Every now and then I come across a DIY that I am absolutely obsessed with… a DIY that I would even pay decent money to buy in a store. And let me tell you, this was one of those DIYs for me. First off, I’m obsessed with wreaths, and secondly, I love Christmas. So what better DIY than a wreath that uses Christmas ornaments?! This has been on my to-DIY list for quite some time, and I am so excited about how it turned out!
Most ornament wreaths use a hot glue gun to glue bulbs/ornaments to a Styrofoam wreath frame. I love the way they look, but I was a little bit concerned about how the wreath would hold up over several years. Instead of hot gluing ornaments to a frame, I decided to use a wire frame and attach the bulbs to the frame using wire. It was a bit more time consuming, but equally easy!
All in all, I used about 200 Christmas bulbs… it sounds like a lot, but I made quite a large wreath. Walmart sells huge assortments of plastic bulbs for super cheap, and they are even color organized which is great!
What you need:
- A wire wreath frame
- Plastic Christmas bulbs
- Wire and wire cutters
Begin by cutting a long piece of wire and anchoring it to the wreath frame (by twisting the wire around the frame). String on an ornament, and then wrap the wire around the frame two times to secure. Continue this process (stringing on an ornament and wrapping the wire two times) until a single layer of Christmas bulbs is around the frame.
Next, using the same method, start attaching Christmas bulbs to another layer of the frame. It takes a couple tries to get a rhythm, but once you get going it isn’t difficult.
Continue to add more and more bulbs until the frame is full. Once the frame is full, you can fill in any visible holes with smaller ornaments and secure with wire. The bulbs anchored to the sides of the frame may move to the back of the wreath, but just continue the process and you will end up with a full and thick looking wreath that will last you several years to come! Add a ribbon (or not) and hang from a door using a standard wreath hanger.
It took a few hours to complete, but it is a perfect DIY for when you’re watching a Christmas movie and drinking a glass of wine!