I have a little secret. I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s Day. I have actually had a little box of decorations out in my shed, but I never take them out. My husband and I have never really done much for Valentine’s Day. We prefer to surprise each other throughout the year instead.
However, now that my son is in school, it is really fun he gets to pass out Valentine cards to all his classmates. I thought, even if we don’t do much as a couple, I would like to have a few little decorations up around the house and maybe start some special traditions with the kids. I finally worked on my first Valentine craft this weekend.
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?
Since I am starting at square one for decorations, I decided to create a wreath. I actually scoured the sales after Christmas to find pink ornaments. I have had this wreath idea for months! The great thing was these ornaments were super cheap at 70 – 90% off! I purchased all of them from Target, Walmart and Big Lots.
How to Make an Ornament Wreath
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- Ornaments (get about twice as many as you think you will need)
- Wire wreath frame
- Floral wire
- Wire snips or sharp scissors
- Glue gun (not shown)
- Optional embellishments
- Ribbon for hanging (not shown)
- Helpful, but not necessary – pliers for wrapping wire
Step one: Gather your supplies. I used a heart wire wreath form I found at Jo Ann’s. They are only $4.99 and with a coupon are not too expensive. You will want to dump out your ornaments from the smaller containers into a larger bowl or tray to make this whole process go faster.
Step two: You will cut a length of wire about 3 1/2″ – 4″. (I just eyeballed it). I used 26 gauge floral wire. You could also use jewelry wire, but this is what I had on hand.
Note: the smaller the gauge of wire, the heavier, thicker and less flexible the wire will be. If you want to be able to twist the wire with your hands and not pliers, I would suggest a 26 or 28 gauge wire.
Step three: Wrap the two ends of the wire around your metal wreath form. Pliers can be helpful to loop the wire tightly, but are not necessary.
Lastly, fill in with the smaller ornaments. When I got down to the smaller ornaments I used two ornaments per wire to speed up the process of attaching them. Do not attach all the smallest ornaments to the wreath yet. Save some of them to use to fill in the next steps.
Step five: Use hot glue to attach the ornaments together. This prevents the ornaments from sliding around the wreath form and provides some stability for the delicate glass ornaments. Just place a dab of hot glue in between the ornaments and press them together.
You don’t have to glue every single ornament together. Just work in clusters and glue one cluster to the one next to it.
Step six: Use the smaller ornaments you saved from step four to fill in any gaps. No need to wire these ornaments, simply hot glue them to the other ornaments already on the wreath.
Step seven (optional): Add any additional embellishments with your hot glue gun. I found some pretty, sparkly butterflies I wanted to add. I could no longer use the clips on the back because the ornaments were in the way of the wire wreath frame. I simply snipped the clips off with my wire snips and attached the butterflies with hot glue.
Step eight: Attach a ribbon or hook to the back of your wreath form and hang!