Christmas Ornament Wreath Tutorial

Like many of my friends, I tried every method out there trying to make an ornament wreath.  I tried stringing ornaments on a wire hanger.  I tried threading them on fishing line and wrapping it around a foam wreath.  I tried hot glue gunning them onto a wreath I made of pipe insulating foam.  Each attempt was an epic fail.  Why could every other crafty woman on Pinterest make one and I could barely get one started?  Then all of a sudden, an idea came to me.  And it worked!  Read on to learn how to master the “ornament wreath”:
Christmas Wreath with watermark

The secret is hair pins!  I got this big container of them from Sally Beauty for a few dollars.

This was the first one I tried.  And it sticks!
I pulled it out and put on an ornament.

And then some more…  Tip: Create it when the wreath is vertical, not flat on a table.  I hung the foam wreath on a sturdy wreath door hanger from the back of my office chair.  I sat on the floor when I made it.

Let gravity work in your favor.  Start at the bottom and work your way up the sides.

I found that it works much better with ornaments of all different sizes.  The really small ones work well to help fill in the holes where you could see the wreath and the pins underneath.

To avoid from putting ornaments on the back side of the wreath, I put in the longer hair pins and left them sticking out so they served as a wall to keep the ornaments pushed forward.

The wreath is pretty heavy when it’s done.  Make sure you have a sturdy wreath hanger.  I recommend storing it upright on the back of another door where it will be safe in the off season.

Cost breakdown:

  • 3 packages of 28 ornaments at Kmart – $9.99 each
  • foam wreath at Hobby Lobby – $7.50 with coupon
  • 2 plastic containers of tiny silver ornaments (30 in each?) – $5 each?
  • Hair pins from Sally Beauty – I don’t think I spent more than $5
Christmas Wreath with watermark
Hope you all enjoyed my little Christmas Ornament Wreath tutorial, and that this method works for you.  Merry Christmas!


8 Comments on Christmas Ornament Wreath Tutorial

  1. Christie
    December 11, 2014 at 7:05 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful wreath, and I love the idea of using hair pins to make it! Awesome!

    • Tyler
      December 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Christie, thanks for the kind words 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  2. Julie Fiato
    December 11, 2014 at 9:50 am (1 year ago)

    WOW! So beautiful. Your wreath will be featured this Sunday @ Inspiration Monday Party! Thanks for linking up!

    • Tyler
      December 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Julie, wow – that’s such great news! Thank you so much. You just made my day 🙂 Thanks for hosting us every week!

  3. Joanne
    December 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your ornament wreath. Thanks for the tutorial. I think I’ll make one for next year, buying the ornaments on sale. I popped on over from Redhead Can Decorate.

    • Tyler
      December 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Joanne, that’s a great idea to buy the ornaments on sale now. Buy a few extras, I usually break one every time I move it! Good luck, I hope it turns out great 🙂

  4. crysal
    December 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm (1 year ago)

    Such a classy wreath! Love this. I’d love it if you shared this on the Crafty Saturday showcase at

    • Tyler
      December 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Crystal! Thanks for the kind words. I’d love to stop on by your party. Thanks for the invite!


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