It was really easy and fun - the whole project took me less than an hour and cost me less than $5.00. These ornament wreaths are selling at Lowe's for $29.99 for the small and $39.99 for the large - I would call mine small, but the ribbon is huge! :) I'd recommend this project to even the most novice of Christmas crafters because it was really easy, is totally customizable, and (in my humble opinion) looks pretty neat when it's finished. I would highly recommend buying ornaments this year at the after-Christmas sales if you want to make the project, because that saved me a lot of money. So, here's how I did it in case you'd like to give it a try.
I started with a lot of large shatter-resistant ornaments, a lot of small shatter-resistant ornaments, a hot glue gun, a large roll of holiday ribbon, and a white wire hanger from the dry cleaner's.
My first step was to remove the tops from all the ornaments and hot glue them back on.
Next, I untwisted the wire hanger, formed it into a circle, and started stringing ornaments onto the wire. I just alternated big and small, but I occasionally strung two big or two small together just to shake it up. At first, I wasn't sure how this was going to go because it didn't look full, and all the ornaments really just hung straight down.
But, once I got going, all the ornaments started to fall into place. I really only had to twist and arrange the ornaments two or three times.
After I used all my ornaments - and I think I could've easily used more - I twisted the top of wire hanger back together and pulled it tight. Be careful pulling it tight... when I was pulling hard enough to get the two top ornaments to touch, two of the lower ornaments snapped from the pressure. So, I left a little slack in the wire, which wound up being a nice place for the ribbon.
Then, I cut off the excess wire... probably the toughest part of this project, even with my totally tough scissors.
Then, I started working on the ribbon. I cut a long strip, looped it around the wire part, and hot glued the ends together.
Then, I cut three long strips of ribbon and glued the ends together on each.
gathered them in my hand...
and used a shorter piece of ribbon to gather them together. Then, I hot glued that short piece around the loops to make the bow.
Finally, I hot glued the big bow to the bottom of the ribbon hanger and hung it on the door!
A bright and shiny ornament wreath for our front door!
I hope you'll try it!