Need to spruce up your front door and front porch this year? This Ornament Garland was so easy to make and brought some holiday merriment to my front porch.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, I’m a bit of a traditional red and green gal, with a few funky pops thrown in here and there.
So I was thrown a little curve several years back when I realized that we had a beautiful camellia bush right next to our front door that blooms in December...IN HOT PINK! And if it were just a rather non-descript flowering bush, that’d be one thing. But this camellia saves its energy all year to make on an incredible RIOUTOUS HOT PINK statement, at the exact time I should be decking my front door in red and green.
Maybe I’m a little anal here, but it was really an assault to my senses to have a red and green thing going on right next to a HOT PINK thing.
So I deferred to the camellia and began decking the front of our home in a very ‘not so Christmas-y’ hot pink. I made an ornament wreath out of hot pink ornaments with a little lime green thrown in for fun and decorated some mini Christmas trees in pink and green ornaments. I have loved my ornament wreath from the get-go, but never quite got my little trees together. They always looked like they were a bit of an afterthought.
So this was the year I decided I would give these trees some love. Since I love my ornament wreath so much, I figured I would make a similar ornament garland and decorate my small trees with the garland. So, I started down that path and quickly realized that the garland I was planning on making would be just too much for my small-ish Christmas trees that I put in my front porch urns. I loved how it looked, but it was just too bulky.
So I put the garland on my back burner and pondered what to do with my trees when an unplanned trip to Marshall’s revealed the solution. This garland was made very similarly to the holly garland I had made just last month in that the ornaments were attached by florist wire to the primary wire.
It would have a similar effect on the tree as the original ornament garland but much less heavy and bulky. Sold!
So I stopped by Michael’s, which luckily is 1/2 mile from Marshall’s, and picked up some green coiled wire and some 24 gauge florist wire and then went to work. I binge-watched Scandal while constructing two 7.5 foot garlands to bedeck my small trees. (This project turned out to be a 6-episode project…for your planning purposes)
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What You Need to Make 2 Strands of 7.5-foot Ornament Garland:
- 1 package of green floral wrapped wire cut to 7.5 feet
- 1 paddle 24 gauge florist wire, cut in 5″ to 6″ sections
- 65 ornaments of various size and color for each 7.5-foot section. I used plastic
- Wire cutters
- Band-aids or tape for preventive measures!
How You Will Make You Ornament Garland:
- With a glue gun, glue the hanger thing (not sure the technical name) to the ornament
- While that glue is drying, cut your florist wire into 5-6″ segments.
- Once the glue is dry, put your wire through the hanger, twist a bit of it to secure it and then glue the wire to the hanger with the glue gun. You want your ornaments not to hang, but become a stiff extension of the wire. Hold the wire for about 10 seconds to set it, then put it somewhere to dry. I found it best to suspend my wire-side-down ornaments in my file folders. I’d imagine an upside-down dish drainer would work as well.
- Start attaching your ornaments to your coiled wire. Attach one ornament at each end of your coiled wire and at 2-3 evenly spaced intervals. This will help you space your ornaments so that you have enough to do the entire coiled wire.
- I highly recommend putting band-aids or first-aid tape around your pointer fingers and thumbs. This will make you more effective in wrapping the wires and will prevent the wires from poking your fingers. You could also wear gloves…I’m just not a glove gal.
- Just keep attaching your ornaments, making sure you’re mixing them up.
- Once you’re done, deck your tree, stand back, and admire your handiwork.
It so happens that I really am one of those “never met a color I didn’t like” people, so I’m really quite happy with my pink/green thing on the front porch, which immediately transitions to a red/green thing once the front door is opened.
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So find a good show to binge-watch, and in several hours you’ll have two great garlands that you can use on your mantel, on your tree or any number of places.
If you are looking for even more holiday decorating ideas, check out this Christmas tour of my home for many ideas!
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