I have been wanting an ornament wreath for years now. Each fall/winter I see Pinterest blow up with these awesome looking wreaths, but I can never find inexpensive shatterproof ornaments to do it myself. I'm also not ok with shelling out $100 for one of these store bought guys. This year, I finally found it- $5 for a set of 12 shatterproof ornaments at Bed Bath & Beyond. Yes!!! And of course once I clued in to the term "shatterproof" I saw tons of listings on Amazon to get anywhere from 60 to 100+ of these bad boys. Anyway, now that I'm in the know, I'm happy to share my great wreath with you.
- 4-6 dozen shatterproof ornaments
- 2-3 dozen mini ornaments
- Foam wreath form
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Cut hole in wreath form large enough to fit the top of your large shatterproof ornament into (the part you normally put the hook in). Put a dab of hot glue in the hole, and set the top of the ornament into the hole. Hold a minute to set. Repeat times a gajillion until the wreath form is evenly covered in larger ornaments.
- Hot glue a circle around the top of a mini ornament and glue into gaps between the large ornaments. Repeat times a gajillion until gaps are well filled in.
- Hang! Bow optional. :)
This really isn't a complex project. The key is to varying the placement of your ornaments so they have a pretty organic flow and don't look like perfectly lined up rows of ornaments. You want them to look random and bubbly, and you use those small ornaments to fill in the spaces so you don't see your wreath form underneath. That's it!
First layer down. Looking good! The base is well covered, I alternated red and silver, shiny and matte, and the inner part of the wreath out to the edge.
Now we've got the mini ornaments layered on to fill in those gaps. I even pulled out and rearranged and added more of the larger ornaments as I went.