Sunday, November 22, 2009

Starbuckish Wreath

DSC_0034I remember seeing some very cool wreaths last year at Starbucks. Shiny ornaments and yarn wrapped balls never looked so good together. I was inspired at the time, but had already put all my Christmas decorations up. I didn’t really want to go to the trouble of making them right then.
I was reminded of that inspiration this week somewhere in blog land. I really don’t remember where, it was late one night after a long, hard run. Long hard runs usually turn my brains to mush, so I’m sorry I can’t tell you where this inspiration came from. If it came from you, dear reader, let me know.
So, I really wanted to make one, but I so didn’t want to buy anything to do it. Guess what? I succeeded.
Here’s most of the junk I used:

  • Old ornaments that I just don’t care for anymore (to cover with yarn)
  • Newer, shiny silver ornaments
  • an old grapevine wreath
  • leftover yarn
  • hot glue (lots and lots)
  • a glue stick
  • practice golf balls (to cover with yarn)
  • and not pictured, gray felt.
To make the wreath I just started wrapping yarn over the old ornaments and the practice golf balls. I found that unless I put a little coat of glue from a glue stick I couldn’t get the yarn to stay. My hands were covered with glue, but that yarn isn’t going anywhere. I wrapped what I thought I might need for the wreath, but ended up wrapping up more. It took way more ornaments and yarn balls than I thought.
Once I had the yarn balls all done I started hot gluing everything on. I learned something here: hot glue on ornaments does not really stick to a grapevine wreath. So I grabbed some felt leftover from some project and wrapped the wreath. That gave the glue something nice to stick too. After that was all done I just started gluing things on, starting with the biggest ornaments and the biggest yarn balls. I learned something else here: hot glue works great but it likes to slip off of smooth shiny ornaments. So there was a lot of holding ornaments together waiting for things to dry. But it was all worth it, I love how it turned out.
I thought it needed a little pop, so I put it over a canvas that I painted blue just for the occasion. Before the paint dried I sprinkled some silver glitter on, just for a little sparkle. I think it totally makes it, and it totally makes it stand out on the wall.
And with this project, I think we are officially done with our Christmas decorations. Unless I get a wild hare to do something else, which stranger things have happened! We’ll see.
I'm sharing this with Kimba's DIY day and Today's Creative Blog.


  1. *sigh* I adore this wreath, and you're right- the painted canvas DOES "make it." Loving the glitter!

  2. I. Love. It. !! Yarn balls. I am going to copy you :) Emily @ remodelingthislife

  3. Very cute, love the texture the yarn adds!

  4. Well done! - Love that you used what you had, that's craftiness at its BEST! (let me guess, the yarn is wrapped around the golf balls?)

  5. Adorable, I love it! I don't knit or crochet, but always have yarn around the house for some reason. Now I know what I'm going to do with it!

  6. I love that, it's so creative!

  7. Love it! I just may have to try this idea myself... afterall, I'm hitting Michael's as soon as nap time is over!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. very creative! way to go!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I love the contrast between the yarn and the shiny ornaments. Beautiful!

  10. I actually got one of those Starbucks wreaths last year--for free! They sell their decor for super cheap, the day after Christmas, and then just give away what does not get bought.
    I still can't believe I ended up with one, I LOVE it!
    Great job on the wreath!

  11. Awesome job and I love the canvas with glitter!

  12. This is TOTALLY AWESOME. You've totally inspired me. I think I may try to wrap some ornaments with natural-colored yarn for our tree. Never would have thought of that.

    Thanks for sharing. I just added you to my reader. I found you from Today's Creative Blog.

  13. I adore this...will definitely try something similiar soon!

  14. I love this project. I have a lot of those parts already on hand and I think I'm going to give it a whirl too> Thanks for the inspiration!


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