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Craft Day!! Easiest Holiday Wreath EVER

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Yesterday a few friends and I got together to make a wreath that my craftiest friend Andrea found where else but Pinterest!  Simple instructions to follow.... basically you just thread ornaments onto a coat hanger.

Here we are hard at work.  This first one shows the first ball being threaded onto the wire. We found that it worked better to straighten the wire out completely and let gravity help.


Your eyes are deceiving you - there's no way that there is really a bottle of Captain Morgan on the craft table at 11:00 am.



























See the plastic package with the number "10" on it below? Do you know what those are? If you do, I guess you're a better crafter than I am.




























So I asked what they were, and was told they are "glue sticks."  So I immediately thought, "Oh, they're so big! I'll send them to school with the kids and they'll last forever!""  I didn't say that out loud though.  Instead, I said "Well, how do you get the glue out?"  Dead silence.  Ok, like I was born knowing what a hot glue gun is and what it's accompanying glue sticks look like??  See, I'm sooooo not a good crafter, so if I can do this wreath, so can you!
























































Here are the ever so simple instructions, and them some finished photos:
1. Get  a wire coat hanger (not the white ones -  we learned through trial and error that those are too weak and the gold ones work better).
2. Straighten it out into a line.
3. Add 100 or so unbreakable ornament balls by threading the coat hanger through the top of the ornament.  Our most frugal crafter got her balls at Target for $7!  The wreaths that come out best (needless to say, not mine) were the ones where my anal friends took the time to thread them in a pattern.  We used about 100 balls. 
4. When you are done, bend the wire back into a circle, use the coat hanger hook as the hook to hang it from, add some ribbon, and you're done!

The results:






Needless to say, the "ball" jokes were merciless.  Here's just a PG sampling: "Don't break my balls," "Your balls are so shiny," "My balls feel so smooth," etc. etc.  Good thing we weren't drinking, it would have been so much worse :)

And which one is mine you might ask?  The worst one.  Patience is not one of my strengths!

My friend Andrea, crafter extraordinaire, is also a professional seamstress. She started her business by repairing the canvas cushions on boats -- how genius is that?  No one was really doing it, and boaters had to replace their cushions for a ton of money every couple of seasons rather than just get them fixed.  She later expanded into all areas of sewing, and is amazing. If you are local and need a seamstress, you must check her out at Canvas and Cushion.
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Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

LOL Sorry, I can't stop laughing at your jokes at the end!!! Hilarious!!!!

Stacy, this is so cool! Look, I'd try to do something like this if I didn't have pain EVERYWHERE right now! LOL Oh, dear... you have no idea how everything hurts at this point. I'm not spending almost any time online lately. It's being hard, but I know it's for a good reason.

I'll save this post. If I can't do it this year, I'll definitely try on the next! This not only easy, but really fun.

By the way, thank you for all of your support and sweet comments. They always make me smile.

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Kathysue said...

Hi Stacy, How fun a get together and you all came out with a new Christmas wreath. Eddie Ross did one on his blog, http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2008/12/no-wire-hangers-well-maybe-just-one.html

Years ago I saw a giant wreath like this out of all vintage ornaments, it was gorgeous!!! Great job, sweetie and it sounds like you had a lot of fun!! xo Kathysue

Ange said...

What a fun get together! I was trying to make my wreath like that on Sunday but the glue wasn't working well and the balls kept falling off and I put it away before I threw it across the room. Looks like yours worked out better than mine! :)

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

These are so brilliant!!! I love me some shiny balls (c: HA! I couldn't help myself I'm like a 12 year-old boy...can't resist a great joke (c: They really are so gorgeous, I'm going to have to do this next week...after the turkey coma wears off...

Sunny said...

I am still laughing at this post. Thanks so much for sharing!! I still want to know what the Captain was doing attending your wreath party? I really like all of the wreaths!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I am loving this post STacy~now I can't believe you don't use glue sticks in decorating, like applying trim to drapes or chairs or whatever. You gotta get one~!

The enchanted home said...

You are so funny.....Stacy! However these are really cute and what a great feeling it would be to know you made something yourself when everyone starts complimenting you......they really are great looking I have to say!

And to answer your question about the outlets in the basebboards, no its not a code thing just an asthetic thing, my builder and hubby are sticklers for those kinds of little things but they are spot on, as its those little things that make a big difference as your keen eye observed:)

Shirley/Housepitality Designs said...

Booze and balls..(oh I meant Christmas balls)...what more can you ask for to have a great time creating beautiful things!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

You must have had so much fun making these wreaths! (Especially with a little help from the Captain!) Did you really not know what a glue gun was?!? You're so adorable!
Awesome project, Stacy!
~ Wendi ~ xo

Sheila @SZInteriors said...

This is great, Stacy! And isn't crafting with Captain Morgan's just a different form of Mimosa? ;-)

Just Spiff It said...

I am so happy you know about glue sticks!! You have been enlightened. Have you already gone out and bought a glue gun?? Great project!

Just Spiff It said...

........also these wreaths would be pretty laying flat on a table with a large candle in the center.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What a great idea. That would be fun for kids to do also!

Lauren said...

These are beautiful! I always wondered how to make them, so thanks for enlightening me. Now, you need to get a glue gun and some glue sticks--you can do a lot with such a simple thing!

Sheri said...

Those are some beautiful balls! Sorry I couldn't resist, I am howling at your post. Seriously, these turned out so gorgeous!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

These look great Stacy but even nicer was imagining you giggling all evening long with your girlfriends - life doesn't get better than that. :)