DiY ornament wreath {handmade holidays}

Handmade Holidays at LivingWellSpendingLess.com--cute & simple DiY ideas for holiday decor and gifts! #handmade #christmas #gifts #decorationsMy family is on a mission to worry less about stuff and instead craft our way to Christmas this year!  We are sharing some of our DiY projects & ideas throughout the next month in a casual series called “Handmade Holidays”  You can check out the rest of our projects here.

I have been wanting to make an ornament wreath for practically forever, ever since I spotted the original here a few years ago.   Last year I went a little crazy on ornaments and other trimmings at the after-Christmas sales (more on that later), which meant this year I finally had enough ornaments to spare.

My original plan for this wreath was to hang it over my faux mantel in the living room, above my pretty little display of candles, greenery, and scalloped felt trees (more on that later too), but alas, once it was done I realized that a.) it was too heavy and fragile to safely hang without putting a huge anchor (and hole) in the middle of the wall and b.) it doesn’t lie flat against the wall which makes it difficult to hang.

 I first tried it on one of our back doors from an over-the-door wreath hook, which worked  well and looked nice but wasn’t practical for all the coming and going we do through that door (again, too fragile!)  Husband then had the brilliant idea of hanging it from the curtain rod in the middle of our front window, which was the perfect solution.  Just know that if you do decide to make this wreath, you will need to be creative when it comes to hanging it!

This was a great project to do with the girls because it was so easy.  They really enjoyed stringing the ornaments on the hanger, and I pretty much let them at it without much direction.  However in retrospect I probably should’ve used all shatterproof ornaments and made sure to first secure the tops of the ornaments with hot glue, since we had quite a few ornament casualties, especially when we were trying to connect the two ends and get it hung up.  Overall, though, I just love how it turned out!

Here is what you will need:

ornaments–LOTS & LOTS!  (We used about 70)
wire hanger
pair of pliers 
glue gun (we didn’t use it but we should have)
wired ribbon for bow
  

We started by using a pair of pliers to shape the wire hangers into a circle.  This part takes about thirty seconds.

Once that was done, we carefully untwisted the top of the hanger and the girls began carefully sliding the ornaments onto the wire from both sides, varying the sizes and colors as they went.  Again, if we were to do it again, I would have made sure to FIRST SECURE THE TOPS USING HOT GLUE.  For kids, shatterproof ornaments are probably also better.  They were very careful with the glass and they didn’t actually break any while they were doing this part–that all happened later–but better safe than sorry!

Once the hanger was full, Husband helped me re-twist the top of the hanger into place.  This was definitely a two-adult job!

We used the pliers to bend the to of the hanger into a nice hook, then I shaped a pretty bow out of the wire ribbon to finish it off.

Isn’t it pretty?  It is everything I dreamed it would be…and more!  Now to find something to hang over my mantel……

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What handmade projects do you have planned for the holidays?  

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  • Michelle November 26,

    Looks awesome! I definitely want to make this.

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    • Ruth November 29,

      Thanks Michelle! :-)

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  • Gail November 26,

    That is so pretty! It looks great hanging on your window. I hope you are planning to share more of your Christmas decorations!

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    • Ruth November 29,

      Thanks Gail! I am planning on doing a holiday decoration post very soon! :-)

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  • Kristi November 26,

    Really, really cute! I’m usually not a crafty kind of gal, but this I just may attempt!

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    • Ruth November 29,

      Thanks Kristi!

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  • Alisha November 26,

    Ohhh, I love this! So pretty and classic…adding it to my to-do list of DIY projects!

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    • Ruth November 29,

      Thanks Alisha!

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  • lissa December 3,

    Thank you! There were so many examples of how to do this online, but for whatever reason, yours was the easiest for me to follow. I made one with our favorite football team colors and absolutely love it! Thank you again, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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