When our antique mall had the Christmas Open House last weekend, I bought some items from other dealers like I do every year. I couldn't resist buying pretty aluminum bulb reflectors, which I wasn't sure at the time what I was going to use them for. I just knew I would think of something, because 1) they were colorful; and 2) they resembled flowers. This is what I came up with:
Here's the handful of little bulb reflectors that inspired me to make the wreath. They shouldn't cost more than a couple dollars for several, whether you buy them on Ebay, Etsy, or at a local antique mall:
Hot Glue Gun
Aluminum Bulb Reflectors
Small Christmas Tree Ornaments
Although I think a foam wreath form would be best for this project because of its uniformity, I've had this twig wreath form that stared me in the face every time I went to my basement. I bought it at a garage sale several years ago, thinking I would use it eventually. Well, today was the day!
To get started on your version, grab some vintage or new tinsel garland in any color you like. Depending on the size of your wreath form, you might need several strands of it. Put a dab of hot glue on one end to tack it down, then start winding it around your wreath form. You can either ball it up or cut it in half to make it easier to wind around the wreath:
Obviously, you will keep going until your wreath form is covered. Occasionally, I put a dab of hot glue here and there to keep the tinsel secure.
To make the reflector embellishments, I looked for a couple little tree ornaments that coordinated with the reflectors and hot glued them into the reflectors. Using more hot glue on the back is important to keep them secure, and so the glue isn't visible from the front. Actually, I decided the little ornaments below were too small, and ended up using them in a different way on the wreath:
Below you can see where I tucked in the little clusters of small ornaments on pipe cleaners to add to the embellishment. The bulb reflector flowers can be hot glued into place carefully after you decide where you want them.
I made a loop of picture hanging wire which I threaded through the top of the wreath so I could hang it on a nail. You might want to add a ribbon or something decorative instead.
I clustered my bulb reflector flowers in one area on my wreath. You might want to spread them out evenly around the wreath, or cover your entire wreath with them! There are many possibilities, don't you agree?
That's all there is to it! Have fun with this easy project!
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