How to Make a Patriotic Wagon Wheel Wreath

Summer’s here and it is almost time to celebrate! Let’s get into the patriotic spirit with a beautiful wagon wheel wreath for your front door.

DIY wagon wheel wreath with American flags and a patriotic bow

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It is time for the monthly Pinterest Challenge, and if you are looking for some patriotic holiday inspiration, then you have come to the right place!

If you are unfamiliar with this challenge, our host Cindy @countyroad407 provides a picture for inspiration, and then each blogger re-creates it with our twist.

If you have come over from Carol’s blog Blue Sky at Home welcome! I am so glad you are here.

Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic flag decor linked at the bottom of the post.

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This month, we are all about the American flag in honor of the Fourth of July.

Our inspiration came from Liz Marie @lizmarieblog. The idea is not to copy Liz’s styling, but rather use the American flags as inspiration in our own creations.

vintage fourth of july display of american flags

I love Liz’s vintage vibe, so I took my cue from her collection of antique finds to create a unique DIY wagon wheel wreath!

Simple Patriotic Wagon Wheel Wreath

DIY Wagon wheel wreath - wooden wagon wheel hanging in the She-shed

Have you ever considered making a DIY wagon wheel wreath or using a vintage wagon wheel to create unique home decor?

Well, that is exactly what I did!

​For the Fourth of July, I wanted a very simple, but one-of-kind summer wreath for my front door. So I was thrilled to find a box of old wooden wagon wheels at a local estate sale.

I understand that coming across an item like antique wagon wheels isn’t something you encounter regularly. Nevertheless, if you are fond of vintage items like this, there are several places you can look to find your own wagon wheels.

I love to hunt for unique things, and flea markets, estate sales, and thrift stores are the best places to find them!

Or, you could purchase one online from Etsy, or even find a reproduction wagon wheel from a craft store.

So if you happen to have an old wagon wheel lying around collecting dust, follow along and see to easily transform it into a beautiful patriotic wreath for the 4th of July.

Materials Needed to Make a Wagon Wheel Wreath

DIY Wagon Wheel Wreath- ribbon, flags and wagon wheel sitting on a table before being assembled
  • Wagon wheel (You can also use an old bicycle wheel)
  • Red spray paint
  • 2.5″ wide wired burlap ribbon
  • 1″ wide blue velvet ribbon
  • Two 15″ American flags
  • Floral wire

How to Make a Patriotic Wagon Wheel Wreath

Step 1: Paint Your Wagon Wheel

First, spray paint your wagon wheel either red, white, or blue. I used the design masters spray paint in carnation red.

DIY Wagon wheel wreath- red spray paint for paiting the wagon wheel

I love that it is not too opaque, and you can still see the grain of the wood through the color.

wagon wheel spray painted red for patriotic summer wreath

Here is what the wreath looks like with a few coats of the red spray paint. If you want, you can leave your wagon wheel unpainted, but I think the red paint really helps it pop and gives the wreath an extra patriotic touch for the 4th of July.

Tip from wendy’s craft room:

Once dry, spray your wagon wheel with a matte clear coat paint to protect the paint on your wreath from chipping or getting damaged by the elements.

Step 2: Attach American Flags

After the paint on your wagon wheel dries, it’s time to attach some flags to your wreath.

tea stained American flags wired to wagon wheel to make patriotic wreath

To honor Liz’s beautiful image, I stained my American flags in tea to give them a more aged look.

Then I used and used some floral wire to attach the flags to my wagon wheel wreath.

Be sure to pull the wire securely so the flags fit snuggly against the wagon wheel and do not fall off of your wreath.

Step 3: Create a Bow

To finish your patriotic wagon wheel wreath, make a few simple bows and attach them in the center of the wreath.

To add a rustic farmhouse touch to my real antique wagon wheel, I made a few simple wreath bows.

I made a simple loop bow with some 2.5″ wired burlap ribbon. Then for an extra pop of color I layered on some flowing blue velvet ribbon.

patriotic wagon wheel wreath hanging on the front door

I love how my patriotic wreath turned out, think it looks perfect hanging on my front door!

4th of July wagon wheel wreath hangin on a white picket fence gate
Tip from wendy’s craft room:

Don’t limit your wreath to just the front door! Get creative and hang it wherever you want to add a patriotic touch. Spruce up your garden for summer by hanging it on your she shed, or take inspiration from me and display it proudly on a fence.

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Watch the Full Tutorial on How to Make the Bow Here

Watch the quick tutorial to make the bowl for this patriotic wagon wheel wreath below, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more easy DIY and craft ideas!

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Wagon Wheel Wreaths for Every Season

I made my wreath for the fourth of July, however, there are so many other times of the year that you can use a wagon wheel to create unique decor.

You can add artificial flowers, faux greenery and spring ribbon like these beautiful wreaths from Etsy.

For fall, I added corn husks, and cut up a burlap sack to use for the bow on this wagon wheel.

Or you can use a bicycle wheel and add artificial flowers or faux pumpkins for a cute autumn wreath.

