Anyone considering a DIY wreath project for the holidays knows there are many different types of wreath forms available in craft stores. But this doesn't mean you need to break your holiday budget buying a ready-made wire coat hanger wreath.
A simple wire coat hanger, which almost everyone has around the house—or can nab for almost nothing from the Dollar Tree!—is an ideal base for a wreath featuring festive Christmas ball ornaments. It's a great way to give new life to extra ornaments you're not hanging on a tree while getting crafty with DIY front door decor. Of course, no one's stopping you from splurging on a new set of Christmas balls in the exact colors your heart desires for your door hanger/coat hanger wreath.
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So go ahead and deck the halls with this door swag tutorial. Or at the very least, let your inner crafter free and follow our simple step by step DIY project.
Things You'll Need
Wire coat hanger
Hot glue gun
Christmas ball ornaments
Christmas ribbon, tinsel or other decorations
How to make a Christmas wreath from a coat hanger
1. Form a circle
Pull the lower section of a wire hanger into a circle shape with your hands. This might take some time and effort. But keep going until you have as close to a perfectly round circle as possible. This will become the base for your ornament wreath.
If pulling the wire hanger into shape hurts your hands, try wearing garden gloves or wrapping a thick towel around the wire while you work with it.
2. Cut the wire
Cut through the wire at the base of the hanging hook with your clippers. If your wire coat hanger has a double-wire hook, cut it a second time at the end of the hook and discard the clipped section of wire.
3. Glue the ornament caps
Gently pull off the metal hanging-loop cap from the top of every ornament you intend to hang on your Christmas ball wreath. Use the hot glue gun to apply the adhesive around the opening of the ball and then carefully replace the cap. Wait for the glue to dry.
4. Thread the balls onto the wreath
Thread the Christmas balls onto the wire coat hanger by inserting the cut part of the wire through the glued-on caps. Do this carefully, one at a time, following a design if you have one in mind. For example, you might alternate balls of different colors or sizes to create a pattern for your home decor ornament wreath.
5. Decide on the design
Hold up your wire coat hanger wreath, being careful not to let any balls slip off the end of the wire, and examine the wreath. Now is the time to make changes to the design, if you wish. This wreath tutorial step is similar to what you've done with other Christmas crafts. If you aren't happy, switch up the pattern.
6. Add more balls
Fill in any gaps between the ball ornaments by hot-gluing smaller balls or other ornaments between the hanging ones. You might also use glue or craft wire to attach decorations to the Christmas ball wreath, such as tinsel, ribbons, bows, bells, pine cones, fake holly or evergreen sprigs.
7. Finish the loop
With pliers, twist the cut end of the wire around the base of the hanging loop two or three times to secure it. If necessary, cut off any excess wire from the end with wire cutters.
If you don't like the look of the hanger at the top of your Christmas ball wreath, clip it off just above the twisted section where you joined the loop back together. Instead of using the hanger, just slip the top edge of the wreath over a nail or hook.
Wire coat hanger wreath ideas
Monochrome wreaths are just as striking as colorful ones. You can add variety by using, for example, silver Christmas balls in shiny, matte and glittery versions. You could also use red and green balls for a classic Christmas color scheme or shiny primary colors for a vintage look.
Christmas balls come in many different patterns too. You might showcase a single special Christmas ball—for example, a large, glass snow-globe ornament—by arranging it to hang down from the upper-middle or lower-middle edge of the coat hanger wreath.
And that's it! Now you're ready to spread holiday cheer straight from your front door. Hang the wreath solo or add it to the rest of your super-stylish holiday greenery.