I’ve probably said it a dozen times here on the blog: “Making wreaths just isn’t my thing.” Sure, I’ve been able to fake it here and there and end up with a gem every now and then. But wreath making is definitely not something I consider fun, quick or easy; and I’ve been known to have to start over a time or two (or twenty!). But if you took one look at the holiday wreath I just made for our front door, you’d think I was hiding some serious wreath-making talent from you…because, you guys…it’s gorgeous! And it was quick. And it was easy. And I’m still pinching myself at how good it turned out. I wasn’t originally planning on sharing this DIY Ornament Wreath tutorial with you guys today; but I’m so thrilled with it, I just had to share. If you’re not sure what to put on your door (or you loooove a good ornament wreath like I do), give this easy version a try!
I have loved ornaments wreaths for a very, very long time. I love the combination of textures, the sleek and simple look, and all the sparkle and shine they give off! But they can also be quite an investment. And for a gal who tends to change out her holiday scheme year after year, I never liked the idea of committing to a version I had to store. A long time ago, I made a gorgeous turquoise and blue ornament wreath using a wire wreath form, ornaments and hot glue:
It sure was pretty, but it was a beast to store and (obviously) not easily changeable (because of the hot glue). And you better bet it certainly didn’t survive a cross-country move in tact #blueglasseverywhere. Swearing off hot glue forever, I then devised a really easy way to add ornaments to a fresh wreath:
This method doesn’t require a ton of ornaments, is super fast (like…15 minutes fast!), and I just love the contrast between the fresh greenery and the sparkly ornaments. Adding ornaments to a fresh wreath has been my go-to holiday wreath method for years. But last year, our fresh wreath burnt to a crisp on our door in the hot California sunshine. So this year, I set out to make an ornament wreath in the same easy way but sans the fresh wreath base…and the result is just so good!
I chose to keep my color scheme simple this year with variations of gold, silver, and white. The textures of all the various ornaments, a few jumbo-sized bells, and some tinsel garland all come together to create quite a dazzling display for our door!
This wreath took me about an hour to make, and I had (almost!) everything I needed on hand. To make a similar wreath, here is what you need:
- Wire wreath form – These can be found in any size and at any craft or floral store. Mine is a 24″ round.
- Floral wire – If you don’t want to hot glue your wreath together, floral wire is your very best friend!
- Ornaments in your color scheme – I’ve collected lots of ornaments over the years so I had plenty to choose from. I’ve found that sets from Walmart are usually a good bargain, as well as these from Amazon! (Tip! Use shatter-proof ornaments for this project! I’ve had wreaths fall off my door in the past, and there is nothing worse than a porch covered in tiny shards of glass!)
- Tinsel garland – This was an accidental find at Michaels, and it totally finished off the wreath. It’s certainly optional, but if you can find a garland that works with your scheme, it really adds fullness and texture to your wreath!
Admittedly, this version of an ornament wreath comes together almost exactly as my other version. Start with three ornaments (vary the colors, sizes and textures) and an 8-10″ piece of floral wire.
String the three ornaments onto the wire, the order doesn’t really matter.
Next, twist the wire together tightly at the tops of the ornaments to bring them together and create a cluster.
Place the cluster on top of the wreath form (below left) and wrap the wires around to the back. Twist the ends of the wires together a few times on the underside of the frame to secure the cluster (tightly) to the wreath form, and then snip off the excess wire.
Repeat the process over and over and over again, placing each cluster of ornaments nice and tight against the previous bunch. Be sure to vary colors, sizes and textures of the ornaments as you work your way around.
As you bunch and place clusters of ornaments next to each other, they will start to overlap and fill in gaps. However, you may find that you still have larger holes than you’d like in your arrangement.
To fix this, use the same method as before, but only use one ornament instead of three, to fill in any holes or gaps.
Continue adding in clusters and filling gaps with smaller ornaments until your wreath is full and balanced.
I was 100% prepared to place my wreath on my door with just ornaments. However, I didn’t love that the wire frame was peeking out in spots. When I spotted this silver and gold tinsel garland on super sale at Michaels (for $5!), I knew it was the key to giving me a slightly fuller wreath and camouflaging the wire frame underneath!
Adding in the garland couldn’t be easier! Simply thread it through, under, around, and over the ornaments…wherever there are gaps or frame showing.
Don’t overthink it. Just thread it through. I found this garland durable and able to withstand some decent tugging and pulling, and it didn’t shed or break at all. The 6′ length gave me more than enough to work around the 24″ frame.
The garland can also be easily tucked in or pulled out if more or less is needed in certain areas. Just keep playing with it until you get a fullness you like!
Once your garland is worked in all the way around the wreath and the ends are tucked in, your wreath is ready for hanging!
I’ve used peel-and-stick hooks in the past to hold our wreaths; but I’ve found the intense sun that our door receives eventually melts the adhesive, and my wreath ends up on the ground. I now rely on over-the-door hangers…especially for ornament wreaths that could easily sustain damage if they were to fall down.
For this year, I stuck to my wreath plus tree combo for our porch, keeping everything in the silver, white and gold scheme. (Last year looked mightily similar…see it here!)
Our real tabletop-sized tree also burned and dried out last year, so I finally invested in a small faux tree for our porch. I removed all the red berries that came on it, and instead dressed it up with some of my glittered pinecones and other sparkly doodads I have in my too-big holiday stash!
Some glitter vinyl and this free SVG file dressed up an otherwise plain bucket!
I am beyond thrilled with how this DIY Ornament Wreath turned out. Not only was I able to get a huge wreath for our front door (our doors are exceptionally large!) using mostly items I already had on hand; but I was able to customize it in the exact colors I wanted, and put it together in a way that can easily come apart (because you know I’ll probably do a different color next year!). If you need a quick, easy and oh-so-stunning wreath for your door or mantel, give this method a try! I think you’ll love how easy it is, making it a method you’ll return to year after year!
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