These mini wreath Christmas tree ornaments are a simple, inexpensive, but eye-catching ornament that you can make for your Christmas tree this year!
I went a little overboard when I found this beautiful chunky grey yarn at the dollar store and I ended up with about two-and-a-half extra balls of it after completing my DIY Wool Christmas Wreath the other day. I thought another cozy wool craft was definitely in order! 🙂 I’ve had the idea for these DIY mini wreath Christmas tree ornaments in the back of my mind for a few years now, and this was the perfect opportunity to bring them to life!
I love that these ornaments are a little different from what you might usually find on most Christmas trees, but they’re simple enough to make that you could easily make them with the kids for a fun “craftnernoon” activity one chilly weekend. Side note: I don’t recommend trying to get your husband to help you with these. The five minutes of yarn-wrapping time was a little too tedious for Chris and he definitely let me know every 17 seconds or so how much he hated it. Kids will be fine though. 🙂
Supplies Needed for the Mini Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments
I love that these were made almost entirely out of supplies from the dollar store!
- 1 Pack of cheapo dollar store bracelets (I think the plastic ones for kids would be even better, but I couldn’t find any, so these were fine.)
- Chunky yarn in a color of your choice (Again, I found mine at the dollar store!)
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Ribbon for hanging
- Embellishments (I pulled a few red berries off of some floral picks)
Assembling the Mini Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments
Before we begin, pre-heat your glue gun! There’s nothing worse than coming to a step where you need your hot glue and realizing you forgot to turn it on! 🙂
Now that we have that taken care of, start out by cutting a length of yarn to about two feet long. Tie one end to one of your bracelets. The bracelets are probably a bit too small for you to comfortably pass the whole ball of yarn through them while you’re wrapping, so it’s easier to just work with pre-cut lengths of yarn.
Start wrapping! Try not to wrap too tightly. You want to maintain the fluffy, chunky look of the yarn.
Keep wrapping until you come to the end of the yarn. Use your hot glue to stick the end of the yarn to the bracelet. Now grab another piece of yarn and keep wrapping! You want to make it around your bracelet about three times for a really fluffy-looking wreath.
Pro crafting tip: On your third time around, leave a little gap between each wrap to give your wreath some extra texture. You can see here the comparison between two times around, and adding a third with the spacing. It makes a big difference in chunky texturey-ness. 🙂
Completing the Mini Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments
When you’re all done wrapping and gluing, it’s time to embellish! Something as simple as a little bow will work great, or you can use beads, buttons, little faux berries like I did, or sequins if you like a little sparkle on your Christmas tree.
I like how these little red berries with the grey yarn give these ornaments a bit of a Scandinavian look. Don’t you think so ?
Secure your embellishments with a little hot glue. Make sure to use as tiny a droplet of glue as possible because any glue oozing out from behind your embellishments will be very noticeable on such a tiny ornament. My red berries have a little red berry paint hanging off of them I see, so I’ll need to get some little nail scissors out to trim that off. You notice all the little imperfections when you’re working on something this small!
Finish it off by choosing a ribbon to hang your ornament with!
And that’s how you make these mini wreath Christmas tree ornaments!
Do you often make your own ornaments at Christmas? I’m always so impressed when people have trees full of ornaments that they’ve made themselves!
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