Now on to the regular blogging:
After looking at all the lovely ornament wreaths that all you crafty bloggers out there were creating, I finally had to make one of my own once I read all the tutorials and tips on how to easily make one. And it was pretty easy, just takes a little bit of time. (Not quite as time consuming as the other wreath I made this weekend though, check back tomorrow for that one!)
Here's the finished product hanging happily on my wall.
These wreaths are fairly basic to make, but be prepared for the number of ornaments you will need. A lot is the number. I bought several tubes of cheap ornaments at Dollar Tree. I bought $5 worth of ornaments and each tube had either 10, 12, or 15 ornaments in them. I had a few leftover because the tops broke during the process so I probably used over 50 ornaments which ended up being a bit short.
One tip I read about on several blogs was to hot glue the tops onto the ornaments. Do this. It will take a few extra minutes. Ok probably more like an extra 30 minutes, but it will keep the tops from popping off while you squish the ornaments tight together.
Now for the form for the wreath. Most bloggers have been using wire coat hangers bended into the shape of a circle. I happened to find this little wreath at Old Time Pottery for $1.39. It has a skinny greenery wreath attached to a metal wire wreath form. It was the only one left or I would have snapped up several of these.
I would have bought several because when you removed the greenery and snip the top of the wire you get this:
A perfect circle just waiting for decoration! Plus you have some greenery left over to decorate other stuff with. After gluing all the ornament tops on, I began slipping them over the wire. I alternated between small and large ornaments and mixed the different colors and textures to provide a good mixture. Once I ran out of ornaments I twisted the wire together at the top to close it. Since I ended up running a bit short on ornaments, I added this little bird and greenery pick to the top of the wreath to fill in the gap.
Add a bow at the top and a ribbon for hanging and one ornament wreath coming right up. All for a cost of less than $7 compared to the $20 or more for one purchased already made.