I took a trip to Walmart with the intention of purchasing Christmas ornaments to be used to try and create one of those beautiful wreaths made completely out of Christmas ball ornaments. I have never made one of those wreaths and I thought that I might like to give it a try, so I started perusing around looking for just the right color combination of ornaments. Walmart does have very large containers of Christmas balls in a dizzying array of color combinations…just not the combination for which I was specifically looking. I am going to be decorating my family room and surrounding rooms with burgundy and a light gold this year and all of the large containers of the gold ornaments were too dark in color and I was getting frustrated. ANYway, my cousin Stacey had told me about some new and different burlap/meshy rolls that they have at Walmart (y’all have met Stacey when she was my guest blogger and she told you about her Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath and her matching Deco Mesh Garland that she created when we got together for a craft weekend). As I was wandering around continuing to search for what had become a very elusive color of gold ornament, I found the rolls that she was speaking about and gathered several and put them in my cart. I then looked to my left AND right across the aisle my eyes locked on an “ornament garland” in the *exact* colors that I’ve been tossing around as my theme colors for this Christmas! My wheels started turning as I grabbed up that box of ornament garland–even though it was $20…yikes. Regardless, I was a happy girl because I had found burlap mesh *and* my envisioned color combination of ornaments; I was creating the wreath in my mind as I went around and gathered the other accents that I’d eventually add to the wreath. This wreath cost me around $50 to make (a bit more than others that I’ve made because of the cost of the ornament garland)…
Here is what I came up with:
Here is the ornament garland:
I chose to use a 16″ work wreath with the gold metallic chenille twist ties already attached (picked that up at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section for 40% off):
I used almost two entire rolls of that meshy burlap and most of the roll of the gold and cream accent ribbon:
I picked up some gold and pine decorative picks and a few little owls to add as my accent pieces:
Here is how I put it all together:
I started with the meshy burlap…I attached it to the work wreath starting on the outer ring. I made large loops between each twist tie (probably about 10″ long) and worked my way around the entire ring finishing by adding the last gathered tuft into the same twist tie that I started with. Then, I transitioned to the inner ring and did the same thing around the entire ring.
I then started to add the gold and cream ribbon. I started at one of the twist ties on the inner ring, attaching into the twist tie and right on top of the meshy burlap. I continued around the entire wreath working from the inner to the outer twist ties. I put the ribbon in every twist tie…
I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manipulate that ornament garland into place, but, it was much easier to accomplish than I feared. All I did was get it out of the box, spread it out, and then laid it around the wreath. The ornaments were attached to a rather sturdy, wrapped stem sort of stuff that I could bend and manipulate any way I chose. I used all of the inner twist ties to secure it onto the wreath.
Next, I made a bow (here is my Bow Tutorial video), chose a place to put it on the wreath and tied it on using the pipe cleaner that I had used to tie the bow shut:
The garland did overlap in one spot–to the right of the bow, but it filled out that part of the wreath nicely and actually worked out perfectly in the end. 🙂
I then started to place the gold and pine picks and the owls, being a symmetrical person, I admit that I did fiddle around with them a good bit before I got them where they looked good to my eye. I did hot glue them into place, and I also hot glued some of the ornaments together, they were flipping and flopping around a little too much. This wreath will be hanging on our family room door that heads out to the backyard, so it is constantly in use, I wanted to make sure everything would be nice and secure.
I tried it out on the door for a few minutes, and I think it is going to work out beautifully there in the family room…
I’m so excited to decorate for Christmas this year because I’m going to be tweaking my decor a bit. I have gotten a bit tired of the same decorations year in and year out. Some traditional things will remain the same, like the family room Christmas tree will not be changed a whole lot because it holds all of our special, sentimental ornaments, and I have a few ceramic Christmas trees that my Grandma made for me, they will definitely still be incorporated into the mix. OH yeah, I have a plethora of snowmen as well, I’m sure they will be scattered about. But, I will be changing up my mantel and hearth and most likely I’ll make a spray that will go on my bullnose of my staircase– all three of those places will mimic this wreath…somewhat. 🙂 (I rushed back to Walmart today to gather a couple more boxes of that ornament garland to incorporate in the places that I just mentioned). 🙂 So, I am going to be trying to recreate the old wheel so to speak this year…wish me luck! And stay tuned, after Thanksgiving, the decorating frenzy will begin…haha. 😉
Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤
**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**