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Make A Christmas Ornament Wreath
How to Make a Christmas Ornament Wreath.
1. Start by collecting your ornaments. Vintage ornaments make the prettiest wreaths, but unless you're a clever auction and yard-sale purchaser, they can get expensive. A mixture of old and new can work well--plan to shop at after-Christmas sales for the best deals. Look for smaller ornaments, and stock up on bead garlands. The long strings of tiny glass balls are useful for filling in the gaps between the ornaments.
2. Find an appropriate base. I used a styrofoam wreath form, but I've seen other materials used. Styrofoam is good, because once you apply hot-glue to the ornament you can gently dig the neck of the ornament into the styrofoam to hold it more securely. You want a surface that will accept hot (or cool) glue.
3. Very important--make sure you add a sturdy hanging system to your wreath base BEFORE you start attaching the ornaments. If you're using a styrofoam base, you can't just wrap a wire around the styrofoam and then make it into a loop. The wire will cut right through the styrofoam like a knife. A piece of plywood, cut to fit all the way around the back of the wreath form and firmly glued all the way around, will work to support a wire loop or hook at the back. Or else, you can wrap ribbon, raffia, or even duct tape in a 1" wide area around the form, and then wrap your wire around the taped-off area.
4. Now comes the fun part. Lay your wreath form flat on the table. Take the largest of the ornaments and carefully remove the metal caps and hooks from the necks of the ornaments. Arrange your ornaments on top of the wreath form in a single circle, with each ornament lightly touching its neighbor. Once you have an arrangement you like, hot-glue them into place.
5. Follow with smaller ornaments on the inside and outside rims of the wreath form. Fill in the spaces in between with more ornaments, working from largest to smallest.
6. Use garlands or strings of tiny ornaments to wrap around and fill in the open spaces.
7. Allow glue to dry. Look for open spaces you might have missed, and fill them in.
8. Hang and enjoy! You can also lay the wreath flat on your table and place a pillar candle or group of candles in the center, and you've got a great centerpiece.
9. Store your wreath in a cardboard wreath box.