Wreaths have become our 2009 holiday obsession, from the wreaths of Annapolis, to book-page wreaths to unconventional wreath placement &mdash and now an ornament wreath. We saw this how-to on CB2's blog and now have our holiday project set before us.
1. Strong stiff wire that can be bent into a ring. We used aluminum wire gauge 20, about 55" long–due to the scale of the products in the shot, our wreath was rather large, about 28″ in diameter. A wire hanger is also a simple way to go.
2. Ornaments. We used a total of 81 ornaments. For a smaller version, we're guessing you could make a 14" wreath with about a third of the ornaments depending on how full you wanted it.
3. Strong tape to fasten the ends of the wire ring together or, pliers to twist the ends of the wire ring together.
4. Ribbon to hang the wreath.
1. String one ornament at a time onto the wire ring, alternating colors, using smaller ones to fill in the gaps.
2. When the ring is completely covered in ornaments, fasten the ends together.
3. Use a ribbon to cover the spot where the ends are fastened together, and hang!
Tip from CB2: Best not to go too large in diameter as the wreath could become too heavy and stretch out.
Tip from us: CB2 used their ornaments, which are about $2.95-$4.95 each. With 81 ornaments, that's a $238-$400 wreath! And that's not even counting the other supplies. CB2 recommends making a wreath a third of the size, which would cost about $79-$133 using their ornaments. We suggest going to Goodwill or Target for even less expensive ornaments. You could also mix theirs (because we like them) with cheaper ones.