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Glass-Ball Wreath

Introduction

This full-bodied everlasting wreath is crafted from bundles of gold, pink, and silver glass balls on wire stems. At its core is an 11-inch double-wire wreath form.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Wrap the form in a layer of golden seam binding, tacking the loose end with a bit of craft glue.To create the ornament bunches, we recommend using balls specially made with wire stems already attached. But you can add a stem of 20-gauge floral wire to a standard glass ball with a dab of hot glue and a tight wrapping of floral tape.

  2. Step 2

    Form tight bunches from a handful of wired ornaments; bind them together with floral tape. Working in a clockwise direction, join each bunch to the wreath form with a wrapping of floral tape, followed by a decorative covering of seam binding.

  3. Step 3

    When you have covered nearly all the wreath, the last few bunches can be attached by simply slipping them under the first set. Their stems will need to be cut relatively short to fit.The balls will tend to shift around when the wreath is hung, so you may want to steady them with small dollops of hot glue. You can fill in any gaps by gluing in additional small balls.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 75 December/January 1999/2000

Reviews (19)

  • 5 Dec, 2010

    I made this. I use floral picks and loaded the small balls, 3 at a time, on one pick. I also used larger balls as well as jingle bells, all in gold. I loaded just one larger ball on a pick and one one jingle bell on a pick. I was so easy and quick. I think I used, for a small wreath, about 50 small, 8 large balls and 6 jingle bells.

  • 9 Nov, 2009

    how many balls?? and, any ideas on where to purchase glass balls on wires??

  • 9 Nov, 2009

    I don't have any idea how many bunches of balls this would take. HELP!!!

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Many thanks to all on ideas for purchasing glass balls on wires.

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    Many thanks to all on ideas for purchasing glass balls on wires.

  • 3 Dec, 2008

    I have purchased glass balls on wire at Michaels-they are from a company called Merry Minis

  • 2 Dec, 2008

    It would be really helpful to see a video of how to make this wreath; the directions aren't all that complete. Also, a source for the wired glass balls would be really helpful.

  • 29 Nov, 2008

    you can usually find these glass balls on picks at specialty store, such as a country market that sells florals. Otherwise, you probably can buy them online, or try e-bay. Good luck....

  • 26 Nov, 2008

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy glass balls on wire stems. I have looked for two seasons and cannot find glass balls on wire stems and I love this wreath. Thanks.

  • 24 Nov, 2008

    this is a great wreath to make.. it takes time... best time to buy the blubs is after christmas when all the sales are on and get them ready for next year. I own a craft and goft shop and sold many of these, make them in lots of different colours..... i also teach crafts so this is not for a beginner.....

  • 21 Feb, 2008

    This is great! Wreaths like this can be pretty expensive, so this cost-effective alternative is definitely appreciated.

  • 19 Feb, 2008

    i love this! i tried to do it by looking at an advertisement and i really didnt do so good. i can follow these directions easy!

  • 10 Dec, 2007

    Not getting a very good visual ...

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I bought a red one similar to this at Target. I believe they had silver and gold as well.

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    I got a red one similar to this at Target for $14.99. I think it came in silver and gold too, but all the balls are the same size instead of varied.

  • 7 Dec, 2007

    So how many balls of each size would you need for this size wreath?

  • 6 Dec, 2007

    I made one similiar to this using different sizes of round bells.

  • 30 Nov, 2007

    This is so beautiful. Can it be bought already made?

  • 25 Nov, 2007

    While this is the most beautiful wreath I've ever seen