Yes, I know.....this was ALL the rage last year when Eddie Ross came out with his wreath! Then everywhere you looked, someone was blogging about their own creation. Well, I may be slow to climb on board the bandwagon.....but there's a damn good reason for that.....$$$. You see, I was the smart one.....I'm the one who waited until AFTER Christmas to buy her ornaments.....I'm the one who got them for a STEAL!!! Now I'm the one who's doing HER wreath a year later! I'm also the one who LOVES, LOVES, LOVES her new wreath.....I love how cheery and bright it is.....and I love how it makes my heart sing!
So here's MY rendition of Eddie Ross' wreath.....because I did mine without the wire hanger (no wire hangers, ever.....name that movie).
- 8 Boxes Large Ornaments (8 ornaments per box)
- 5 Boxes Small Ornaments (10 ornaments per box)
- 4 Tubes Small Ornaments (8 ornaments per tube)
- 18" Styrofoam Wreath Form
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks (lots)
The first thing you'll want to do is to remove the wire hangers from the ornaments. Place a needle nose pliers or tweezers on the hanger, and while holding the cap on the ornament with your other hand, pull gently.
You can chunk the hanger, since you won't need it for this project. Some of the caps may be a little loose, if that's the case, then put a small amount of hot glue on the ornament tip, and place cap back on.
Set your wreath form on your work surface. Make sure it's protected from any hot glue that
Starting with your large ornaments, eyeball how you want to place your ornament on the inside of the wreath form. I prefer the cap facing down and toward the wreath form. Once you've got it eyeballed, then place a good blob of hot glue on the part of the ornament that will be against the wreath. Continue gluing your ornaments to the inside of the wreath form until filled.
It just so happened that I had enough of a space leftover after gluing my ornaments to the inside of the wreath form that was too small for another large ornament, but just perfect for a small one. Don't despair.....once you've got your wreath completed, you'll never notice this!
Time to start gluing the large ornaments to the outside of the wreath form. Do the same as in the previous step.....cap down and toward wreath. Continue doing that till the outside is covered with ornaments.
Now you want to start gluing the large ornaments to the top of the wreath form.
Continue gluing ornaments on till there is no space left on the top of the wreath form.
It's fill-in time! Here's where you'll need to do a lot of eyeballing. Start filling in the voids with the small ornaments, making sure to test where it'll fit, because you ONLY want to put glue on the ornament where it'll touch other ornaments. Again, keep the cap facing down.
Keep on filling until you run out of ornaments. I know I could have added another bunch more, but there's got to be a point where you just have to say STOP!!!
I was so tickled that I found a ribbon that whimsically complemented the wreath!
Use your ribbon as the hanger for the wreath. I did a bit of jigger-rigging, and took a small scrap of wood from the Big Boober's shop.....painted it the same color as the wall (let it dry).....looped the ribbon around the wreath.....wrapped the ends of the ribbon around the scrap wood.....staple-gunned the ribbon in place (on the side it won't show).....had the Big Boober screw the whole dang thing to the window casing. I know.....terribly anal on my part.....but that's the perfectionist in me coming out!
There you go.....my fabulous ornament wreath!!!
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