Make an easy ornament wreath with 5 simple tools

If you’re like me, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are spent alternating between insane amounts of online shopping and trips to Target.

So…many…trips to Target.

This year, on each of those trips to Target, I kept seeing this cute little ornament wreath.  But, the colors weren’t quite my taste.  After the fourth time of picking up this cute wreath and NOT buying it, I had that great thought that precedes every single DIY attempt….

“I could totally make that.  I mean, how hard can it be?”  

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Step one–Supplies

I seriously had NO idea how to start an ornament wreath.  I’ve never made any type of wreath before…ever…not to mention my irrational fear of glue guns.  So, I decided to start with a small size, in case things went horribly wrong.

Ornament wreath

My first stop–Michael’s.  They had TONS of wreath forms to choose from,  After much debating, Googling, and mild panicking,  I settled on a 12-inch plain white styrofoam ring.

Other supplies I needed–craft scissors, pliers, and (ironically) a small glue gun.

Step 2–Shatterproof Ornaments!!

Next stop–Target –to stock up on ornaments. SHATTERPROOF ornaments.  That’s an important detail I almost overlooked.

You could EASILY cut down costs on this step if you already have a stash of round bulbs you don’t know what to do with.  I wanted specific colors, so I started from scratch.  Seriously, look at how many ornaments I came home with…trust me, it did NOT take this many for one wreath!!  I will tally it all up for ya at the end…

Ornament wreath DIY

The bonus about doing this close to Christmas is clearance prices on Holiday items!!  These bulb sets are currently marked down to $3!!

Step 3–Ready…set…GLUE…

If you love doing puzzles, you’ll probably love the next part.  Putting your ornament wreath together really is like piecing together a puzzle.  I started by setting my ring out and arranging the inner layer until I was happy with the color scheme.  While you’re doing this, go ahead and warm up your glue gun.

Simple DIY Ornament wreath

Once you’re happy with your set-up, use pliers to remove ornament hooks and get gluing!  I am super happy to report that I finally overcame my fear of hot glue guns.  I only glued my fingers a few times, and it didn’t even hurt that bad. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Step 4–Keep going…

With the inner layer in place, I arranged larger ornaments around the outside.  All in all, I ended up using four different size bulbs to help fill in gaps and make a nice, healthy looking wreath.

Simple DIY Ornament wreath

With the inner and outer ring set, it’s time to fill all the white space in between.  Let your creativity flow!  Simply arrange, rearrange, glue, repeat until you’re happy with your wreath (or you run out of glue…and patience).  I definitely had some frustrating moments along the way, especially when the glue didn’t actually glue.  But, after a couple hours, I had my finished product… TA-DA!!

Simple DIY Ornament wreath

Step 5–Admire your work

All that’s left to do is pick a spot to show off your gorgeous creation.  Honestly, I was afraid to pick the wreath up, because I envisioned every single ornament popping right off.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how sturdy the wreath felt when I lifted it and hung it on Adelyn’s door.

First test…would it make it through the night?  Answer…YES!!!  I was so excited (and had so many extra ornaments), I made one for Eliana’s room, too.  Hope you have fun with this super easy, fun DIY ornament wreath.

I can’t wait to see YOUR creations!  I hope you will post them in the comments below or on LOOC’s FaceBook page   Happy Holidays!!  

What you need to know:

Level of difficulty: EASY

Time to complete: 2-3 hours (once you get used to it, you’ll get even faster)

Supplies: Wreath form, pliers, craft scissors, hot glue gun, shatterproof ornaments ➡️ Your complete wreath-making shopping list here ⬅️

Ornaments needed (for 1 wreath on a 12″ frame):  Approximately 16-17 large (2.5″), 14-16 medium (2″), and 50-55 small variety (0.75-1.25″).  Look for little baggies labeled “Deluxe Fillers”–they are a lifesaver to cover awkward gaps.

Of course, if you just want to cut out all that “middle man” work, there are ready-made creations to suit every decor color scheme!  😄

Happy 🎄 Holidays, friends!

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