Just to keep it real-the sample wreath is in the bottom right corner. My completed project and the flags I used along with the process are all mine.
Blame it on blogs, pinterest or shopping, but sometimes I'll get an idea in my head and I just have to give it a whirl. Take for interest the American Flag Wreath made from flag toothpicks. Easy. Right. Wrong. Everywhere I looked I could not find flag toothpicks, not a Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Target. Cupcake sticks were a plenty, but nothing to pick your teeth or hold your cheese appetizer.
Finally, I found the right supply at a local party store and purchased what I thought would be more than enough to cover the wreath form. Did I tell you that I couldn't find a complete set of instructions anywhere on how to make this project. One blog said they used over 600 toothpicks and I mocked them; while another claimed she did for about $10 and 250 flags. I decided to split the difference and try out 300 toothpicks. Plenty. Yeah right.
Now, I just needed to decide how to place the toothpick in my Styrofoam wreath; straight, angled; should I start with the outside and work my way in or the other way? Really, where was Martha Stewart's instruction booklet when I needed it? Thankfully, when I was about 1/3 of the way through my flag allotment I showed it to an Art Teacher/Friend and asked if she thought I was on track.
Nope. Slant the flags and they will look more like one complete flag on the wreath. Of course, once I started over, I realized that I would need to reconsider the amount of flags I had on hand. Not enough. Thankfully, I was able to nab the last four packets of the flags at the store and while I ended up needing only two more, I'm keeping the others in case a few toothpicks break during the winter storage.
Believe me this thing is coming out on Flag Day next summer and staying up until July 4th. Who knows I might even pull it out for Veterans Day too!
If you want the instructions for the Flag Wreath, leave a comment and I'll post the directions here.