Friday, December 16, 2011

My Take on the Ornament Wreath

Way back in October, Rick & the boys went on a little camping/hunting expedition.
That left me to my own devices.
Emily came over for the weekend and we decided to try our hand at making Ornament Wreaths.
I know you've seen these all over the Internet the last few years. There are lots of handy tutorials (Cherie's Tutorial) & some very lovely wreaths that have been crafted.

These are a little different though. I hope you enjoy!

First of all, you start out with a wire hanger.
You untwist the top where the hook is...blah,blah,blah (I'm getting to the good part)
Then you shape the wire into a roundish shape & begin stringing the ornaments on.
This is after, of course, you have hot glued all the tops to the ornaments so they don't pop off.

Part way through, you notice your daughter's wreath is looking pretty good.
Your wreath, however, is looking pretty...ummm...interesting.

Just forge on! It will be fine. It will look so pretty when it's done.
There's nothing glitter and a bow can't fix.
(These are the things you repeat to yourself in your head)

If the ornaments need to be repositioned a bit, very carefully move them around.
No matter how carefully you do this, you will still hear this lovely sound:
"Snap! Plop! Wobble-Wobble-Wobble!"
(That's the sound of the ornaments popping off, and then rolling across the floor)
The little cap thingies stayed firmly attached to the glue kinda does that, but the hole where the hook/wire goes kept snapping open.

Once you have the ornaments all on the wire, and you have it looking like you want it (whatever),
twist the two ends of the wire together. This will be somewhat difficult. More ornaments will pop off.
Do not curse!
Just laugh. Laughing is good.
There will be glitter and broken ornaments strung everywhere.
Your daughter's wreath will look much better than yours.
The more you try to fix yours, the more you curse laugh.
Daughter will laugh too.
See...good mother/daughter bonding moment.
I'm all about creating memories.

Add a pretty red and gold ribbon, then hang it on the door so you can admire your beautiful handiwork:

What the??? 
I know, right?

I have found a couple of things that make it look better.

 See? Pretty.

2. Lighting:


  1. I love it!!!!
    My daughters and DIL's came two years ago and this was the craft that we did.
    There may have been a little cursing.

    It's cute and I love the colors.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day.

  2. And I beat present ever!

  3. Oh how you make me laugh!! I sooo hope I get to meet you in real life someday.
    I am glad you had fun with your daughter through all the laughing and popping and cursing!
    Good job!

  4. You make me laugh. I haven't gotten my glue gun out this season. Maybe I'll attempt something this week. Maybe not ornaments, though.

  5. Love it!!

    I'm stopping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas !

  6. Thank you for the hilarious tutorial! I really want to try making one now. :) And yours actually has a vague heart could probably convince people that that was totally intentional if you tried hard enough! ;)
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas week!

  7. You're awesome! This made me laugh! I think you're wreath has...character. :) It actually still looks very beautiful to me.

  8. I love it! It looks a little heart shaped which by the way looks amazing. I have been wanting to make a wreath like this for sometime.