Have you ever tried to figure out how to make a Christmas ornament wreath? I found a tutorial for how to make an ornament wreath last holiday season and have waited all year to make it. You use a wire coat hanger to thread the ornaments. It’s fairly simple for even beginning crafters. This wreath cost me only about $8 for all materials.
If you are looking to make this craft on the cheap, visit the dollar store or any store with Christmas ornaments on sale. I bought several packages of various sized ornaments with about 10-15 ornaments per package. I ended up using about 80 ornaments to make this wreath. Use any colors you want – have fun! You’ll also need a bow (or ribbon to make a bow) and a wire coat hanger.
The most important pre-step to do in this craft is to take a hot glue gun and secure each ornaments’ hanger to the ornament itself so it doesn’t ever slip off. It takes about 10 minutes to do them all, but you’ll be glad you did.
How To Make An Ornament Wreath
- Christmas ornaments in various sizes (about 80)
- Wire Coat Hanger
Bend your wire coat hanger so it is shaped like a circle. Then untwist the end of the hanger so you can string ornaments onto the wire.
String ornaments of various colors and shapes onto the wire hanger. The more ornaments you fit on the wire, the fuller the wreath will appear. You may need to adjust the ornaments to hide the wire.
Tip: Use small ornaments to fill empty spaces.
Once you are finished stringing the ornaments onto your wreath, re-twist the wire at the end of the hanger so the wreath is back to a complete circle shape.
Tip: You may need to use pliers to bend the wire back into place.
Adjust the ornaments on the wire as needed to help hide the wire hanger. Add a bow to the top middle (it helps hide the hanger) and your wreath is ready for the door!
Do you decorate with holiday wreaths? What color combos would you use in your wreath? If you have any questions about how to do this craft, please leave them in the comments below. I’m happy to help!
Sue Hull says
I love this idea! I love wreaths and always hang a couple. I’m going to make one of these. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Rose Powell says
What a great easy wreath, love how it hangs by the hanger. I’d love to invite you to join the #TBCcrafters group on Facebook where we create crafts weekly and linkup together to share the wealth of comments and shares on twitter and Pinterest. We’d also like to invite you to include our linky html on your blog post so that everyone gets a visit. Please contact me via rose_a_powellATyahooDOTcom for more information.
Thank you for the invite, Rose. That is definitely something I am interested in learning more about and joining in January. Keep in touch!
Beautiful! I made this last year and wish I would have done the glue gun thing since a bunch fell off when I was hanging it up this year. 🙁 Pinned & tweeted!
Sorry to hear your ornaments fell off. But it’s good to know the extra time I spent gluing them on was worth it. I’m glad someone shared that tip with me so I could do it. Otherwise, I would not have thought about gluing those thingies on. Thank you for stopping by!
Ellen Christian says
That’s really cute! I love how it turned out!
Thank you, Ellen!
ok so its a coat hanger. i have always wondered. pinning! i’m gonna grab some of these ornaments on post holiday clearance to make for next year
HAHA! Brett, it was a mystery to me, too. I would not have guessed coat hanger. And it is so easy to string those ornaments on a hanger. My original idea was to hot glue them to something. That would either 1) been a failure or 2) taken forever or 3) all of the above. I’m going to watch for ornaments on clearance too so I can get more colors/sizes. Dollar Tree was limited.
Mary H. says
Very cute. Looks great!
Thats a pretty wreath and so easy to make!
Mary v says
Thank you for the great tutorial; it’s one of the easier-to-understand ones I’ve seen. I think I’d go with silver and blue.
How did you get it to hang flat on a wall?
Hi Cheryl – I have it hanging on the door using an over-the-door wreath hanger. Hope that helps! -Nicole
Do you put bulbs on both sides of the clothes hanger and when you hot glue them do you put them on the hanger right then
Thanks for your questions. I’ll try to answer them but let me know if I need to clarify anything since I may not be understanding the questions. Question: “Do you put bulbs on both sides of the clothes hanger?” Answer: The more bulbs you put on the hanger, the fuller the wreath becomes. The ornaments (bulbs) slide onto the clothes hanger and can usually be turned to face the way you want them. They will naturally want to face the back, the side, the front, etc. so you can usually just turn the bulbs and arrange them the way you want them as you string them onto the clothes hanger wire.
Question: “When you hot glue them do you put them on the hanger right then?” Answer: Once the hot glue has cooled/hardened, the bulb ornament is ready to be put on the hanger.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about how to make your ornament wreath. Good luck! –Nicole