DIY: Shatterproof Ornament Wreath
I actually completed a challenge, go me! This entry will be week 4 in the Dare to DIY Challenge – deck the halls.
I saw Meg from Whatever make this wreath last year, but decided to hold off until I could get some clearance ornaments after Christmas. So, I’ve been anxiously waiting to start this project for a whole year! Friday night my friend Katie and I went out to dinner, and had a wild night of crafting and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The only wreath form Michael’s had in the size I wanted (14-inches) was this green styrofoam one, so that is what I bought.
Katie had one of these flat foam wreaths. Since they tend to shed, she wrapped it in fabric first.
The ornaments I got last year for 50% off were from Target, and they are all shatterproof. While I love the look of the old, vintage ornament wreaths, I did not love the idea of them shattering all over the place if I dropped it or it fell off the door.
I didn’t really have a plan for how I was going to arrange the ornaments, I just started gluing and hoped for the best. I glued on all the big ornaments first, and then filled in gaps with the smaller ones.
Katie’s wreath turned out a little… shall we say, huskier than mine. She ended up using 74 ornaments versus about 50 for me.
The whole project took about 2 hours, just slightly longer than Christmas Vacation.
As you can see, it could stand to have a few more mini ornaments since there is a little bit of green showing through. I can live with it until ornaments go back on clearance though.
Unfortunately, right after taking the last photo I found out that my wreath was too fat to fit in between the door and screen door. So, it will be going above the fireplace instead. After waiting a year for this dang wreath I’m now back to the drawing board for something to hang on the front door!
Also linking up at: Lines Across, Today’s Creative Blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, Lil’ Luna, Ginger Snap Crafts, Live.Laugh.Rowe, Liz Marie Blog, Design, Dining and Diapers, Craftberry Bush, Crafty Scrappy Happy
December 10, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
This turned out so well! I like the idea of using hot glue instead of the method I’ve used – which is a wire coat hanger. Oh my word, there were balls flying everywhere. (Doesn’t that sound nice?) Anyhoo, I love your version so much and all the bright colors are fabulous. And I agree that shatterproof is the way to go. I actually bought a big box of gold ornaments 2 years ago to make one of these for my in-laws. Ha! Isn’t that terrible?
Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY!
December 10, 2012 @ 10:04 pm
Haha! I have seen the wire method too, this way seemed more my speed. I’m a slave to those darn styro wreath forms!
December 10, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
This is so fun! I love the fun, bright colors. And I love that you waited all year to use clearance ornaments . . . that is totally something I would do, too 🙂 It looks wonderful! Thanks for joining up!
December 10, 2012 @ 10:10 pm
Luckily I’m more frugal than I am impatient. 😀
Chelsea @ two twenty one
December 10, 2012 @ 7:50 pm
Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to make an ornament wreath like this. Maybe I’ll pick up some 50% off ornaments at Target on Dec. 26th. I’ve already been scoping out other things I’d like to buy on clearance. That stinks about it not fitting between the door and storm door. I have the same problem. I’m sure it looks pretty above your fireplace though!
December 10, 2012 @ 10:03 pm
I think Target is the way to go. They have large collections of ornaments for cheap, especially after Christmas. Plus, they have sets like the one I used with lots of different textures, but complimentary colors.
December 10, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
This turned out great! I made out out of silver & white ornaments, but I LOVE the bright colors you used 🙂 so fun!
December 10, 2012 @ 10:10 pm
Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART
December 10, 2012 @ 11:43 pm
I love how this wreath turned out. I have never done one of these with foam OR wire. I really admire this wreath!
December 11, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
I love your blog! What great ideas… I am your newest follower and was kinda sorta maybe hopin’ you’d pop on by and follow me back!
December 11, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
Love this! Just wanted you to know I’m featuring you in my Christmas Projects round-up tomorrow!
December 13, 2012 @ 12:50 am
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
December 11, 2012 @ 11:14 pm
I love your wreath!! LOVE all the color!
Elizabeth @ Southern Color
December 12, 2012 @ 10:41 am
Stopping by from Sugar Bee Crafts! The wreath turned out great! I will definitely be on the hunt for discounted ornaments after Christmas, can’t wait to make one 🙂
December 12, 2012 @ 9:20 pm
I keep seeing these…and needing this type of wreath. Love your color combo…and thriftiness. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!
Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
December 20, 2012 @ 10:45 pm
Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts – I featured you last week! (http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/12/showing-off-my-picks_12.html – I’m a little slow with notifying this time around!)
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