This is the time of year that I pull out the craft stuff and start making new decorations to add to our ever growing holiday decor collection. Every year I make a number of things, both for our own use, and for use as gifts to friends and family. This year, I really wanted to incorporate the newest BrightTouch lights into the decor I made, so I decided to use a bunch of Christmas balls to make a very festive, and bright wreath. Lots of people are making these wreaths using pool noodles as a base. Finding a noodle in our seasonal decoration closet spurred me into action.
The following tutorial will walk you through how I made my wreath, but the beauty of this is that there are many modifications that you can add to make it all your own. I used tinsel garland, but feel free to add in greenery or other easily bendable material that could cover the gaps. I also used dollar store ornaments, in three different sizes and multiple colors. You could use something similar, or you could put together a wreath of vintage ornaments or real glass ornaments, or pretty much any other kind of ornament that you don’t mind gluing together.
Here’s the full list of what you’ll need:
Ornaments. Again, I used ball ornaments from the dollar store. The amount will depend on the size of your wreath, but for the size I made, I needed about 65 of the larger balls, about 40 medium ones, and 35 of the smallest.
Hot glue gun. I used a high temp large glue gun, but any size should work.
Pool Noodle. A cheap noodle will do, even if you’ve used it in the pool before.
Duct Tape. Don’t skimp on the tape when you are taping the ends of the noodle together.
Tinsel Garland. There will be holes and gaps that you can see the noodle through. Cut lengths of garland can cover these and bring the wreath together.
One string of BrightTouch fairy lights. I used red.
Length of wire to make a hanger/hook out of.
What to Do:
The first thing that you need to do is gather your materials and form the noodle into the shape you’ll be making the wreath out of. To do this, bring the two ends of the pool noodle together. Take care to make sure they match exactly. Hold the ends together and use the duct tape to keep them in place. Use more than you think you will need to make sure that it stays together. If the noodle comes apart after the wreath is made, it can create quite a mess.
Once you are certain that the ends are secure, take the largest ornaments that you have and start gluing them around the outside of the noodle. I used a specific pattern, but later in the process I gave up on the color pattern and opted for choosing sizes that would fit best. If you want a pattern, however, you can do whatever you’d like, as long as you start from this point.
A note about gluing; make sure that you have at least two points of contact with glue between each ornament and/or the wreath itself. The bottom layers will be glued to each other and the noodle. Ornaments on the upper layers will only be glued to other ornaments, and should be attached in two places at least.
Next, glue the next level on top of the first. You won’t be able to cover every single gap, but by incorporating the three different sizes, you can get everything to sit well and only leave smaller gaps.
After the second layer, move to the inside and glue the bottom layer on that side. I used some of the larger sized ornaments for this, and some of the medium sized ones.
Then, glue the second layer on top of that. Now all you should have left is the very top layer. Use the rest of the ornaments to fill in as much of the gaps as possible. Try to keep everything level and in whatever kind of pattern you’d like. Again, I was pretty random with my choices, opting for filling in the gaps better rather than a specific pattern.
Once all of the ornament balls are on the wreath, cut the tinsel garland into four to five inch lengths. Fold it in half and, with a small amount of hot glue in each hold, push the puff of tinsel garland into the holes. Fill all of the holes like this. As mentioned earlier, you can use greenery or fake flowers, tissue paper, or any number of other things to handle this. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
After you’ve filled in all of the holes, carefully unravel one end of your BrightTouch light strand. Begin in the center on the bottom and start wrapping the copper wire lights around the wreath. I glued the end in the bottom middle to prevent the power plug from moving around.
I took time to follow the seams so that the lights weren’t just around the outside of the wreath, but in the cracks and crevasses so that the light really brightened the entire wreath.
Use the length of wire to twist into a loop and use hot glue to attach it to the back of the wreath.
I also used some hot glue and some duct tape to reinforce the loop so that it would not fall off.
Add a bow or any other embellishments that finish and bring the wreath together. Hang in an area close to a USB or regular outlet and plug it in. Viola! A beautiful wreath for less than $15! And it looks wonderful with lights on…
Or with the lights off!
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