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How to make a Christmas wreath using colorful ornaments

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Today I am sharing how to make a Christmas wreath using colorful ornaments.  I love the ornament wreaths all over pinterest so I decided to make a Christmas wreath using colorful ornaments that I found at Michaels and Home Goods. I used an old styrofoam wreath that I had from a previous project that was already wrapped in pink yarn.

How to make a Christmas wreath using ornaments is the simplest craft on the planet. But one word of caution, use “shatter proof” ornaments. I will admit, I didn’t because I couldn’t find any bright bold colored ones that were shatter proof and I REALLY wanted these colors. I broke three of them and what a mess I made!

how to make a christmas ornament wreath with shatterproof ornaments, Christmas vignette

Items needed:

1.  Styrofoam wreath or wreath base 2. ornaments 3. hot glue / glue gun (low heat setting)

yarn wrapped foam wreath, Christmas ornaments

How to attach ornaments to a wreath

I removed the metal hangers and simply glued the ornaments around the wreath. Be sure to glue the part with the hole (where the metal hanger was) face down or pointed inward so it doesn’t show. Once you start stacking ornaments on top of each other, you will not see it.

how to make a Christmas wreath with shatterproof ornaments, yarn wrapped foam ring

I glued them so they were just touching each other. I worked my way around the wreath glueing the ornaments and once I completed one circle, I started another along the outside and inside.

how to make a Christmas wreath with shatterproof ornaments

I have seen other people use smaller ornaments to fill in the holes but I couldn’t find any that were the same colors so I just filled in my holes with the larger ornaments.

How to make an ornament Christmas wreath with a foam ring

It is a matter of preference how many times you go around the wreath and how high/thick you create your wreath. I would suggest using a low heat glue and be sure to glue the ornaments to each other in multiple spots to ensure they don’t fall off. I went a little crazy with the glue!

Colorful Christmas ornament wreath, candy cane trees, white floating shelf


Colorful Christmas ornament wreath, candy cane trees, white floating shelf

This Christmas wreath took about 20 minutes to make. My friend Cheryl at Tidy Mom made a similar wreath using a wire coat hanger which I would have done if I didn’t already have this styrofoam wreath.

Colorful Christmas ornament wreath, candy cane trees, white floating shelf

Updated Christmas DIY Decorating Ideas 

How to make a Christmas wreath using colorful ornaments is a quick and easy way to add a pop of color to your kids playroom or any space for that matter. I am in the process of decorating the kids study with all of these colors and my son is loving the fun bright bold colors. If you are looking to make a more traditional Christmas wreath, be sure to check out the boxwood wreath I shared a couple weeks ago.  See our Christmas Home tour below and see how I used this wreath in our mantel design while creating a JOY sign.


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  1. I love the colors you chose – they are so bright and cheerful. I am wanting to make one of these wreaths also – thanks for the tutorial…. Cathy

  2. oh I LOVE the colors Jess!!! I was going to ask you how yours turned out!! be careful storing it……when I did one like this, several ornaments were knocked off in storage – so I if you can, store it some place you can hang it , if you can.

    thanks for the shout out too!!

  3. Holy cow! So much easier than the wire coat hanger one I tried years ago. That was a nightmare. LOL! This is awesome! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! It’s adorable!

  4. I LOVE the colors you picked out. I’m less traditional like red and green, and prefer the more colorful and cheery pink, aqua, and lime green. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I’ll definitely be making one soon!!

  5. This is a beautiful wreath, Jessica! I love the non-traditional colors, but even more I love how easy it was to put together. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Wow it’s a gorgeous wreath i have been looking for ideas as i have a poly ring to use so thank you! i make one for my dad’s grave every year.

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