Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Wreath


DIY Valentine's Day Wreath Project

Last year my DIY projects consisted of making holiday wreaths for the front door. Here is a refresher for the DIY Valentine's Day wreath. Now is a great time to find Christmas ornaments on clearance and who doesn't like to save a few dollars? The Christmas colors are perfect for a Valentine's Day wreath. For this project you will want to buy shatterproof ornaments rather than glass ornaments. This little wreath also makes a great gift!
After making all of those wreaths last year, I discovered a great way to store them. I use a clothes hanger for each wreath. Place your wreath over the top of a clothes hanger and hang them in my extra closet. It saves space and you don't have to find shelf space or worry that your wreath will be damaged in a box.
Supplies:
60-75 ornaments (depends on the size of your heart and the size of the ornaments)
1 wire hanger or heavy wire to shape in a heart
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Ribbon to use for a hanger

Directions:
  • Some of my ornaments had secure tops so I did not hot glue them to the ornaments. However, some of them were not as secure so I used hot glue to glue the tops to the ornament base.
 
  • Bend your wire or hanger into the shape of a heart. You don't have to be exact on this, just a general heart shape will work, it can be a little abstract if you like. My strong helper used a pliers to bend the hanger for this step :)
 
  • Start by placing the one end of the wire through the tops of the ornaments. I placed mine on one at a time so I could arrange them by turning them. You can leave the other end of the wire open (the ornaments shouldn't fall off or you can bend it if you aren't using a hanger for your wire).
  • Continue to add ornaments to the wire hanger and let them bunch together for a full look. It won't be perfect because the ornaments will move around, it'll still be beautiful.
  • When you reach the end of your hanger, twist one end of the wire over the other end at the bottom of the heart. You  may need to use your pliers for this.
  • I cut a piece of ribbon about 20 inches long and wrapped it between ornaments on the left and right side of the heart at the top and tied a bow at the top.
  • The entire project took me about 2 hours including minor distractions, you know... phone calls, texts, taking the dog out, etc....
  • Total project cost was $7.50. I love that part for this fun little project!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi