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DIY Uncle Sam Wreath

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hung a boxwood wreath on each of our front doors and plan to dress them (and my boxwood dog topiaries) up for different seasons or holidays. First up - 4th of July!

One of the things I love about the 4th of July is that I feel like it's acceptable or even encouraged to get a little tacky - goofy sunglasses, bros in 'murica tank tops, Uncle Sam get the picture, and a kinda tacky wreath is my favorite kind of wreath. I headed to Michael's (make sure you go on a 50% off seasonal day!) for supplies. From here on out, it's kind of a "choose your own adventure" with the accessories you choose and how you use them, but this is what I did:

I grabbed a few different picks, some metallic mesh, and a roll of wired blue ribbon and got to work. The dogs were easy. Each got a top hat and a mesh bow around his neck.

Now for the wreaths. I started by making a big blue bow for each; this will give your wreath a big boost of volume and also a place to hide your picks and other odds 'n ends. No need for them to be perfect - you can zoosh them up once attached. I secured the bows to the wreaths using some thin wire (a Dollar Tree favorite!).

Next, I wiggled a flag sparkler pick under each side of the bow and folded the patriotic pom poms (heh) in front of it.

I thought I was going to be done here but realized I was bothered by the amount of boxwood showing - green is neither red nor white nor blue, and I still had some leftover ribbon, mesh, and glitter hats.

I used the ribbon to cover my wreath hangers by making a loop around the top of the wreath, stapling it together, and taping the end to the top of the door. Then I gave each wreath a top hat to match the dogs.

Again, I thought I was done, but again, I found myself still bothered by the expanse of green. I cut the leftover mesh into 1-2" wide strips, twisted them into a cylinder shape, and then wove the strips into the boxwood branches. MUCH BETTER.

I absolutely love how they turned out, and all said and done, both projects cost a total of $28. Not bad for a quick and fun update! Happy 4th y'all!

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