Sunday, November 22, 2009

The hardest easiest DIY wreath ever

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OK, so I have seen this all over blogland for the past year, so it’s nothing new. I believe Eddie Ross did it first. Then I think I saw it over at Rhoda’s last year. And Chris shared hers last week. The more I saw them, the more I was mesmerized by them.

Then one of you lovelies (thanks Su!) suggested this wreath when I shared my Christmas dining table last week. I found a huge container of the bronze ornaments at Hob Lob on Friday for only $10, and the stars aligned and I knew it must. be. mine. 018

If you follow two simple pieces of advice this will be the easiest Christmas project you’ll do this year…listen to me carefully…I’m about to save you some major bad word saying and time.  :)

OK, when Eddie says to hot glue the little tops onto the ornaments before you start, this is not a suggestion. For reals. Oh yes, you can tug at the little tops and think “Pushaw, these are totally fine – they’ll hold great!”

Ummm…don’t listen to yourself. Listen to me. Listen to Eddie. You think you are saving time by not hot gluing, but you’re really going to add another unnecessary 20 minutes onto this project if you ignore him. And me.

It takes two seconds to hot glue one on, so just do it, as Nike would say.

All you need for this project is a wire hanger (insert Mommie Dearest jokes here) and your ornaments. You also want the hot glue, unless you’re gonna ignore me. And a wire cutter of some sort if you don’t want to fill up the whole length of the hanger with ornaments.

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This is the easy part – you just thread each ornament onto the wire, one by one. When you are done, twist the wire together to close the circle. Then arrange the ornaments so the wire is hidden as much as possible.

This is the next piece of advice you must not ignore – use the cheapest, thinnest wire you can find. I mean, seriously, my hubs must be taking his clothes to the Taj Mahal of dry cleaners cause OMG this stuff was hard to twist up to close at the end. 

I mean, like, insanely, ridiculously hard. It was thick wire – do not use thick wire. Use the thinnest wire hangers you can find, umkay? 

If you follow these two suggestions, I can promise you this will be the easiest, most beautiful wreath you’ve ever your set eyes on. If you chose to ignore, it will be the hardest, most beautiful wreath you’ve ever set your eyes on.  :)

My container of bulbs (shatterproof) had 50 in it, and I used about 15 from my Goodwill stash as well. So approximately 30-something ornaments per wreath for mine – they are small but that’s what I wanted.

I hung them from cream ribbon (per Su’s suggestion!) in the two molding rectangles that flank our windows in the dining room:

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If I can find a couple more in this color on the cheap, I’ll hang one from the little nails up there. If not, no one will ever notice them.  Except all of you. ;)

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One ended up being smaller than the other, but I was so over them at that point, I said forgetaboutit. Whateva. But they are gorg, so I got over it fast!

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So again, if you follow my warnings advice – this is a quick and easy project! If not…well…don’t come cryin’ to me! OK, you can, cause I’ll cry with you.

Total cost for the two wreaths was $10 for the ornaments. Fantastic!

(Reason No. 329 I love Live Writer – I can add “gorg” and “pushaw” to my dictionary. Hellooo, those are words!)

149 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful! Perfect for your lovely home! Hope you have a week filled with blessing!

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  2. I made one this weekend too, and I glued them first ! I love the colors of yours.

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  3. so adorable and great colors! I got christmas stuff out this weekend! you'll have to check it out on my blog. Mantel is done and trees are going up!!!

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  4. I made a red/green/gold one for my mom this weekends and while I did heed the advice of hot gluing first (and getting several fingertip burns!) I did not have any cheapy wire hangars and wrestled with the ends for.ev.er. Seriously. I even got out pliers to try to twist them. I ended up just flipping the ends back over and hotglue-ing the last ornament so it couldn't slip off. Oh well. This is fantastic and reminds me of some wreaths I saw at the Hyatt in Chicago during midwest last year.

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  5. I'm so glad I found you because this is wonderful and I can hardly wait to get started. I have a bunch of old ornaments we don't use anymore because I changed my *theme*, so this would be perfect for hanging on the front door or the kitchen door inside. The best part is that I don't even have to leave the house to make this. I have everything I need right here.

