Before pinterest I saved a photo of an absolutely amazing wreath. It was apple greens and golds and whites. It was a texture lovers heaven and I loved it. This year while I was trying to figure out what I wanted my Christmas decor to be like, you know theme, colors or whatever, that wreath kept popping into my head. I loved how it was definitely festive but not traditional. I don’t know about you but I wanted to pick a theme that I would love in the future or that could be easily tweaked to work in a lot of themes just so all the decorations I spend my time making this year can be reused. I’m so happy that I went with apple green, gold and book pages. I’ll show you more picks of my other decorations which are still a work in progress another time but today I want to show you my wreath because I love how it turned out.
This (above) was the inspiration wreath. I don’t remember where I found it since it was before pinterest but if anyone does please let me know since I’d love to credit the creator of this masterpiece.
I still love the original but when I went to do mine I didn’t think I wanted to do the fabric balls (they didn’t feel right with some of my other Christmas decorations). And I have to say I’m really happy with how it turned out. If you want to make your own it was super easy and pretty fast (unless you want to make your own ornaments, that took a bit of time). I started off by making book page ornaments. But of course you don’t need to do that but just in case you do I’ll explain that first (if you need more step by step photos check out this tutorial)
Book Page Ornaments Tutorial
- plastic ornament balls
- a book to destroy
- Mod podge and brush (I like those cheap foam ones)
- Loose Glitter
- Clear Spray Paint
To make the book page ornaments just tear your pages into small pieces and paint a bit of mod podge on the spot of the ornament you want to work on then put a piece of the page paint a layer on top of that and repeat until the ball is covered. This takes a while and your fingers will get coated but it’s easy. When it’s done put a thick layer of mod podge on and sprinkle glitter all over. Let dry then spray with a coat of clear spray paint to try to keep the glitter a little more in place (it won’t be perfect but it’ll make it so that less of the glitter falls off).
Ornament Wreath Tutorial
- ornaments of all types and shapes and sizes (I bought a big box at Joanns of gold ornaments, it had balls of various sizes with and without glitter and different finishes, stars, and icicles. I also picked up a box of apple green balls, made a few book page ornaments and bought a few other odd shaped ones)
- pine cones
- metal wreath form
- glue gun
- ribbon for hanging
Lay out the ornaments around the wreath form so you get the general idea of how you’d like the layout, what ornaments you like next to each other, etc. Start gluing. Just glue to the metal frame. Keep adding pieces by gluing to the frame and to the pieces already attached to the frame. Repeat until nice and full. Yup it’s really that easy. Fill in any spots. String a piece of ribbon through the frame in back and hang.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. As always if you try this out or if you’ve got something you’re proud of I’d love you to share it and link up at my What We Wore and Made party.