Saturday, November 20, 2010


My little helper

Last February I wrote a post about "longing to be crafty"....remember?

Basically, I came to grips with the fact that I am just not cut out for craftiness in this stage of my life.


That was then and this is now. :)

My friend Rachelle has decided to take me under her oh so crafty wing and thought that this wreath would be a great starting point! Thank you Eddie Ross. :)

It was probably the easiest thing I have ever made. In fact, next year if I get some good plastic bulbs on clearance this year, Emersyn can help me make it. The most challenging thing was bending the silly wire coat hanger.

I was going to wait to blog about it until I hung it up in my house but since that could be weeks away (hopefully not) I decided to blog about it NOW so that if you wanted to make one yourself for the holiday season, you could!

Here are the directions, in my own words:

1) Get a wire hanger

2) Get some bulbs. I used two packs of 36. You do the math, I'm tired. (ha) I used glass bulbs which I like the overall look of better but it definitely makes it a more delicate project.

3) Bend the wire hanger to look like a wreath.

4) Hot glue the little metal thingy that holds the hook where you put the thing that hangs on the tree to the ornament. Hahahaha. I am TERRIBLE at describing things. This would be much better described with a picture, don't you think? But alas, I took like two pictures while I was making my wreath because I was also trying to keep a 2 year old entertained, bless her heart. This is how Eddie Ross describes this step in case you couldn't translate what I was trying to say: To secure the metal cap to the ball, dab a little hot glue and press. That way, the cap will remain attached as the ornaments are strung.

5) String the ornaments however you like onto the hanger.

6) Have your husband or someone strong help you bend the wire to secure it together. Brett found that if he bent each end into like a narrow "u" shape, he could link the "u's" together and then the wreath holds itself together with it's own resistance....does that make sense? Eddie Ross doesn't really say how to secure the wire together, just to finish it off with a ribbon.

This isn't the greatest picture but it works to show the overall concept. I still need to tweak some of the bulbs to make the colors more evenly spread out.

This is so simple and would be a great gift idea! It would be fun to do yellow and green ornaments for a Ducks fan or do a pink one for a little girls room?

It was a fun simple craft and I'm on my way to a craftier life. Rachelle was also working on this amazing advent garland thing. I tried to hide my jealousy but I think she was on to me.

If you make a wreath, let me know! I'd love to see a picture!


Melissa said...

i love it! great job!! :)

LeAnna said...

VERY cute and Pottery Barn'ish! I love it!

Michael - Innkeeper said...


homemade is always, always best!