I’ve wanted to hang a wreath on my door for Christmas ever since we got married. It’s one of those things that felt super “grown up” and I really wanted to do it! I often found myself obsessing over all the gorgeous ornament wreaths I saw online. I didn’t hang one our first year of marriage because we lived in a crappy apartment in a bad neighborhood and I was kind of afraid the neighbors might break/steal it. When we moved to our current apartment, I wanted to make an ornament wreath (tutorial HERE) but kept saying that I’d wait until after Christmas to buy clearance ornaments but I always forgot after Christmas.
This year when I was shopping at Walmart, I saw packages of 8 shatterproof ornaments for just 97 cents! My eyes lit up and I bought 5 packages, thinking 40 should be plenty. Well, it wasn’t! I strung them all on and I was about 20 ornaments short. I was VERY upset but Phillip suggested that we just try to shorten the hanger to make a smaller wreath. Ha! Easier said than done.
This is what my first wreath looked like:
Yes, I know it looks TERRIBLE! So after failing to make an ornament wreath, I went out and bought more ornaments and made another one. If you want to make an ornament wreath, you’ll need about 80 ornaments. If you’re buying at Walmart like I did, you’ll need 10 boxes of the 97 cent ornaments. You probably won’t use all of them but some WILL break so buy the extras. The beauty of these ornaments is that they’re shatterproof and the tops are already glued/permanently attached so you don’t need the glue gun that the original tutorial says you need. Also, they’re CHEAP – just $10 for all the ornaments you’ll need! Aside from my suggestion to get 80 ornaments, I would also suggest you get some tinsel garland to fill in the gaps. If you don’t add anything, you’ll be able to see the hanger behind the ornaments. And finally, you’ll want some pretty ribbon to cover the top of the hanger. With the addition, it looks great!
If you try this, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see more examples of these wreaths!