If you’re anything like me, you love to look at the holiday and seasonal decorations in catalogs. And if you’re anything like me, you’re not about to pay those crazy prices for the holiday and seasonal decorations in catalogs.
One thing that I found in a catalog (but can’t seem to find the same picture online) was a wreath made of ornaments. I loved how shiny and bright it was, especially because we have a black front door and could use a little brightness on it around the holidays.
So, I decided to make my own. I went to Big Lots to find some inexpensive plastic ornaments, then I went to Hobby Lobby to find some more and get a foam wreath form. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a rounded wreath form, and they didn’t have plastic ornaments. (I wanted my wreath to be 100% shatterproof.)
But I took what I could get, and I found this:
After this picture, I got out a serrated knife and cut the edges off to make it a bit more rounded, but I don’t know how much it really mattered.
Then I tied a ribbon around part of the wreath (so I could have something to hang it with later. I not only tied the ribbon on, but I also stapled and hot glued it. I didn’t want this wreath to fall down and shatter where I put the glass ornaments. I forgot to take a picture of that until I’d moved on to the next step.
And, oh joy, in the ornament reflections, you can see that I’m unshowered and in my pjs. So flattering.
Anyway, after you put on the ribbon, you begin putting in the ornaments. You could do this the easy way or the Meghan way. The easy way would probably entail three rings of ornaments: one on the main surface, and one ring on either side of the ring on the main surface.
My way was more like this: Stick in a bunch of ornaments, see if you like how they fit, glue them down, move on.
No matter how you do it, here are some things that will work for you:
Take the metal part (where the ornament hook goes) off the ornament so that you have just a hole protruding from the ornament. Stick that hole into the wreath until the ornament is flush with the styrofoam. Continue to do this with a few other ornaments to be sure you like how they all look together.
When you have a cluster that you like, remove one ornament. You should have an indentation in the foam where it was, like this:
Put hot glue around the rim of the hole, then put it back where it was before. Continue until the whole cluster is glued in place. If you need to, put a small dab of hot glue between two ornaments that are too far apart and hold them together until they are permanently side-by-side as well as glued into the wreath.
Continue that process until the whole wreath is covered. Tie your ribbon into a bow with a big enough loop to hang on a door, or use it to tie on a bigger bow that is more noticeable. (Or you could just start with the noticeable bow tied on the wreath, but I wanted the option of doing it either way.)
Next year, I might buy some extra teeny ornaments to fill in the gaps, but for now, I’m happy. I am thinking I might also use some wired ribbon (maybe a light green?) to make a bigger bow for the top of my wreath, but when my wreath was all dried and ready, I couldn’t wait. I had to go ahead and put it on the door.
Can you tell I love things to be bright and shiny? I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and I love how cheerfully bright all the colors are. (And none of the glass ornaments have broken, so far.)
What about you? Are you a store-bought-only decorator (most of my Christmas stuff is), or do you like to put your own spin on your holiday decorations?