The crafty apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in my family. My mom cross-stitched all of our Christmas ornaments when we were young and even latched-hooked a tree skit. My sister, also known as The Sister, is now creating Christmas decorations too.
The Sister found the idea for an ornament wreath on a budget, and video instructions, from AJ’s Craft Room.
- 50-80 assorted sizes of ornament balls (The Sister purchased 15-ct small, three 12-ct medium, and two 5-ct large from Dollar Tree for $5)
- Metal hanger (Dry cleaners give these away- freebie alert!)
- Large ribbon
- Shape the hanger into a large circle
- Unhook the metal
- Thread the all the ornaments onto the hanger
- Re-hook the hanger
- Use the ribbon to make a bow (probably the most difficult step for me)
Additional Tips from the Sister
- Purchase higher quality ornaments at thrift stores, garage sales, and day-after Christmas sales
- Ornaments from Dollar Tree are affordable, but …well…hmm….you get what you pay for
- Look for a combination of shiny, matte, and glitter (that’s right, The Sister likes glitter!) finishes to add more dimension
- Plastic ornaments won’t break mid-project….arrgghh
- Use leftover ribbon from decorating your Christmas to create cohesion in your decorations
- Try other ornament colors for your favorite holiday. The Sister is dreaming of green ornaments with a shamrock ribbon for St. Patrick’s Day.