    Apparently, I've been under a rock. I'd not ever seen this! So, thank you!

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  6. Oh, that's great! I never knew to thread them on wires! Fabulous, I always wanted one of these, but didn't know exactly how to make it... so, THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!

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  7. I agree with you! I have been working on this type of wreath for two days. I need to A. go find a thinner, flimsy-er wire hanger and undo all of my ornaments and B. hot glue the tips as the E-6000 adhesive didn't work as a "faster" way. They still popped off. UGH!

    So, thank you for giving the warnings, er, advice! It will save all of us lots of frustration!

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  8. those colors are so pretty! i love how the bronze looks against your dining room walls.
    who knew it was that easy to make such a cute wreath?
    thanks for sharing.

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  9. I did this today listening to Christmas music, totally got me in the mood for decorating. I spent $10 at the Dollar Store for ornaments and one spool of ribbon. I used 64 ornaments in all, large and small. The wreath is silver and blue and the ribbon is white with silver...love it!
    Kim P

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  10. Oh I am SOO glad you posted this just now. I am planning in the next day or two to do my wreath and had the thought that I wouldn't worry about the hot glue. Bad me!!!

    I'll take your advice and hunt down that hot glue gun that seems to have disappeared in the move. (I have a sinking feeling I may have thrown it out).

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  11. BEAUTIFUL wreath you made!!!! I was soooo happy to see you post this because I just made one for my daughters playroom, and I found it to be so easy until I got to the end where I had to close the wire together, I as one of your other readers had to literally pull out my wire cutters and and twist those crazy jokers together after about 15 minutes of trying... And now I realize it had to be the hanger being too thick in size... Well I guarantee you, I will be on the search for the thinest I can find, because I want to make many more of these cuties in the next few days... Thanks sooooo much for the helpful advice!!!!!


    Michelle Torres
    cingulwasme@aol.com

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  12. Very beautiful! They fit so nicely with your home. I am going to have to try this one, thanks for posting it even if it has been around, it is a new one for me! :)

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  13. I am laughing so hard....not sure why....I think it's because every time I decide to try a "diy"....this kind of poopy stuff happens and I get so flipping frustrated that it was SUPPOSED to be easy peasy and it turns into a marathon of all marathon's! Glad to see that everyone else gets into these little projects and sometimes finds them feeeeeeerustrating! lol
    Thanks for posting!]
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    Suzie

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  14. btw...been reading some of your previous posts....love the "boxwood "S" wreath" you made last year or the year before.....but I think you had it hanging upside down.....I'm not positive but I think if you turn the thing the other way the big part of the "S" would be on the bottom.....what do you think?
    Suzie

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  15. Oh my...you're funny. Seriously. And I love the wreaths. Great job!

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  16. I have big plans to make a couple of these this week. And I will definitely listen to your warning and use HOT GLUE!

    Yours look beautiful. Love those bronzey tones...so glam!

    ~Amanda

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  17. So simple yet elegant! I love it, will be making one of them real soon!

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  18. Told ya Live Writer rocks the shizzy! Ummmkay yes those are gorgeous...must hunt for gorg ornaments to match my decor. I will listen to your advice. Sarah knows best right?

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  19. how sweet of you to save us this issue...too bad I didn't see this before I tried it...I think I was saying bad words I didn't even know I KNEW! lol
    you are hilarious by the way...and those look sensational where you put them!

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  20. I'm sooo not a DIY girl, but I might have to try this...going to store to look for bulbs tomorrow.

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  21. I am SOOO trying this. How bad can I screw this up? We shall see. The possibilities are endless. Hob Lob, here I come!

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  22. LOL Taj Mahal of cleaners! The untwisting the wire part of this project is what's kept me from doing this for the past 3 weeks.

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  23. I'm completely stealing this idea!! Janell

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  24. I love that you did this for your post today. I have been wanting a wreath like this, but couldnt figure out how i would do it. Thanks for the help

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  25. I've SOOOO been planning to do this! Yours look wonderful! I'm hoping that I can twist two hangers together because I want mine to be BIG!

