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Easy DIY Patriotic Starburst Wreath Made From Paper Straws

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It’s no secret that I love decorating for the various holidays and seasons. Summertime and July 4th just go hand in hand so it’s always fun to create crafts to use as decor. While there are so many great Fourth of July decorations to choose from, a patriotic starburst wreath is an excellent option and such an easy DIY!

patriotic starburst wreath

Easy DIY Patriotic Starburst Wreath Made From Paper Straws

Paper straws make it so easy to create a starburst pattern wreath.

What is a patriotic holiday?

In the United States we celebrate several different patriotic holidays. These holidays are plentiful and are in the following order with some of the dates varying by the year, but most fall on a Monday:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Election Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Bill of Rights Day

All patriotic holidays are important and celebrate American pride.

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DIY Patriotic Starburst Wreath

Supplies needed for this 4th of July craft :

  • One piece of cardboard 15 inch x 15 inch in size
  • One full size dinner plate that is approximately 11 inch in diameter
  • One salad plate that is approximately 7 inch in diameter
  • 75 to 80 paper straws that are in a mixture of American flag colors and prints
  • Cardstock paper in red, white and blue paper
  • Elmers glue (or hot glue)
  • Scissors 
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Wooden dowel

4th of july wreath making supplies

What you’ll do to create this 4th of July craft:

Step 1: Place the dinner plate on top of the piece of cardboard and then draw a circle around it. Cut out the circle using either a craft knife or pair of scissors.

white corelle plate
square cardboard
circle out of cardboard
cardboard circle

Step 2: Place the salad plate on the cardboard circle (in the center) and draw around it with a pencil.

white salad plate

Step 3: Cut out the smaller circle to create a cardboard ring.

cardboard circle craft
cardboard wreath

Step 4: Next, cut a ring in the same manner (but from white cardstock paper) and then glue it on top of the cardboard ring. Now you’ve got the base of your wreath!

paper wreath
paper cardboard wreath
elmers washable clear glue

Step 5: Now start gluing the straws to the base. You’ll do this by first placing the tip of the straw in line with the center circle. Glue each straw to the base of the wreath in a pattern alternating between different colors and/or prints. Be sure to leave small but equal gaps between the straws all the way around. (You’ll be filling the gaps later with shorter straws.)

paper straw patriotic starburst wreath
patriotic starburst wreath

Step 6: Cut the remaining straws to 3/4 the original length and use the smaller straws to fill in the gaps.

red white paper straw

Instructions for making paper flowers:

Step 1: First you’ll start out by cutting large circles that are approximately 3” in diameter and small circles approximately 2” in diameter from various colors of cardstock paper. To complete one flower you’ll need 5 circles. Make as many flowers as you’d like!

red white blue cardstock paper circles patriotic starburst wreath

Step 2: Fold one circle in a quarter by first folding the circle in half and then folding it again in half. This will create a nice segment.

blue paper folding

Step 3: Draw a curve along the edge and cut around it.

diy blue paper petal
blue paper craft

Step 4: Repeat this process with all the 5 circles.

blue paper flower petals

Step 5: Next, snip just a small part off the corner of each segment. This will create a hole in the center of the flower.

blue craft paper

Step 6: Next unfold the flower. There will be lines along each of the petals. Now cut along one of the lines to open up the flower. Doing this will create your first layer.

blue paper flowers patriotic starburst wreath
blue paper flower petals

Step 7: Cut one petal off from the second flower, two from the third flower, three from the fourth flower and four from the fifth flower.

blue cardstock paper flower petals

Step 8: Now it’s time to give the flower petals a three dimensional shape! You’ll do this by applying glue at the end of each petal (along the edge) and then gluing them together.

washable clear glue
paper flower making

Step 9: Then curl the edges of each flower layer outwards with a wooden dowel. Repeat the same over and over again with all the layers of the flowers.

paper curling
flower paper curling

Step 10: The next step is gluing the layers together. You’ll do this by taking the largest flower layer and then applying glue along the center. From there you will gently press the second largest in to join.

gluing paper flowers patriotic starburst wreath
diy paper flowers patriotic starburst wreath

Step 11: Simply keep adding layers with glue until all five are glued together.

blue paper flower patriotic starburst wreath
gluing blue paper rose

blue paper rose patriotic starburst wreath

Your paper rose is now ready to attach to your paper straw wreath!

You can even create multi-color paper roses!

4th of july paper straw wreath

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