Sharing a whimsical Uncle Sam wreath, in honor of our nation’s upcoming birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I liked the Americana vibe of this vintage-looking star embellishment.
And, then I found a package of three burlap flags at Pat Catan’s. They tie-in with the flag Uncle Sam is carrying.
Pedaling Fast as I Can
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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So cute, Debbee! I’m working on a big patriotic project right now. Wish you were here to help me!
Can’t wait to see your project. It would be a lot of fun to work with you!
That’s amazing! I would love to find that Uncle Sam you used. I’ll have to see if our Michael’s has one. You’re truly talented at putting together these wonderfully themed wreaths. Love the choices of ribbons you chose and how you’ve combined the flags with it all. I’m certain your wreaths will be enjoyed for many years to come!
Oh dear, I just returned one! Hope you find Sam at a local store. I’m glad you liked the wreath so much. For me there are two keys to creating a wreath — an inspirational “wow” element (like Sam), and combining a mix of sizes, patterns of ribbons.
Like me, you are likely in a crumpled heap in the corner right now, trying to recover! If you put as much effort into the party as you do your wreaths (and we all know that you do!!!), Advil and ice packs are your new best friends!!! I hope the weather cooperated. I love this wreath!!! So many fun nuances like the (Boston harbor?) tea-stained look! I think eliminating the more obvious white color in this wreath you actually made it more appealing. Traditional without being overly so. You always lend such a cool 3-D look to your wreaths that makes them so much more interesting to the eye! GREAT idea to give the men an organized group activity! Happy Un-Birthday, and I hope everything was as fabulous and magical as you’d imagined!!!
Happy belated birthday blog twin! I’ve just came up for a little air after sending off out-of-town guests in all directions today. Happily exhausted. So much to post about, can’t wait to share, but not sure I’ll get to something for about a week. The weather turned out fine, after a nearly sleepless night of violent storms and heavy downpours. After the party another extreme front went through. The guys had a blast too. A fabulous weekend.
I liked how you connected the tea-stained look of the wreath to the Boston tea party LOL.
We should coordinate so we can refer to each other’s post in honor of our twin birthdays! It will take me a bit to get mine together There were A LOT of details, just like I’m sure there were a ton with yours! I’m still tethered to the bed recuperating. All the fun of my party was well worth it, though!!!
The wreath is beautiful!!!!
Thank you Wendy! I’ve been searching for two years for an inspirational embellishment to build a patriotic wreath around. Sam was love at first sight.
My sister-in-law needs this wreath. She is such an avid biker and loves everything bike! I preferred the one with the sailboat but this would also be so cute for the 4th of July. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make.
Are you thinking of trying to make one or both yourself? If you do, I hope you’ll share pix!
Another gorgeous wreath! Thanks so much for sharing it on Merry Monday. Pinned and will featuring it this week.
It’s so nice to have someone who creates so many DIY projects herself bee a fan of my wreaths — thanks Erlene!
That Feature Uncle Sam piece is so Unique!
It was love at first sight when I found him.
Another great wreath! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun linky. Pinned.
I liked Uncle Sam so much I made two! One for a client and other for yours truly!
This gorgeous wreath is a Feature pick at Merry Monday this week. Schedules to my Fb this evening, and sharing. We love your creativity! Can’t wait to see what you are up to next.
Thanks so much Shirley! It’s always a thrill to be a feature pick amongst all the other fab posts.
Thanks Lorin, it may be my favorite of all those I made this past year.
This is adorable. I didn’t get to Michaels in time to see that cute Uncle Sam.
Thanks for stopping by Katie! I don’t know who thought to put Uncle Sam on a bike, but genius right? I was surprised to see 3 at Michaels late last week. They must have gotten more in or from another store. I was tempted to buy them up.
Adorable. I saw that Uncle Sam and I wished I’d picked it up when I had the chance. It’s such a cute wreath.
I ended up picking up several Sams because once I shared the wreath several wanted one. Alas, now I don’t have one for myself!
Your wreath is wonderful! I’m in the patriotic mode all summer. It looks as if there is an Uncle Sam Convention held here. Happy Summer!
I love patriotic decor! Even my coastal tableware is red white and blue. Happy summer!
You make such awesome wreaths! I love the bike! Cute!
From one maker to another, that’s a lovely compliment — thanks!
A very beautiful and festive wreath! Uncle Sam looks perfect as the focal point. I love your Anchors Aweigh wreath, too!
Thanks Allyson! I noticed Michaels is carrying a slightly different version of the Uncle Sam I used in the wreath again this year — in case you’d like to make one of your own.
Debbee, this Patriotic wreath is really cute! I’m glad you shared it at Share Your Style. I was able to feature it at #306! <3 I love all the ribbon wreaths but I am no good at making them for some reason. 😉 Enjoy decorating for the 4th
With all the creativity you have Barb, I’ll bet you could make one if motivated. Most are just a matter of cut, pinch and twist. Really appreciate the feature my dear!
Debbee, I’m sorry I didn’t get over this past week but I was very happy to feature your Uncle Sam wreath at Share Your Style #306!! He is adorable and I know you enjoy him a lot. 🙂 Having different wreaths around is really fun. I’ve been hanging baskets lately and then it’s easy to change out the flowers, nothing special over here. 😉 Enjoy decorating for the 4th
Gorgeous wreath! You are so talented!
So nice to meet another Debbie — thanks for stopping by and your generous compliment. Hope you have a great 4th!