Dec 12, 2013

Ornament Wreath Tutorial...

 
 
   
Ever since last Christmas,
I have had my heart set on making
a Glass Ornament Ball Wreath...
 
I have watched several techniques,
 learning a bit from each one...
 
this is how I made mine...


the trickiest part
is finding enough balls...
 
I used a 16"  styrofoam wreath
and it took about 80 full size balls to cover it...
 


 
I collected from garage sales
and the Goodwill stores in my area (Seattle)
open little Christmas Boutiques
selling ornaments by the bag full...
 


 
I also used a couple dozen
small and accent ornaments...
 
they are very helpful
in the end to fill in gaps...
 


I have been saving those big fat pink ribbons,
Rachel Ashwell ties her fluffy blankets in...
 (I love those fluffy blankets)
and used one for my wreath hanger...
 
if you use a ribbon be sure to tie it
and then glue the knot securely
to the back edge of the side...
 
because you don't want the ribbon
to put pressure on the balls
when it's hanging...
 


 
run a bead of glue around any ornament hangers
that won't be showing...
 
since you will be glueing the balls from any and all points that touch,
this will keep them from popping off...
 
the only exception to this is
anytime you want to create a focal point
from the hanger,
then don't glue those...
 
 you'll see in the end,
I set a lot of the top row ornaments
so their hangers showed...
 


 
keeping the foam wreath flat
glue a row of balls
to the inside and outside edge...

use lots of glue,
glueing to the foam and to the other balls...
 
fill them in as tightly as possible,
but don't worry
too much about gaps,
you'll fill those in later...
 


 
at this point I stood the wreath up to work,
so I could work on placing the balls
where they looked nicest...
 
fill in with the large balls,
till all the gaps are filled,
then fill in and accent with the smalls...
 


 
now you do some real cover up work,
 by tucking and glueing  tinsel in the gaps...
 
and I like it because
it softens the whole look...
 

 
there it is!
 
It took me four hours from start to finish,
and it was easy!
 
I'll be joining...
 
Happy Crafting!

35 comments:

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

The best DIY I either saw ! Thank you so much : I'm going to gather more and more balls : very important the fact you told us how many we need ! Thank you so much for sharing.
xoxo from PARIS

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Linda said...

This is beautiful, Bella! Your photos are always soft and romantic. I have a pink tree in my LR and enjoy the vintage quality of your wreath. I love your pretty blog! Thank you for your sweet comment on my on-line home.
Hugs,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

lynn said...

so pretty, bella! thanks so much for sharing with us:) happy weekend!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Good for you to have had a vision of a wreath with pink, white and silver balls. The tutorial was simple to follow and from the first time I saw the wreath I liked the added tinsel.
I'm wondering if you used a glue gun Bella? In the past I've found the glue dries out over time and things start to fall off. I can't count the number of times I've had burning glue on my fingers over the years. ;-)
Hugs,
Judith

Jan Tanis said...

Oh Bella...this is Gorgeous! I am sharing it on my Blog today - and added it to my Tutorial Button so others can see it!

Merry Christmas!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Fantastic! Great demonstration. I love how you worked in the tinsel! xx

Stephanie said...

Hello Bella :) I was delighted to received a sweet comment from you on my blog - thank you so much for visiting!

I am quite charmed by your beautiful blog - everything, and I mean everything, is incredibly lovely! This wreath is a work of art and something I would love to make next year...thank you for sharing such a wonderful tutorial!

I hope you are enjoying this happy Christmas season :) Hugs and blessings!

BrocanteuseRose said...

I fell in love with this wreath when you posted the picture, the colors, style, fluff, glimmer, so much to love on it! I have several old ornaments and was inspired by your using them to make a wreath; now that you have given a step by step tutorial I have no excuse to not do this project this weekend. :)

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Bella, this ornament wreath is just plain drop dead gorgeous! You did such a wonderful job. 80 ornaments is quite a number that is required to make it look so opulent, but well worth it. I have to admit that I am dreamig of an ornament wreath for quite a while now, too, but never had the courage to attempt to craft one. Now with your detailed tutorial I would feel much more confident to try it. I better start collecting the ornaments! Thanks for writing this great tutorial!
Christina

Jackie said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

Madelief said...

It does look like a lot of work Bella, but it's worth it. Your wreath looks absolutely beautiful!

Thank you for your tutorial!

Happy weekend!

Madelief x

Curtains in My Tree said...

I like your wreath and your method of making it
it's real pretty

kerrie of sea cottage said...

