. . . . and next on my ‘Crafting bucket List’ is making a wreath out of vintage ornaments like this:
(no, I did not make that one! That picture is from Pinterest) Every time I’d see one of these I’d just ‘sigh‘. They are just SO glorious!!
(again, picture from Pinterest) This is actually my ‘dream’ wreath. The really vintage ornaments in pink and aqua; each one different and in unique shapes.
So, instead of just ‘drooling’ over the ones I saw on Pinterest, I started reading some of the tutorials. Alas, they were as varied (and confusing!) as the burlap wreath tutorials. Heavy sigh.
I had actually purchased a bunch of the ornaments AFTER Christmas for half price at Goodwill last year. Then I got so overwhelmed with picking a color and/or theme that I just slapped price tags on them all and took the boxes of ornaments to Stars to sell; and was just going to scratch that one off my crafting bucket list, incomplete.
Then this last week while out thrifting, I came across a BIG bag of assorted white and silver ornaments. Yes, ALL of those ornaments were together in one big bag. Looked like the perfect amount for making one of these wreaths.
Found this white berry garland and braided seed bead rope garland and figured I could use them as ‘fillers’ for my wreath if needed.
This is pretty close to how I envisioned MY completed wreath turning out.
NOW, I just needed to decide which tutorial to ‘trust’. Some said you could make on in 30 minutes. HA!! I spent ALL DAY working on mine. And SO many of them showed this very same method as the photo above. Just HOT glue the ornaments to a styro wreath form. Styrofoam and hot glue do NOT go together well!
This ‘wire clothes hanger method’ looked pretty easy. Glue all your ornament tops on (so they can’t pull off) then just slide your ornaments over your hanger and twist closed. I had serious doubts that this would work as well as they claimed: the weight of the ornaments would likely turn your round form into an oval. Besides, I don’t have any wire hangers. (seriously, not a one! I hate them!)
This tutorial used a grapevine wreath, and attached the ornaments in ‘bunches’ as opposed to ‘layer by layer’ as did nearly EVERY other tutorial. I opted to trust the majority and go with the layering method. But NONE of the tutorials really went into detail beyond the first few layers. (NOW I understand why!)
I opted to use one of the straw wreaths I had on hand, and conceded to the fact that I’d HAVE to hot glue the first few rows of ornaments on. Hot glue will melt the plastic covering on the straw wreath, so I removed it, and it immediately started shedding and coming apart! I tore up some strips of muslin and glued them around the straw. Hot glue will adhere better to the muslin.
My first outer row consisted of 19 medium sized balls and one smaller one (cuz the bigger wouldn’t fit!) Hot glued these in place with the loops facing down. (this is the BACK of the wreath)
After I hot glued them, I went back over each connection with a dab of tacky glue. Hot glue tends to not hold too well in the cold and I was thinking of using this wreath for my front door)
Second layer was on the inside; and took 13 small balls. Attached with hot glue and reinforced with tacky glue.
Third layer was on the outside edge again, medium balls between each of the large ones. Since they had the first layer to support them while the glue dried, for this row I used JUST tacky glue.
Applied my tacky glue like this, them placed that end down into the space between the larger balls.
This row took 20 of the small balls; same size that I used on the inner row.
Fourth row was the tiny silver glitter balls (13 of them) between the first inner row balls. Again, I used tacky glue for this. Stopped here to let glue dry overnight.
Nice, neat row after row.
This is the last ‘defined’ row. I used my largest balls, glued (tacky glue) one between every OTHER on the second outer row. After this is when it gets ‘tricky’. No more perfectly spaced rows. You just have to fit ‘what you can where you can’. NOW I understand why none of the tutorials go into much detail!
I clipped the white berry wreath into individual ‘sprigs’ using wire cutters.
Got abut 50 individual pieces.
‘Somewhat’ between the previous layer, I used my biggest balls, but not in a perfectly symmetrical pattern. You just keep filling the holes with whatever size of ball will fit. I used my tacky glue as much as possible, and hot glue only if I absolutely HAD to.
I continued taking photos, but at this point you really can’t tell exactly what I did and I can’t explain it! Just glue on whatever fits over the ‘bare spots’ where your wreath form is showing through.
From a distance, it looks done. And I’m guessing that this is where most people stop.
Looking up close and from different angels, there are still a lot of tiny bare spots.
And they BOTHERED me!
The snippets of white berries did the trick to fill those annoying little spots. I just dipped the ends in tacky glue, and shoved them into every crack where the muslin was showing through.
I SHOULD have attached a hanging loop FIRST, but forgot to. So this is how I did it ‘after the fact’.
The backside is not at all attractive!
Not bad for my first attempt, eh?
Granted the white berries ‘detract’ from the ‘look’ a bit. And I probably could have filled the little holes with MORE tiny ornaments. But I was trying to ‘use what I had’ and if I were to have set it aside to finish later . . . well, you KNOW how that goes!
Those really ARE silver shiney balls. They are just reflecting the amber lighting in the room and LOOK gold-tone.
This is what was left of the supplies. Just a few large and medium balls. I used ALL the tiny and small balls and berry sprigs. Did not use the seed bead garland at all. Maybe on the NEXT one???