December 5, 2012

How To Make A Christmas Ornament Wreath

I'm so excited to show ya'll my latest project. It may be my favorite yet. 

How to make your own Christmas ornament wreath for less than $10! LOVE this!



After seeing how expensive ornament wreaths were in retail stores (often $100+!), I decided I would make my own. And I'm so glad I did, because it ended up being pretty simple and only cost me $10 total!
Can I get an amen.

How to make your own Christmas ornament wreath for less than $10! LOVE this!



Plus, I went to celebrate my sweet cousin's graduation from law school last weekend and while I was there, I saw this little incredible creation hanging on her front door. And then I found out she had made hers, too. 



So, after that, there was really no turning back. I had to have one. I decided to make mine using all sorts of gold and silver ornaments. 
You know I love mixing metallics (as evidenced here and here).



I hung it on the mirror in our master bedroom (since this was before I had Jesse build me the $20 mantel). 
You can see more about the bedroom here
It took me an entire post to explain it.


So, let's get to the tutorial.
First things first, you're going to need a lot of ornaments. I used more than a hundred on my wreath. I went to the dollar store and got 6 tubes of ornaments (which gave me about 75 ornaments in varying colors) and 1 small wooden wreath. I also had about 50 ornaments left over from this crazy adventure that I spray painted silver and white, so I used those, too.


The trick is to use several different sizes/colors of ornaments within your color scheme. Make sure you have big, medium, and small ornaments.

Before you begin you'll need to remove all of the metal tops off of the ornaments. 


 Then start by glue-ing ornaments around the inside of the wreath, facing up.


Then do the same thing on the outer edge of the wreath, still with the ornaments facing up.


Let the glue dry for a minute, then flip it over. It should look something like this.


Now, it's time to cover the wreath in ornaments. 
Just start glueing. 
I literally messed up and made it look weird about 10 times. Just peel the ornament back off, scrape off the glue, and try again. 

Start with the big ornaments first, then glue the medium ornaments on, then fill in all the gaps with the small ornaments. 


You'll still have a few gaps when all is said and done, but you won't notice when it's hung. I also debated on whether I wanted the glittery ornaments. In the end, I actually added extra. And then went even farther and added little disco balls, too. I also decided that I didn't like the white ornaments on it. So, rather than take them off, I just used silver Rub n Buff (affiliate link) which creates a silver leaf effect. 

All in all, I absolutely love the way it turned out. 
The beauty of this project is that you can make this wreath however you want. (Check out all of the different versions readers submitted here. They're awesome.)

 After all of the ornaments were glued on, I attached a simple metal wreath hanger and tied a big bow at the top.
And that's all there was to it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm so glad you're here!

(Pssst! To see the Christmas ornament wreath I made this year, click here and plus, you gotta see this.)

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How to make your own Christmas ornament wreath for less than $10! LOVE this!





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57 comments:

  1. I'm trying this this weekend! I have a ton of old glass ornaments I've been collecting to make one and you have inspired me!! Thanks for the tut. I hope I can do it!! How big was your wreath to start??

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    1. Lucy, do it, do it!!! Old glass ornaments would look fabulous!! I can't wait to see what you create!! My wreath was about 10'' wide. The beauty is that you can just glue, glue, glue, so if it's too big, just glue another layer on the inner circle. That's why I opted for a larger wreath...you can always make it look smaller with a larger wreath. But, if you get a small one, it may be hard to line the inside with ornaments. :)

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  2. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...sorry, I've always wanted to say that. It's gorgeous...perfect, classy, understated and just wow...I want one!

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    1. hehehehe. Well, I'm happy to oblige! And thank you for that PERFECT compliment...that's exactly what I was aiming for, so I'm thrilled to hear that from someone with such enviable taste!! :) Muah!

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  3. I can't believe that was only $7! Well, yes I can once you explain it, but it looks like a really fancy designer expensive wreath! Back in the day, when I ran a branch of a certain well-loved coffee shop, we had these wreaths for the doors one year and I got to take one home at the end of the season! I still use it every year but I never thought it would actually be that easy to make my own! Now I want more! Lots and lots more. Mwahahaha!