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  26. They look beautiful. I love love love the color ornaments that you chose. I am very much of a brown girl. Any shade of brown makes me pretty happy.

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing your talents.

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  27. Thanks for the advice!! I'm tackling one of these next sunday, so I'm glad I found your blog before I did! :)

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  28. You seriously crack me up! But those are gorgeous, I can't wait to give them a try. My old wreaths were retired at the end of last year as they had seen better days.

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  29. Oh I just love those browns and coppers together. My husband thinks we have too much brown in our living room, but I think he's wrong and I think I NEED to make myself some. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  30. I just did one of these and you are soooooo right about the hot gluing. And the clothes hanger! Who knew those stupid things were so hard to twist?
    The browns and coppers are lovely.

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  31. I had planned to do a ribbon wrapped and felt wreath, but now I want one of these.

    Hmm, I could do one for our bedroom - where the tree will be, and one for the living room!

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  32. I am headin over to the Habitat resale store this morning and pick up some bulbs because I am now inspired to do this project. Thanks for the good tips.
    Your wreaths are lovely and so is your diningroom.

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  33. Wow, I wish I had this post to read before I tried this project a couple weeks ago! I didn't pre-glue the tops on (until they fell off the wreath) and I used a "nice sturdy hanger" that was impossible to close at the end! I may have to do my wreath over, right this time. Yippee! Thanks for making me feel less like a dork anyway!

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  34. The mantra of pre-gluing the tops has been going through my head. I still have this on my list of things to put together. Yours look fabulous in your dining room!

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  35. I am running to the store this morning! I tried a whole different version and only ended up with broken ornaments and dreams. Thanks for the easy but beautiful wreath...Great Gift Idea!!!

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  36. I have seen these all over blogland and I love them!! I just may have to make my own....hmmmm Have a fantastic week Sarah!

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  37. ///OMG These are gorgeous I have seen them before and had no idea how simple they would be to make, duh, LOL, heading to Big lots tonite to find the ornaments, cant wait to make one! Thanks for sharing, Sue

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  38. I now know what to give my step mother for Christmas! Off to Target to find some purple ornaments!!!

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  40. GORG!!!!! They look beautiful framed by your mouldings.

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  41. Wow, how easy that looks. Can't wait to try it.
    Thanks
    Pam

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  42. Gorgeous...must get some of these ornaments!! Loving them!

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  43. Those are beautiful!!! I need to learn to how to have patience in order to be crafty.

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  44. I made 3 of these this weekend as well and YES the hot glue is a necessity and I swear I still lost a few that I had to glue back in!

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  45. So glad someone else had that problem besides me! I used a thick wire hanger and boy do I regret it. I nearly broke the ornaments while trying to twist the wires together at the end.

    I got it looking just right and only had to add my ribbon and then...today I dropped the wreath and it broke into more pieces than I'd like to say....

    Lord help me this is some Monday already!

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  46. LOOOOOOOOVE this wreath!!!! I makes me all giddy & giggly inside! :-) This one is a must try for me now, I've seen it a few times too. Beautiful!!!

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  47. If one more person beat me to "finishing" this wreath!!

    Looking good Sarah!

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  48. First of all I love your live writer posts! SO jealous that there is not a MAC version.
    I have been wanting to attempt this SO much but after working on a nut wreath for fall i thought it would be easier to buy one! I had no idea you threaded them on! I thought it was all hot glue! ha so thanks for the great tips and pics.

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  49. I love those, will definitely follow your advice!!

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  50. Beautimous!! :) How lucky were you to find ornaments in just the colors you needed? I'm tellin' you, that Hobby Lobby is amazing. I don't know why they won't bring one to my area of Virginia!

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  51. I've seen this wreath everywhere, but I LOVE the colors that you used!!! I was going to wait until next year to do this, but I may have to find a place for it this year. :)

    http://katiehommer.blogspot.com

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  52. I love this. I think I'll try it with some fresh greenery mixed in.

