Quick Summer Wreath

Need a fast, inexpensive, front door wreath. Look no further, you have come to the right place.

Here in Texas, we are headed into the hottest part of summer, with more 100+ days. When I took down my patriotic wreath, I knew I needed something else but summery. After a trip to the Dollar Tree for inspiration, I came home with three items – a pizza pan, a sun hat and a fat quarter of watermelon fabric. In less than one hour (plus dry time) I had a new wreath.

– Pizza pan
– Sun hat
– Fat quarter of fabric
– Chalk Paint and brush
– E6000
– Pinking shears

Here is a step-by-step guide detailing how I made this.

1) I began by applying a coat of chalk paint to the backside of a cheap pizza pan. The objective is to cover any part of the pan that might show. I selected Folk Art chalk paint in the color Bavarian. One coat was all I needed.

2) While the paint was drying, I began working on removing the old hat bow. Thankfully it peeled right off and left no residue.

3) While out shopping, I could not find any ribbon I liked. My local store had a wide selection of fall ribbon but nothing summery. I did however find some watermelon fabric that I thought would work nicely. I must admit I was surprised at the quality of the fabric. No, it doesn’t compare to my nice quilting fabric but it was better than I expected. Using my pinking shears, I cut four strips that were approximately 1.5×21″. I just eye-balled this, nothing too precise.

4) Using a little E6000, I attached the first piece around the hat. Yes, I could have used a needle and thread but I wanted something quick. And with my Texas weather, hot glue would not hold. The only downside is that it takes time to fully dry.

5) I then used 2 strips of fabric to create a bow. By simply folding a loop into each piece and trying a granny knot, I had what I needed. Another dab of glue and I was on my way.

6) By this point the chalk paint had dried, so I attached the final strip directly to the pan to act as a hanger. Then I attached the hat. I used a generous amount of glue around the brim to hold it in place.

7) Wait for the glue to try! If I had been in a hurry, I could have added a little hot glue; this would have held until the E6000 had dried. It takes 24-72 hours for the glue to fully cure. If you know me, you know I don’t have the patience for that, and hung it the next morning.

It took me under an hour to complete. If you make a summer hat wreath, please let me know. I would love to see your take on this simple project.  


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