Nov 29, 2016

My Ornament Wreath Turorial - AGAIN!

It is time for Christmas Crafts,
so I am reposting one of my most popular posts...
 
I love mine and can't wait to get it out each year...
 
I will offer a little update.
I used a styrofoam wreath base
and in my hot attic the glue pulls away a little bit...
It is easy to add a few drops of glue each year,
but I may try to find a better place to store it in the future...
 
 
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!
 
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Thank you for stopping by....

5 comments:

Debbie Viola said...

This is just so stunning. I LOVE the colors you chose, and the addition of tinsel just makes it so unique and even more beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Curtains in My Tree said...


Your tutorial is so good and I have wanted to make one of these for couple years. It's just getting to be home long enough to do it
I have plenty of vintage shiny bright ornaments I can use
Thanks for showing us again

Janice

NanaDiana said...

I LOVE it, Bella. It looks beautiful. I see that you dropped off my side bar again! DARN it! I just happened to look you up. Anyway, putting you back on my sidebar again and hoping it stays there this time.

Hope you have a truly wonderful, and blessed, Christmas season. xo Diana

Beatrice Euphemie said...

This is wonderful, Bella! It's so very pretty! Now I will be saving up Christmas ornaments to make one of my own. Excellent tutorial - thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a lovely week. Hugs xo Karen

Alessandra said...

Your tutorial is so good, thanks for it! The wreath is just gorgeous and very romantic as i like
HUgs Alessandra