How to Create Wreath Ornaments from Repurposed Bread Clips
These repurposed plastic bread clip wreath ornaments are a super easy and inexpensive project.
I often like to challenge myself to see what I can create from something that most people throw away. It seems like it’s been ages since I grabbed an empty prescription container, that I’d been saving for something someday, to use for plastic bread clip storage. I kept the container right on the counter so John and I wouldn’t forget to put the clips in there.
It gave me a lot of time to think about what I was going to make with them. One of the ideas I came up with was these easy and fun bread clip wreath ornaments.
Supplies needed to make bread clip wreath ornaments
- plastic bread clips
- paper and pen/pencil
- hot glue
- thread hangers
- white glue or decoupage medium
- small craft paint brush
- glitter in colors of choice
- sandwich baggie
- misc decorations
I’ve been collecting these clippy thingies from bread, bagel, English muffin, and milk bags for what seems like a very long time.
I had no idea how many were in the container once it was full, but it turned out to be 202. Plenty for some fun and easy wreath ornaments.
Creating the wreath shapes from the bread clips
Before I started I sort of played with a wreath shape to see how many bread clips I would need to create a nice size wreath ornament. Once I was happy with the sizing, I created a 3″ circle template that I could follow so I would get a nice shape when gluing.
If you feel like you can eyeball this go ahead, but I found the template really helped make it much easier. A round tea container created my circle, but whatever you can find will work.
A small dab of hot glue in the bottom right corner of each bead clip is all that’s needed at this point, as you make your way around the template.
For my wreath ornaments I used nine of the plastic bread clips to create my roughly 3″ wreath shape. I say roughly because it doesn’t have to be perfect. Real wreaths aren’t, so these don’t have to be either.
After choosing where I wanted the top of my wreath to be, I hot glued a thin golden thread hanger into the middle of it. But again, you can use what you have that you think will work, just make sure it’s not too thick because of the next step.
To give the ornaments more stability it’s important to glue a layer of the bread clips onto the back, making sure to get glue onto the adjoining bread clip corners as well. This gives the wreath ornament a fuller look, but also makes it sturdy.
You simply place bread clips over the front layer, matching them up as you go.
It doesn’t matter if some of the writing can be seen because these bread clip wreath ornaments are going to be blinged up with glitter. I was one red short so I substituted a pink.
Here’s a side view of the two layers so you can see how it’s supposed to look.
Adding glitter to the bread clip wreaths
Once your wreath ornament is assembled it’s time to add some the fun stuff. I covered the bread clips with white glue, but you could also use decoupage medium.
And with a clean piece of paper below, I sprinkled glitter all over the wreath ornament. I let it sit for a few minutes to let the glitter sink into the glue nicely.
Then I knocked the excess glitter off by holding onto the thread hanger and gently hitting the paper with the wreath ornament.
I held the paper up to gather the excess glitter and used it for the other side of the wreath ornament, with a little more from the container as well.
To clean up the excess glitter, I just dumped it into a sandwich bag to be used for future projects, and I left my wreath ornament to dry for a couple of hours.
Then I gave it a light spray with a clear matte poly to protect the glitter, but also to protect everything else from being glitterized.
After I finished the red one, I did a yellow one and a blue one too. You could hang them just like this if you like, but I think they need a little extra something.
Adding the finishing touch to the bread clip wreath ornaments
Like some simple red bows that I hot glued on.
Here are some close up photos.
I had a lot of white plastic clips so I decided to create a white wreath ornament as well. The white glitter looks like lovely glittery snow.
So you can see that I did do the backs as well. This is just in case the ornaments spin around on the tree. I want them to look pretty. You could glue bows on the back too for a double-sided ornament.
The possibilities of these diy wreath ornaments is really endless depending on the colors you use and what you want to decorate them with. You could certainly spray paint the clips as well before adding glitter if you don’t have the bread clips in a color that works for you.
So I hope I’ve inspired you to take a second look at those humble bread and milk clips that we see everyday. Almost anything can be made into something else if we just look at them a little differently.
Our Christmas tree isn’t up yet, but these easy bread clip wreath ornaments will be a fun addition to hang on it this year. Like these curtain ring clip wreath ornaments, and these repurposed mini bow wreath ornaments.
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time,