Simple DIY Bead Necklace Patriotic Wreath

Simple DIY Bead Necklace Patriotic Wreath
Last year around Independence Day, I spotted some red, white and blue bead necklaces at my local Dollar Tree and was immediately inspired to create a new patriotic door decoration.  Each pack came with eight necklaces so I grabbed 4 packs of each color for my project.  I made a quick stop at Michaels to grab a foam wreath and some burlap ribbon and I was on my way.
 
This bead necklace patriotic wreath took under an hour to pull together and cost me less than $20.  It is a very simple looking wreath but it has a big impact from the street.  Originally, I had considered adding a second layer of beads to cover the wreath more fully.  But, I liked having the white pop through because it felt more rustic to me, for some reason.  I just love how this wreath turned out and it makes me so happy to see it on our door!  
Easy DIY Patriotic 4th of July Wreath
 

Materials:
Foam wreath
Red bead necklaces
White bead necklaces
Blue bead necklaces
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Large Burlap ribbon
 
Instructions:
I started by cutting the necklaces open with my scissors.  

Then, I placed a dollop of hot glue directly on the wreath.

I quickly placed the end of one of blue strands on the hot glue.

Then, I wrapped the necklace around the wreath, making sure I nestled each loop onto the glue as I went along.  I kept adding glue and wrapping necklaces until I had covered about 1/5th of the wreath in blue bead necklaces.

Then, I added in my red bead necklace, nesting the end into the hot glue.

Just like with the blue bead necklaces, I wrapped the red necklaces around the foam wreath, making sure that each loop was nestled in glue to secure.  Once I had about three inches of red, I added in the white bead necklaces using the same method.

I alternated adding roughly 3 inches of red and white bead necklaces until I had 13 stripes.  I didn’t worry too much about how much glue I used or how it looked because the glue would be in the back of the wreath.

Now, before you judge me for having fifteen stripes on my wreath, allow me to explain…  I wanted to be sure that thirteen stripes would be visible on the wreath, so I added a couple more stripes that would be covered with the burlap ribbon.  I decided it would be best to continue the pattern, rather than leave that part of the wreath empty, so that it would look cohesive if the burlap didn’t completely cover that section (which it didn’t).

 
I looped my burlap ribbon around the wreath, covering most of the two extra stripes, and made a big bow at the top.  And it’s done!   

A super simple, inexpensive and cute wreath perfect to celebrate patriotic holidays!

 

I love it!

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