I made these using ornaments we’ve collected over the years, but I’ll include links to ones currently being sold when I can. I chose to use big glass ornaments because they’re more detailed and have a vintage look and feel that I love.
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- Cage wreaths
- Floral wire
- Ornament pics –> I like these from Afloral
- Wire cutters & scissors
- Mermaid // Robot // Car with tree // Champagne bottle // Taco // Scotch bottle // Boom Box // Thermos // Pacman arcade game // Pancakes // Champagne bottle // Espresso Machine // Passport // Vintage Batman
Step 1: I bought pre-made wreaths from the dollar store because I liked the cage system that supported the garland. It makes it ideal to fasten things to, as opposed to a foam or metal wreath where there isn’t much to wrap individual ornaments around.
Step 2: I find a little bit of preparation goes a long way with these kinds of projects. I encourage you to plan where the ornaments will go beforehand so that you don’t start affixing them and realize it doesn’t work.
Step 3: You can attach the ornaments a variety of ways, but I found that floral wire worked best. I use 2 lengths of wire for each ornament. I threaded the first through the ribbon loop, and the second around the other end of the ornament to prevent it from swinging around.
Because of the type of wreath I chose there’s an entire infrastructure beneath the greenery, so it was as simple as thread the wire around a branch and twisting to fasten.
Step 4: Once the big ornaments are in place, start filling in the green space with ornament picks, smaller baubles and anything else you’d like.
Step 5: The last step is the ribbon! You want to loop the ribbon in a zig zag motion around the wreath, while twirling it to provide a little bit of oomph. Make sure to tuck it around the ornaments as you go, but you can have it go across them if you wan to as well.
Step 6: You can add a big bow somewhere to clock any imperfections in the wreath, or just for fun too. I added one because I like bows- I’m simple like that.
I then repeated the entire process with the second wreath to create Dan’s wreath.
Okay so the part I loved the most about making these His & Hers Christmas Wreaths was picking the ornaments. Like I mentioned above, we already had a few of these, but I picked-up a lot of them in stores this season at Canadian Tire, Michaels and Homesense.
Here’s a brief explainer of mine:
- The Canadian passport is because I love travelling and try to zip away whenever I can.
- The espresso machine is in honour of my love of good coffee, and caffeine in general.
- The boom box is because I looove me some music. There’s always music playing somewhere in my house, and it’s usually something you can dance to.
- The robot was chosen because I can be almost robotic in the pursuit of an answer when I don’t understand something.
- The mermaid is a play on the fact that I share a name with a famous mermaid.
- Crepes are an ode to my love of the breakfast staple. If I’ve got enough time I’ll make my own, each and every time.
- The champagne bottle is because DUH – I love champagne.
The joy of the His & Hers Christmas Wreaths is that you get to see both people represented. I thought I’d take a minute to break down what’s on Dan’s wreath:
- The car with tree is because Dan loves going to get the tree with me. It’s usually in the middle of a snowstorm and always after work. We love it.
- The Pacman arcade game is because Dan loves video games. Granted, he’s a PC gamer, not a console gamer, but the sentiment is there.
- The coffee thermos is because when I first met him he had like 10 different thermoses in the back seat of his car buried under things.
- The taco is because he sure loves a good taco.
- Lastly, the bourbon is because he loves the full range of scotch’s.