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    1. Ohhhhhh, I want you to make one SO bad!!! Seriously, you will not believe how easy it was. Knowing you, yours will be about 85x better!! That coffee shop ain't got nuthin' on ya!! :)

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  4. Virginia this is stunning!!!! Wowwy WOW! I tried to start one this year but quickly realized I didn't have enough to make my own. At least for now I can just drool over yours!!
    Jacque @theDIYvillage

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    1. EEk! Thanks Jacque!! Go run to the Dollar Tree NOW! I was feeling seriously financially inhibited before I realize I could score a tube of 12 glittery ornaments for a DOLLAR there! Do it....represent, K-town!! xo

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  5. Okay that is disgustingly beautiful. The metallics, the shimmers, the neutrals. I'm in LURVE. I've seem them done where you just string the ornaments onto a round wire clothes hanger, but this one is so much fuller and prettier. You rocked it!

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    1. hahah!!! Kelly, I so heart you! Your comments always make me giggle! I so love your style, so hearing that from you makes me melt! Thank you, sweet friend!! :)

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  6. So cute! Am going to try. And I LOVE it with that gorgeous mirror!! Did you use silver rub and buff on that frame or some sort of paint! It's gorgeous w/the white dresser!

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    1. Thanks so much Beth! It's actually just silver spray paint over a gold frame.

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  7. Virginia, your wreath is breathtaking. I have had globes for 2 years but just wasn't sure how to make my wreath. Your tutorial is perfect. Thanks for the info.

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    1. You're so welcome, Nancy! Glad I could answer your questions! :)

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  8. Love that you love bling and shine too Virginia!! Swooning over this - you are so clever, crafty and stylish! Those colors you chose are gorg!!

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    1. Why thank you sweet lady! You always give the sweetest compliments! xo!

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  9. Oh you have just given me a FABULOUS IDEA!!! I can't wait til the weekend to get on it... yay Virginia!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Anne! I'd so love to see your version!

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  10. The wreaths are beautiful,I especially like the framed one. Lovely. Jeannie

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  11. It's gorgeous and that beautiful mirror is the perfect place for it!

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    1. Why thank you, Karen! I thought so, too! :)

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  12. ooo Virginia...I could totally understand why this is your favourite wreath ever...it's mine too....LOVE it...pinning it to our linky party pinterest board...thank you so much for sharing...xo

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    1. Oh, how awesome! Thanks so much, love!! xo

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  13. I love it, great job!! Found you linked up at Craftberry Bush and can't wait to follow along with you!

    Fotini

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  14. Love! I love your mixture of metallics...and the Dollar Tree is a savior...

    My question: I made a few of these for gifts last year, and the hot glue didn't hold up! {I made them for my mom, her best friend, and my mother-in-law- all three said the ornaments fell off. I think it's because hot glue and fluctuating temperatures don't mix.

    I was going to try E6000 to fix them. Just store it in a climate controlled environment... :)

    I'm new to Instagram too. It's very addicting.

    My best,
    Nicolette

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  15. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one. I have been wanting to do an ornament wreath forever but after I tried to make a wreath via pool noodle once (and it was a disaster) I gave up. But this inspires me. AND my tree is already decked out and silver and gold. I do need to find myself some rub and buff. Sounds amazing. One question though how sturdy do you think the wreath is? Will it hold up for next year? Hot glue and me have a love/hate relationship.

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  16. Your wreath is fabulous and thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I hate it when they don't tell you how they made it! So appreciate it!
    I made wreaths for a craft fair this year. This will be on my list. It is stunning.

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  17. I am in love with your wreath! Thanks for the tutorial - maybe not in time for this year but definitely going to try for next. It looks beautiful against your mirror. Perfect!

