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DIY Christmas Ornament Wreath

DIY Christmas Ornament Wreath

This Christmas season is all about using what I already have in my stashes.

I buy cool Christmas stuff at thrift stores during the Christmas season and then it gets put away and I forget about it. Then I buy cool Christmas stuff at garage sales during the summer, and it too gets put away and I forget about it. lol.

Well this year I’ve pulled everything out, and I do mean everything, so that I can see it all.

Needless to say my craft studio is one big creative Christmassy mess. lol.

One day I’ll have my own separate craft studio workshop so I can really spread out. Oh a girl can dream. πŸ™‚

But for now it’s me and this little room packed with Christmas treasure, and I have to pick and choose what to use  in projects this year.

So, time to take down my diy Repurposed Owl Fall Door Decoration, and put up something for the Christmas season.

I was kinda sad to see my owl go so I needed something really fabulous and colorful to replace him.


box of mixed plastic ornaments for Christmas Ornament wreath

The first thing that really caught my fancy was this large $2 box of colorful plastic ornaments that I bought at a yard sale years ago.

They’ve been stashed away in a bookcase below my computer desk and honestly I didn’t even remember that I had them.


plastic Christmas ornaments and styrofoam wreath form for Christmas ornament wreath

I have a stash of thrifted wreath forms of all kinds; twig, straw, styrofoam, plastic.

You name it and I’ve probably got it.

I store them all up and out of the way on my diy wreath hanger. I buy them whenever I see them and usually pay 50 cents to $1.

I’m using a 12″ styrofoam wreath form for this project.


How to Create a Christmas Ornament Wreath

plastic Christmas ornaments sorted by color before being flued on to styrofoam wreath form

The first thing I did to start creating my diy Christmas ornament wreath was put all the ornaments in piles by color.

This makes it much easier to see what you have to work with.

All I needed for this project was my handy dandy glue gun.


gluing plastic Christmas ornaments onto outisde of wreath form

It’s been years, like over 20,  since I’ve made a Christmas ornament wreath. But after being momentarily intimidated by all those ornaments I quickly remembered how easy it actually is.

To make sure you have the right ornaments to fit around the outside and inside of the wreath it’s a good idea to do a dry fit.

This way when you’re almost done you know you won’t be left with a space that you don’t have an ornament to fit.


gluing plastic Christmas ornaments onto inside of wreath form

Once you’re happy with your dry fit you can go ahead and glue all the ornaments in place.

I didn’t want to see the tops where the hangers are so I faced those all down, but that’s just a personal choice.


gluing sparkly white garland onto front of styrofoam wreath form

Once all my ornaments were glued down around the sides I decided I wanted something more than just the ornaments on the front of my wreath.

One thing I especially love about crafting and repurposing is the fun of improvising as I go by looking at what I have to use.

In my garland stash I found a lovely white sparkly garland, and I glued it on the top of the styrofoam form.

Not only does it look pretty, but it also stops the styrofoam from peeking through the ornaments.


Adding Garland to Christmas Ornament Wreath

gluing Christmas ornaments onto wreath over sparkly white garland

Then I just started placing and gluing ornaments on top, not worrying about placement one little bit, but just winging it.

I love just winging it. πŸ™‚

TIP: When adding ornaments on top of the garland make sure to attach the ornaments to the wreath form and not just to the garland. If your ornaments are only glued to the garland they won’t be very secure, and they might pull on the garland as well


back view of Christmas ornament wreath

Here’s what the back looks like. You can see all the tops that I didn’t want showing at the front.


Multi-colored Christmas ornament wreath with white sparkly garland

My finished Christmas ornament wreath is about 18″ across.

I ran out of ball ornaments so I just started adding other shaped ornaments that fit the spaces that I had.

Turns out that was a good thing because I think they add a little more interest to the wreath.


Colorful Christmas Ornament Wreath

I left spaces between the ornaments on purpose to let that white sparkly garland shine through.

It really is a lovely backdrop for the colorful ornaments.


