Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY: Ornament Wreath

 Hey ya'll.
I'm blogging on a weeknight, which is so not me. ;) 
But, you all get to benefit, so you're welcome. 

Many of you might have read a few posts with me mentioning Festival of Trees.
It's a fundraiser that I'm involved with that benefits the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. You can read about it here.

Anyway, last year, I was still in the early stages of my crafting obsession.
This year, not so much.
I felt it was my civic duty to make a few things for the event.
First up: Ornament wreath.

Now, at first I really wanted to make two ornament wreaths, one for each of the high schools in Salina.
But then, I got so caught up in all the crap I had to get done with the fundraiser that I just ran out of time.
I only had the patience and/or sanity to finish one.

I decided I wanted to do a Santa themed wreath.
I mulled over doing another peppermint wreath, or maybe a simple Christmas one, but I like to keep it interesting.

Supplies:
12" styrofoam wreath
3" red ribbon
gold rope [Christmas Section]
hot glue
red ornaments, regular size
2 boxes tiny red ornaments
tiny red, foam balls

All of which can be found at Hobby Lobby.

 I got an assortment thingy of red ornaments. I'm not sure how much comes in one of those things, but it's gotta be around 30 or 40. I got two boxes of the tiny red ornaments. I think there's 12-15 in a box. 

First off, wrap your wreath with the red ribbon. To start , hot glue the first piece of ribbon to the wreath &
 just start wrapping.
Finish it off with some hot glue.

Next, you need to put some sort of hanging device on there. 
Whatever you decide, you can find a way to get it on there. I just tied each end of these & then hot glued them into place. It doesn't have to be pretty because the ornaments will cover it.
 Next, just start gluing.
This will take some practice & you'll use a crap ton of glue, but just make sure they're on there real good. 
I got my KU ornament out this year and a couple different ornaments fell off. 
Not cool.
Fixable; but not cool.
Along the way, you'll think to yourself,
"gee wiz, there's a tiny gap that I can't fill with this big ornament."
This, my friends, is where you'll use your tiny ornaments.
Fashion them in places that your big ornaments will look weird.

And then, when you've filled all the gaps [mostly], you can fill the even tinier gaps-slash-ugly spots where you can see hot glue with the tiny styrofoam red balls.

'Lotta ball action happening in this project.
Just sayin'.
 To finish it off, I got some sparkly foam and some hardened felt for the belt.
Glue that baby on, and you've got yourself a real life Santa wreath.

9 comments:

  1. Umm that is super adorable! You should sell those!

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  2. Super Cute!!! Thanks for the tutorial.... Check my Santa wreath tutorial out at thethoughtsoftina.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this. But is there a way to make it with a glue other than hot glue? I dont own a hot glue gun. Do you think tacky kraft glue would hold?

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    1. Tara - I haven't had much luck with tacky glue because it takes SO long to dry, but you could always give it a shot! Hot glue guns are super cheap at Wal-mart or Hobby Lobby, so I think it would be worth the $5 buck investment for this particular project. You have to hold the ornaments in place, and with tacky glue I think they'll just slide right off the wreath!
      Let me know how it works!

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  4. It looks like the metal "toppers" on each of your ornaments are red. I've never seen them other than a silver aluminum color.
    Did yours come that way? Where do you buy them that way?
    Thanks, Gsil

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    1. I actually hid all of the toppers so they wouldn't show.

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  5. This is very pretty. Love it. I love making wreaths and thank you for showing how you did it.

    Merry Christmas!
    Sue

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  6. Did you just decorate one side or do the ornaments go all the way around the wreath?

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    1. I just did it on the one side, but enough to where there were no blank spaces shown!

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