Below is a blog post I wrote for Trendy Tree last year and thought I would share it here:
One of the most frequent questions I hear from customers and friends is “how do I attach ornaments to my wreath?”
There are several different methods and it just all depends on what your wreath is made out of, what the embellishment is and where you are planning to use the wreath.
A wreath for a door that is opened and closed frequently obviously needs the most secure method. A wall wreath or other stationary position requires less. And, if you’re shipping your wreath keep that in mind.
Materials to secure include hot glue, clear fishing line, zip ties, chenille stems or pipe cleaners, floral wire and sometimes you can use the Work Wreath needle twist ties.
Plastic and lightweight items do well with hot glue and depending on the size they can be hot glued right to the mesh, sort of nestled down in the mesh so they make good contact. Heavier items need more security and do best when wired directly to the wreath frame when using a Work Wreath. If you’re using grapevine or twig, the zip ties or wires can be worked through the twig.
How I placed this ornament:
Line up the ornament so that the top, bottom and sides of the ornament will be lined up with the twist tie needles on the inside inner ring of the wreath form. (Work Wreath style form)
With the sharp end of a wooden floral pick or an awl, poke a ¼ – ½-inch deep hole into the bottom of the Styrofoam ornament and then remove. Using a hot glue gun, shoot hot glue into the hole just made.
Stick the sharp end of the floral pick into some of the glue that did not make it into the hole and roll it around just a little to get glue on the tip of the pick and then stick the floral pick back down into the hole. Let cool completely before adding to the wreath. Do the same thing for the sides.
Once the floral picks are attached and dried completely, secure the top of the ornament’s wired loop into a set of needle ties and twist the needle ties to secure. Then use the wire that is on the end of the floral pick and wrap it around one of the needle ties on the bottom. Make sure that the ornament is level and center before attaching. Wrap the Wreath Form needle tie back around and over the green floral pick to help hide the floral pick. Do this same thing for the sides, again making sure that the ornament is level.
I hope this tutorial was useful.
Some of the items used in this wreath can be purchased from Trendy Tree:
Work Wreaths come in a variety of colors. For a wreath like this one, you could use red, dark red metallic, lime green, or even evergreen. We stock Work Wreaths in the 24″ size (completed wreath size). Colors include white, black, lime green, emerald green, evergreen, purple, lavender, pink, hot pink, yellow, turquoise, chocolate, dark red metallic, silver metallic, gold metallic, orange, royal blue and pumpkin.
This red with lime green bold stripe mesh was used in Julie’s wreath. It has a bit of gold beside the lime stripe also. Sometimes it’s really difficult to visualize what a finished product will look like just by looking at the roll of mesh.
These are lightweight Styrofoam beaded ornaments and come in a couple of different sizes and styles.
There is also a red/green kismet shape, a multicolor round and kismet and a red/green polka dot style. They are about 1″ thick, are the same on both sides and have a ring hanger. They also look great just suspended from ribbons hanging in windows and from mantels.
Lime Green Laser Glamour Rope. It’s a glittered roping encrusted with sequins and wired. It comes 25 ft in length and can be used as roping on a Christmas tree or cut into small lengths and used in your projects. You can wrap it around a broom handle or cardboard cord of your Deco Poly Mesh® and curl it and swirl it. Glamour Rope comes in the Laser Style and Glitter Style, several colors and two different sizes. The Glitter Glamour Rope has a smoother texture and some lighter spring/summer colors.