How to Make a Christmas Wreath out of Ornaments
Christmas Ball Wreaths
I've wanted to make an ornament ball wreath forever and finally got around to it. I saw some Christmas ornament wreaths for sale at Target, and that's what finally motivated me to make my own. The one I saw at Target was an 18" wreath made up of plastic Christmas ball ornaments for twenty dollars. It was cute, but I didn't particularly love the color scheme—I'm not a fan of pink and purple when it comes to Christmas.
I also disliked the way the tinsel garland was haphazardly attached to the wreath without any real direction or pattern. I challenged myself to make a very similar wreath, using colors I loved, and to try to keep it under the twenty dollar price point. I'm happy to say that my wreath came out lovely, it's the same size, and I spent under fifteen dollars. While a difference of five dollars might not seem like enough of an incentive for this Christmas DIY, it was worth it to me because I love everything about it and it was an enjoyable and super easy project to make. To make your own Christmas wreath craft, check out my tutorial below.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath with Ornaments
Supplies Price Breakdown
$2.50 (after 50% coupon)
Dollar Store and Target
You Will Need:
- 18" Wire Wreath Frame
- Plastic Christmas Ball Ornaments (Varying Sizes and Styles)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Plastic Snowflake Ornaments
18" Wire Frame
I've seen many handmade Christmas wreaths made with Styrofoam wreaths but decided on a wire floral frame because I felt it would act as a guide for arranging my ornaments. I also figured any part of the wire frame could be suitable for hanging and I could therefore save myself from some extra steps and supplies. It's easy to hang anywhere and can be easily re-positioned.
Plastic Ball Ornaments
The majority of my ornaments came from the Dollar Store and the dollar section of Target. Some styles were purchased on clearance from Target (70% off during after-Christmas sales). This saved me a ton of money since ornaments can be pricey. I used all plastic ornaments because I wanted my wreath to be durable and inexpensive. One of the downsides of using plastic ornaments is that some styles have very visible seams. Some balls can be positioned in ways to make the seams less noticeable, but there are times when it's kind of unavoidable. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would and ultimately I'm happier having a wreath that isn't made of glass or fragile. I really liked the glitter ornaments and the metallic balls with ridges because the seams were very well hidden if not invisible/non-existent. I used four different sizes of ornaments for this wreath. I originally intended to use two sizes, but all four sizes worked out perfectly for spacing and creating the perfect wreath.
My supplies photo only shows a couple of hot glue sticks, but I used about a dozen. The trick to successfully making a Christmas ball wreath is gluing each ornament to the frame and to the ornaments around it. This will make your wreath stronger and last longer but calls for many a hot glue stick. Be prepared!
Decorating my homemade wreath with glitter snowflakes was an afterthought but definitely gave it something extra special. The silver snowflakes came in a package with my medium-sized silver ornaments for this project while the white ones were given to me by my sister. I was excited to include both styles on my wreath to give it extra sparkle and character.
I used my garland very differently and very sparingly compared to the Target wreath. I used snips of garland here and there to fill in gaps. My strand was six feet long, but I used less than half of that.
Step One: Middle Track
1. Glue your first arrangement of ornaments to the middle circle/track of your wreath using your two largest sizes of ornaments, alternating sizes, and styles. Apply glue to the wire frame and attach ornaments. Glue each ornament to his or her neighbor for added durability. Don't worry too much if the glue is visible between ornaments. Try your best to keep it neat and hidden, but we'll also hide it in later steps.
TIP: Hold freshly glued ornament in place for a few seconds while applying gentle pressure.
Step Two: Inner Track
2. Glue your second smallest size of ornaments to the innermost circle of your frame. If you don't have enough to fill the center track, alternate with a few larger ornaments. Be sure to glue each ornament to the frame and to each ornament that it touches. Reserve your smallest size ornaments for filling in gaps in later steps.
TIP: Arrange your ornaments before gluing.
Step Three: Outer Track
3. Attach your last outermost row of ornaments using the largest or two largest sizes of balls.
TIP: Don't worry if your hot glue is creating stringy spider webs. They're easier to remove later all at once when they're completely cooled.
Step Four: Filler Ornaments
4. Use your smallest ornaments to fill in gaps. Fill the largest gaps first to ensure proper coverage. Repeat until all ornaments are used. Don't have enough for the coverage you'd hoped for? Focus on the largest gaps first. Decide which gaps you can live with. Smaller gaps can be filled with garland in the next step.
TIP: Remove and discard plastic ornament toppers if necessary. This can make it easier to fit into tighter gaps.
Step Five: Filler Garland
5. Cut small pieces of garland and glue on wreath to fill gaps and hide globs of hot glue. Smaller pieces and sparse coverage will give a peak-a-boo effect. Bigger pieces and larger coverage will give a fuller, snowy effect.
TIP: Keep your fingers glue-free, and your gaps filled perfectly by using a Popsicle stick to tuck garland into nooks and crannies.
Step Six: Attach Snowflakes
6. Glue snowflakes to the wreath. Allow wreath to rest while the glue dries before hanging.
TIP: Put small dabs of hot glue on as many spots as you can to keep fragile snowflakes secure.
Homemade Wreath Ideas
This was one of my favorite DIY Christmas projects this season and of all time! I couldn't believe how easy it was and how nicely it came out. In the beginning steps, it's easy to worry about how it will look. Just keep gluing and work each layer without over-thinking it. This is a great project to wrangle all of your favorite family ornaments together in one large and lovely piece of Christmastime art. Handmade wreaths like this are fun projects to craft into Christmas décor or to give as festive gifts.
Homemade Christmas Wreath
© 2013 Heather Lavelle