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November 14, 2013

How To Make A Christmas Ornament Wreath

The ornament wreath I created last year was one of my all time favorite projects.
It seemed to be one of yours, too, and so many of you sent me amazing pictures of wreaths you created using the tutorial. 
Unfortunately, Tootie and Cheese felt differently and Ornament Wreath Version 1.0 didn't survive the winter. 

The little beasts did what they do best.

They destroyed it.
However, at this stage in the cat ownership game, I've made my peace.
They get excited over a piece of yarn. So, when I hang shiny, glittery things ALL OVER the house once a year, who can blame them?

But, let's be honest. I love making these, and this was a great excuse to make another one! 
I made it a little more colorful this year, but stuck to the same formula I used last year. I used mostly dollar store supplies, and it only cost me around $10 to make!

So, here it is...version 2.0.

Even though I now have this situation going on, I decided to hang the ornament wreath in the bedroom like I did last year. 
Why not? I like it in there.
Update: I totally called it. :)

I was so inspired by all of the colorful versions that you guys showed me last year, that I just had to add a little color to this year's version.

Oh, and yes, the bedroom has changed slightly again. 
It's becoming compulsive at this point. 
Please console me with similar tales of how you constantly rearrange, too.

Here's a quick tutorial in case you want to make one of your own. These are truly so easy to make, and it was even easier the second time around. 
I'm becoming quite the quickdraw with a glue gun.

First things first.
You're going to need tons of ornaments. I probably used 100.

This part could totally break the bank, so I went to the dollar store and got 4 tubes of gold and silver ornaments and 1 wooden wreath. That gave me 80 ornaments and a wreath form for $4. Then I went to Walmart and found the green ornaments for $5.  
Mission complete. Math lesson also complete.

To get started, remove the tops off of the ornaments,
 and then hotglue the ornaments around the inside of the wreath, with the tops facing up.

Next, do the same thing around the outside of the wreath.

Flip the entire thing over and it should look something like the below picture.
Can we pause for a moment and laugh at the miniature 'Where's Waldo' version of myself that made it into every. single. picture? Oops.

Now, just fill in the gaps with the rest of your ornaments. I even added a few small ones around the outside.

I like to use several different sizes of ornaments, and have done that on both of the wreaths I've made. I typically use a few large ornaments, tons of medium ornaments, and then even more small ornaments. Using really small ornaments fills in the gaps better, and it just kinda adds a little extra something to the wreath. This year I used glittery ornaments and some textured ornaments, too.

I hung the wreath with a lucite wreath hanger and tied a piece of festive ribbon at the top.

And that's all there is to it! 
I will warn you though. If you make one of these, you are going to want to turn your house into a wreath factory. If I thought I could rationally explain to Jesse why there were 15 wreaths in my house, I would make 14 more of these.
Don't say I didn't warn you.

Thanks ya'll!

For related posts, you can check out the following:
This year's Christmas tree reveal and a favorite project
My 10 best Christmas ideas
The wreath that started it all.
Another $10 wreath idea.
A ridiculous amount of DIY ornaments...
I might have to make some cat stockings this year.

'Til next time!

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  1. OMG!! How friggin easy is that... I'll have 100! Thanks!

  2. Gorrrrrgeous!!! I think I will try this method this year. Last year I tried making one using a method I found on Pinterest with a wire coathanger but it just didn't work right, there was just not enough area to spread the ornaments out. I ended up just stringing them on a thin piece of jewelry wire and made a garland out of them instead (which is super cool and I love it and I can't wait to figure out where to actually put it up this year!) but I definitely need to make one of these with your method! Dare I say it this early - Happy Holidays!! :)

    1. Love that you still made it work! I've been wanting to try some ornament garland, too! :)

  3. Looks nice, love the green and gold;)
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Want to hear something funny? So, last week I shared my ornament wreath tutorial on the blog. I had a few pinned that I had been wanting to try and one of them was yours! So, thanks for inspiring me to pull the trigger and actually do one of the things I pinned :) xo Kristin

    1. That's SO awesome, Kristin! I love yours! So pretty! Thanks for making me feel special!! :)

  5. That is BEAUTIFUL! I will be making one this year.. And your cats are so cute :)

  6. Beautiful I love the colors you picked. ~ Lisa

  7. I remember this from last year. Loved it then, love it now. These colors are fantastic. The green really adds a nice touch. I'm going to give it a try.

  8. I loved your first wreath and I love this one just as much! The green ornaments are a neutral color which is why it looks so good! Love it, Love it, Love it!!!

  9. What size is the base wreath as our Dollar Store does not have them. Thank you! This way is sooo much easier than the wire way. I had to glue each top on. As I glued, the ornaments slid around, so it changed looks so I ended up gluing so much more...this way will be much better than the experience of the slip and slide around coat hanger experience!! Thanks for sending the size

  10. Hi Virginia!
    Greetings from Austria (Europe)! Thank you for that wonderful DIY! I made one of these spectacular wreaths today for myself. You can check it out on my blog

  11. I don't think I realized that last year's wreath was made by gluing! Word. I like it even more now. And your metallicy-green version is even BETTA.

  12. I just made a gold and silver wreath and have people asking for me to make them one!

  13. Finally back in business with a new computer so I can comment again!
    I acre little cat photo bombers and your wreath turned out gorgeous. Pinned!

  14. I LOVE this! Virginia, I think that you could totally justify making 15 of these...just go to a craft fair and sell them! I think these GORGEOUS wreaths would go up like hot cakes! :-)

  15. How awesome! Didn't know it was that easy! I see these at stores and they want $25-35. Now I can make it! Thanks!

  16. Gorgeous wreath! Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Alright, here's my version! Or one of my versions. I agree with you -- it's difficult to make just one!

  18. Any suggestions on how to store this? I made an ornament wreath and bought a plastic wreath container, but it wasn't thick enough. I thought plastic would be better then a fabric bag cause the fabric bag could be smushed, whereas, the plastic can't. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  19. I put my wreath in a trash bag and hung it inside a closet way up high on the wall facing the back of the closet. Don t see it everytime you open the closet door.

  20. OMGosh! love these ornament wreaths! Thank you for the easy peasy directions...

  21. Im going to make these as Christmas presents for all those people i dont know what to buy for! Love your site, always inspires me.

  22. Cute wreath, love the colors.... where did you get the Gorgeous mirror?? I love it!

  23. I just discovered your blog. You have a great eye and your presentation is creative and pretty. Comments are funny. I've garnered some great ideas! Thanks :)

  24. I love your creativity....what color is your bedroom painted? We are moving into new home with 18ft ceiling and your shade of gray looks perfect!


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