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  53. This is so beautiful...I think my favorite part is the color choice! It just adds sparkle to your already elegant room...Well done and thanks for sharing:)

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  54. gorgeous! and you are totally hilarious. you hit all my typical "time savers" there. yeah ida have tried to not hot glue too so ill just do what he says and save my self some actual time. thanks!

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  55. Love it! Am definitely going to make one, or two, or three!!! LOL My daughter just bought her 1st Christmas tree for her apartment, she chose purple and silver ornaments...I would love to make one for her to match. Oh, and as for the nails...I use white thumb tacks, they hold just as well and don't show. Or, you could make pretty bows and slip them onto the nails.

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  56. I LOVE it! Truly I do. This is going on the To Do List (along with buying more hot glue sticks. I like learning vicariously).

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  57. Sarah you are so awesome! Thanks for another great project! Really it is so cool!

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  58. Hahah you are hilarious. Thanks for the tutorial! I saw wreaths like these at Home Goods...I was about to hot glue the actual ornament to a wreath. Ummm that would have been disasterous! Now I will search for hanger wire! :)

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  59. Sarah, you're so funny! I had to go back & find my old post, since I didn't do a good job of showing how it was done, I just linked to Eddie's post. But, here's mine from last year:
    http://southernhospitalityblog.com/can-you-love-a-vacuum-cleaner/

    Don't let the title fool you! yours turned out great, I love the bronze tones. I think I need to take mine apart & glue those tips, you're right, they can explode & fall off. I've lost a couple of mine already. I have to figure out where I'm gonna hang mine!

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  60. I have been drooling over these wreaths for weeks. Yours is my favorite yet...LOVE how elegant it looks! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Love it! I saw Chris's wreath last week and now yours. I think I'm inspired to do my own!

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  62. They turned out great! I agree with all of your warnings.

    I think you should make one for each of the back of the chairs in the Dining Room! ha!

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  63. I'm checking your blog with my almost 3yr old on my lap and right when the pic of the wreath came on the screen he gasped and said, "Oh that's bootiful! Where'd you make that Mommy." I had to let him know it wasn't my creation. Hopefully it soon will be though. It's gorgeous!

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  64. So I attempted this a couple weeks ago following Eddie Ross. But I didn't LISTEN!! I gave the ornaments a gentle tug and didn't think I needed to hot glue. Total disaster! It is still sitting there with half the bulbs off waiting for me to pull out the hot glue gun to actually do it properly. Major BUMMER!! So ladies, listen up USE HOT GLUE GUN!! Your wreaths turned out beautiful!

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  65. I just made one this weekend...and I didn't have enough ornaments. I used all my thrifty ones...so I'm just going to cut my wire shorter...thanks for the advice!!! And, I can't tell you how many burnt fingers I had from glueing the tops on...ugh!

    Hugz,
    michele

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  66. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I must buy some ornaments and try making one (or more) - love the look for sure!

    great job!

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  67. Stunning! I love how the colors of the ornaments go with your decor!

    Karen

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  68. OMG! These are bee-u-tee-full!! :) I can't wait to make them for my house! Keep the Christmasy ideas coming, girl. Love them!

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  69. It came out great and I must say, I love your witty postings! There is nothing liking a good laugh or two when you're crafting (or reading about someone else crafting!) =)

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  70. Rats!! I was just at Hob Lob (an hour ago) and it's way out on the other side of town.... hmmm... now what excuse can I use to go back.... because I wll be back there hunting down ornaments for a wreath such as this one. Beautiful. (That's what I get for not checking this blog before I leave the house!)

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  71. LOVE the wreaths - they do look stunning!!

    I bought 2 consultations from you a while back and I do keep meaning to send you after pictures... only the afters haven't quite gotten there yet!! We are SOOOOO close to having our formal living room finished - well, finished without furniture. It'll be furnished slowly, but all the details are coming together.

