Adventures of a Park Ranger's Wife

Life through the eyes of a State Park Ranger's wife


June 2015

Easy Peasy Wreaths

I got a bee in my bonnet to make some wreaths to brighten up our door. We took a trip to our local dollar store and picked up the supplies I needed. I got items for a Fourth of July wreath and a Summer/Luau wreath. I’m not super crafty, but these were just glue and wrap.

The Fourth of July wreath:


  • Red, white, and blue tinsel garland (you may want to have two of these if you would prefer a fuller wreath)
  • Glue gun & glue (or craft glue of your choice)
  • Stars and Stripes bow
  • Wreath form



  1. Remove any tags.
  2. Place glue on the wreath form.
  3. Place the beginning of the garland on the glue. Hold to set.
  4. Start to wrap the garland around the form.
  5. Glue down the end of the garland next to the start of your garland.
  6. Glue the bow down on the wreath where you like it best.
  7. Hang on your door :)!


The Summer Wreath:


  • 2 different colored 3-pack flower leis
  • Glue gun & glue (or favorite craft glue)
  • Wreath form
  • Tropical umbrella toothpicks
  • Scissors


  1. Remove any tags.
  2. Cut the first lei to turn it into a garland. (Be careful not to lose the string and cause the flowers to fall off)
  3. Place glue on the wreath form.
  4. Place the beginning of the lei garland on the glue. Hold to set.
  5. Start to wrap the lei garland around the form.
  6. Glue down the end of the lei garland.
  7. Take the other color lei and repeat steps 2-6. Filling in the space from the first lei.
  8. Repeat steps 2-7, covering all of the wreath form.
  9. Shorten the tropical umbrella toothpick shafts and add the tropical umbrella toothpicks where you would prefer. (Some of them stayed by just sticking them into the form. Others I had to glue down)
  10. Hang on your door :)!




Photo shoot

B has been working 7 days in a row this past week. So D and I needed to figure out how to keep ourselves busy. We played with more chalk. We tried some finger paint (D wasn’t really interested in that). 

 After arts and crafts for a few days, we took a few walks and I took some photos of D dressed up. It was pretty fun. At least for me. 

Here are a few shots:


D dressed as Captain America

D dressed as Jake the Neverland Pirate

D preferred to hold the sword by the blade. No matter how many times I tried to correct him.


D’s shirt says “King of the Forest”

Playing in trees and with sticks
D dressed as Peter Pan
The tunic D is wearing for Peter Pan is from his baby shower.
D’s hair is sticking up thanks to water.
Off to Neverland!

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