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wreath how-to

In our latest catalog, our creative stylists DIY’d a holiday wreath using ornaments from our bins—the result is a stunning, brightly colored and festive wreath to welcome guests. Since we often get questions about details in our photography, such as requests for paint colors used, we anticipated that a lot of you would want to know how it was made.

holiday wreath 1BSupplies:
1. Strong stiff wire that can be bent into a ring. We used aluminum wire gauge 20, about 55” long—due to the scale of the products in the shot, our wreath was rather large, about 28” in diameter. A wire hanger is also a simple way to go.

2. Ornaments. We used a total of 81 ornaments. For a smaller version, we’re guessing you could make a 14” wreath with about a third of the ornaments depending on how full you wanted it.

3. Strong tape to fasten the ends of the wire ring together or, pliers to twist the ends of the wire ring together.

4. Ribbon to hang the wreath.

holiday wreath 2Directions:
1. String one ornament at a time onto the wire ring, alternating colors, using smaller ones to fill in the gaps.

2. When the ring is completely covered in ornaments, fasten the ends together.

3. Use a ribbon to cover the spot where the ends are fastened together, and hang!

Tip: best not to go too large in diameter as the wreath could become too heavy and stretch out.

Thanks to curtis, art director, CB2 catalog, for this submission.

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Reader Comments (35)

You say string one ornament at a time - what exactely does this mean? Not sure how to attached them. Thanks

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathie sportum

LOVE this! Can't wait to make one of my own for the Holidays - I've been wanting to freshen up my holiday decor and you've given me the perfect inspiration!
Thanks!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for this, I'm going to make one with my boyfriend's daughter

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

This is great idea! I love crafting and I love you doing this for us!!!! Happy Holidays 2 u!!!!! pg

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat Gillham

LOVE this idea! I've been trying to find something similar that still looked modern, but to no avail. Will definitely be trying this out! Thanks CB2 - I love you! :D

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCapreeK

Fab decoration! Ooh the possibilities, the colors I could use.

I plan to make this for myself and, for all my sisters and brothers homes.

Thanks CB2
Siti

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiti

Thanks so much for sharing your great wreath project, no often you find that.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Cruz

How were the ornaments attached to the wire?

Thanks,
Barbara

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbarbara

I experimented briefly -- run the wire through the wire loop of each ornament, as if you were hanging it on a Christmas tree. Hope that helps.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Kathie: take a look at the top picture. They string the ornaments on the heavy-gauge wire through the little loop that ornaments all have at the top. Instead of putting a hook there as you woulod to hang it on a tree, slip the heavy wire through. Then, arrange the ornaments close to one another, so that they pack tightly around the hoop formed by the wire.

Cute idea - thanks!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTA

Just string the 20 gauge wire through the metal loop, already part of the ornament, that you would normally put your ornament hook on. It's that easy. No glue. Just string the ornaments on like beads on a necklace.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

OMG... a great way to recycle pesky wire hangers! My friends and I will be making this on our annual craft day!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

I would like to know- how did you keep the ornaments from twirling around the wire? Or, did you just let them twirl around until it was hung in place, and then arrange all the ornaments so they are on display?

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to make one. I might make a craft luncheon at work and show everyone how to do it.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Hot glue the ends (where the holder is) on the ornament, this will keep the cap from coming off as you put more ornaments on the wreath. Also using plastic ornaments is another option if you wish to hang the wreath outside.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I am going to make this!! Great idea for gifts, too!!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

What a quick but beautiful craft for the busy holiday season! I can't wait to share with my crafty friends. Thank you so much.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathi

Is there any easy way to bend the wire hanger into a perfect circle? Mine keep coming up oval. Thanks!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

Dear Autumn,

I have a suggestion to your oval problem. Shape the wire to the desired diameter by looping it around a big basin or anything that is round. You
might have to shape the wire around a smaller diameter basin than desired because the wire will spring out a little. You can hot glue the ends of the wire after completing the project but not before checking the roundness. An oblongated wreath does not sound too bad. Actually, you
can make a wreath of any shape you desire. A rectangular wreath for your flat panel TV, mirror in the bathroom, computer monitor or even a foldable one for your fireplace.

have fun & good luck,

Bey

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBey Elizes

Yes, this was one of my problems when I tried this a few years ago. In my experience, it's just not as easy as this makes it sound.

I tried hot gluing the ornaments together to keep them from moving around, but the glue didn't stick.

I imagine it helps that they're not using all balls--that most of them (at least as shown in the picture) have two flat sides. I think that would be crucial, especially to filling in spaces.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalia

They also said to use tape in the directions. So you'll put an ornament on the wire and then tape it to the wire to hold it in place.

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianne P

[...] for all of us, they give us instructions on how to make one ourselves here on the cb2 blog! of course, they recommend using their ornaments, but i think you could probably also find great [...]

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersecondhandsewn

This is a great question. I have tried myself and can't figure out how to do it. It doesn't say anything about gluing or taping the ornaments. I put about half of them on and held it against the wall and the ornaments spun around. Any suggestions?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

[...] Here are the steps from CB2: [...]

For those of you who have made this with the CB2 ornaments, how many did you have to buy and what was the cost? I lovelovelove this wreath, but am not sure it's in my price range.
Thanks!

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo Dub

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