It is so pretty. I always save the bits and bobs of Rachel Ashwell packaging too..its just too pretty! Thank you for all of your sweet visits to my blog...you are the kindest, sweetest...just like the smile in your profile photo! You glow with kindness. Merry merry Christmas to you. xo

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Bella,
I must say your Wreath is sooo gorgeous and colorful.And thank you for sharing how you made it.When I make things like this.I do the same as you...I collect from thrift shops ...Good will Yard sales...Its the only way to fly...LOL.Please stop by for a visit,
Merry Christmas Marie Antoinette

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Bella, that is really beautiful. It looks like something from a high end boutique but much more rewarding that you made it yourself. I love the tinsel tucked in too. The colors are perfect. I bought one from a thrift shop and showed it in my before last post, only (between you and me) it is only plastic and I tucked little whispy greens in places, I think it's pretty but it certainly can't take the place of one done such as yours. I better start collecting!..Happy Weekend..Judy

Rachel Uchizono said...

I love your wreath! Looks like so much fun to make. Good way to use your broken favorite decorations, too.
Cheers!
Rachel

K. Barber-Flower Farmer said...

I forgot until I saw your pictures of how the paint on those old glass balls crinkle. I used to think when I was a kid when we were putting them on the tree they were too old and needed to be thrown away. I wish I would of kept them for a wreath I would make 35 years later:) Also, the gobs of tinsel we threw on the tree. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

June said...

I have seen a lot of ornament wreaths but I have never seen anything as beautiful as yours Bella. I LOVE IT! You make me think maybe I can do it :))) I think the reason yours is my favorite is the colors you used in it and the how you filled it so full of darling little balls and bell shaped ones. Just beautiful!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend...

Lorraine said...

I love ornament wreaths, and yours is especially beautiful, I love the colors and the tinsel makes it especially lovely. Very interesting to see the progress. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Ivy and Elephants said...

Loved the tutorial, Bella! I love the look but didn't think I could do it. Now I'm encouraged to give it a try! Yours is just gorgeous, the pink is just perfect!
Hugs,
Patti

Ivy and Elephants said...

Loved the tutorial, Bella! I love the look but didn't think I could do it. Now I'm encouraged to give it a try! Yours is just gorgeous, the pink is just perfect!
Hugs,
Patti

One Shabby Old House said...

I have been wanting to try to do that for a long time and now I will give it a try because of your great tutorial. Yours looks fabulous. I would have missed the tinsel and ribbon steps if I hadn't read how you did it here and I think that is what sets yours apart. Beautiful job!
I am so happy that you are following me now!
Hugs
Becky

Alessandra said...

Your wreath is just gorgeous. I love it very much and i adore the colours of the balls. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for the lovely words for my Christmas trees
Kisses
Alessandra

Janneke said...

I love this romantic beautiful coloured wreath with the tinsel as a finishing touch. Your explanation is inspiring to me and I think I will give it a try too, but I first shall have to collect the balls, so I suppose it will be next year.
Have a nice Sunday!

Our photos said...

Your wreath is Beautiful!

Debbie said...

Your wreath is one of the most beautiful ones I've seen, Bella.
I also enjoyed your previous "Window Peeker" post. I could sense the warm holiday glow from your lovely home as we peeked in your windows.
Enjoy your Sunday.
xo

Stacy said...

It's so pretty, and I've always wanted to make one. (They're so expensive at the craft stores!) Thanks for sharing - it will look perfect with your Victorian cottage! <3

A Paris Flea said...

Exquisite! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial...too late this year, but something to keep in mind for next.

Villrose said...

Wow!

Sarah Coller said...

Excellent! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been collecting vintage ornaments all year to make one...I'll probably have to break down and scour Etsy though! :) Pinning! Please also link this up to my Homemaking Party!

Blessings,
Sarah

KathyB. said...

Bella, thank-you ! I am going to make this wreath before Christmas and I'll be putting this post on my "favorites" list .I was looking over all the old Christmas balls we no longer use and thinking what a waste to store them all year for no good reason. Now I know there is a good reason. Your wreath is beautiful ! ( over-used word I know, but appropriate )

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

Your wreath is beautiful, and this is the best tutorial on this I've seen. Good to know how many balls needed, and I love how you tucked the tinsel in, I haven't seen that. I'd love if you'd share this at my History & Home Link Party, today - Friday, my readers would love it! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

This is beautiful Bella. Thanks for sharing.
Sherry

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I pinned this for next year. Now just to keep my eyes out for 80 ornaments. Look out yardsales. Have a great holiday.

Haworth said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, Bella! Your wreath is just so pretty... I'm going to try this next year! The tinsel truly adds a faery-like quality to it all.