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”:
The secret is hair pins!
I got this big container of them from Sally Beauty for a few dollars. See source list at bottom of post to get links to everything I used 🙂
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.
Source List & Cost Breakdown:
- 3 packages of 28 ornaments at Kmart – $9.99 each
- foam wreath at Hobby Lobby – $7.50 with coupon
- 3 packages of 28 ornaments(30 in each?) – $5 each?
- Hair pins from Sally Beauty – I don’t think I spent more than $5