One of my favorite Christmas DIYs is the ornament wreath! I recently started selling them in my Etsy shop and they’ve been a hit. They’re super easy and fun to make. I’m going to show you how here.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue Gun
  • Approximately 70 ornaments in varying sizes (You may need more or less depending on the size of your wreath base…the one I used had a 14 inch diameter.) The Dollar Tree is an excellent place to go for these.
  • Round styrofoam base in the size of your choice. I got the I’m using for this from Michael’s and it’s 14 inches. The Dollar Tree has 10 inch styrofoam bases if you can ever catch them in stock.
  • *optional* Something to hang it with. Feel free to get creative.
  • *optional* Tinsel Garland


1.Put newspaper or something down to protect your working surface if it matters to you.

2.I recommend securing whatever you’re hanging your wreath with to the base at this point. I’ve used ribbon, twist ties, wire, etc.

3.Using your glue gun, start gluing ornaments to the inner and outer perimeter. I started with the large and medium ornaments. You can alternate between medium and large to create a little of what I refer to as “drama”. It’s actually not that serious but sometimes I give things nicknames.

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4.Once the inner and outer parts of the wreath are done, the fun begins. On the top open space, start gluing ornaments any and everywhere to cover up the exposed base. It’s important to have difference ornament sizes for this part because there will be open gaps that will need to be filled with the tiniest of ornaments. There’s no science to making it happen at this point. It’s just fun. I have never ended up with an ugly ornament wreath and I doubt you will either. After this step you’re done unless you want to follow the optional steps 5 and 6

5.*Optional* I have a thing about fullness and I hate any gaps whatsoever. When I’m left with any gaps that I don’t feel would look good being covered by another ornament (or when I’ve used up all my ornaments) I cut up pieces of tinsel garland and fill in the spaces. I’ve gotten to the point now where I just like to add garland to every ornament wreath I make because it’s pretty to me.

6.*Optional* I don’t like turning my wreath over and having an ugly, exposed, boring backside. So I glue garland to the back of the wreath base to cover it up!

Here’s the end-game!

  linen and salt gather and grace gabbi byrd ornament wreath  

And here are a couple of others that I’ve made as well for my shop!

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Hope you have a blast making these and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.

I would love to see what you guys create as well!!!

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44 comments on “How to Make Your Very Own Christmas Ornament Wreath”

  1. Really? Is that it? I’m going to trust you and take a leap of faith and see how it goes. My girlfriend just made one the other day but it wasn’t as easy looking as yours!!

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  3. I’ve always wanted to make one of these, but just haven’t gotten around to doing it. I think they’re so pretty! I usually end up just buying one during the local holiday craft fair. lol Perhaps next year!

  4. I like the green, red and gold one best Bright, cheery and festive!
    I also like the fact that you teach a DIY even though you’re selling these on your Etsy. It is the season of giving indeed 🙂

  5. They are very colourful. I do like the silver ones I must admit. Brings back lovely memories of making christmas ornaments as a child, with my mom

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