If you’ve been following me for a while you know that last year I scored BIG on the Christmas bauble front! And I mean HUGE .. People, this is what happens when you mix a love .. OK .. obsession.. for Christmas with a passion for Facebook Marketplace shopping ..
I know! .. It’s embarrassing .. a lady sold off her entire collection of Christmas baubles for £40. I thought my husband was going to have a fit when I came home with it! Next question .. what do you do with the entire contents of Santa’s grotto in your kitchen? You make a bauble wreath of course. Or a hundred.. Fortunately it’s very straight forward to do!
What you need for your bauble wreath
- Well, baubles of course .. LOTS of them!! – I suggest getting them in the sale after Christmas, or check FB Marketplace like I did.
- A polystyrene ring. You can also use a wire ring, but polystyrene is my favourite! I used a 35 cm one. CraftMill do a great one here.
- Hot glue. Lots of hot glue.
- A string or ribbon to hang the wreath
- Some tinsel
Putting it together
I wrapped a length of tinsel around the polystyrene ring to start with. This hides some of the polystyrene. It’s not strictly necessary but I like it – more sparkle is never a bad thing! #amiright? Next, add some ribbon or a piece of string to hang your bauble wreath. I have found it’s easier to do this at the beginning before you’re filling up your ring!
Pull off the caps of your baubles (you don’t have to do this on all baubles – just on the ones that we’re gluing to the outside and the inside of the ring).
I started with the inner part of the ring. Add some hot glue around the bit where you’ve pulled off the cap and push this into the polystyrene ring. Keep in place until the glue sets. This is probably the most time consuming part. Follow this process until you’ve filled the inner part of the ring. For extra stability I add a small amount of glue to the sides of the baubles where they are touching. Like this.
Finish the inner part so you’ve got something like this
Move onto the outer ring and follow the same process. So it looks like this:
Now the fun really starts where your wreath will start to take shape! With a mixture of large, medium and small sized baubles start filling up the gaps. I didn’t take photos of this part as I finished this beauty off on a Facebook Live. You can find it here – I did a 5 day Live Christmas crafting challenge so you may want to check out some of the other videos while you’re there?
Here are some close ups of what it looks like when you start adding the baubles ..
filling in the gaps
And finally, see some of the gaps left in the wreath? Grab yourself some more tinsel and snip off some small bits. With a pencil or pen start pushing the tinsel into the gaps to fill them out! You can add a small amount of hot glue if you want to stick them down, but in my experience it’s OK without it! I love that part as it stops the ring from showing, as well as adding even more sparkle and glitz to your wreath.
I know these colours won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, BUT this year I’m embracing our turquoise/red theme for the kitchen. And so here it is, stuck on the window when it was all finished.
Here’s a close up of the wreath (and of me again with the camera! Note to self – use less glossy baubles next time!)
And one last one at a distance from another angle .. just because the kitchen had a “blink and you miss it moment” where it was tidy for a change so I took the opportunity to take some photos 🙂
Could you Pin me so others can make me too?
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