Happy Happy Friday!
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is decorating, and in this case, making decorations. I don't know about you, but nothing puts me in more of a holiday spirit than seeing pretty, festive decorations all over the place!
So, sticking with a gold, silver, and white color palette, I made this ornament wreath & lettered garland this week:
Both projects were super easy, inexpensive, and quick!
For these projects, I debated going bright and colorful with them, but the simple silver & gold theme won - mostly because it's a color combo that I'll be able to use over and over, and I won't get sick of it.
Seriously, I will never tire of anything sparkly, silver or gold... It's just so shiny and pretty:
Anyway, if you'd like to make these projects on your own, here's a quick recap.
ORNAMENT WREATH // Materials + Directions
- Ornaments! In a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes
- wreath form (I used a 12" foam one)
- hot glue gun & lots of hot glue sticks
- ribbon, string, or wire to hang the wreath
*Also, a note on the ornaments. I got mine in boxes of 8 and 10 at Michaels - they were on clearance, plus I had a coupon, so they were super cheap! The number you will need depends on the size of your wreath form, but you do need a LOT. I'd guess I used about 80-100, and the smallest ones come in very handy at the end, filling in the gaps between the larger ones.
1/ Spread all of your ornaments out, and take the hanging pieces off the tops of the ornaments. Also, cover your workspace with a surface you don't mind getting glue on (I used my cutting mat, but a large sheet of cardboard would work great, too!)
2/ With your hot glue gun, glue the largest size ornaments along the outside of the wreath form, equally spaced about 1.5" apart. Once they're set, attach your hanging apparatus by wrapping it around the wreath form, between two of the outer ornaments. Originally, I was going to hang mine with the white ribbon that's shown, but ended up fashioning a hanging piece with wire because I wanted something more minimal, with no ribbon showing.
3/ Glue the largest ornaments on the inside of the wreath form as well, equally spaced.
4/ Go to town with your glue gun & ornaments! Attach all of your ornaments, using the next smallest size as you add layers. Take care to mix your different colors & finishes up so that the same ones aren't right next to each other. And like I mentioned earlier, the smallest ones are your friends at the end! They help to fill in all of the gaps so that your wreath form isn't showing at all.
I love how this wreath turned out, and it was extra fun making it while listening to Christmas music! Totally enhanced the wreath-making experience ;)
LETTERED GARLAND // Materials + Directions
- Gold Glitter Paper (OR thick cardstock + glue + glitter)
- Letter Stencils
- Small hole punch
- Gold String
*A note on the materials. I found the glitter paper at Joann's, and I LOVE the stuff. It takes away that extra step (and the mess) of gluing and adding loose glitter yourself. For the letters, I used 3" Helvetica stencils from Michaels, but you could definitely just freehand your letters for a looser look. I also already had a tiny hole puncher, but you could just use a sharp needle to punch a hole & thread your string through the letters, too.
1/ Figure out which holiday statement you'd like to make. I chose "Merry & Bright", but I was also considering "Joy to the World", "Peace & Joy", "Holiday Cheer", or a simple "Merry Christmas".
2/ Trace your letters on the back of the glitter paper, making sure to face them backwards, so that the front glitter side reads correctly.
3/ Cut them out! I had to use an x-acto blade to cut out the middle part of the R's, B, and &.
3) Punch two holes along the top of each letter, and string them together! Hang the garland on two nails, and voila! Sparkly + festive homemade decorations!
And I love that you can hang these up anywhere, too, not just the traditional mantel or front door. Hang them up on any walls that are in need of some holiday cheer!
Have a fabulous weekend!