lately why I think that crafting for July 4th has become so popular. I think there are a few things working here…

  1. All kids are out of school, so there’s a collective need for something to do!
  2. It’s the ultimate celebration of summer since the season officially begins just about 2 weeks before.
  3. There’s no decision-making about the color scheme. Its red, white, and blue or bust. There something nice about crafting with a universal color palette.
I made this wreath by myself, but my 4-year-old son Oliver could definitely have helped with the gluing of the straws. My daughter Sommer was ready for the parade…after she marched up and down the block with the wreath, I was thinking it would be cute to replace a straw with a 1/2-inch-wide dowel for parade-marching or lawn ornamentation. (Just print 2 of the templates and glue them on either side if you’re not hanging it on your door or against a wall!)

What you’ll need:

  • Template printed onto card stock
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper straws
  • Fishing line
  • Glue stick
1. Print out the adorable template from
2. Trace the template onto regular cardboard twice, and cut out both circles.
3. Make several rings of tacky glue on one cardboard circle and lay the straws in the glue. You can alternate red and blue or let it be random. Make sure to leave about a 2″ circle in the center. 
4. Cut a 1-inch piece of straw and thread a long length of fishing line through that piece and knot the ends. Glue that small straw piece into the center of the cardboard circle with tacky glue. 
5. Apply a generous amount of glue on top of the straws and then cover with the second cardboard circle.
6. With a glue stick, attach the card stock center.
7. Trim the straws to different lengths (I chose to trim my red ones only).


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