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  18. Just found you through Pinterest and love your wreath. Thanks so much for the tutorial :)
    Laura

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  19. Just beautiful!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial! Great job! Blessings ~ Judy

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  20. I love the colors you used on your wreath. I have a bunch of ornaments waiting for me to get this done! I hope I have enough glue sticks!

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  21. Love the gold and champagne colors. Nicely put together. :)

    Julie

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  22. I second Nicolette's comment. I made one last year are carefully stored it in a special wreath box...in the attic...which is very hot...and made all the glue melt, so this year I opened up a wreath box full of loose and broken ornaments with gobs of glue on them. I know that heat was the issue in my situation, so it depends on where you store your Christmas decorations, just be aware :)

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  23. That thing is just drop dead gorgeous!!!

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  24. Love the wreath too, makes me want to make one tonight. Thanks for sharing your step by step how-to.

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  25. Such awesomeness. I adore these wreaths and yours turned out gorgeous. Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  26. That is simply stunning! The colors are perfect for me and I love how you changed out the white ones to blend in...thanks also for the tutorial, I liked these when I'd seen them elsewhere but because of your color scheme I love it and now having something to do with that package of ornaments I didn't do anything with, just need some more. Thank you and this is is a keeper, I'd keep it up all year LOL

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  27. Very, very pretty! I made one myself this year (with a lot more color) using a different technique, but I love the elegant hues you chose. It's just perfect! Great idea to display it in front of a mirror, too!

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  28. Found you via Donna at FunkyJunk :)
    Love your wreath. I'll have to try your technique - I have a whole mess of golds with touches of red that I want to use.

    I did a similar one - but using a wire hanger.
    You can see it here.
    http://www.cookingatcafed.com/2009/12/ornament-wreath-aka-how-i-saved-60.html

    Blessings,
    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

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  29. This is the creme de la creme!!! The bestest of ornament wreaths!! You rocked it babe!

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  30. I have plastic ornaments but they are all stupid colors. Can I paint them ya think?

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  31. Such awesomeness. The bestest of ornaments tree. Now I'm starting doing it. Thank you. Merry Christmas. Julia from BsAs, Argentina

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  32. Wow, so regal looking! This is exactly what I've been looking for for my front door but I would have never thought it would cost so little to create. Thank you for sharing! It looks beautiful hung in front of the mirror. :)

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  33. Just beautiful, especially with the gold mirror and white console. Bravo!

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  34. Thank you so much everyone!!!! I so appreciate all your love!! xo

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  35. I love it! It's beautiful! Just a thought on filling in the gaps, a bit of spray paint on the wreath will help the gaps disappear. Try some gold or silver if you are making a metallic or a multicolor wreath, or red if you are using red ornaments, and so on. I bought about 10 of those tubes of metallic ornaments a few years ago! I use them to fill glass vases from the $ store, add to a bow on a present, fill blank spaces on my tree, toss a few on an end table, add them to a tray of pine cones, the possibilities are endless! This year I'll buy more and make a wreath!!!!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  36. Omg I'm just getting into the whole diy thing. This looks incredible and so easy i'm trying this asap!!!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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  37. Amazing decorations, they are so beautiful that I can not believe my eyes!where to buy christmas decorations? I will decorate my house with them.

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  38. I'm new to your blog and like all of your DIY tips and tutorials, especially this one! I like how you made yours with mixed metals, so I made one like it too. I had so much fun making it and can't wait to hang it up this Christmas! Thanks!

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  40. Thanks for the great instruction for the wreath. Made one and its gorgeous. I made it with a 18 inch wooden wreath that I got at the dollar store years ago. They didn't have the big ones this year, only the real small ones. Any idea where else I may find the bigger ones for inexpensive? Got all my ornaments at the dollar store. I prefer the plastic, although glass would be beautiful but I would think to easy to break. Thanks again, I am addicted!

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  41. By chance I stumbled on your page in FB. Omg. You stole my day :D :D :D All your craft work is amazing :D I'm gonna most of them in here :D I'm glad I visited your page :D :D :D

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