Erika shares her sourcing tips:
Using [click>> your awesome tutorial << Imade three Christmas ornament wreaths for myself last year. I really enjoyed making them, so after Christmas, I hit up the sales at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Kmart. I bought a big stockpile of ornaments to make wreaths as Christmas presents and to sell at craft fairs and possibly Etsy. I’ve also been collecting vintage ornies from garage sales all year. I’ve been making wreaths for the past few months, and I noticed I had a fair amount of black and orange ornies.
Since I couldn’t see using those colors for a Christmas wreath, I figured I would try my hand at a Halloween wreath. I bought a few more orange and black glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago (they have their Christmas stock out already). The mini glitter balls, pumpkins, and fall leaves are also from Hobby Lobby. The raven is from Walmart. The spiders, spider web and black flowers are from the Dollar Tree. And finally, the jack-o-lantern bells are from Jo-Anne Fabrics.
I used a 12” wreath form. I like using the smaller wreath forms as they require fewer ornaments and end up feeling a bit more solid and stable.
I’ve also included some photos of other wreaths I’ve made if you want to feature them on the blog. Thank you again for the tutorial. They are just so fun and satisfying to make – maybe a little addicting! I’ve made 6 wreaths so far and counting. It’s such a fun challenge to get the proper mixture of color, texture, balance, and composition on each wreath. [Editor’s note: One of Erica’s delicious Kitschmas wreaths is shown above; we’ll show the rest when ’tis the season.]
Thanks for your interest and I’m really looking forward to seeing the feature. It’ll be the second for me on the blog – I was a Christmas Decorating All Star a few years ago. 🙂
Erika, your wreaths are gorgeous — you have it down!
For this project, in addition to the stores Erika mentioned, we’ve also found new and new-vintage-style ornaments Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, Wal-Mart, Big Lots and Target. Supplies you will need:
- Orange tinsel
- Orange and black ornaments in various sizes
- Pumpkin ornaments
- Autumn foilage
- Black raven — must!
- Black rose — love it!
- Plastic spiders — love ’em!
- Spider web — love it!
- And… what other spooky ornie thingies and doohickeys can you come up with?
- 12″ or larger styrofoam wreath form.
- High-heat hot glue gun — Kate and I bought and like this Surebonder High-Temperature Glue Gun (affiliate link).
- Wire for hanger.