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I have a little girl who's home sick today so we're taking the next few hours off to snuggle a bit. Watch later today for more penny pinched posts! 😉
I've seen all the cute pictures of ornament wreaths over on Pinterest, and my girls and I decided it was time to make one ourselves this weekend! Of course, being the penny pincher I am, I had to do the math to figure out how to get the least expensive ornaments. (Yup, I'm a nerd that way.)
Here's what I figured out:
- Dollar Tree ornaments pack of 5 = $1 or 20¢ per ornament
- Michaels ornament pack of 50 on sale $14.99, use this 25% off entire purchase coupon (expires 11/15/14) = $11.24 or 22¢ per ornament
The size of the ornaments were almost identical (the silver ornaments were from the Dollar Tree, all the colored ones were from Michaels), but I liked that Michaels offers quite a few more colors to choose from (our Dollar Tree had silver, gold, red and green.) So, when you're heading to price ornaments this Christmas, $.20 per ornament is a good baseline price ~ if you find them for less than that, you're getting a steal! 😉
I thought surely I'd have enough to do two wreaths, but was only able to fill out one wreath with all those ornaments (I did have a few leftover, but not enough for another wreath.) Here's what I used:
- Wreath form $6.99
- (3) packs ornaments from the Dollar Tree $3
- 50 pack ornaments from Michaels $11.24
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Total = $21.23
Considering some of them sell for over $100 on Etsy (yikes?), this was a better deal than I realized! 😉
To make ours, I just started with a basic foam wreath, and added ornaments around the outside edges using a hot glue gun.
Then I filled the inside of the wreath up, and finally added ornaments on top of other ornaments to fill in any spaces where you could see the foam wreath.
If I was doing it again I'd purchase a box of smaller ornaments to fill in those holes (I think they would look great, and it would cost a little less to make it!)
Here are a few wreath tutorials if you'd like to more in-depth directions:
- DIY Ornament Wreath using a Wire Hanger
- DIY Ornament Wreath Tutorial with foam wreath (youtube tutorial)
And you may also want to try making this simple fun mesh wreath as well! Looking for more penny pinched Christmas decorating ideas? Check these out:
- Monogrammed Burlap Table Runner
- $3 Dollar Tree Christmas Wreaths
- Christmas Tree Decorated from The Dollar Tree
- How to Etch Glass (Joy Jar)
See previous Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!
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I have made simular wreaths and you can paint the foam so that way in the cracks you see color not white.
Did you apply a ribbon to hang after or before assembling the wreath?
Hi Deb! If I remember corrected I added the ribbon before assembling the wreath. Hope that helps!
Makes sense, thanks for replying 🙂 My daughter and I plan on making a Halloween and Christmas wreath real soon. Thanks for sharing this awesome project 😀
You’re so welcome – Halloween would be so cute too!
I’ve made quite a few wreaths using a pool noodle as a form. Depending on what kind of wreath you are making you can leave it whole or slice it in half to make it flatter. Way less expensive than a wreath from!
Mykai Chambers-wilson says
Goodwill has lots of ornaments
Great idea Mykai – thanks for the tip!
The Southern Belle Charm says
Made these last year and did use the smaller ornaments as fillers. Worked very well. I also spray painted the wreath form with some leftover silver spray paint. It helped hide the different color. I did try using the coat hanger and stringing them on there. I'm not sure if the ornaments were too heavy for the wire, but after hanging for several hours, it became distorted. Much prefer this method.
Of course I never did the math, so thanks! Love the ornaments you used.
Love the idea of spraying with the silver spray paint – what a great tip! I wondered if the wire would work better, but didn’t think about it getting weighted down. This worked great, but I’m curious how long the glue will hold up – 4 days in though and so far so good! 🙂
You lost me after I realized this wasn’t an Amazon deal 🙂
If I could buy it for $20 on Amazon I probably would Jim! 🙂 Goodness, now I’ve got to go price check those ornaments on Amazon…. 😉