If you’ve been visiting my world for a while, you’ll know this is not my first time around the seasonal wreath-making block. It all started with a blingtastic Christmas and before I knew it, I’d made wreaths for spring, Ostara, May Day/Beltane and (of course) Halloween. I even made one for St. Paddy’s Day!
So with plans to build upon last year’s icy Christmas Hallway, I thought I’d knock up another cool circle of loveliness.
While Beloved psyched himself up to retrieve the Christmas mountain from storage, I went about looking for my festive mojo. Instead, I discovered the Easiest Christmas DIY on the planet, EVER! It uses just three supplies, costs less than a fiver and takes no time at all.
I defy anyone to say they can’t make one of these babies!
What I used:
- Polystyrene ring – I used one of these from Hobbycraft
- Cotton Wall Balls
- Glue – I used a cool melt glue gun
How to make a quick and easy snowball wreath
- Fire up your glue gun
- Take a cotton ball, tease it gently to form more of a “puff” than a tight ball
- Glue to wreath
Seriously. Could it BE any easier?
Now I could stop this post right here, but I guess you might feel in need of a little more info, so here are a few tips.
I started by gluing a line of cotton wool balls around the centre of the face of the wreath, then moved towards the hole and finished around the top edge.
My glue gun of choice is a Bostik Cool Melt that I bought from Amazon. I love it because a) it does what it says on the tin and b) I’m far too clumsy for hot glue. I do own a mini hot melt, but I’ve burned my fingers more times than I care to remember. The Bostik also happens to be really reliable. In the million or so years I’ve been crafting, I’ve only ever had to replace it once.
If you prefer hot melt and, unlike me, you can keep your fingers out of the glue, PLEASE be careful – cotton wool isn’t known for its heat-resisting properties.
When gluing on the cotton wool, do so in small sections at a time. Apply the glue to the wreath, stick on a couple of balls, and continue. This is especially important when using cool melt glue as it dries more quickly than hot glue.
How many balls do you need? Now there’s a question! It depends on the size of your ring! Ahem.
My 20cm wreath form took about ¾ of a (100-ball) bag of cosmetic cotton wool balls.
If all you want is a plain snowball wreath like mine, then you can leave it there and reward yourself with a glass of eggnog. If, however, you want something a bit more fancy, you could decorate your winter wreath even further. Just remember that whatever you do will add weight and be careful of snagging the cotton wool. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Wind some lights around it like this
- Wind a string of beads or pearls around it like this
- Wind some copper wire around it (very trendy)
- Stick some gems onto it (very sparkly)
- Spray it with a little spray adhesive and sprinkle on some glitter (well it IS Christmas)
- Glue on a festive bauble or other Christmas ornament (who needs a tree?)
- Hang a Christmas bauble or ornament so that it sits in the middle of the wreath. I would do this by taping the thread of the ornament to the back of the ring.
What will you do with yours?
How to hang a DIY wreath
Once you’re done, all you need to do is display your masterpiece. Without any additional work, this wreath will lean quite happily, much like I did with the TK Maxx shell wreath in the summer. If you want to hang yours, perhaps to an internal door or a mirror like I have, then you’ll need a to fashion a “hook” for the back.
This wreath is so light, all I did was loop a piece of ribbon and tape it down, but if yours is embellished, you might want to use a little wire, then hot glue your hook and then seal it with tape. I did this for the bauble wreath, which is now on its 3rd year without issue.
Let’s hope I haven’t just jinxed it.
Alternatively, you could hang your wreath with wide ribbon. For a permanent solution, try adding the ribbon before you start decorating your wreath, or do it after like I did with the Maypole wreath. This way allows you a little more control over where the ribbon sits on your circle, but it may snag the cotton wall.
I’m a big fan of wreaths on mirrors. I hang mine with Command Hooks like the ones you use to hang your Christmas lights and I always have a selection in my tool box. In fact, I hang something so often, I’m pretty sure I have a Command Hook permanently attached to almost every mirror in the house.
Personal visitors to OneandSeventy will be looking for them now.
And there you have it. I’m sure you’ll agree, this really IS the easiest DIY Christmas wreath EVER!
A hui hou,
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