Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fabulous Vintage Ornament Wreath!!!

This post is going to be a bit short because I stuck to what I said last week and didn't do a whole lot of thrifting ... which is just fine because look at the freaking WONDERFUL wreath I had time to make!  Squeeeeeeeee!!!
This is my first attempt at wreath making of any kind and let me tell you guys, I think I've found a new love!  I don't have a lot of little bitty pieces to stick in between the ornaments, so I'm glad that I wrapped the tinsel garland around the form since it peeks through here and there.
 The bulbs with the fluffy stuff inside are old flash bulbs that my Grandparents gave me.  I knew they would come in handy one day!   They worked perfectly for this project.
 This guy is my favorite vintage Christmas find so far so he totally had to take center stage.  Ornament wreath making is going to go up there with my most favorite crafts.  It was so dang fun, I need to make more!
I'm pretty stinking proud of this thing if you couldn't tell.  Everything but the form and the hot glue came from estate sales or thrift shops.  It's hanging up in my sun room until it's time to get the Christmas decorations up.  It's going to be really hard to not to decorate early!
What do you guys think?  Are you inspired to make your own?  Do you have any wreath making tips or tricks you would like to share?
Thanks for all the encouragement guys!  You're the best! Those of you that are nervous - Melissa! - you totally have to take the leap!  The end product is worth it!


26 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful! I find that I am having to fight crafters at the thrift stores just to get at the vintage Christmas stuff! Haha

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  2. Oh, Melissa - I love it!!! What kind of wreath form did you use?

    I have to take an inventory soon and see what I'm willing to part with for the wreath, I've only ever made a button wreath so this will be a challenge, for sure, When I make those I always wrap ribbon around the form, it makes it so much easier!

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    1. I used an extruded foam form from Michael's. They have two sizes in our stores, small and really big - I used the small one. The really big would have taken so many ornaments!
      Oooohhh...I totally need to make a button wreath!!!

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  3. It looks great, I've seen these of course but hate to use my limited supply of vintage ornaments on one. But now I may cave...might use new, vintage-look ornaments and add in some of my little vintage Christmas things like your snowman. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I can't believe you did it all with hot glue! I was thinking I would invest in some e6000 to help adhere the bulbs together. I know I've got more than plenty ornaments to part with, so maybe I'll take the leap this weekend (thanks for the push - lol)! What did you use for a form?

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  5. I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR REAL! LOVE!

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  6. I love these wreaths and yours turned out great.
    Denise

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  7. I LOVE IT! I got a bag of olde glass ornaments at a thrift store last year, and I know where I can get some big bulbs, I think I might make one of these if I can ever find the time. It's fabulous. Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  8. Turned out AMAZING! Aren't you so proud of yourself? When we made ours, I couldn't stop looking at it. I can't wait to unpack it for the holidays. I recently picked up a box of old C7 bulbs and am going to make a wreath out of them. That may be your next inspiration :-)

    ~Erica

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  9. Melissa, it's fabulous! Do you have any idea how many bulbs it took? At least you can go peek at it until its time to decorate! :)

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    1. If I had to guess it would be around 100-maybe a little less. I had a TON of those little metal toppers after I was done.
      You're right! I peek at it all the time and just smile like a fool. : )

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  10. Awesome job, Melissa!!
    No tips from me though- I was going to ask you for yours!

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  11. Damn lady that is GLORIOUS! You're inspiring me to get into some Christmas crafting again soon. :) Gotta make something similar perhaps with more toys me-thinks!

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  12. It looks amazing! Great job. I love the colors and especially the bulbs with the "fluff" inside them. Love it all.

    Cheers,
    Heather @ Lark & Lola
    www.larkandlola.com

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  13. Wow! It looks as if you'd been making wreaths for years not the first time!

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  14. Really beautiful--I especially love the emphasis on blue in the center and then red on the outside--great design!

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  15. This turned out really well! Good work, lady! :)

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  16. It looks great
    I want to try this also just need to get a foam wreath to start with ?

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  17. Great job you! Isn't it so much fun? I love how you put the bulbs from your grandparent's in there. I put some of my Grandma's Shiny Brites in mine. I think that makes it even more special! I also got a bit "high" off making a wreath like this...what's our deal??? LOL
    Erica :)

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  18. Gorgeous. I don't think I could ever do that! I wouldn't know how. But yours is a winner! Susan

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  19. Shut up! This is amazing, wreath genius!

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  20. How fabulous! I don't think you need or even want too many smaller things. It looks wonderful as you have it. Wrapping the wreath form is great and you can do that with different colors, fabrics, textures to give a different look.

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  21. This is beautiful! I love ornament wreaths and thank you for sharing your creation with us here at TTF!

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  22. Super cute! What a great way to showcase those cool vintage ornaments! I might have to try something like this...

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  23. GORGEOUS. I've got one in the car waiting to go to the booth but they're hard to part with once you make them, aren't they? Especially once you put all the best vintage ornaments on it...and I agree, it's perfect as is, no need for smaller ornaments. It's just beautiful.

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