    I blogged about it here - http://paulsbride.blogspot.com/2009/11/little-details.html - but there's really only pictures of our floor vents that MATCH our hardwood floors. It was so exciting to find vents that match so perfectly!!! I will let you know when I post pictures of the whole room - your idea for the curtains looks stunning in the room!!

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  72. These really are gorgeous. Well done!

    And I promise that if I give them a try, I will TOTALLY glue them. I swear.

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  73. Okay so I finally finished mine! Please stop by if you have a chance!

    http://home23duncanboys.blogspot.com/2009/11/needing-push.html

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  74. Sadly, me and all your friends knew exactly what "pushaw" meant! I love it, love your warnings and LOVE the colors in the wreath. Will copy!

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  75. I've seen these all over blog land also, and have wanted to try one. Thanks for the tips about hot glue and thin wire!

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  76. I made mine this weekend. I used the exact same ornaments from Hobby Lobby. I am with you on gluing the tops on. I tried to pull one off and thought, "oh, these won't come off." I was wrong. People, listen to her! I had to unstring mine and glue the tops on. But be careful about how much glue you use. It only takes a little. I used too much on some of mine and stopped up the hole! I had to use knives, tweazers, and a straight pin to unclog the holes!

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  77. your photos look like something out of a magazine. . love the last one with both wreaths showing and the chandelier. . very elegant and wow! I am thinking. . I may have to make one too :) When I do, I will be sure to send you a pic :) Thanks for a lovely blog

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  78. I just love that! And I love how you hung it with ribbon. I am SO doing this one... when I find time, wait, I have 10 minutes :)

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  79. Uh, you've GOT to be kidding me...

    I so want your wreath, ingenuity and thrifting-talent! I love your blog - it helped the last hour of work just fly by! :)

    Happy Holidays

    -GorgGal

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  80. They are absolutely gorgeous and I am gonna try them and do what you say! I can say some really bad words when I get mad so I need to take your advice so I can be good since Santa is watching!

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  81. Love them! I love the non-traditional ornament colors :) I think I may atteompt to make one, and will follow your advice! :)

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  82. oh my word. they look absolutely gorg! I have been wanting to do one of these from last year. I see that if Sarah can, I can!

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  83. Fantastic job! It looks BEAUTIFUL! It IS all about the hot gluing! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    xo
    Eddie

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  84. as much as I love the brightly colored versions of this project (and who am I kidding I adore them) I think it's lovely to see such a sophisticated palette! It's super chic and would fit in so many homes, even those that "don't do Christmas decorations" NICE WORK!

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  85. got a question : after threading the ornaments onto the wire, you just twist the end? any advice? did i miss that part of the direction?

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  86. Thanks so much for posting this! I will be making asap.

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  87. i will be making a stop at Hobby Lobby to try to find these same ornaments to make this wreath. it's gorgeous.

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  88. Beautiful Sarah. I love the colors of the balls you used. Very gorgeous!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  89. very cute! my friend just did one of these using dollar store ornaments. it turned out too cute!

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  90. I was completely inspired by your post - to the point where as soon as I read it I raced out to the shop to buy baubles. I managed to make one of these without gluing myself to anything permanently and it turned out so beautifully!

    Thank you so much for posting. I saw on TV tonight one of the major magazines has a feature this month about how to make one of these as well (I think they've been trolling round blogland looking for ideas....)

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  91. Oh! Thanks for the tips. I might (probably won't until next year, who am I kidding) give this a shot!

    And NO WIRE HANGERS! Sorry, you asked. I was raised in a house where we NEVER heard the words wire hangers without saying it. I couldn't resist!

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  92. GORGEOUS is the word! I so appreciate all the honest tips and tricks and pitfalls to avoid when doing this project! I am going to grab a girlfriend and together give these a go! Thank you!

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  93. I made 2 of these with the kids last weekend - in traditional red/green/gold. Love love love the colors you used. May have do so some more! Thanks!

