Making Christmas ornament wreaths — for the dollhouse!

vintage dollhouse christmasA few residents have moved into my 1955 Betsy McCall DIY Dollhouse since its completion back in April, and now — like Pam and me — they are busy getting retro Kitschmas Krafty Krazy — and making quite a mess along the way — preparing for the holidays. 

vintage dollhouse christmasLet’s call these two “Mini Jim” and “Mini Kate.” These two Erna Meyer dolls — which are the vintage brand that Pam and I decided we love the best (affiliate link) — are the owners of the home and the caretakers of “little Leo” the dog.

vintage dollhouse christmasLittle Leo is so happy that there is someone to take him for a walk now!

vintage dollhouse christmasAnyway, Mini Kate loves to follow all the Holiday Krafty fun on Retro Renovation and she has been meaning to make some ornament wreaths for quite a while. Now that she has a nice big house with a large expanse of horizontal surfaces to fill with crafting debris, she gathered all her supplies and soon enough, yes, Kitschmas consumed her dining room.

vintage dollhouse christmas

Make a miniature Christmas ornament wreath for your dollhouse:

For this project, Mini Kate used:

  • For the wreath base — 2″ wood Cabone rings (affiliate link)
  • For hanger — picture wire (for hanger)
  • For tinsel garland — metallic pipe cleaners (affiliate link)
  • And for ornaments:
    • An assortment of different sized green and red beads
    • Gold and silver beaded garland
    • Miniature presents and candy canes
    • Small pieces of holiday floral stems

She followed the ornament wreath tutorial found on Retro Renovation, but did not use the high heat glue gun, instead opting for the lower temperature mini glue gun and a pair of tweezers to help her place the tiniest ornaments.
vintage dollhouse christmasOh, it was so much fun!

vintage dollhouse christmasMini Jim was impressed with Mini Kate’s wreath-making ability, but…

vintage dollhouse christmas…he was a little overwhelmed by the enormity of the project. And the mess!

vintage dollhouse christmas vintage dollhouse christmas vintage dollhouse christmas vintage dollhouse christmasWould the kitchen and dining room be cleaned up in time for Thanksgiving dinner???

vintage dollhouse christmasTa-da!


See all the stories about building, furnishing and decorating the 1955 Betsy McCall DIY Dollhouse

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hello! Kate, this is an absolute riot!! Love it and the clever story. Well done. And Pam, your wreath is stunning, as are the others you posted earlier.

    Thank you for this wonderful newsletter. It is a delight.

  2. David says:

    Hilarious! Ok, I’ll have to agree with heading you gave this in the email blast, “Silliest story ever…” I’m not into doll houses, but I loved this story! Totally made me smile and laugh this cold December morning…. thanks for warming up my day.

    BTW, this reminds me of another similar story which had me laughing….see below.

    Check out the first few minutes of the Podcast linked below from an episode of “This American Life”


    Happy holidays, everyone!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Thank you, David. So I did a good job on the headline to draw you in — yay! Will check out the podcast…. Love This American Life!

  3. Margie says:

    You chicks rock! This wacky tale illustrates what I love about you two the most: If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVER-doing! Love, LOVE, LOOOOOOVE what you do!

  4. lynda murray says:

    I love both of my sisters, But …… over the Thanksgiving weekend they were making fun of my retro obsession. I am so glad I have Pam, Kate, and the whole retro renovation community. When I see posts like this one, I feel good about my “unique”ideas. Thanks you guys!

  5. Marie says:

    Hahahaha!! Hahahaha!! So nice 2 see you lovely ladies making good use of your OCD!!! Hey….. I didn’t see mini Kate’s wine glass!!! Hahahaha exquisite job and post as always ladies????????

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