A little while a go I spotted a video on Facebook showing how to make a light up Bauble Wreath using a pool noodle, I instantly fell in love with the idea but thought it might be a little too big for our small house. A friend, very wisely suggested making a smaller version of it- why I didn’t think of this myself I don’t know but I am very grateful for her idea.
Initially I was going to downsize the wreath by using one pool noodle, instead of two, however after struggling for a few days to find one (wrong season to be looking I think) I decided on using a polystyrene wreath base which are currently available in pretty much every craft shop I have visited.
This little DIY Christmas Bauble Wreath is probably one of the easiest but most effective DIY decorations I have attempted, I am super pleased with how its turned out and have received lots of compliments on how wonderful it looks.
What you’re going to need:
- A Polystyrene Wreath Base (or a pool noodle or two).
- Baubles in your colour choice (I chose to go for smaller baubles but you could go bigger if using a larger polystyrene wreath or pool noodles).
- A string of battery powered Christmas lights.
- Garland of your choice.
- A glue gun and plenty of glue sticks.
To begin I simply picked a bauble and attached it to the polystyrene using the glue gun. I chose to work from the inside out, so I started by filling the centre and slowly worked out row by row. I didn’t really attempt a pattern but it would be pretty easy to achieve one if you prefer a more symmetrical look.
Once I was happy with how ‘full’ the wreath was looking I set about attaching the lights. You’ll definitely want battery powered ones, this set was only £1.99 and very easy to get hold of. I roughly positioned the lights around the wreath before pushing the lights and wires between and around the baubles to hold it in place. I decided to not permanently attach the lights in case they ever need replacing but they could easily be stuck down with a blob or two of glue.
Next, I grabbed my piece of Christmas garland, again this was super cheap at less than a pound and I had more than enough to go around. I chose to cut off each stem so I could spread it more evenly throughout the wreath, however you could just wrap the whole garland around it if you fancied. I glued each piece in between or just over baubles to disguise the wires and add some texture to the otherwise very smooth and round design. I was very careful not to get any glue on the wires because, like I said above, I want to keep the lights removable.
I really love how versatile this wreath could be, I chose icy blues, whites and silvers to go with our current Christmas theme however you could easily pick any selection of colours. The colour of the lights could also make a dramatic change to the look and feel of your wreath, again I chose ice white for the ‘cooler’ effect but am actually quite tempted to see how warm white would look against it, especially as I have ended up using warm white throughout the rest of my decorating this year.
My Mum is just about to have a go at making one herself after seeing how quick and easy this was to make and how beautiful it looks hung on my lounge door. What do you think of the wreath, would you attempt to make one? Please do let me know if you have a go as I’d love to see your finished creations!