November 26, 2012

Hey, That's Pin-tastic: Ornament Wreath

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...all over Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, you name it, social media is full of people decorating trees, putting up lights, and even baking Christmas goodies.  Out with the turkey and in with the jolly, fat, guy in a red suit!  Actually I'm fairly certain some people hadn't even given thanks before they were playing Christmas songs on their car radios.

Last year I had pinned this tutorial with every intention of making an ornament wreath for our front door. Well last year came and went and the wreath I had for years did the trick and therefore it never got made.  Plus I never got off my booty to take advantage of the after Christmas ornament sales and Lord knows I'm not paying full price to make a wreath.

Flash forward, my grandma cleaned out all of her holiday decorations a couple of months ago leaving me the sole owner of 13 Rubbermaid tubs FULL of snowmen, garland, ornaments, plates, platters, candles, you name it.  I told Jimmy a week ago that I wanted to make this wreath but completely wasn't looking forward to going out in the madness that is holiday shopping and then DUH I remembered all those boxes and was determined to work with what I had.

Well grandma did not disappoint.  I almost had plenty of ornaments to make my vision come to life. Here's the deal, Jimmy is very traditional when it comes to Christmas decorations.  He likes red, green, silver and gold and that's about it. So I have to keep that in mind whenever I'm feeling festive.  While I was able to keep this wreath mostly husband approved, I did have to mix in a few blue bulbs to make it work.

I need to get some ribbon to cover the hook of the coat hanger but overall I'm impressed with the way it turned out.  Thankfully you can't see the "hook" from the road so, let's be honest, I will most likely never get around to covering it up.  I had to get creative when it came to making it full enough because I was getting close to running out of ornaments.  I ended up going back through it and putting some "odd" shaped and non-solid colored bulbs in and topping it off with a pretty decorative one with some spiral "tendrils" for added fun.  When I was finished  you couldn't even tell that I had to improvise.

As soon as I was finished I sent a picture of it to Jimmy and...HUSBAND APPROVED!  He loved it!  He may have even suggested I sell them...I may have asked him to go take his temperature {and not orally} to make sure he wasn't coming down with something.


This thing was no joke to make.  I may or may not have contemplating a glass of wine {at 10 am} while making it.  Bending the hanger into a circle was enough to make me give up before even getting started.  Oh and when the tutorial suggest hot gluing the little ornament cap onto the ornament, DO IT.  Don't think, "eh, but I don't have a hot glue gun, it'll be fine".  Get off your butt and head to the local Dollar General and buy a cheap hot glue gun.  You will save yourself LOTS of frustration and day time drinking.  And don't under estimate on the number of ornaments you'll need.  The more the merrier and you can always use any extra {I doubt you'll have extra} on your tree or in a pretty vase for a centerpiece.


20 comments:

  1. Look at you getting all crafty and shit! I'm impressed!

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  2. I made an ornament wreath as well :) Love the colours in yours, very festive!
    The coat hanger was a b to the itch to bend, I had to recruit my Hubby for help :)

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    1. I linked up as well, you can check it out if you want!
      http://allmylovemommy.blogspot.ca/2012/11/diy-ornament-wreath.html

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  3. I think it turned out great! I really want to make one but need to wait til next year when I will hopefully have a glue gun and can get some extra ornaments.

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  4. Looks great!!!! I'm going to have to attempt this myself!!!! Good job!!!!

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  5. Oooh that turned out great! I love the spirally bits hanging there.

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  6. That turned out great - really beautiful! I am working on my post...I made my holiday wreath out of wine corks and am really excited about it.

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  7. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  8. I seriously LOVE it! So fun and festive :) Any craft that requires lots of hot gluing sounds fun to me haha... no seriously!

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  9. Love it! Seriously, it looks sooo good!

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  10. Looks great girl, I'm impressed!

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am so inspired to try this myself...my only reservation is that the girls have thrown three glass ornaments in 2 days and we almost had an ER trip :(...But hopefully none of that will happen with the wreath being on the outside :) You rock mama!!

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  12. I give you props for doing the one where you just string them onto a coat hanger! When I made my ornament wreath I hot glued those bitches down to a foam wreath. I wasn't messing around! It looks super cute though! Thanks for linking up!

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I pinned this about a year ago and so want to make it as well but afraid I will have to take on the day drinking to accomplish such task. Another thing stopping me is that I have 2, that's right TWO, front doors side by side. I will need matching ones so it would turn into double the drinking. I may as well just drink and purchase 2 matching wreaths. BUT you have inspired me to at least try one.

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  14. It turned out really cute! My cousin just made one and said it was easy!

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  15. Wow that is really pretty! I wonder how much wine I would need to make one of my own!?

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  17. When I saw your photo on instagram, I loved it! I love that you made it out of ornaments that you got from your grandma! Just think it could be something to pass on to Kendall!

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