When it comes to hand made projects I'm all about experimenting. I came across a wire wreath form for sale on one of my favorite home decor sites. The form alone was $25, and that didn't include any decor for it. I thought, hey, I'd love to give that a try, so I came up with this DIY modern wire and ornament wreath. I say it was an experiment because before I started, and as I was working, I had no idea how it would turn out, but I have to say, I loved the results. It's a little bit modern, a little bit messy, and a whole lot of colorful. Just my style!
Here's what you'll need:
- Wire wreath form $3.99
- Aluminum wire (I had some leftover from floral work, but you'll probably need about 20 feet). $3.49 for 3 yards.
- Needle nose pliers, and wire cutters. Mine tool was a combo of the two.
- Silver spray paint.
- One box multicolor lights with white wire. $2.99
- 25 ornaments. I used silver and clear, in large and small. Got the boxes on sale for $4.50 each, but platic ones would have been even cheaper.
Total cost: about $30
Start by spray painting your wreath form silver. Next it's time to start wiring your ornament. Start by wrapping your aluminum wire twice around the base of your ornament. You want to wrap them tightly, but be careful if you're using glass ornaments not to wrap them too tight or they'll shatter. Or you can go ahead and use acrylic or plastic ornaments and avoid this worry altogether.
Next twist your wire about 3 or 4 inches. Then bend the wire, and do these two steps again. You'll want to keep your wire as one continuous piece if possible. You'll essentially be creating an ornament branch.
Once you have enough of your ornament branches to cover you wreath form, play around with the configuration you'd like to use.
Before you add your ornament branches you'll need to add your lights to your wreath form. This was the part I struggled with the most. First I wrapped the string around and around the wreath form, but it was too much wire, and looked messy. So I decided to wire the lights to the outside edge, and was much happier with the results.
Now add your ornament branches. I clipped pieces of wire about 2.5 inches and bent them into a U shape. Wrap them around your ornament branches, and then twist them to the wreath form.
You may want to bend, and re-arrange some of the ornaments once they're attached to the wreath. Now it's time to plug it in.
As soon as I plugged it in, I think it really came to life. I love how the colorful lights reflect off the silver ornaments. Eleanor loved it too, it might be her favorite decoration in the house. Have fun making your own diy modern wire and ornament wreath. If you give it a try I'd love to see your pics (tag me @emmyray on instagram).
xo ~ Emily