How To Make A Christmas Ornament Wreath

I made this wreath this year to match our multi-colored theme indoors.  I love make a door arrangement of some kind that matches what people will see on the inside.  It gives a little taste of what is to come.

YOU WILL NEED:

• wire wreath form (you can get this at any craft store)
• paddle wire (also at your local craft store)
• wire cutters
• hot glue gun
• assortment of ornaments in different shapes and colors (I bought these from Walmart at the end of the season, they were 75% off.  These ones are also shatterproof, but you can use any ornaments that you like)

STEPS…

STEP 1

Wrap paddle wire around the wire wreath form – this will give you more surface area for the ornaments to sit on.

STEP 2

Start gluing the largest ornaments first – you can do this in a pattern or randomly.

STEP 3

Then continue on to the next largest size ornaments

STEP 4

Fill in the gaps with the smaller ornaments

When you are finished you will bask in the glory of your custom designed ornament wreath.

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Easter Egg Dye

A new egg dying idea from Matha Stewart!  I tried it and it was really fun.  First of all, I didn’t buy one of those egg dying kits, I just used 1/2 C. boiling water, 1 tsp. cider vinegar and about 10-20 drops of regular food coloring.  The colors were so much more bright and fun than the packages you buy!  So Martha’s idea was to dye the egg in a light color.  If you use the recipe above, I would use about 5 drops of a color.  Then let the egg dry for about 15 min.  You can pat it dry with a paper towel if there are still some wet spots.  Then, in a shallow bowl (about half an egg’s depth) mix up a darker color dye.  I would recommend about 20 drops of a color.  Add about 1 Tbs. olive oil to the bowl and whisk it up.  Quickly roll the egg around the bowl once and remove.  The oil and color will swirl over the base color.  It is really fun and easy.  I did it with my kids and they had fun picking the pairs of colors to go together.  After the eggs are dry you can wipe the oil off with a paper towel.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the eggs after we swirled, but here is a picture of the eggs with the food coloring dye.  I was able to get the deeper jewel tone colors by using brown eggs.  I really liked this effect and I may go exclusively brown eggs next year!