christmas ornament wreath

This season I made two vintage Christmas ornament wreaths, using our famous tutorial, How to Make a Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath. Right now, the tutorial is the #1 story on the blog. Get out those hot glue guns!

Above: A wreath built using vintage gold ornaments, sprinkled with a bit of light green, silver and pearly white, is one of my favorite color combinations. I have done a few of these, so many that I have now run out of gold decorative ornaments. To finish this wreath, I had to run out to a local vintage shop to scour for a few more (at retail, rather than estate sale, prices). Note, for this wreath, I also had some really longgggg fluffy tinsel to wrap the form with, a nice look in the center. This wreath is a gift for family.

multicolor vintage christmas ornament wreathsAbove: For another family member, I made this ornament wreath using a mix of colors. I even had multicolor tinsel. This is another favorite color combination. Golly, I love them all! Oh, and this wreath also is the largest I’ve ever made — it’s on a 16″ wreath form. I calculate that the number of ornaments needed rises 15-20% for every two inches of wreath. Yikes.

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  1. Ree says:

    I’m so happy to see new posts here. I just happened to click on the site on the off chance that you were back – yay!! The wreaths are lovely. This past weekend I opened a box of many ornaments that belonged to my mother, but I’ve never used them. She bought them for a few years when my son (now 40) was a child, so that she could have unbreakable ones on her tree for him. They are little wooden toys, and very small stuffed animals, and I guess 35-40 years is practically vintage. I think I will make a wreath incorporating them, and give it to my son and daughter-in-law as a gift for next Christmas. There’s no way I could finish it this year – lol. If it is a success I’ll send you a picture.

  2. Lynne says:

    You know, I think I have a couple boxes full of those old ornaments and bits and bobs. Maybe I ought to donate them or something.

    Nice to see a post from you Pam. I thought Retro Renovation had closed up shop.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I have two that I’ve made following your directions. I love these, as they’re a great way to display and keep old ornaments intact. I really like all the colors in your second wreath!

  4. judy says:

    Both are gorgeous! I love the way light reflects off of the vintage glass ornaments…they sparkle and shine. If I had to pick a favorite, the glorious gold and pearly white wreath gets my vote. Thanks for sharing your creations!

  5. Jennifer Kepesh says:

    Thanks, Pam, for creating and maintaining one of my favorite traditions–ogling the retro Christmas stuff. I have yet to actually make any of the wreaths, houses, etc. (hello, teacher’s December-craziness), but I love to see them.

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