Make a Let Freedom Ring Wreath for the 4th of July
First let me say I hope you’ve been doing ok during these trying times for our country. I have faith we will come out of this stronger together. I pray that the recent protests will bring lasting change and put an end to systemic racism once and for all. I made this wreath weeks ago, but now the words “Let Freedom Ring” seem more pressing than before. I spent some time reading up on the use of the words and found that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made them a prominent part of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. I’ve shared an excerpt of it at the end of this post. We have so much work yet to do as a country to fulfill his vision.
I find crafting very therapeutic, so I’m hoping you take the time to make something with your hands. Wreaths are my favorite thing to make because they signal a welcoming home.
The inspiration for this wreath was this large wood star sign from Oriental Trading. I thought it would make a big impact on a front door. However, you can modify the supplies for this wreath based on what you have on hand. Any wood sign or wood star can be stenciled with the words “Let Freedom Ring”. You can also use any variety of red, white and blue ribbon you have on hand to hang from the base of the wreath.
Supplies for 4th of July Wreath
- 18″ wire wreath form
- Let Freedom Ring wood sign
- 2.5″ wide burlap ribbon
- 1.5″ wide red-striped ribbon
- 1.5″ wide blue-striped ribbon
How to Make the 4th of July Wreath
Step 1: Tie burlap ribbon to wreath frame
Start by tying the end of your burlap ribbon to the outside ring of your wire wreath frame and securing tightly.
Step 2: Loop burlap through the frame
Pull the ribbon up between two rows in the frame to create a loop that is around 3 inches. Pinch at the base of the burlap loop and twist before running the burlap up through two different rows. The loops will stay in place.
Keep adding loops as you work around the frame. You can push the rows together to make sure there are no gaps and create a full looking wreath.
Once you have covered the wreath, trim the end of your burlap ribbon and tie it in a knot around the frame.
Step 3: Add the Let Freedom Ring sign
Remove the ribbon from the wood sign and add to the top of the wreath with a generous amount of hot glue on the back, holding in place until set.
Step 4: Glue on ribbons
Measure out three foot long ribbons, four red and four blue, to hang from your wreath. Add them to the base of the wreath, alternating colors and gluing them to the back with hot glue.
Looking for more patriotic ideas? Check out these other 4th of July crafts.
Excerpt of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
I will end this post with this beautiful excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”. I recommend reading the speech in full.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”