...I need a bit of cheer. After I dropped the kids off at the bus this morning I headed straight downstairs to do some crafting before the call of dishes/errands/taking a shower took over. I even put some Christmas music on the get into the spirit of things!
This is a project I have been wanting to do for ages. I have been collecting the supplies at after Christmas sales for two years, and have almost donated them all in fits of purging! Last night I did the first, and most time consuming job: glueing all the caps to the glass ornaments. Thankfully I only broke one :)
I had an assortment of red balls: some are frosted, a few are glittered and the rest are shiny. All told there are 79 glass balls and I used them all, except one that got glued into the box :(
The only other thing you need is a wire coat hanger. Mine was fairly thick metal, and I wish I had a flimsier one. Who would ever think you would wish for a flimsy wire coat hanger? Anyway, all you have to do is thread the balls onto the hanger that you have bent into a circle shape. At first it is a little frustrating because they all just hang straight down; but keep going and eventually they bunch together nicely and start to look like something a reasonably capable crafter would make. I made a bow for the top to hide the metal ring for hanging. I'm not completely happy with the bow, but that's something that can always be frou-frou-ed with later.
If I did it again (and I just might because I would love one made with silver, pink, lime green and turquoise),I would buy one of those big containers of plastic balls. It's making me a little nervous on how I am going to store this wreath without any damage for 11 months at a time. I would also use more ornaments and try to find a coat hanger that's a little easier to manipulate.
If you want a little more inspiration, look here. You can also find instructions with pictures on the same site on this page.
If you make one send me a picture!