23 June 2015

DIY- Patriotic Summer Wreath

You all know that I live in Texas and I am just a little bit proud of the Lone Star State.

Did you know that our super size state is synonymous with Football,

Longhorns (with horns that can extend 7 feet!)

We make a State Fair Worthy Chili with a heap of heat and I mean heat-blazing heat,

with a long burn.

Here in Texas we do the two step, Love Willie Nelson and the gang, and enjoy a Friday night on the

patio with some Tex Mex.

As I was designing this wreath I wanted to incorporate a little natural, some patriotism and

a symbol of our State, which you might think would be cowboy boots, but in our household

it's jalapenos.

Seems we add jalapenos to just about everything now, salads, mashed potatoes and even grits.

I did not used to be like this, but after all of these years of living here, I crave some

spice and heat and myself.

So when I found these precious bright red jalapenos from Hobby Lobby-I snapped them up

quicker than a wink.

I am thinking that you could add some symbol which your state is known for as well or, if you like

a little spice and style of this one, then add jalapenos too!

Second goal in designing this wreath was simplicity and keeping the process under one hour.

Here is how it all unfolded-even the hubby was amazed by my speed...

I am learning, I really am!

I kept this DIY wreath project super simple by purchasing a grapevine wreath, two bunches of petite

faux flowers in red and white, a little greenery as a filler, wooden star, jalapenos and burlap ribbon.

Step 1- Using Florist Clippers cut all of the stems off of the larger stalk and separate into sections 

Step 2- Weave all of the red stems into the grapevine wreath, followed by the white, then the

greenery in even increments so the wreath will be balanced. Secure with florist wire, if you feel you

need extra security.

Step 3- Each jalapeno has a wire on it, so I used the wire to secure the jalapeno to the grapevine.

After I was certain all of the faux flowers, greenery and jalapenos were secured I added the little

wooden Fourth of July Star.

I thought a burlap bow with some red and just a hint of a pattern would bring all of the components

together and complement the natural feel of this grapevine wreath.

This is a great and easy DIY project and I love the fact that I did not have to use a hot glue gun!

This is also a no-burn project...smiles...

Just in case you might have noticed the new look of my blog I am thanking my friend

Linda from Life and Linda.  She has spruced it up and made it a happy breeze to navigate.

Thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to our next visit!


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  1. What a cute wreath - all personalized with the peppers and the star. Really great job. Love your new look on your blog also.


  2. Hello Jemma, I love your cute patriotic wreath. I like the jalapeno heat too, but my hubby does not like anything to be hot. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  3. GOOD MORNING dearest Jemma! My sweet friend, first of all, YOU give me such great memories. Though we only met this month through Instagram, you are part of a very special time of my summer. Meeting you, corresponding with you and sharing IG photos really has set me off to a wonderful summer, and I hope the coming years of blogging, sharing and correspondence will be extra special.

    I LOVE THIS WREATH! What a great idea to make one as such for our states! I would have three wreaths to make: California (where I was born and raised), Massachusetts (where I grew up as an adult with my husband) and now Minnesota (where I work and live). Mass. would be easy to make for it has so many icons. California too, and I could see Hollywood stars glittered about on the wreath, and Minnesota? Hmmmm....we are known for 10,000 lakes, so maybe some cool wooden FISH!!!! You have me thinking now!

    Dearest Jemma, enjoy your day. Continue with the creativity that makes you happy and makes US happy too!

    Off I go to email you. Much love, Anita

  4. I just love wreaths and I have to say this is the first one I have seen with jalapenos! Adorable! I try to make myself a new one every year. Pinning to my I Love Wreaths board!

  5. Jemma, what a wonderful wreath you made to represent your State. The little jalapenos are so cute, and the wooden Fourth of July star adds a special touch. I can't believe the 4th is around the corner! I am wondering where you're going to hang your festive wreath? I always enjoy seeing all the creative projects you are working on.

    Enjoy the June days, as they are almost over!

    love, ~Sheri

  6. Such a pretty wreath. Very cute touches with the peppers. Perfect for celebrating the upcoming holiday. Thank you the shout out for the blog design. It is truly appreciated. xo

  7. How adorable! I love it.....Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. I love your wreath!! And all of the talk of Texas makes me miss it so much! We moved from Dallas to Nashville in November and I'm ready to move back! I saw your comment on a post and you mentioned a little antique store in Ft. Worth. Have you ever been to Lone Star Antiques in Haltom City? If not, you would love it. If you have, then I know you love it! :-) Have a great day!

  9. Adorable, and burn free! Love it!

    Isn't it interesting how our taste buds acclimate to our environment? Living in Texas I suppose one would really need to like spicy and/or hot foods, or else you'd feel like a duck out of water.

    Are the changes to your blog in your sidebar? I notice your picture is different (very pretty!).

  10. Hi Jemma, love your patriotic wreath with a touch of our beloved Texas. It is really special with the peppers. Thanks for sharing your steps. Love your new blog look too. Linda is so talented!!
    Hugs and Blessings, cm

  11. I love your Patriotic Wreathe - and that you designed it and made it from scratch. You are amazing!!!

  12. Cutest little wreath ever Jemma! The jalapenos are adorable on it! So clever, so creative! I am amazed you did this in under an hour! Btw, your blog is looking wonderful!!!!....i started to redo mine and I ran into so much trouble. For some reason the colors were different on my laptop then on my computer and cell phone....so I am not totally sure what color it really is, LOL! Then I could not get links to work....so I took a break because it was consuming so much time.

    Well Jemma, have a lovely weekend as it is approaching quickly, cannot believe how fast this week went by.

  13. Those little hot peppers are just the cutest! I love Texas too and lots of people that live there! heehee! I noticed how bright and cheery your blog looks and I like your profile pic! Sweet hugs, Diane

  14. This is an adorable wreath! I love the little red peppers scattered throughout.

  15. Cute wreath, Jemma! It might be a toss-up here with either peppers or cacti!

  16. Jemma,
    Love the simple but so sweet Patriotic wreath!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your encouraging words ! I go part time on July 26th!! Whoa!!



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