Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

patriotic flower wreath

Celebrate your creativity and patriotism with this stunning Patriotic Flower Wreath. This unique wreath will be a beautiful decoration for your door, or even a great gift for your friends or family.
Step 1

First, pre-load row #2 on your large wreath board with cable ties (16 sets of holes). With the board front facing up take a cable tie and go down one hole in a set with the tail of the cable tie (pointed end) and come back up the hole next to it. Then feed the cable tie tail into the flat side of the cable tie head and pull until you hear a few clicks, leave extra loose for the next steps. Repeat entire step on the next set of holes on row 2 until all 16 sets have pre-loaded cable ties.

Step 2

Cut your mesh into 16 lengths of 10" long. Repeat this one more time as Row 2 requires 16 pieces of 10"x10" mesh.

Step 3

Working on a flat smooth surface, place a piece of mesh in a diamond shape in front of you with the curl of the mesh up. Take top corner of mesh and bring down to bottom corner and match up two corners. This give you a triangle looking formation. Now take the right side of a triangle mesh and fold it over to the center. Hold that side in the center with one hand now grab left side and bring over slightly over top of the center (you will have a spade like formation in front of you). Pinch bottom of the petal where corners are located.

Step 4

With the petal center seam (overlap of mesh) facing down towards the board. Place petal end/tail approximately ½" into your pre-loaded cable tie and with your other hand pull cable tie tight around the tail of the petal so it is snug against the board. You want to ensure it is tight so the petal will not slip out of the cable tie. Snip off the “excess” cable tie tail at the base of the cable tie head and discard. Repeat this petal 16 times to complete row 2. 

Step 5

For rows 3, 4 and 5, pre-load cable ties following Step 1 above for row 3 (8 ties), row 4 (8 ties) and row 5 (4 ties).

Step 6

Cut 20 more mesh pieces as you did in Step 2.

Step 7

Repeat Step 3 for rows 3, 4 and 5.
TIP: As you construct your flower on each row the petals will layer over one another and will cover the cable ties and the board. End flower you will not see either.

Step 8

Cut eight pieces of red mesh following Step 2. Follow instruction in Step 3 to make petal for row 1 but you will now place a cable tie around the bottom of the petal about ½" up and tighten the cable tie. Before pulling this cable tie really tight, slide another cable tie (tail end) through that cable tie you just pulled around the base of the petal down the seam side of the petal. Once this cable tie is fed through, pull the petal base cable tie very tight and cut that tail off and discard. 

Step 9

Next, place the petal on the board with tail end of the Petal facing towards center of the board (you will have to slightly push up petal from row 2 to see the hole on row 1. Take one end of the cable tie (that is on the back of the petal) through the hole on row 1. Take the other end of that cable tie and wrap around the outside edge of the board and do up the cable tie pulling tight with the head of the cable tie on the side of the board. Clip off tail as close to the head of the cable tie and discard.
TIP: The head of the cable tie is placed on the side of the board so that there is nothing sharp on the back of the board. This is to be continued on the seven other holes on row 1.

Step 10

On the back of the board, there are two holes on row 1 that are closer together (they have the # “1” between them on the front of the board), these holes are the top of your wreath board and your hanging holes. With one cable tie, feed the tail down one hole and back up through the other and tighten to desired length for hanging, cut off the excess cable tie tail and discard.
TIPS:

  • Keep a small receptacle for disposing of waste while wreath making, this helps keep your work-space clean and makes tidying up much easier.
  • Also using good scissors to cut your cable tie tails will dull your scissors very quick.
  • Using wire cutters to cut cable tie ends is recommended.
  • To help pull cable ties tight and not hurt your fingers using needle nose pliers to pull tight works very well

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