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  94. hello, i am not following what i should hot glue? LOL. Am I retarded or what? You mean the ornament holder, hot glue it to the ornament? it's absolutely beautiful though and I want to try one out :)

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  95. I made one of these this year and thought I must be crazy because I had seen this on several blogs and NO ONE mentioned how IMPOSSIBLE it is to twist the hanger closed. After a lot of frustration and a little bit of SCREAMING in annoyance, I finally twisted it "a little bit" and covered it with ribbon to try to hide it.

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  96. Love the wreath and the colors you chose! It looks like a project even I could do!

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  97. Thank you for posting this! As a designer myself, I have wanted to make a wreath like this this year to hang in front of my window and I wasn't sure how to do it! Now I know I can get it made for the spot I want! Your colors are absolutely Gorgeous! Love It!

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  98. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know what I shall be doing with my hot glue gun this weekend! Sweet!

    Have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~aubrey

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  99. OMG I LOVE your dinning room and what you have made.

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  100. they look great in the dining room! fab job!

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  101. So I showed my mom a tutorial somewhere saturday morning and said I wanted to give this a try! She didn't even go a day without beating me to it...she does this all the time! (Not sure why I still show her ideas before I get it done!) Anyhow...she glued the tops right away, knowing what would happen if not. And it turned out pefect...gag! :) Thanks.

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  102. Ok confession time. I read Chris' post and she made it look so easy and fab so I totally tried this! And I got really great ornaments and I was so excited...but then...I didn't hot glue the tops. I really thought, they are going to hold fine. NO THEY WILL NOT MY FRIEND! After dealing with this 15 minute project for about an hour I took all the ornaments off and threw the hanger away!

    Maybe I should try again and hot glue like I am supposed to. What do you think? :)

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  103. Simply Gorgeous!! I am disappointed though...my Hob Lob is all SOLD OUT of the beautiful bronze. My kiddos and I are going to make a few...wonderful teachers gifts! Thanks for the ideas!

    Tracy
    South Dakota

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  104. They ARE gorg! LOVE the "bronzey" color. Is that a word? *Smiles*

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  105. Posting another comment, because I made this wreath tonight and I LOVE you for making me look effortlessly chic while spending 30 minutes of my time and next to nothing from my wallet... I love, LOVE your site!

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  106. And another great idea that you have presented here. The selected colors fit just perfect your home. Thank you for the great post.

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  107. So beautiful! I definitely want to give this a try! Love the bronze.

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  108. I am so going to make this! I love it!

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  109. Your's turned out GORG! :o) Love the brown color combo!! Looks great in your dining room, too. Now, what color combo am I gonna do? Decisions, decisions....

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  110. love this wreath! my sis in law made me one for my birthday and i really would like another to balance out the wall i hung it on! now thanks to you I can!

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  111. so i am not just saying this to boost your ego (not that you have one) but this is on every craft blog as of late and I have to say your is by far my fave!!

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  112. Thank you SO much for posting this! I have this crazy love for using ornaments in unique ways, so I will be making this wreath! Like...yesterday. :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  113. I was cracking up when you were talking about wrapping the wire at the end! When I was doing it, I kept thinking, "Am I a wimpr, or is this the hardest thing I've ever done??" My fingers were killing me! Too funny! Your wreath is GORGEOUS, by the way. LOVE the colors!

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  114. Thanks for this - it is truly a-ma-zing! I am going to try this out ASAP, I've got a giant pack of various shades and assortment of purple baubles I couldn't decide what to do with this year. Now I'm settled in this idea.

    Your works so well in your house - perfect!
    Jade

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  115. Yes I will have to agree. This looks stunning. I have seen the wreath all over as well and have been deliberating whether or not I want to do one myself. I just might now. Looks beautiful!

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  116. I love the idea of this...also because I was just at a little christmas store and they had packages of plastic christmas balls that look real. I think I must make this with those!!

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  117. I LOVE this wreath!!!! I love it so much, I will actually do it. I am thinking of just buying some fishing wire so it is not so hard to twist at the end? Hmmm... It might not stay twisted, so I would use, like hot glue. Would it be too flimsy? Are these questions too specific? Should I be emailing you right now? Probably! Thank you for doing it again, making me feel like I can be crafty, that is ;).

