Everyday Inspirations


~ day 8: small inspiration ~

Liz and Pearl
Guest blogger: Liz Sproul
Formerly a special education teacher, I have found my true love and happiness in being a wife and mother to my two children, George (3), and Pearl (8 months). Though I lack any real skills [Ash's editorial note: This is not true ;)], I love to create and make things, and I chronicle those successes (and failures), and also document my life and family at lifeupstream.blogspot.com.

Last Christmas I saw a handful of tutorials floating around the Internet for an ornament wreath. I looked through a few of them and then just kind of came up with my own way to do it. There are probably better (less ghetto :)) ways to do this, but what I did worked, was easy (and exceedingly cheap), and I was actually really happy with the final product.

Variety of sizes of ornaments (I bought all of mine at the dollar store)
Wire hanger
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

1. First I unwound the wire hanger and shaped it into a circle. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you will want it to be fairly round (unless you want a hanger-shaped wreath, then by all means, don't make it round).
2. Then I just started stringing the ornaments around the hanger. As I went I was sure to use my hot glue gun to glue the actual bulb part of the ornament to the part that you will hang on to the hanger. I just popped the little metal top off, squeezed some glue in it, and put it back on the ornament. I let it dry for a few seconds before stringing it onto the hanger. Once I knew where I wanted to place it, I used the glue gun to glue it in place. Sometimes I couldn't glue until I had a few ornaments placed where I wanted them so I could glue them all together at once. (I think Step #2 wins the award for most times the word "glue" has ever been used in a paragraph.)

3. I played around with different sizes of ornaments and putting them in different places until I got the look I wanted. I tried to keep my colors pretty evenly spaced out, but you can be as creative as you want with this, using all kinds of different colors, shapes, and sizes of ornaments.

4. Once I had ornaments strung (and glued) around the entire hanger I went back with my trusty glue gun and some miniature ornaments and just glued them in place where there were gaps or spaces.

5. I wrapped the ends of my wire hanger back together, keeping the natural curve in tact to use as the holder for the wreath. I then used the glue gun (naturally) to glue the two ends of the hanger together, and voila, a round little ornament wreath to adorn your front door! If you want to cover up the exposed wire hanger at the top (who knows why anyone would want to do that?), just tie a little ribbon into a bow and glue it down. No one will ever know that your pretty little wreath only cost about 3 dollars to make. :)

More wreath views (click images to enlarge):

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12/4/2010 12:01:56 am

Omg I'm so in love with this! $3 seriously? I may need to go out right now to make my own! Great work!

Teri [a foodie stays fit]
12/4/2010 05:33:45 am

I have almost the exact same wreath in red and pink that I paid like $45 for at Pottery Barn. Dangit!

I LOVE YOU LIZ! And I secretly wish I had your kids as my own.

12/4/2010 07:13:33 am

Ashley, what a cute family Liz has! I looked at her blog and I adore it! You must tell her that now I'm a reader!

12/4/2010 08:23:00 am

You all are so sweet! I will definitely make sure Liz sees all these comments (if she hasn't already).

@Jessica: I will definitely let Liz know you love her blog. I love it too! It makes me so happy. It also doesn't hurt that her kids are incredibly gorgeous. I hope the family genes come through for me so I have some sweet-cheeked, blue-eyed babes myself. ;)


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