Hello wonderful people,
Today I bring you a tutorial for last weekend's bloggers luncheon activity. I made this wreath over a week ago, with Sandy's help in photographing each step. I used a foam ring that actually came broken, out of the case of 24 that I ordered, but for purposes of this tutorial will photograph a good one.
Step one: Use an extruded Styrofoam ring, here we used 8" round. Work on a surface that won't be damaged by dripping glue. Gather your supplies which are; a glue gun (high heat preferred), plenty of glue sticks (either multi-temp or high temp), at least 24-21/2" to 3" ornaments, and at least 24-1 1/2" to 2" (feather tree) ornaments (more might be used depending on how you wish your wreath to look). At least one yard of ribbon and if possible a metal ring (such as the rings used for key-rings) for added hanging strength. Also, remove the hanging loops and metal or plastic tops of the ornaments as you'll not be needing them, and it makes it sturdier to glue the ornaments in without them.
Step two: Create a bow loop through your foam ring and tack in place with glue to mark the top of your wreath. You may also attach a bow at the end of the process. Make sure you are keeping your foam ring on an even surface so that the ornaments will all be even on the back and it hangs flat on your wall. Arrange larger ornaments around the perimeter of your ring to adjust your spacing. I used a progressive approach by using 2" ornaments at the top of the wreath and used larger ones around the bottom. Your wreath does not have to be perfectly symmetrical, just pleasing to the eye. Once you have a design that appeals to you, if you wish you may mark the locations on the foam ring (where your ornament necks will go) with a marker or pencil and then proceed to the next step.
Step three: Using the tip/nose of your glue gun, insert into the marks you've made or just wing it like I do. Make sure the hole you create is large enough to fit the neck of your ornament and CAUTION do NOT force ornaments into the foam ring as you'll end up with broken ornaments and possibly cut fingers. Let the glue gun do all the work of creating a hole, it's fast and easy.
Step four: Once you have your hole large enough, add glue to the neck/opening of your ornament and gently place it in the hole you just made.
As you can see in the image below, I have one ornament glued in and one that is not glued in yet.
Step five: Progress around the perimeter of the ring making holes and gluing in your ornaments
Step six: Once you have finished the first row around the outside of your foam ring, you are now ready to do the next row. As you can see, I have an addition of a vintage plaster plaque glued onto my wreath. I did this as a way to use an item I wouldn't otherwise have used, and because it added stability to the broken foam ring that I used. You can do without this piece and continue creating rows of ornaments within the interior of the foam ring. When creating successive rows, alternate the placement of ornaments as you can see in the image below. This method fills in more area and allows you to create a more pleasing wreath.
Step seven: when you've arranged your ornaments in the next rows, proceed to glue them into the foam wreath, as well as gluing them to ornaments underneath for added stability.
I used many different types of ornaments for this project, including those with wires on them used in floral arranging. All I did was use some wire cutters and trim off the wires which made them suitable for filling in small areas.
I only got two major rows of ornaments on this wreath, due to the plaster plaque taking up the center space, but you can get up to three or four rows of ornaments on yours by also going down into the interior circumference of your foam ring.
Step eight: Finishing your wreath
Use smaller ornaments to fill in any spots where you feel the "white" foam ring is showing through. You may also use ribbons, tinsel, small wooden ornaments, plastic Santa's, reindeer's, or any cute little figurines you may have. I used some tinsel garland from Target to highlight the cute little vintage kitty on the plaster plaque. Now you can attach a bow to hang your wreath from on the back with glue if you did not start out with one.
That's pretty much all there is to it. I will post images of the ladies and their wreaths from the luncheon last Saturday in the next day or so. By this coming weekend, I will show images of the event itself and you can see "action" shots of the ladies working hard on their wreaths. If you have any further questions about creating these wreaths, please send me an email at email@example.com, and I'll be happy to help you if I can.