July 03, 2012

'Our Soldier' Tribute Wreath (& Free Printable Too!!)

With the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow,
(I can't believe it's already here!! Where has the summer gone?!)
I know one of the big things on a lot of people's minds are their loved ones off fighting to keep the freedom that we are able to celebrate tomorrow. 

My brother is one of them & I'm so proud of him! 
We also have several friends with husbands, sons, & fathers over there too. 
I know there has to be more of you with loved ones overseas that you're missing terribly!
So this post is for them :)

I really just can't say THANK YOU enough to all the men and women that are serving our country away from their loved ones and their homes.  

I decided to make my parents a wreath shouting out their support and pride in my brother for what he's doing over there & to be a sweet reminder to shoot him a prayer every day we see it. 

Easy and simple, right? 
I definitely wanted to use yellow since it's the whole 'support our troops' color and everything.
Luckily, I had all the supplies on hand & I made my own printable to include with it too :) 

*Wreath form 
*Yellow Yarn
*Wooden Plaque
*Printable or Saying of choice

For my wreath,
I used the same easy trick I used on this one to make it. 

I love using pool noodles to make the perfect wreath!!
So much cheaper than buying those expensive Styrofoam wreath forms. 
And Walmart had a bunch of the skinny ones on sale for a buck. 
Can't beat that!!

After wrapping the wreath form in yellow yarn, 
I did a couple of x's with the twine. 

For the saying, I made my own printable (which you can find below!) and attached it to a scrap piece of wood I had with little upholstery tacks. 
I love that it gave it a more industrial look to an otherwise soft wreath. 
Of course, I ran over the edges with some black ink to age it up. 

I gave it to my parents over the weekend so they could hang it up for the Fourth.
I'm sure they'll keep it up for a lot longer, though.
My brother doesn't get back from deployment until October and we'll sure be excited to see him! 
Though I don't think he'd be that excited about a wreath :) 
That's ok, bubby, it just means we love ya. 

Wanting your own printable to whip up a tribute wreath for you or someone you know?
I've got you covered!
Print out whichever one you need for your loved one. 

Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page

Hope you guys are having a great week & that your Fourth of July is amazing!!

We're on a strict burn ban here in Central Arkansas so no fireworks for us but we'll still be celebrating over here! 
What are your plans for the Fourth?? 

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  1. How sweet are you- to give this to your parents! It is so nice, I bet they Loved it!! Thank you to your brother for serving! Happy 4th Little Lady!

  2. I know it's greedy but I wish you had done one with "My soldier, hero, husband!"
    God Bless you for this great tribute!!

    1. And I"m so glad you mentioned it. I added them :) Happy Fourth of July!

  3. Gosh, what a great tribute to your brother! Thanks to your brother for his dedication and the sacrifice of his time and energy for our freedom!

  4. Kelsey, I'm so thankful for the service of your brother and men like him who give themselves in our place to keep our nation safe. I love the idea of the wreath. Thanks for sharing this. I have a story about those who serve on my blog right now if you're interested, written in tribute to people like your brother. I hope you had a wonderful 4th and know that Americans across the country are grateful for your brother's sacrifice. Count me among those in that group.

  5. What a beautiful, meaningful tribute. Love it. I'm thrilled that you shared this at Shine on Fridays!

  6. Wish I had seen this when my hubby was serving! Why do I find all the cute ideas after the fact?! Thanks so much sharing! And thanks to your brother for serving :)

  7. I'm excited to be a new follower, this wreath is so cute! I would love if you stopped by and followed me back at

  8. that is great and special, and how wonderful that you made those printables!

  9. This is great!!!! My brother is also serving so this would be wonderful for my parents. Thanks for sharing!


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