Four of our creative friends express their feelings on the Pride movement through their art, using the Color Burst Rainbow Wreath as a canvas. They also share their personal journeys and experiences of love and acceptance. Moreover, they talk about living your truest self and being part of a strong and supportive community. Read on for exclusive interviews and fabulous snaps of their fun and inspiring rainbow wreath decorating ideas.

Andrew and Dennis, The Crafty Lumberjacks

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Image and Pride icon wreath by the Crafty Lumberjacks

No matter what race, gender or lifestyle you can live a happy, loving and fulfilled life.

– Andrew Boza and Dennis Setteducati

The Crafty Lumberjacks are known for making a splash with their colorful craft projects. For instance, their Pride wreath decorating ideas (yes, there’s more than one) are inspired by their gay icons and their Instagram family.

Andrew and Dennis are advocates of the LGBTQ movement. They live to blaze an inspiring trail of creative fun for everyone. We asked them how they choose to express themselves.   

How do you express yourself on social media?

We express ourselves on social media by being true to who we are and doing what we love. We let people into our everyday lives and hopefully inspire people to, ironically, get off their phones, get creative and expressive with their hands through crafting!

What feedback have you gotten about how you express yourselves?

Luckily, most of our feedback has been super positive! There are always some haters, but the love we receive is overwhelming! When starting our blog we were trying to pinpoint our audience, but came to find out that we had a wide range of followers… fellow New Yorkers, other members of the gay community, suburban moms, dads, grandmothers, and even kids! We realized what everyone was looking for wasn’t that perfect picture or project; it was really just us. People were interested in who we were, what makes us happy, and how we live our day to day lives. We have connected with so many incredible people and love following along their journeys as well!

How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?

We try to give back to the community as much as we can, but always feel like we want to do more! We’re loyal fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and watch every Thursday with take-out, cocktails and our close friends. We had a craft night with the LGBTQA students at Pace University and were overwhelmed with how loving and awesome they all were. We did a craft event to raise money for the Queens Center for Gay Seniors at The Queens Craft Brigade here in Astoria!

What’s your favorite thing about the community?

Our favorite thing about the LGBTQ community is family. You get to choose your family in our community. So many people live fearless lives after having to grow up struggling with acceptance within themselves and with others. It’s important to us to be able to set an example for the youth. No matter what race, gender, or lifestyle you can live a happy, loving and fulfilled life.

Name one misconception about the community that you want to change.

A misconception about the community is that people think we all know each other and get along. Sadly, you can even feel like an outsider in your own community. We all come from an insecure beginning and sometimes we forget that. We could all learn to accept each other.”

“My idea of a perfect world is one in which we really appreciate each other’s differences: Short, tall; Democrat, Republican; black, white; gay, straighta world in which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same.” —Barbara Streisand

Big thanks to Andrew and Dennis for celebrating the diversity of life! You can find more about them on The Crafty Lumberjacks blog, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Mark LaFerney, Slumbering Alligator

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Image and Alligators in Love wreath by Mark LaFerney

I wish that we could be less defined by our sexuality and more defined by all of the other things that make us human.

– Mark LaFerney

Mark of the Slumbering Alligator blog is an amazing crafter whose DIY creations involve everything from rope rugs to murals. He has made it his personal mission to express himself, and the wonderful world of diversity, through his art.

His Pride wreath represents his journey of self-discovery. We asked him how it shaped his artistic career and the person he is today. Read on to see how this colorful creator views the world.

Not just for wreath decorating ideas but for tons of beautiful craft projects by Mark, visit the The Slumbering Alligator blog. Or, follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

How do you express yourself on social media?

I express myself through my art, crafting, and DIY projects on my website (www.slumberingalligator.com), Facebook (Mark LaFerney) and Instagram (@slumberingalligator). I’ve been creating art ever since I can remember. My quirky style (thanks, Grandma) is a direct representation of my upbringing and allows me to express myself as a member of the LGBTQ and crafting communities.

What feedback have you gotten about how you express yourself?

Thankfully, my work and I are generally well received. It’s the biggest compliment when others are inspired by my projects to create and express themselves through art.

How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?

Very. I’m involved socially and have contributed artistically by designing art installations for many LGBTQ parties and events. I also used to be a member of a gay rowing team here in Chicago.

What’s your favorite thing about the community?

We don’t back down.

Name one misconception about the community that you want to change.

I wish that we could be less defined by our sexuality and more defined by all of the other things that make us human.

Lauren Fairweather

Being true to myself and unapologetically enthusiastic has allowed me to reach people who accept me for who I am.

– Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a bubbly and perky creator in every sense of the word. In other words, she’s a musician, videographer, and an artist who has produces content that brings smiles to people’s faces. Her colorful wreath was inspired by her love of pop culture, specifically Harry Potter.

A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, she expresses its mission of acceptance, representation, and pride through her work. Read more to learn about how she sees and spreads the magic of diversity.

Learn more about Lauren and her creations on her blog and YouTube channel

How do you express yourself on social media?

I use social media to share my creative projects and interact with the community that has formed around them. Whether I’m making a YouTube video, taking a photo of a craft I’ve made, or writing and recording a song, social media has given me many ways to get that work out to the people who want to see it.

What feedback have you gotten about how you express yourself?

It means a lot to me when someone reaches out to tell me that they feel less alone because of my work. Being true to myself and unapologetically enthusiastic has allowed me to reach people who accept me for who I am.

How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?

I’ve been lucky to find a really accepting and creative fandom community where LGBTQIA+ folks are in the majority. I don’t feel like I have to hide or justify my sexuality around them. So, I’ve become more comfortable with incorporating the fact that I’m bisexual into more of my work as a result. For a long time, even within the larger LGBTQIA+ community, I’ve felt like I needed to hide my sexuality due to the way I’ve been treated because of it. So, finding a smaller group of people who aren’t as quick to judge has helped me to be more proud of who I am.

What’s your favorite thing about the community?

For a long time, I’ve been enjoying the way that some queer folks create fan works that add LGBTQIA+ representation to the books and other media we love. Even as queer representation in media is starting to become more diverse, I’ve been very positively affected by fan art, fan fiction, and even fan music, where folks are making sure they are represented and seen.

Name one misconception about the community that you want to change.

I’m not the biggest fan of the misconception that being bisexual is a phase. Or, that I am somehow choosing a side as soon as I’m in a relationship.

Jennifer Perkins

Kitschy and colorful wreath decorating ideas

This is the kind of world I want for my children—a world where they can grow up to be anything and anyone they want to be and know that people will love and accept them.

– Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is a talented mother of two, avid crafter, blogger, and thrift-a-holic. A believer in “craftivity,” she spreads her message of color, joy, and fun through her work.

Her Pride rainbow wreath reflects her love of kitsch. She decorated each segment with fun items of the same color. Read on to discover how she expresses her fabulous style and personality.

Follow Jen on Instagram and Facebook. Check out her blog for more wreath decorating ideas and crafty projects.

How do you express yourself on social media?

I express myself in full color and kitsch through my social media channels. I recently got a new T-shirt that says: “You will be too much for some people; those are not your people.” This has been the story of my life since I was a little girl being called Rainbow Brite and Punky Brewster on the playground. And, I wore it like a badge of honor then, and I still do now through my social channels.

What feedback have you gotten about how you express yourself?

People who follow my social channels are like-minded liberal lovers of colorful Christmas trees, thrift store scores, and self-expression. On my social channels, I feel like I found my tribe and my people.

How involved are you in the LGBTQ community?

I live in the outermost reaches of one of the most liberal cities in the country, Austin, Texas. The beauty of this city is that if you live here it’s almost a given that you are accepting of everyone and all ways of life. It’s in the water, and that is why I moved here as quickly as I could during college. Finding an accepting community in Texas can sometimes be a challenge. But in Austin, it just goes without saying.

So many people in Austin moved from smaller more rural areas for this same reason. So, often if you live here, it is because you wanted to find “your people” or “your community.” Even out here in suburbia, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the LGBTQ community is represented.

This is exactly why my husband and I wanted to raise our children here. We want our children to know there is diversity in the world and to embrace everyone with an open heart. Though I am not personally a member of the LGBTQ community, I am involved vicariously by making sure my children, my nephews, my family, my friends and those whom I choose to associate with are accepting of everyone.

What’s your favorite thing about the community?

I love any type of community that rallies around a good cause and brings diversity to the surface. The world is a better place when everyone is happy and can truly be themselves. This is the kind of world I want for my children—a world where they can grow up to be anything and anyone they want to be and know that people will love and accept them.

Describe the LGBTQ community in three words.

Vibrant, inclusive, and passionate.


We’d like to thank these amazing creatives for their stories and their Pride month wreath decorating ideas. How do you celebrate your personality and traditions through creativity? We hope these inspire your colorful expression.

Tip: If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Pride Month, check out our post for a rainbow party theme. Or, read up on year-round wreath decorating ideas to help you decorate for other occasions.

If you think these wreath decorating ideas from our talented friends are amazing, share them with friends and family, and celebrate the beauty of diversity, equality, and self-expression.

🌈 Happy Pride Month! 🌈

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