Tuesday, November 12, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 5

Ooh, today is my favorite craft out of all the days. I've wanted to make one of these for a couple years now. So last year, I bought a bunch of ball ornaments on sale after Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn't buy enough so I had to raid the ornaments I already owned. Not a big deal though. It's just so sparkly and shiny, it's mesmerizing. I have it hanging on a mirror over our couch and I'm debating how long I can leave it there in 2010 before it becomes a little weird. Is it okay to have Christmas decorations out in July? : )

Here's some pictures of the process - just in case you want to make your own. It's super easy, just make sure you have enough ornaments. I'm pretty sure I used more than 100 ornaments. Way more than I expected. I just attached everything with hot glue. There is no right or wrong way either.

Step 1: Take all the "hanger" pieces off the ornaments. Then, I glued the biggest ornaments on first in an even pattern around the Styrofoam wreath.
Step 2: Glue the next size down ornaments on.
Step 3: It's starting to fill in now. I just continued gluing on the smaller ones.
Step 4: This is the finishing stage where you fill in all the extra space with the smallest ornaments you have. Not all the balls are connected to the wreath either. You just glue them all on to one another. You just fill in anywhere you can still see the wreath.

It took me one evening to do this. Easy - I promise. Just don't burn your fingers on the hot glue!

*Update* Thanks everyone for your kind words. A few added notes. I hung it by a ribbon that I "threaded" through the wreath and the ornament balls. I used a 12" inside diameter foam wreath.


71 comments:

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...
Note to self- Becky is probably out of hot glue and would like some more as a Christmas gift. The wreath looks great!
M@ said...
There are no limits on duration of Christmas decorations in NW FL.
Karisa said...
So pretty! I might actually be capable of this one...
Karen said...
pretty!!!!!! I noticed I had a ton of glass ball ornaments in my Christmas stash I must have bought one year on clearance.. I didn't know what to do with them.. I'll have to evaluate, and maybe buy more.. this is awesome!
Jean said...
Gorgeous!
Debbie N said...
that wreath is so awesome...maybe I could make one in hanukkah colors???
Owens Family Adventures said...
That is really really cute!! I may have to make this one and hang it out front for all of the neighbors to feel all jealous of my glue gun capabilities. When they ask me where I got the idea from I will say.....all surprised like....
"Oh this is a Becky. You know. A Becky. You don't know what a Becky is?? Poor dear, I just can't talk to you anymore."
heeheeheehee
hugs!!!!!
dawn
D & J said...
OMG... I see these in the stores and I always think how nice it would be to make one. I am glad to see how simple it is... I may consider making one maybe with my old balls. thanks for sharing this!
bethanndodd said...
I love this!! I am going to check out my ornament stash this weekend! It's never too early for a Christmas project! Thanks for sharing! Smiles~Beth
Jill Massena said...
I love this. Cannot wait to try this. Now I can find a use for all my old ornaments, so I can buy new ones this year.

Jill
Hayley F said...
I love your wreath, and am thinking of attempting one myself, but I have one question.... how did you hang it? Thanks! :)
Kelly Ann said...
I love this! I think I'm going to try and make one for my parent's house! One question though...how did you attach the ribbon to hang the wreath? I've got a few ideas of how to do it but I figured why not go to the source!!
JustMe said...
Someone pinned this on Pinterest. I've seen it repinned several times.

This lovely craft is NOT memorizing - which means "to memorize". However, I must say it is quite mesmerizing - which means "spell binding or enthralling".
Anonymous said...
The spelling police came here from Pinterest just to post that comment? Anyway, this is beautiful... I tried this once, though, and stored the thing in my attic and it melted! ...along with a bunch of other awesome crafts I had made with hot glue. Wah... don't make my mistake... store that beautiful wreath inside!
Anonymous said...
What size foam wreath did you use?
Angela said...
I love it. I'm making one now... but wondering how you hang it?
Thanks!
livinlifeinlouie said...
love this! How many ornaments do you think you used?
StEpH said...
Beautiful!
Whit said...
I have been making these for a couple years now and just wanted to give you some tips! I have learned that the plastic balls work best incase for some reason one comes off, or falls. Also if you are going to be putting this on a porch or somewhere cold I wouldn't recommend using hot glue, use a better adhesive that colds up to the colder temperature.
Libby said...
I'm in the final stages of this sweet wreath! I used the large and small plastic ones from wal mart, just red and white and silver though. I'll have to go to hobby lobby to find smaller ones to fill in holes, though. I'm afraid if I keep using the small ones from wallyworld this will be the biggest wreath ever lol
Corinne said...
I found your post of Pinterest, and made my own. Thank you so much for your simple, easy to follow directions. Great post.

