So, as you’ve probably gathered, I’m all about ’em wreaths this year. It all goes back to my halloween ghost wreath, then my fall wreath. Christmas is my favorite holiday, this time of the year is by far the best in my opinion, so there was no way I’d let my door be sad and lonely. In comes my ornament Christmas Wreath. These babies have been all over Pinterest and you can go to the store and buy them – but what’s the fun in that! Plus, $40? thanks, but no thanks. So I gave myself a good pep talk, and set off to make my own. First, I hit up the dollar store and bought enough ornaments to decorate a 7 foot tall tree – seriously though, I did go a little crazy in my ornament buying. I think the total usage breaks down to something like this — 2 or 3 packs of the big ornaments, 3 medium, 2 smalls, 1 extra small.
I started my wreath by wrapping my wreath foam in ribbon, since I was going for the red and gold theme, I got a red and gold ribbon at Michael’s. I also added a piece of ribbon to use for hanging since even with the wreath hook on our door, I wouldn’t be able to hang it directly since the hook is supposed to go around the foam and ornaments were going to be there. Then I just started to hot glue the ornaments on. A lot of people take the little hangy thingies from the ornaments off, but in these ornaments they were really in there so I left them in, plus towards the end of the gluing process, I’d sometimes add glue to that part to secure the ornament onto the wreath so they came in handy. I also added little jingle bells in a couple of open spots to it jingles every time someone comes in or goes out – because it just isn’t Christmas without jingle bells.
So, 2 drinks, obscene amounts of hot glue and a face full of glitter later, my wreath was done. There are a couple of spots were I got sloppy and you can see some of the hot glue but I couldn’t care less. Also, I’m super glad I did wrapped it in ribbon because there’s a couple of spots where you can see pass the ornaments but all you see is more glittery red and gold so it’s no obvious – unless you’re staring at it from a foot away. the cost breakdown came to something like this – $8-10 for ornaments, $3 for the foam, $5 for ribbon for a total of $18-20 so half of what I would’ve spend if I had bought it. And as Mastercard would have it, “Seeing it and knowing I made it – Priceless”.
I have to say though, this project is not for the faint of heart, or for the one with a weak (hot glue gun) firing finger. My finger still hurts from all the hot gluing I did. The amount of hot glue used on ornament Christmas wreath could probably save the world. I almost gave up a couple of times but then what the heck would I do with all those ornaments I bought? I probably have enough ornaments to make another one as is so it’s a good thing I didn’t give up, and I’ll have to figure out what to do with those extra ornaments haha.