Sharing a whimsical Uncle Sam wreath, in honor of our nation’s upcoming birthday.

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In May, I created this custom, patriotic wreath order request for Kem. She is one of Debbee’s Buzz’s first followers, and already has several of my wreaths decorating her home. When she asked for a July 4th theme wreath, I was skeptical I’d be able to get it done between an out-of-town wedding and other commitments. Happily, the Uncle Sam wreath pedaled (via USPS) in time to decorate Kem’s Atlanta home for Memorial Weekend.

Normally, I have July 4th decorations up in time for Flag Day. But, right now my house is bedecked in Alice in Wonderland decorations for this weekend’s 4th annual My Favorite Things Party.

As you read this, my sister, college roommate and I are busily preparing for the vintage iced tea party. So, just a quick photo tour of the Uncle Sam wreath today.

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Yankee Doodle Came to Town, Riding on a Bike?

While I was in Michael’s picking up supplies for another project, I came across Uncle Sam.

He’s actually a patriotic decor piece, originally attached to a stand. My husband removed the posts and stand, so that I could incorporate the figure into the Uncle Sam wreath.

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I’ve placed blue stars to show you where the figure is attached to the deco mesh wreath. In all, it’s secured at four pipe cleaner pinch points.

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This is a similar technique to how I recently incorporated sailboat decor pieces into both Smooth Sailing Wreath Flying Red, White and Blue  and the DIY Anchors Aweigh Wreath.

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Lots of Red, White & Blue Ribbons

You might recognize five of the ribbons used in the Uncle Sam wreath from the Smooth Sailing wreath above?

I like to mix a variety of patterns, prints and widths when making most mesh wreaths — for interest and impact.

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I picked up a few additional red, white (tan) and blue patterned ribbons while at Michael’s. To complement the “faded” Uncle Sam figure, I went for a more vintage look. Wide beige and white striped mesh is the foundation, and burlap print ribbons add a “tea-stained” look.

You Can Never Have Enough Stars & Stripes in an Uncle Sam Wreath

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I liked the Americana vibe of this vintage-looking star embellishment.

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And, then I found a package of three burlap flags at Pat Catan’s. They tie-in with the flag Uncle Sam is carrying.

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Pedaling Fast as I Can

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Right now, I’m likely up to my elbows assembling finger sandwiches, while baking scones and cupcakes. Hubby and my brother-in-law are setting up flamingo croquet and the porch — when not running errands. Nine more out-of-town guests are arriving throughout the day, and we’ll all meet up at a local brew house for dinner tonight.

The guys will go out for lunch tomorrow, and then drive about an hour for a clay pigeon shoot in the woods. That’ll keep them out from under foot while 17 ladies are partaking in the Unbirthday Party.

On the way home, hubby will be picking up a BBQ dinner order for eleven of us. Whew!

Wish me luck on pulling off all the details for the weekend! And, if you have any influence with Mother Nature and the weather, I’d appreciate sunny skies — or at least no rain in my little corner of Western Pennsylvania.

See you on the other side of the party! Can’t wait to start revealing party details.

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