I have always wanted to make an ornament wreath. This is one of the easiest, but potentially the hardest wreaths if you don’t take some of the advice given to make it. Trust me, I had a few road blocks along the way. But I stuck with it and the finished product turned out to be very stunning. What’s great about this project, is that most of us already have lots of round ornaments of all sizes lying around the house anyways. If not, there are always deals to be found. So if you’re not up to it this year, start planning towards Boxing day.
I was asked to do a breakout session with Christmas on a budget, so I felt this project would be glamorous but budget friendly. This was my second attempt of making this kind of wreath. I got my inspiration from Eddie Ross. His take on these wreaths are breathtaking. Not to mention he has lots of other great ideas on his site. Here’s the low down on what you need:
- the thinnest wire hanger you can find. Trust me, these suckers are hard to bend.
- a hot glue gun
- pliers or superman strong hands
- about 50-60 ornaments varying the textures and sizes
- coordinating ribbon to hang it up after.
- PATIENCE….. and more patience.
1. Start by gluing the tops onto the ornaments so they do not come loose while you are making your wreath. You may think they are tight enough, but assure me they will come loose when you are moving the ornaments around the wire to get them into the right spot. Now this step you cannot bypass. Repeat after me. I (insert your name) will follow Jodi’s advice and glue on the tops. Okay, now we can move on.
2. Start by undoing the hanger with Pliers and shaping it into a circle.
3. After all the ornaments are dry, slip the ornaments onto the coat wire making sure to mix up the colors, sizes and textures.
4. Any small ornaments would be great for open gaps.
5. Keep slipping them on.
6. And keep slipping them on.
7. And keep slipping them on.
8. Once the wire is almost filled with ornaments, try your best to twist the two ends together. This will be hard. Take advantage of strong hands for this. IF you have troubles with this, and I guarantee that you will. Sorry to be a downer, but if that happens then tie the ends together with wire.
9. Fill in any open gaps with ornaments attaching them with the hot glue gun.
10. Attach the wreath to the wall using a wide ribbon around the top. This can also cover any areas where you tried to attach the wire ends together.
This is just a quick peak at the wreath. You can see my finished mantel in a few days when it’s all done.
Now you have a beautiful one of a kind piece to put up year after year. If it’s taken care of your wreath should last a long time. Give it a try. What do you have to lose? Okay, maybe some patience…..