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 effortless...so much so that you can slam down a shot of tequila while working on it, then read on my friend.....
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 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.
Thirty minutes, approximately $9.00 and voila! I've got myself a pretty and festive wreath!
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.
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!