The holidays are upon us and, oddly, we don’t own any wreaths at all! We usually buy a fresh one each year, but we’ve never owned any decorative wreaths that can be used year after year. I’m changing that this year by just making it a priority to make some, starting with this one. It’s gold and feminine and reflects light well in the daytime, as well as adding shine in the dim, quiet evening hours. The best part is that it is made of things I already had and it barely took any time at all to make.
- A 10″ white styrofoam wreath form
- Gold acrylic paint
- Two 5 meter (5 1/2 yard) strands garland beads
- Hot glue
- Assorted small ornaments
- Ribbon for hanging
I lightly brushed the wreath form with acrylic paint and let it dry (less than 30 minutes). When the paint was dry and no longer tacky, I pulled one strand of beads through halfway and dotted a little hot glue on the back to secure it in place. From there, I wrapped one hanging side until I got to the end and the dotted a little glue to secure it, then repeated with the other side. I could have dotted the glue as I was wrapping, but I wanted to leave myself wiggle room for error. With the next set of beads, I glued one end to meet the end of the beads I’d already wrapped, and continued from there until the wreath was complete with beads. I went back and dotted glue to secure the beads in place on the backside only. I took my little gold pinecones and tiny ball ornaments and glued them in place, starting with the larger pieces and filling in gaps with the smaller ones. I cut some ribbon to my desired length and hot glued the ends on the back. And that was it! My hall is a little glitzier and my daughters are trying to hijack it for their room!
This is a great project if you want to repurpose ornaments missing tops or string, which is what I did.
*A note on hanging: If I were making a larger wreath, I would glue two nails in the foam to ensure stability. This one didn’t need it, but I thought it was worth a mention.
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