Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are trying to find ways to pinch your pennies this year, try making your own beautiful Christmas decorations. Creating ornaments and décor from glass Christmas bulbs is a fun and easy way to cut back on your holiday spending while exercising your creativity. This cute front door decoration will only cost you a few dollars to make, and it will brighten up your entryway just in time for the holidays! Here are the easy-to-follow instructions for creating Christmas tree ornament wreaths.
Image via Norm Reeves
Supplies You will Need:
You only need a few inexpensive supplies in order to make this gorgeous Christmas craft:
• (Non-breakable) glass or plastic Christmas ball ornaments
• Wire coat hanger
• Colorful ribbon
Save even more money on this craft by purchasing inexpensive ornaments from your local dollar store.
This video is by Leah Nass and will demonstrate how to make the wreath. She has great diy holiday projects! Definatly check out some of her projects.
Step 1: Shape the Hanger Into a Circle
Shape the bottom portion of the coat hanger (below the twisted neck and hook) into a circle. You can use your hands for this task, or place the hanger around a circular item like a ball or garbage can. The frame doesn’t have to be a completely perfect circle at this point in the process. You will have time to perfect the shape of your hanger when your project is almost complete.
Step 2: Unhook the Top of the Hanger
Next, unwind the top of the hanger, where the wires twist around each other. This step takes a little bit of elbow grease and may require gloves, depending on how tightly wound your hanger is. You may find that pliers and other tools help to make this task easier.
Try to maintain a slight curved shape in the wires, since you will be winding the neck of the hanger back up again at the end of the process. If you completely straighten the wound-up portion of your hanger during this step, it will be much harder for you to wind the top back up again.
Step 3: Arrange the Ornaments
Now comes the fun part: arranging your ornaments in the order you want them to appear on your wreath. Depending on the size of the glass balls that you purchase, you will most likely use anywhere between 50 and 80 on your wreath. Combining different ornament sizes can help add visual interest and personality to your wreath, but you are welcome to use a single ornament size as well. Spend some time playing around with various sizes and colors until you figure out what type of look you prefer for your wreath.
If you want your wreath to look intentionally random, there is no need to lay your Christmas ornaments out on a table beforehand. Simply choose random bulbs directly out of the boxes as you thread your wreath.
Step 4: Thread the Ornaments
Begin threading your ornaments one by one onto the end of the hanger that does not have the hook. They will naturally gather at the bottom end of the hanger loop, but as you add more and more bulbs, they will start to fill out the remaining portions of the loop. Eventually, the ornaments will start to gather in bunches and face different directions, which is how you achieve a beautiful, full look for your wreath.
During this step, you will see firsthand why it is important to have non-breakable glass or plastic bulbs. Each time you thread a new bulb onto the wire, it bangs against the other bulbs and would undoubtedly break if made from regular glass.
Threading your bulbs may take anywhere from 3-5 minutes, depending on the size and amount of bulbs you use. Make sure you stop threading the bulbs once they get about ½ inch from the neck of the hanger. Remember, you need to be able to wind the neck of the hanger back up again to secure the bulbs tightly in place. To have your bulbs stay stick to the desired space, use your hot glue gun.
When using your hot glue gun remember to cover your work table with a disposable cover. Also be sure to hot glue gun the points where the ornaments meet. Allow the hot glue to dry and set before placing more ornaments on the wreathe. Lastly, be safe! A hot glue gun can be dangerous to handle.
Step 5: Reconnect the Coat Hanger
Now that all of your bulbs are threaded and your beautiful wreath has been formed, it is time to reconnect the top of the coat hanger. You will probably need a good pair of pliers to help ensure that the neck is wound tightly and securely. After all, you don’t want your wreath to fall apart and undo all the work you just did!
Step 6: Tie a Ribbon on Top
Take a moment to admire the beautiful, eye-catching wreath you just created! The only thing left to do is tie a ribbon on top for a dazzling finishing touch. The larger your ribbon, the more effective it will be at covering up the neck and hook of your hanger. Wire ribbons work especially well for this project because they hold their shape nicely and can be fluffed to your preferences. However, any type of wide ribbon will do.
The best thing to do is play around with a few different ribbon types, sizes and colors until you find the one that complements your wreath perfectly.