I just love ornaments! My favorite thing is when we decorate the tree and get to re-discover these little gems. And, I love them all. Our tree is quite the hodge podge of old bubble lights, large colorful bulbs, vintage shiny brites, eclectic ornaments collected over the years, and the super special ones made by the kiddos. All under a layer of silver tinsel garland and tinsel icicles. In fact, this little ornament above, is a pretty close representation of our tree!
mini fir rope garland (located in the floral dept. of the craft store)
silver tinsel garland (found in the store HERE)
vintage mini bulbs (found in the store HERE) and bells
vintage Christmas seals (found in the store HERE)
vintage holly and berry foliage (found in the store HERE)
green pipe cleaner
other embellishments as desired
To begin, cut a length of the fir roping-approximately one yard. Create a circle 4 inches in diameter, then weave the rest of the roping in and out of the initial circle. The roping is wired, and will hold its shape, and by looping it, it will keep each layer together.
You will need approximately 18 inches of tinsel garland. Simply weave around the wreath, and tie the ends together at the top. Cut a 6 inch piece of green pipe cleaner and bend into a loop-attach to the top of the wreath.
If desired, add a tag to the wreath to create a To/From tag or a Christmas greeting. Spray a manila tag with green glitter spray (or paint with green watercolor paint), and allow to dry. Once dry, stamp a Christmas image (such as the holly above) and add a vintage Christmas seal. Attach tag to the pipe cleaner loop.
Then come the rest of the embellishments! Using silver cording, I tied bells and vintage bulbs to the wreath, additionally gluing down as needed. Vintage holly and berries offset all of the sparkle and give the wreath even more texture.
Once I made one, I couldn’t stop! I decided these would be the cutest party favors for our annual Christmas Caroling party, and made these in an assembly line fashion. It really didn’t take too long once I got started. I created a display of them on an ivory bottle brush tree by the front door. I love the fact that every one of them was unique due to using authentic vintage materials.
So, it turns out, I have an extra one of these vintage ornaments, and I would love to share! Leave a comment on this post, and I will randomly select a winner of a vintage wreath ornament and a few extra goodies! Winner will be announced on Wednesday!