I adore this beautiful wagon wheel wreath decorated for the holidays. The greenery, berries and plaid bow are perfect for Christmas, or for a more neutral look, swap out the bow and replace the berries with pinecones for a wagon wheel wreath that you can display all winter long.

Other Red, White and Blue Patriotic Craft Tutorials from WM Design House

If you love this patriotic wagon wheel wreath you might also enjoy some of my other favorite red, white, and blue craft projects

feet up on a railing with patriotic tennis shoes resitng on the rialing. The shoes have red and white stripes with a blue tongue that has white stars. Laces are red velvet

DIY Patriotic Tennis Shoes

Get creative in the garden this year and plant an old chair

Dinner Party free printables- Custom designed place mat, napkin ring, place card and silverware holder in a red, white and blue Chinoiserie theme.

FREE 4th of July Dinner Party Printables

Download 9 free patriotic printables for your summer dinner party.

Handmade pillow with patriotic stars sitting on a chair

DIY Star Pillow

Learn how to make your own no-sew DIY star pillow.

​Well, that about wraps it up for me today. I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple DIY wagon wheel wreath that you can create for a patriotic front door.

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I’d also love to hear from you in the comments below – what kind of projects would you like to see next?

Next up on our tour of patriotic decor is Cindy at County Road 407. Be sure to follow along to see her beautiful tablescape all decked out for the fourth of July.

And don’t forget to see all of the other great ideas with images and links below.

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44 Comments

  1. I love how you can change out the wagon wheel with different seasons. Great project, Wendy!

  2. This wreath is adorable! I love your creativity!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan. I hope you are doing well. I am so behind on comments; please forgive me. I have been traveling for ten days with some other bloggers.

  3. Love it! Your wagon wheel is absolutely adorable Wendy, the blue velvet ribbon just says well, hello there… so cute!

    1. Thank you so much, Cara. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  5. It’s darling, and I love how simple it is. Visiting from The Happy Now Blog Linkup.

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your sweet comment.

  6. Wendy this is so creative! Now you’ve convinced me to get a wagon wheel so that I can use for decor and transition throughout the seasons!

    1. Thank you Nicole, they are so easy and fun to create with. I hope you find one.

  7. What a find that wagon wheel is, and perfect for a patriotic wreath! Thanks for sharing the DIY! Pinned!

  8. Wendy I love the simplicity of this fun wreath! It’s so vibrant and a great use of the wheel! Happy 4th!!

  9. This is genius. I would have never thought of a wagon wheel in a million years. I love how you can use different seasons and wheels. So creative.

  10. Wendy, your patriotic wagon wheel wreath has so much personality! I love that you’ve showed a number of different ways to decorate with wagon wheels, and even homemade wheels! Beautiful!!! I always pin but I pinned every one of your wheels. <3

    Thank you for so many wonderful wagon wheel ideas, and happy 4th to you!
    Summertime hugs to you,
    Barb 🙂

  11. Those wagon wheels were a great find! Love the Patriotic door wreath you made. Yes, I love the design master paint, too. So cute!

  12. Wendy, you have the best imagination! I love the simplicity of your wreath and it looks fantastic on your door! If I ever come across a wagon wheel I’m going to snatch it up LOL!

  13. I love this and I’m so making one to hang on the gate as you enter the property. I would have never thought to paint it. I know, so not creative in that way. But oh my golly, I have to find a wagon wheel! Thanks for joining in and for the fantastic idea. Happy 4th!

    1. Cindy, text me your address please, and I will send you a wagon wheel. I think I have a few left.

  14. Such a festive wreath! I love all the other options you shared, too!

    1. Thank you, Kim! I hope you are looking forward to a fun 4th of July.

  15. You have the best ideas, Wendy! Love this wreath! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thank you Cindy. Sweet and simple was all it needed. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

  16. Love this Wendy, now I’m on the lookout for wagon wheels. The fall version is wonderful too. Pinned it all!

  17. Wendy, I love this idea. Perfect for the fourth of July. What a great find. Happy summer, my friend.

    1. Thank you REnae. It was a great find, and there was an entire box of them.

  18. What a pretty wreath, Wendy. I’ve never thought about having a wagon wheel as a base for decor, but I’ll be on the lookout now. The wreath is such an interesting element for a wreath. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Carol. I always enjoy trying to think outside of the box.

  19. Wendy,
    OMG!! I love the Patriotic wheel but when I saw the Christmas one, my heart skipped a beat!! Seriously!! I LOVE it …All the other ones are lovely too!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!! I really appreciate it!! Pinned!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I hope you get a wagon wheel to make a Christmas wreath this year.

    2. Thank you, Debbie, I just poped over to your lovely blog. and that tree is beautiful in your craft room. Love the pink.

  20. Oh how fun Wendy! I love how you painted it red and then added the flags. Such a great idea. I’ll never look at wagon wheels the same again, rather all the possibilities! haha

    1. Thank you, Susan! I hope you are all ready for the 4th of July festivities.

  21. HI Wendy, What a great project. The wreath looks great and you can repurpose the wagon wheel base through the year’s seasons and holidays! Great idea! xo laura in Colorado

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