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  118. I am SO doing this next year. No decorations at my house this year as we have just moved across the country. I have been seeing this around for a while and even bought balls to do it but never got around to it. Yours looks beautiful. You crack me up about the Live writer and adding your words:)

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  119. fantastic!!! i have to try this. and I love the bronze!

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  120. OK, I tried the hangar, but call me blond, I couldn't get the ornaments to lay flat!

    So, I made an all red version, over a 10" foam wreath.

    Thanks for the tutorial, and the great pictures- check mine out if you get a chance:

    http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/11/finally-wreath.html

    -Amy

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  121. I love your wreaths...I saw the one from Eddie Ross and Tried to make one today. I had the same problem as you did with the crazy tough wire! I love the brown ornaments!

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  122. Easy Peasy. Will post pictures as soon as I hang the wreath.

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  123. Thank you for your instructions! Especially the hot glue tip. I made a wreath and posted about it (if you would like to see it today), and also mentioned the hot glue (my wreath is the Pottery Barn look alike). I am so glad to have used that step!
    Have a great day!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  124. This is gorgeous!!

    Melissa
    www.MadisonReeceDesigns.etsy.com

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  125. Thanks for all the great details about how to make the wreath without too much frustration. I made it tonight and although I need to change the way I tied the ribbon, I really like how it turned out. I posted a photo on my blog, http://nicoleandtim.blogspot.com, if you want to check it out.

    Thanks for all the directions... You were totally right about the hot glue! You rock!

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  126. Love it, I linked back to you!!

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  127. I cannot for the life of me twist the wire shut at the end. And I really did find the cheapest hanger possible :-(

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  128. Stunning. I bought those same ornaments and filled in the dinning room tree. I might make some of these for the sitting room.

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  129. Yours came out great I came via Rhoda...I am going to be on the lookout for some pretty ornaments and will try this for next year...

    Merry Christmas,
    Kathy :)

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  130. I cheated and left the hanger closed and just hot glued each ornament to either the wire or the other ornaments. I think it turned out quite well! I just pulled all of the tops off of the bulbs. Then I also glued in the occasional tiny jingle bell and plastic candy ornament.

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  131. Love it! I finally made one last week, and I'm happy with how it turned out. Though for the life of me I was not able to cover the hook with a ribbon and have it look right! Help! I posted pictures on my blog http://newshadeofgreen.blogspot.com/.

    I avoided burns by using pliers to hold the ornament top while applying hot glue. After reading comments and other blogs, I'm thankful to have had a burn free experience!

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  132. Awesome. I love that you used disco balls.

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  133. Gorgeous, gorgeous! I'm so copying this idea. Thanks so much!
    CAS

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  134. It is gorgeous and thank you for the tutorial! So many bloggers show the final product, but no tutorial :-( I've been wanting to make my own, so thank you, thank you!!! :-)

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  135. OK...so I tried this last year and got frustrated. I realize now that my hanger is too thick. It looks almost footballish. I want to salvage it. How did you get your wreath so small? Is it just where you closed it up?

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  136. I've now made 4 of these. One from some very old ornaments that belonged to my husband's grandmother. That wreath will go to my husband's mother. I like them best using ornaments with a wide assortment of sizes and textures.

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  137. Um...we looked at one of these at Pier One last weekend for $60....and didn't buy it. I kept thinking there had to be a way to make one. Fate brought me to you...on to the dollar store today!

    I like the color combination you chose, it is perfect for your home.

    Thanks for sharing the tips and ways to make it easier.

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  138. LOVE THIS!!!!! OMG that is just pretty as can be!

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  139. I loved this post last year when you showed off your fabulous wreaths. I made them this year!!! I added a link; thank you!!

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  140. Ok, so I don't know how to create a link but here's the link to my blog post. http://ljjonescircus.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-ball-wreath.html

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  141. I attempted to make one of these the other day using some thick floral wire from the dollar store. Let me tell you that you definitely need to use a wire hanger the floral wire didn't hold a round shape so I ended up using it as a swag on my fire place. Still cute as a swag though! Thanks!

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