Christmas Ornament Wreath

Thanksgiving is over. All of the mashed potatoes and gravy have been consumed and I used the last bit of homemade cranberry sauce to smother my waffles this morning. In our house that means it is time to start putting out the Christmas decorations.

One easy to make decoration is a wreath of small glass ornaments. It looks lovely hung in your home and makes a great hostess gift if you are attending a gathering someplace else.


  • 40 inches of 12 gauge wire
  • 12 inches of 26 gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • round nosed pliers
  • 150-160 round 1 inch red glass ornaments
  • perfect holiday bow (optional)


I have a couple quick notes about the ornaments before we begin. First, you shouldn't spend a fortune on the these. I found packages with 27 ornaments for $2.99 at the grocery store. Second, since these are inexpensive ornaments, take a few minutes before you begin to securely pinch the metal caps onto the ornaments so they don't slide off as you work with them. Finally, remember the ornaments are fragile and  can be quite sharp if they break, so just be careful.

Let's get started with the 12 gauge wire.

Use a pair of round nosed pliers to make a small loop on one end. Make sure the loop is closed tightly so that no ornaments will slip off as you begin to place them onto the wire.

Make a loose, small loop on the other end of the wire. You will have an easier time finish off the wreath later if this loop is partially formed now.

Begin putting ornaments onto the wire.

As you add more ornaments, you will want to make sure they are as close together as possible without crushing them.

Fill the entire length of wire with ornaments.

Once all of your ornaments are strung onto the wire, carefully use your pliers to tightly close the small loop at the end so no ornaments can slide off.

Now take the piece of 26 gauge wire and push it down through one of the small loops and then up through the other.

Use your pliers to twist the thin wire together, securing the ends of the wreath.

You can use the excess wire to form a loop to hang your wreath. If you will be using a wreath hanger to display your creation, just trim the excess wire.

Finally, if you would like to add even more flare to your ornament wreath, adorn it with a beautiful bow.

Happy holidays!

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The Chilly Dog: Christmas Ornament Wreath
Christmas Ornament Wreath
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