I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here.
Today I wanted to share with y’all about the ornament wreath that I made. It’s not the simplest project I’ve done, but it’s not as hard as I was afraid it would be! I promise to be honest about the hard parts and what gave me trouble. So if it looks like something that you would enjoy and you can get your hands on some extra ornaments (50 or so), I highly recommend it!
A couple of years ago I pinned this image of an ornament wreath from Matt & Becky (they have a great tutorial!) –
Later, I found a similar one from Life on Mars that included more vintage-looking ornaments –
I loved both of these wreaths but for the last couple of years I just sat on the idea. Also, can I be honest? I like projects that are forgiving. I like to know that if I mess up halfway through, I can fix it. I think that all of the ornaments on these wreaths intimidated me and it was just more than I was ready to undertake.
But then…. I saw the ornament wreath that Eddie Ross made –
AND I found out that he strung the ornaments onto a wire hanger –
Stringing the ornaments onto a hanger would be more forgiving because if I didn’t like it halfway through I knew I could pull them off the hanger and give up or start over with only a little bit of wasted time. Perfect! I was sold.
I bought the ornaments last year right after Christmas for 50+% off. I went ahead and bought a lot because I wanted to make a wreath for myself and my Mom because she had mentioned that she really wanted one. I got an assortment of gold, silver, and red ornaments – both big and small. I ended up using 37 small and 22 large silver ones in the wreath that I made.
Now for some more honesty – I wish that I had paid more attention when it came to the hanger. I used an old one that we weren’t using anymore but I should have left the hook at the top intact and shaped the rest of the hanger into a circle (like in the picture above). Then I could have undone the top to string on the ornaments. That’s the way I’ll do it when I make my Mom’s! 🙂
Eddie Ross’s post explains how to string on the ornaments, but it’s not very hard. I didn’t hot glue the metal caps to the ornaments like he suggested because I was in a hurry, but I wish that I hadn’t skipped that step; it was a quick fix to hot glue the few that popped off back onto their caps (still attached to the hanger), but I wish that I had done it right from the start. Next time I’ll hot glue them all from the beginning.
I don’t have a lot of in-progress pictures, but I strung the ornaments onto the hanger using this general pattern : 1 large, 2 small, 1 large, 1 small. When I used this pattern and alternated the placement (i.e. swinging the ornaments 90 degrees around the hanger), it gave me the best fit for the ornaments. One of the best things about using the hanger was that I was able to adjust the placement as I went – not the order of the ornaments, but where the ornaments fell around the hanger. For example, if I got too many small ones in a row, I could take one of the small ones and flip its (left-right) placement with one of the bigger ones next to it; like in the picture below on the top left side, I could lift up the small glittery ball and move it to the left of the big shiny ball if I wanted. Make sense?
Here is the wreath about 3/4 of the way through –
As I got towards the end, I found a few places in the middle of the wreath where I really wanted to add an ornament but I wasn’t about to take it all apart and start over. Instead, I took a metal ornament hanger and a pair of needle-nose pliers and wrapped the metal piece around the top of an ornament. I looped the metal piece around the hanger in the correct spot on the wreath and clamped it shut with the needle-nose pliers.
When I had plenty of ornaments on the hanger/wreath I realized that because of how I had formed the hanger, I wasn’t going to be able to bring the ornaments all the way to the top like the other wreaths. Instead, I wrapped the ends of the hanger back onto itself to make a loop. I’ll do it differently next time but I was still happy with how it looked –
Oh and I don’t want to forget to mention how gracious Matt is to put up with boxes of ornaments scattered around the living room in September! He’s the bomb. (Oh and yes those are egg cartons – I store smaller ornaments in them!)
After I had wrapped the hanger onto itself pretty securely with the pliers, I simply wrapped the exposed hanger – first with plain black ribbon and then with a wide silvery-glittery ribbon –
What do y’all think? Have you tried making one of these? Or do you have a favorite Christmas wreath?
I’m linking up with Inspiration Exchange at City Farmhouse, Home Stories A to Z, Link Party Palooza, 36th Avenue, Homemade Ginger, A Bowl Full of Lemons, the Christmas Wonderful link party, Michaela Noelle, City Farmhouse’s Inspiration Exchange, and It’s Overflowing.