Hanging my Christmas Ornament Wreath

tying copper wire around styrofoam wreath form to hang Christmas ornament wreath

To hang my Christmas ornament wreath I poked some copper wire through the ornaments around the wreath form and made a hooky thing.

You could do this first if you want, but I wasn’t sure where I was going to want my top to be so I left it to last.

This wreath is really quite light so you can use any type of wire or twine for hanging.


DIY Christmas ornament wreath with sparkly white garland 2

And here’s my Christmas ornament wreath on our kitchen front door, which is the door that is always used.

Honestly, you would never know the ornaments are plastic unless you studied them really closely, or touched them.

They are so colorful and fabulous.


DIY Christmas ornament wreath with sparkly white garland

I have to say that using inexpensive plastic ornaments made this a really fun and freeing creative experience. This project cost me just $3, and I finished the wreath in just over an hour.

A Christmas ornament wreath can be a little intimidating to think about making, especially with all those ornaments laid out in front of you.

But trust me when I say that it’s really quite easy, and the result can be quite amazing.

Any color combo would work, or even the same color with different ornament textures would be fabulous. The possibilities are endless really.

Put the idea of perfection aside and just go for it.

Perfect things are made by machines. Handmade things made by people like you and me are much more interesting than that.

Imperfection is a beautiful thing. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Mother Deer says:

    That looks great! The garland and the interesting shapes take this wreath to a new level πŸ™‚ I love all of the cheerful colors.

      1. This is a very pretty wreath!!!!looks nice up against the door of color…

    1. Love this wreath. Will have to make this. Great idea. Merry Christmas

  2. Betty Zink says:

    I’ve seen a lot of Christmas ornament wreathes but this one is really special because of the garland and old fashioned looking ornaments. It is one of a kind.

    1. Thanks very much Betty! I’m so glad I decided to add the garland. It’s so pretty.

    1. Thanks Sharon! For a project like this for me plastic ornaments are a definite. I’m not sure I would ever want to make them with glass, although I’ve seen some beautiful ones.

  3. Debra Hubbs says:

    I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a long time. I am now inspired to actually make one. What a great assortment of ornaments you got for $2! I had thought of using my moms old ornaments but they are so sentimental to me I still use them on my tree. They are also probably too fragile for a wreath. Yours came out so pretty and I love the idea of the garland. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Debra! I agree with you about your mom’s ornaments. I wouldn’t use them to make a wreath like this. If you regret it there’s no going back. Enjoy them on your tree and make a wreath with inexpensive or thrift store ornaments. πŸ™‚

  4. This is very pretty! The vintage ornaments make this into a beautiful wreath.

  5. Love it. Don’t have all the stuff, but probably wouldn’t be too expensive to buy new and make. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Pam! You’re so right. I don’t think plastic ornaments are too expensive new.

  6. You have really taken ornament wreaths to a whole new level!!! The shapes, the garland….wow! I have all the makin’s for one too….in purple, of course! The only thing I don’t have is time! But who says a wreath has to be made at Christmas?! Nice work, girl! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Absolutely. A wreath for Christmas can be made at any time of the year. Purple ornaments would be awesome! πŸ™‚

  7. Elaine Hopper says:

    Hi Tuula,

    Wow what a great Christmas wreath. You are very creative! Looks great on your blue door. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year~

  8. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  9. It’s beautiful! I just love all the things you do. Thank you so much for giving all of us your ideas.

  10. Annette Wells says:

    Love it! The different shaped ornaments really add a lot to it. Thank you for sharing.

  11. It’s so pretty Tuula! You’ve inspired me to make one if I can find enough of the right ingredients!

    1. Thanks Florence! It was so fun to make, and with plastic ornaments these no worries about breakage and no regrets about using special ornaments. I think I just want this kind of wreath to look pretty, and I’ll display my special ornaments in other ways.

  12. using the garland made this perfection! Love it all!

  13. Awesome! ? My new favorite wreath! Time now to start gathering more ornaments for next Christmas. Thanks for this great idea!

  14. That is truly the best ornament wreath I have seen its Perfect!! Good job.