Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What Does the Cox Say? 4th of July Wreath

This is one of the #TBT posts from when my blog used to be Cox's Corner. I STILL love this wreath so much and it has held up nicely for the last 3 years! 

I had seen a wreath similar to this one all over pinterest. I believe the original source is here.  I didn't really like the tutorial because I was nervous about the way the tulle was tied that it would fall apart too easily! So I did my own thing and decided to share it with you! 

You will need similar supplies as my 4th of July Tutu Tutorial
3- 25 yard spools of tulle (my red and blue are 100 yard spools it's cause I knew I'd be using them a lot!)
9 to 11 inch piece of cardboard (depending on how long you want your tulle to stick out from the wreath.
Decorative stars
Small piece of ribbon to hand your wreath
Wreath form (I just took a pool noodle and formed it into a circle and taped it together) 
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire cutters if your stars have wire sticks on them. 

1. You will wrap your tulle around your piece of card board 66 times. One time around is wrapping your tulle from the front all the way around the back. 66 times each color. This number depends on how large your wreath form is, if it's smaller than the diameter of a pool noodle, you will lessen that number.
2. Once you do your 66 loops around, you will cut on the edge that you started at. Cut there ONLY, otherwise your tulle will be too short! Please note my thumb, do you see the first layer of tulle sticking out?
When you are finished looping and cutting, you will have three sets of 66 layers of tulle. Just set the blue aside, you will not need this until later.
3. Take 2 pieces of your first color. Tie your tulle around your wreath form in a square knot (right over left, left over right). REMEMBER how you did it because you will alternate which side goes over as you switch. A good way to remember is that ALL of your red strips are tied right over left, left over right, 
and ALL of your white strips are tied left over right, right over left. You dig?
4. Alternate your red and white strips of tulle remembering your rule:
ALL of your red strips are tied right over left, left over right, and ALL of your white strips are tied left over right, right over left. You dig? 
By following this method you will achieve a much fuller wreath. 
As I tied my knots I made sure that they all lined up together and they were actually closer to the bath of the wreath form instead of directly in the middle. They were slightly off center. You can see in the picture below. 
You can also spread out your tulle to make sure that it's covering your wreath form.
This is how your wreath should look about halfway through. 
5. You will want to continue alternating your red and white tulle until you get to about 3/4 of the way around. I liked to fluff the tulle edges as I worked my way around.
This is your completely wreath: 
You can choose to leave it as is, or you can add some fun embelishments.
I found these stars at our local Hobby Lobby, they were $1 each. They did sell some that were 3 for $1. But I liked the little extra these would add. 
If they have wire on them and you don't want to kill your scissors, whip out a pair of wire cutters and cut off the ends.
6. Arrange your stars in a pattern that you like. I have learned that it's good to follow odd numbers. They end up more pleasing to the eye. My momma taught me that one. 
7. Once you get the stars how you like them, hot glue those babies on there.
8. Flip your wreath over and hot glue a ribbon loop to the back to hang it up.
9. Hang up your wreath and admire your work! For me, I felt that my ends were too long for my liking...it was either that or my hubby telling me our wreath looked like it had an afro...
This is was your length will be if you use an 11 inch piece of cardboard to measure your tulle and you use a pool noodle sized wreath form.
I went back and cut off a few inches and I like it better, although I find myself wondering how it would look with medium tulle around the edges. I'm still pretty happy with the outcome though!
If you like this tutorial, please follow along! I have so many more planned. And if you super like it, pin it to your hearts content! :) Thanks for visiting.


  1. Sa-weet! I love wreaths of all sorts, Nice Job!

    1. I do too! Stay tuned! I have a few more in mind!

  2. Such a cute idea! thanks for sharing!
    New follower from the Blog Hop
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

  3. Ok, that is a seriously awesome wreath and easy too! Love it. I hope you will link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade.


    1. Thank you for the compliment AND for the invite to your awesome party! I'm heading over right now!

  4. Thank you! I already linked up to your party! I appreciate the invite!

  5. This is so darling! And a great reminder that I really should get on those Fourth of July decorations. With three boys, the front door decorations are about the only place I'm able to sneak in some girly tulle. Love it!

    1. Thank you! It's definitely fun being on the ball this year! In years past all of the fun holidays sneak up on me!

  6. Very cute!! Seems so easy too.

    Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime. I'm pinning and tweeting about this!

  7. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  8. Adorably festive. I love the true red white and blue! Great job :o)

  9. So FUN! and definitely just simple and cute! love this! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you like it!

  10. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  11. That looks amazing Jess! Thank you so much for sharing this at my Say G'day party. I have featured this wonderful wreath at my blog today-I love it!

    I hope you can join in again this weekend!

    Take care and best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  12. I love this wreath!! You are super talented.

    1. You are so very kind to say that! Thank you so very much!

  13. I love this wreath! I have never seen one made like this. Thanks for linking to the party! I am featuring you this week.


  14. How fun & creative. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday to Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

  15. I featured you today~ for 4th of July!

  16. I'm always a sucker for a cute wreath, and yours is great! I love the patriotic theme for sure!
    Thanks for linking up at the Summer Fun Party, I wanted to let you know that as a Co-Hostess I featured you today on my blog. Head over and check it out, and be sure to grab your "I've Been Featured" button :)


    Have a great 4th of July!