Christmas wreaths adorn walls, doors and fireplaces during the holiday season. They come in all shapes and sizes and made from a variety of items, but few are as beautiful and as easy to make as a shiny Christmas bulb ornament wreath. If you are making a wreath to match the color theme of your holiday decorations or to give as a host gift for a celebratory gathering, a Christmas bulb wreath is perfect for the occasion and will not break your holiday budget.
Things You'll Need
- Wire coat hanger
- Multi-colored and multi-sized glass or plastic bulb ornaments
- Glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
- Wide satin ribbon
- 1 foot of 20-gauge craft wire
Unwind the coil of the metal hanger from the hook of the hanger so you have a continuous piece of metal. Do not straighten the hook.
Bend the open hanger into a circle but do not close the circle.
Thread the glass or plastic Christmas bulbs onto the wire hanger by the loop on each created for the hook. Thread them by alternating colors and sizes according to the color theme you have chosen.
Re-wind the coil part of the hanger around the hook end of the hanger to close the circle of the wreath.
Lay the wreath on your work area so that all of the bulbs are distrubuted to the front and sides of the wreath. Use the glue gun and glue sticks to liberally glue the bulbs together by squeezing the glue in between the ornaments.
Fill in any gaps on your wreath or make it more full looking by gluing more bulbs to the wreath as you see fit.
Twist the hook part of the hanger down to make a loop for the wreath to sit on a nail or whatever will be used to hang it.
Measure out enough ribbon to be the first tail and then pinch the ribbon, giving it a half twist around your thumb. Make a a loop of ribbon on one side of your hand and give it a pinch and half twist then make a loop to the other side of your hand.
Repeat the loops for the bow until you have achieved the size you want. With your free hand, grab the craft wire and feed it through the middle of your bow underneath your thumb and twist both ends together tightly to secure the loops of your bow.
Cut the bow away from the remaining ribbon making the second tail similar to the first tail. On each tail end, fold the end in half horizontally and cut the corner off each tail starting at the fold and extending down to the end of the open ends. This makes a reverse V in the tails of your ribbon to make it look finished.
Fluff out and position the loops of the bow so that they are full and the right sides are showing. Use the same wire you used to secure the bow to secure it to your wreath to cover the loop from which the wreath will hang.
Tips & Warnings
- Use ribbons, garland and other Christmas items to personalize your wreath. Pearl garland is an excellent touch for Victorian themed wreaths.
- Do not leave your glue gun plugged in but unattended as it could cause a fire. Use care when using the glue gun to glue plastic items as some items could beging to melt from the heat of the glue.