So, first, you'll preheat your oven to about 250.
Cut your ribbon into manageable pieces. The exact length doesn't matter - you'll cut them again later. While you're at it, cut some crochet thread in silver and gold as well.
Use tape to secure one end of a ribbon piece to a dowel. Twist the ribbon around the dowel. Secure the other end with tape as well. You can overlap the ribbon a bit as you go, but don't scrunch it up or wrinkle it.
I used bamboo skewers for the crochet thread, since it it so small.
Stick them in the oven and bake them for about 10-15 minutes. Don't over bake, you don't want them to burn. (I swear, I'm not kidding. I have burned ribbon before.)
Take them out and let them cool. Then, slide the ribbon and crochet thread from the dowels.
Snip the ribbons and thread into smaller pieces - I made two sizes of firecrackers, small with toothpicks, and larger with skewers. You make them both the same way. Cut a piece of crochet thread and lay it down. Lay your corkscrews on top, perpendicular.
Tie the thread around the bunch of corkscrews in a double knot.
Add a bit of hot glue to the end of the toothpick.
Lay your bunch of corkscrews on top and tie the same thread around the toothpick, twice, double knotting.
Shake your firecracker upside down a bit to fluff up the corkscrews so they lay nicely.
For the sparklers, you will only use the crochet thread. Wrap a bunch of it around your fingers, then slide it off and tie a piece of thread around the middle of the bunch. Then slide a longer piece of thread through the middle of each loop going through one way and then back the other way. Tie this in a double knot.
Cut both loop and shake the poof out really well. Then just trim up any extra long pieces.
Add this to a toothpick or skewer (depending on how big it is) the same way as outlined above. You can trim it up even more after you've attached it.
Now you've got all your firecrackers made! We can move on to preparing the wreath form!
I started by hot gluing one end to the back of the wreath.
And then wrapped, and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped... really regretting my decision to use super skinny ribbon. Although, I liked the look of the super skinny stripes. When I got this far:
I realized I hadn't inherited as big a BOAT LOAD as I thought. So I had to improvise. I began wrapping the second half in red and white ribbon of a much larger stripe. I soon realized that I would run out of that shortly as well. SOOOOO, this pattern was born:
That's gold crochet thread on the bottom. That took a long time to wrap. I was intending on doing a portion of the wreath in a lighter color anyway, so I think it worked out alright in the end.
Now, you'll disentangle your mardi gras type beads:
Begin by gluing one end of a strand down to the back of the wreath, on the gold threaded area. Then wrap on a slight angle, gluing periodically.
That's a dab of hot glue. I found that I was gluing generally twice per wrap - once on the front and once on the back - sometimes more for a little more stability.
As long as you line your stars up so that the point of one line of stars is jammed up into the indent of the one next to it, you should end up with a fun angled pattern, like this:
And the whole wreath now looks like this:
Just stick your firecrackers in by the stars,
Use a red star necklace and one extra firecracker to hang the wreath,
and VOILA! Very patriotic.