Sunday, January 11, 2015

Valentine Ornament Wreath - Using a Clothes Hanger

You're not going to believe how easy this is to make! Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  It looks all fancy and expensive, but it was less than $5.  That's my kind of decorating bargain!
I purchased the shatter proof (aka plastic) ornaments for 50% off last year after Christmas and saved them until this year.  I knew I wanted to make a wreath, but originally, I didn't intend on it being a Valentine wreath.
I had 18 large ornaments and about 40 smaller ones.  All together there was 3 different sizes of ornaments.
I used a large metal uniform shirt hanger for my base.  My honey shaped it into a heart and then unwrapped the top part so I could slide my ornaments on it.
As I started sliding the ornaments on, they kept sliding past the "point", so I used a clothespin to stop them.  I filled one side with half of my ornaments and then the other side with the remaining bulbs.  After I placed all the bulbs on the wire I had my honey refasten the top part of the hanger back together, my hands were not strong enough.
When you hold the wreath up by the hanger, all your ornaments will want to slide all down toward the point.  Grab the "hanger" like so and gently jiggle the ornaments into place.  Adjust them until you have them where you want them.
Very carefully, lay the wreath on the table making sure the order you had them in doesn't change.
Now with your glue gun on the low setting (this cools faster) start gluing the ornaments to the wire.  Keep adding glue until they don't move anymore.
The first pass I went over pretty quickly, I let that cool and then picked it up to see what was still wanting to move.  I added more glue where it was needed.
I flipped the wreath over and added some glue on the front where I thought it needed it.  Try to keep your glue on the front out of site if you can.
Lastly I added a small bow using some ribbon I got on a gift this year.  I save everything!  LOL!  That's how a crafter's mind works, right?  I really love how this turned out and now I want to make more!  I need to go see if there are any plastic ornaments left in the 1/2 off Christmas sales.

Would you like to see what else I've made with a wire hanger?  Look HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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4 comments:

  1. What a clever and creative idea! The wreath is beautiful!

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  2. I just love this wreath! & I am featuring it on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/01/time-to-link-up-tuesdays-with-twist_20.html
    Thanks
    Angie

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  3. How cute is this??? I love it! And it reuses Christmas stuff. Very cool. Pinning.

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  4. Hi, DeeDee! Just wanted to pop by and let you know that we have Featured your adorable Wreath @ What to do Weekends!
    Come get your Featured button & thank you for sharing it with us!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

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