http://timothymicheal.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-wreath.html
Snooty Primadona said...
I saw your tutorial for the Christmas ball wreath & just want to thank you for making it so easy. My previous wreath was made with the hanger method & was falling apart, so I disassembled it & did it your way. It looks fabulous! And, it doesn't feel like it's about to fall apart...
3_little_arrows said...
Just make sure not to put it in the attic! I made that mistake last year and all of the balls fell off when the glue softened :/ turned out great though!
txclutter said...
would be really cute for other holidays...like orange and black/halloween brown gold orange/fall pastels would look like easter eggs!! Thanks for sharing the info
Rachel Morey Flynn said...
This is so cool. I'm doing a HUGE one for above my fireplace. Maybe the spelling police should shut up. I hold deep contempt for people who pipe up just to offer their superiority in the form of an unnecessary correction. Also, Merry Christmas!
barbara said...
I made one of these wreaths years ago. It has since fallen apart.So I painted one over my fireplace instead.Its Christmas all the time in my living room!
Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...
LOVE your wreath! It turned out great! I'm pinning it right now! Thanks for sharing!

Briana
vanillasugarblog said...
Oh my gosh.
can I please share this on my blog?
i'll be doing a friday finds on friday.
love love love this and my fans will too.
ok to use your photos with duly noted credit to you?
thank you!
(already posted link on my FB page, no photos)
Katie Webb said...
Unless you use professional quality pan melt glue, don't use outdoors unless you live in a very mild climate. Hot glue won't hold in cold weather. Cool temp hot glue even less so.
Professional florist
Katie Webb said...
Unless you use professional quality pan melt hot glue, or live in a very mild climate, don't plan on using this outside. Glue gun glue won't hold in cold weather, cool temp glue even less so.
Kim said...
I bought 2 ornament wreaths from Pier I Imports several years ago on their 75% off after Christmas sale. I love how they look. I also buy this ornaments after Christmas for 75 to 90% off at Target. I really want to do this project for Christmas next year. I have 4 married children and always do a craft project for them. Thank yor the idea.
Dawn said...
This is great! Thank you for taking the time to share!
Mercedes said...
Thank you for this! I have wanted to make one of these and figured it couldn't be too hard but it really helps to have step-by-step instructions!
dee said...
What a beautiful ornament wreath. I featured it on my CraftBliss http://craftbliss.com/ blog and linked back to you. Thanks for creating and sharing! ~Dee
Anonymous said...
The glue E6000 is the best I have found for my craft projects, holds in cold and in heat. Only problem is it is not fast drying but worth the problem if you want your project to hold up especially outside.
craftymom said...
I love this. What size wreath did you use?
Victoria said...
I love your wreath. My front door in the country is bright yellow. A wreath like this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.
Emily said...
hi! I'm doing a wreath roundup on Monday and am going to feature YOU! Hope you can stop by and check it out. Grab a featured button if you want. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/
joy.amalia said...
what size of styrofoam ring did you use? I got one but i have a feeling it is too small :(
Terry said...
Made the wreath out of bulbs I did not plan to use again. Made it in less than 1 hour. WOW! So easy and it turned out beautiful! Thank you for being so creative.
Shelley Wirtz said...
I love the way your wreath looks. I made one similar from old family ornaments. It's one of my favorite Christmas decorations since it represents people who were dear to me.
Anonymous said...
Just bought all the balls I need. Can't wait to start it!!! Thanks for posting!
Tina - Ball Team Co-Captain said...
I say it can stay up all year, but, why not make one with all green hues for St. Patrick's Day; purple orange and black for Halloween; red white and blue for Independence Day; you get the idea!
Abby said...
I made one last night. I used a 12 inch ring that was probably a little small but all they had at JoAnn's the day I shopped. I used 110 ornaments, 4 different sizes (bought on sale after Christmas) and it cost me $21.76 for all the materials. I saw them on sale at craft fairs for $70+. I had a hard time getting it to look completely round but I'm sure I'll do better next time. Took me about 2 hours, mostly because of waiting for the glue to dry and obsessing about where to put the different ornaments.
DebraLyn said...
BEAUTIFUL! i made two last year and just love them! I also made the same using plastic easter eggs!
Ash said...
Found your tutorial through Pinterest - going to check out the rest of your blog now, too!!
I featured your wreath in my home blog, here:
http://humberhomeproject.blogspot.com/2012/03/wreath-for-all-seasons.html

