How to Make a Christmas Ornament Wreath With a Wire Hanger

I know what you're thinking: "Oh great, another Christmas ornament wreath tutorial". 
BUT my tutorial comes with a twist! I made my wreath one-handed.
That's right, a glue gun in one hand and a cocktail in the other.
Hazardous, perhaps, but my point is if you prefer your projects to be rather quick and much so that you can slam down a shot of tequila while working on it, then read on my friend.....
how to make an ornament wreath

These wreaths are SO easy and inexpensive to make. 

All you'll need is a wire coat hanger, a glue gun, Christmas garland swag,
and some ornaments (cocktail is optional).
I found most of my ornaments at the Dollar Store. A handful of the larger red ones were given to me by my mom a few years ago. For the ornaments, you'll want to use a variety of sizes, textures, and colors. I used around 50 ornaments to complete this project.

The collage below is a step-by-step guide of how to create your own ornament wreath.
See below for more details.

Step-by-Step Tutorial for ornament wreath

Step 1: Start by taking your wire hanger and bending it into a circle (or close to it!).

Step 2: Dab some hot glue under the ornament caps to secure them so that they 
won't pop off when you go to string them on the hanger.
You may think this isn't important but IT IS. Trust me, take it from me don't try to cut corners.

Step 3: Untwist the wire at the top of your hanger (muscle and pliers can help!)

Step 4: Start stringing your ornaments on the hanger one at a time. I encourage you to have a strategy before you start this. You'll want to make sure to alternate your sizes and colors for the most impact. For example, I knew I wanted my wreath to be mostly red with a few silver balls, so between every 5 to 6 red ornaments I added a silver one. Oh, and at first your wreath will look sad, pathetic, and you'll question if you're doing it right but I promise just keep trucking along and it will all come together!

Step 5: Once you have finished stringing all your ornaments you can add your Christmas foilage. Secure it to the hanger with floral wire. I decided to add my pine swag slightly to the right of the top of the hanger, so I didn't fill that part with ornaments. 

Finally, hang wreath, step back and admire. 

DIY Ornament Wreath for Christmas

Thirty minutes, approximately $9.00 and voila! I've got myself a pretty and festive wreath!

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I couldn't believe how easy this was to make! 
This would be a great project for a Christmas craft party.
If I was organized and mentally stable during the holidays I would throw one for my friends and family. Seriously, no Martha Stewart level skills required; I imagine both avid and non-crafters would enjoy it. 

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                                               I think I'm addicted to ornament wreaths now.
                                            I already have plans to make a gold and silver one. 

Now go grab your glue gun and make one for yourself .
Cheers to a festive, handmade, slightly-intoxicated Christmas!


mari of {crab+fish} said...

Love this! So festive and looks pretty easy -- think I'll attempt this next year!

Michelle Paige said...

Gorgeous!! I've never made an ornament wreath before. I must try this!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Beautiful Jennifer! xo

SueB said...

Great instructions and wreath; thanx for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

About how big will it be? Seems small but beautiful

Unknown said...

This is awesome. I have a box full of balls I never put on the tree, then wound up getting a lot of my mom's ornaments when she recently moved to a smaller place... This will look great on the door.

Unknown said...

I have a wire one definitely trying it

Anonymous said...

Walmart had a large cylinder shaped plastic container full of ornaments this year that I remember were pretty inexpensive. Each container had the same color of bulbs in it with all of different sizes. Something to remember for next year. Perfect idea.

Unknown said...

I thought this was a great idea (cocktail included!). 30 minutes, $7 and ta-da! The wire is hard to manipulate. I just bent back each end onto itself and "hooked" the ends together. I used a cute "Believe" decoration from the dollar store, all the balls from there as well. Mother-in-law loved it. A great idea, thanks for sharing!

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