Hi Friends! It's midnight, and I'm back into the swing of things. More like my old self...which means making art late into the night! I just finished my Glass Ornament Wreath that I had been talking about. I'm excited to show it to you and see what you think. But also want to say...YOU SHOULD MAKE ONE! It was really fun!
I started with a 13 INCH willow wreath from the dollar store. I also found a package of red and white tinsel at the thrift store. I don't know what she uses at Georgia Peachez Wreaths , but I wanted my ornaments to have a little cushion around them. And also thought that it wouldn't look bad if it was showing through in areas.
I wrapped the tinsel around the wreath very tight and close together, gluing it (with hot glue) now and then.
Now this was the hardest part! I had no idea how many ornaments I was going to need.
I really just wanted to use my cheapy ornaments that I had found over the summer, and the ones that I bought last week on sale. I didn't want to get out my REAL vintage ornaments. haha!
Well, I was going through ornaments like....candy! LOL
I had to go pull one box. Luckily it was a box that had a few I was willing to put into the wreath.
A mushroom, a berry, stars, and a UFO!
Wellie...Give that back to Mama!
OK... Things started going downhill. I was working on a flat surface and then remembered that my mom has a free standing wreath hanger. So when I was hanging the wreath...I DROPPED the entire thing! I was soooo lucky that the ornaments that broke weren't my Grandma's!
My sweet Grandma (who is no longer with us), left these Shiny Brites in the box. My mom and I decided that they might as well go in the wreath because we don't want to break them or get them mixed up with all of my old ornaments.
It's really hard to tell what's going on in this pic but... You're looking at the wreath partially done. That silver area is a hollowed out shell of what's left of a broken ornament (glued to the wreath). But the cute blue church ornament right next it (which was Grandma's), didn't break! I'm so lucky! I think Grandma was watching. :)
OK, after I put the vacuum away and my heart rate came down a little, I went in search of the little size ornaments and beads. You need lots of these to fill in all the gaps!
OK...HERE IT IS...
I think I could have kept adding and adding ornaments. I had to make myself stop!
These pictures are not the best because it's dark out!
I like Mr. Snowman in there. I only used two of Grandma's ornaments so that I can put the others in a wreath for my sister. So I'll be making another one. Please let me know if you give it a try!
Here are a couple more tips for a 13" wreath. Which ends up being much bigger when you're done.
It took about 20 LARGE balls, I put these mostly around the back/outside (NOT those jumbo ones).
It's helpful to have lots of SOLID colored balls to space between the more special ones.
You'll also need about 25 smaller balls or teardrops etc. for the top and inner layers.
I have 45 mini balls/beads on my wreath to fill in little gaps.
You will use TONS of glue sticks. Be ready!
And then the fun things: Spun cotton snowman, elf, glass picks, sugar bell, foil flower etc
I hope this inspires you! Or maybe it'll make you want to go buy one of those gorgeous wreaths from
Have a Great Day Friends! :)