Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Wreaths - DIY

I am finally posting the two wreath projects I promised. I have one more in the works...hopefully I can work on it over this long weekend!

This first one I saw on several blogs, but the instructions for most originated from Eddie Ross. I must was harder than I thought. I super glued all the tops on these christmas ball ornaments (all from Dollar Tree). I managed to completely cover myself in glitter...couch too...I looked like Tinkerbell threw up pixie dust all over me. It was lovely.
I bent the hanger into a what LOOKED like a circle (until I had it filled with bulbs and then realized otherwise...meh!), strung the bulbs on, bunched them together and then screamed and (almost) cried and fought with this thing to get it closed at the top.
I finally just did some "creative wrapping" (ha)with some wire edge ribbon. Don't hate me. I was about it throw the wreath...LOL! It will stay this way for this year, but after I take it down, the bow is coming off and I'm gonna let the man close it up with some sort of tool and snip the "hook" part of the hanger off for me. (And for what it's worth, that cluster of silver ornaments on the one side drives me CRAZY but I'm NOT fixing doesn't have to be perfect...or so I keep trying to convince myself!)

Inspiration for my other Christmas wreath came from AnNicole at Our Suburban Cottage. She fell in love with a pretty Pottery Barn wreath, but not so much in love with their price tag. She did a FANTASTIC knock-off, which inspired me to revamp an old wreath I had. I wish I would've taken a before picture of was T-A-C-K-Y!! Seriously.
I put this wreath together in about five minutes, five years ago. I pulled EVERYTHING out of it, used some wire ornament hangers to wire some gold balls nestled into the branches, added in some sparkly berries for "filler" and DONE. SOOOO much have NO idea! (I only wish we would've made the time to paint our front door black over the summer, but...there's always next year!)

I am linking this post up at Kimba's DIY day...there is a TON of crafty goodness going on over there, so make sure you stop on by!!
Coming later today...tried and true Thanksgiving recipes and tips!!


Brittany@Superwoman said...

I absolutely love the wreaths. I'm making two of them, also.
I bought a wreath from Younkers. It lights up with batteries. But I wasn't much for the blank greenery. I like the idea of putting ornaments on it. I think I may give it a try. Thanks!

Ashley's Thrifty Living said...

the wreaths look great!
I have been planning on making the entire wreath og balls for a while, but haven't got around to doing it. I really, really should! It's beautiful!

Lisa said...

i attempted this but i gave up...will try again after the holidays...yours looks pretty..

Trudi said...

Oh my goodness... I just made an ornament wreath too and it looks almost like your's. Love it.
I need to start posting on my blog. It's so sad.

Journey of the George's said...

I had the same problem with the ornament wreath! It was not anywhere near round....and I have colors bunched up. Yours is beautiful and I tell myself mine is too!

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