:)
Anonymous said...
Thanks for the tutorial. going to do it!
Tami said...
wow ...i think I will comb the thrift stores to for ornaments...this is so simple that even I can do this one...great last min gift for anyone...thinking teachers...Ss teachers... mmmm my mind is racing
Thank you!!!!
Dot Bushman said...
This is really cool. With your permission, I'd like to have my 4H'ers try this. Fair is over this year but it would be a good project for some of the "Clover Buds" and young 4H'ers. Thanks for sharing.
spockybooky said...
I've made wreaths out of pool noodles, cut to size you want and duct taped into a circle. It works. Hot glue is affected by temperature, but should hold up ok. Storebought ones are made with hot glue sometimes and they hold up. Thanks for this idea - it's beautiful.
Rachel said...
Hi - I am an Editor at Ladies' Home Journal - trying to get in touch with you about your Ornament Wreath. There is no e-mail address provided anywhere on your blog, so I am resorting to leaving a comment. Please get in touch with me ASAP if you are interested in being featured in the magazine. I hope to hear from you soon. rachel.shippy@meredith.com
Anonymous said...
I want to do this with vintage ornaments, saw one done, with glass beads also woven in, it was over $200, no wonder if there are over 100 balls. You can get really great vintage ones at garage sales and auctions. I have a huge stash!
DawnLuvsU said...
Rachel you can email her thru her Etsy shop. The link is on this page above, once there you can click on one of her listings and then "contact owner".
Anonymous said...
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Tara said...
Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my "100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations"! Have a great day! http://www.aspectacledowl.com/100-christmas-crafts-decorations/
Anonymous said...
How did you hang this??? Was there a hook for the Ribbon? this is the only piece of info I'm missing.
Anonymous said...
Instead of using the foam wreaths, it is ALOT cheaper (and easier to personalize to use plumbing insulation that you get at Home Depot or Lowes (or similar stores). You can get 4-6 ft. for 96 cents. And if you want a huge wreath you can get two lengths and use duct tape. It works great, is cheap, and if you mess up it is not a huge deal! :)
Barbara said...
Making this tonight. Yours is so beautiful!
Anonymous said...
I made 2 of these wreaths last year, and they turned out AMAZING! Your instructions were great, and I too went to Home Depot and bought the piping insulation, worked great and SOOO much cheaper! Going to make a couple more this year :) thanks
Anonymous said...
What size styrofoam wreath did you use?
Claire said...
I love it! It's so festive and colorful!

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robin brietzke said...
Love, Love, Love it! I made one at Easter using plastic eggs of course. I also hated to take it down. My grandmother had some really pretty letters that spelled out Noel she to hated to take it down so she just moved the letters around to spell Leon our neighbours name. Lol.
Anonymous said...
With what an how do you hang it an with what?
Anonymous said...
Commentors Jenn and robin have the best comments on this piece. The wreath is stunning, too.
Christine said...
I made this over the weekend! I was able to make it for about $22 plus glue...and it is much prettier and larger than the ones you buy in the store. I needed A LOT more balls than I expected. I got the "large round" wreath at JoAnn Fabrics, and needed over 150 balls to complete this. If I do it again, I would suggest covering the styro. wreath in ribbon FIRST, and then start adding balls. This way if the styro shows, it won't look unfinished! Hope it helps!
Anonymous said...
What is the best size wreath for, say 150 ornaments & do you sink them inti the styrofoam at all or just glue them flush on the surface?
Amy Kelsch said...
Soooo very excited to come across your beautiful site!!! I will be back often! I featured one of your pictures and a link to your blog on my Facebook Page, Mindful Shopper. Would love it if you stopped by the page (https://www.facebook.com/MindfulShopper) and website (http://mindful-shopper.com/) to say "Hi"! Wishing you Happy Holidays!
Amy Kelsch
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Kim Bertrand said...
You inspired me to make this... It's a wonderful wreath... I love it! Thanks for the idea. Only cautions I have is becareful of the hot glue... I burned two of my fingers twice... LOL. Also.. I had to use a 16" wreath form... all I could find...and turned out much larger than I expected at that size. But it's beautiful.
Anonymous said...
I made two of these wreaths last year and will be making a couple more this year. So fun and so easy!! I found all of the ornaments at the Dollar Spot at Target. They come in a tube of 8-16 for a dollar :)
Anonymous said...
It is gorgeous. I would leave it up all year round.Great job!!
Cyndi Austin said...
I think it would be very pretty to use colors for every season and add a initial in the middle.. Front door always needs a little something :)