Patriotic Washi Tape Flower Wreath

7:00:00 PM

With May coming to a close, it's time to pull down the spring/Easter wreath and go with something a little more summery. I wanted something for my door that was subtly patriotic that I could keep up from Memorial Day through July 4th (or even longer) without getting too many strange looks from the neighbors. I felt that some red and blue flowers would make my door decoration patriotic without being over the top. 

Could you tell that the flowers decorating this "wreath" are made from just washi tape and drinking straws? Hard to believe, right?

Take a piece of washi and turn it over on itself. Tear off the flattened loop plus a little extra and place it on the straw, like so.

Then place another on the opposite side of the straw.

Then do two more at 90 degrees to the first two.

Snip the corners of the "petals" so that they look rounded. Keep adding layers of petals until you like the look. To complete the wreath, place washi tape on two of the wooden craft boards.

Then layer the other two boards underneath the first two. Then place a contrasting washi tape on top of them, so that the first boards are kind of like the meat in a sandwich, with the tape and the second two boards as bread. This holds it all together. If your washi isn't holding as well as you like, you can always use hot glue as insurance.

Hot glue the flowers as you like.

Add a glittery star and some red ribbon and call the wreath done!

What do you do to decorate for the "patriotic" holidays?

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  1. dancingwithashleyMay 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I would never have thought to use washi tape like this. What a great idea! I need to try those flowers...I've seen some cute washi tape patterns that I love, but didn't know how to use them. I definitely want to be decorate for the holidays this way! So glad I was able to get your card at the conference!

  2. Rachel @ Architecture of a MomMay 29, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Ashley, I never know what to do with washi tape either...this was my first success! It was great to meet you, too!

  3. What a gorgeous wreath! So bummed it didn't make it to help you to the next round in the contest. The flowers are very similar to making flowers with duct tape...only a daintier version. I love it!

  4. I was kinda bummed, too, but I was really excited at how it turned out! Never made duct tape flowers...may have to try that next!

  5. That is so cute! I wish I had of thought of a wreath for Memorial Day till 4th of July. I never decorate for 4th of July because I feel like its over so fast.

  6. So cute! I love patriotic themed crafts! :)

  7. How cute is that!! And so simple. I need to decorate for the 4th of July, I never do.

  8. I think you will find them easy. They are very similar.

  9. I feel like I have to something for July 4th, since my birthday is so close. It makes it feel like my birthday is closer!

  10. Cute, cute, cute. Now I'm inspired to do some patriotic decorating! for what it's worth

  11. lovely! I think that blue tape is adorable and your flowers are beautiful!

    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  12. I love this, it is so cute and festive and looks like even I could do it lol. I have not tried anything with washi yet but I have been itching to!

    I stopped by from the Sunday Showcase Party and would love to have you
    come visit my project if you get a chance! Happy Monday!

  13. This is such a fabulous idea! I never would have guessed that you used washi tape and straws for those sweet little flowers. What a unique and fun patriotic wreath! :)

    We'd love for you to share this over at Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance.

  14. Hi Rachel, stopping by from the party at Sugar Bee Crafts - this is totally adorable! Thanks for sharing and am pinning! Have a wonderful week!

  15. So cute and creative!

  16. Eva Tales of ScottsJune 5, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    I voted for your wreath in the One Artsy Mama contest and was shocked you didn't move on to the next round. I thought using washi tape to make the flowers was such a great idea. Glad to have found you through Lil Luna linky party. Cute wreath!!

  17. Eva,
    Thanks so much for voting for my project!! I really enjoyed the challenge of the contest, but I was sad to leave it. So glad you found me!

  18. Rachel - Thanks so much for linking this up this week at Real Family Fun. You know from my prior comments that I love your wreath. I'm featuring it on my social media sites today. Have a great day!