Finally I’m getting back into the swing of things! Hubs and I have been sick with terrible chest colds for over 3 weeks but I’m finally feeling better. I think that’s the sickest I’ve ever been. Even with antibiotics it just kept lingering. And now it’s holiday time!!
I always seem to have a hard time finding just the right thing when it comes to holiday decor. So this year, I decided to make some items myself. First up is this awesome DIY ornament wreath that’s super budget friendly.
Most of the instructions I found online for this called for a wire hanger as the base. But for the life of me, I couldn’t get my hands on one. So I used a heavy gauge tie wire that my husband had from work. Basically you need a wire that will not droop from the weight of the Christmas ornaments. Yes, they are plastic ornaments but it gets surprisingly heavy when done.
Any plastic ornaments will do but you need a lot of them so don’t buy expensive ones. I lost count but I know I used somewhere between 70 and 80 bulbs. You want to get a few different sizes too. This helps to fill in any gaps that the bigger bulbs leave. Let’s get started!
What you need:
- heavy gauge wire (or wire hanger)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- plastic Christmas ornaments in various sizes (at least 60 bulbs – the more you use, the bigger the wreath)
- ribbon for hanging
- wire cutters
First thing you want to do is hot glue all of the tops onto the bulbs. If you don’t, they will pop off of the bulbs once your wreath starts to get full. You can either do this as you go or all at once. I found it easier to glue everything first before I started stringing bulbs onto the wire.
Once your ornaments are prepped, just start threading them onto the wire. Be sure to alternate colors and sizes as you go. If you use dollar store Christmas ornaments like I did, you may have a few hook portions break on you. Just set those aside and move on. That’s another good reason to make sure you buy plenty of ornaments.
Once you have the desired size and shape of holiday wreath you want, cut any extra wire on the ends to about 2 – 3 inches long. With your wire cutters, gently twist the two ends together. Add ribbon for hanging and you’re done!
You’ve got a beautiful ornament wreath at a fraction of the cost you’d spend in a retail store. Total cost for my DIY wreath came to around $15 total! Happy crafting!