Finding the perfect Christmas wreath has become an annual headache – my husband and i can never decide on which one we like best. He tends to go for the classic green, red and gold, while i like something with a little more character. Last year, it got so bad that we only managed to agree on a wreath on the 21st… terrible – i know! So, to avoid all the drama, this year we (i – 🙂 ) decided to make our own. Not only will we be able to put together something that we both like, we’ll also be able to use up some of our leftover Christmas decorations and supplies from last year. In fact, it’ll probably be so affordably that i’ll be able to make more than one – that way, we’ll even be able to switch out if we feel the need!
Here is what you need
a pool noodle (a plain color or a color that matches your wreath color scheme is best)
tinsel in your chosen color (we used 2 long drops of 2m each)
a variety of Christmas baubles to match your color scheme
a large decorative bow
a glue gun and glue sticks (lots of them 😉 )
a ribbon or some Command Picture Hanging Strips (to let the world – or at least the neighborhood – see your masterpiece)
First of all, make sure that you’re working somewhere safe. Cover any surfaces with a plastic dropcloth, or disposable tablecloth (i forgot to, and i ended up having to peel hot glue off the glass patio table 🙁 ) , and be careful with your fingers. Hot glue shows no mercy! Okay – Plug in your gun, and let’s get started! Now, i’m going to tell you a little secret… if you’ve seen that DIY video floating around that shows them glue a pool noodle into a circle with no hassles – it’s a great big lie! It can be done, but it takes a bit a work. For one thing, the glue IS super hot, so eats through the polyethylene foam of the pool noodle before the glue can dry. You need to hold your noodle carefully in place, in a big ‘O’ shape, for at least 60 seconds (2 minutes is better if the kids will let you). What you’re going to end up with is something like this…
Now get one of the kids to hold the noodle circle for you, then run some clear packing tape over the join a couple of times. It will do the last little bit of the job!
Add a large drop of hot glue onto the top of your ring – somewhere on the tape is fine – and stick down one end of your tinsel. Wrap the tinsel around the noodle, making sure to space it evenly and glue the other end at the top. Repeat with the other tinsel, criss-crossing so that there is so space in between.
Ask one of your helpers (i had the best one 🙂 ) to empty all the baubles into a big bowl. That way, you know what you have and you can work a little more freely.
Now start gluing on your baubles! Again – this does take a little bit of patience, but hang in there – the end results are SO worth the effort… I promise! Mix it up, stick the baubles in whichever order or pattern you’d like, just try to get them covering as much of the open space as possible, and keep in mind that the wreath is going to be hanging up at more or less eye level, so you want to cover what people are going to be seeing.
Add more baubles. Fill up any little spaces with your smaller baubles and then add the bow as a final touch. Last of all, tie a little ribbon around the top, or attach a Command Strip to the back if you prefer. (We did both)
Now all that’s left to do is hang your wreath. I know traditionally the wreath does not go up until the the beginning of December, but just for a little fun, i snuck mine up for a quick photo while the kids weren’t looking – what do think? I’m pleased as punch!
Is it a little early to say ‘Happy Holidays’? 🙂
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We actually added a few extra balls and even a few little Christmas bells to fill in a few gaps. In total, we used 50 Christmas baubles and 12 bells. I think the end result is pretty stunning!