If you are looking for a show-stopping Disney-inspired Christmas decoration to make your holidays merrier, this Mickey ears inspired wreath is a relatively simple option. Here are the steps for making your own!
Like all of my favorite craft projects, this wreath is pretty easy to assemble. It is a bit more time consuming than the other Disney inspired holiday projects I have done, but I am jazzed about having my Disney fandom displayed in my home in wreath form.
- One larger sized foam wreath form (from the floral section). This one is 35 cm., but you can use whatever size you like.
- Two smaller sized foam wreath forms. These are 26 cm, but you can use any smaller size that you like. Basically, if the smaller ones fit inside the larger one, the proportion will work.
- A whole lot of shatterproof Christmas ornament balls of various sizes. The bigger the wreaths, the more you will need. Select colors from the palette you want. I went with silver, gold, red, and green for this one.
- A hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks AND extra hot glue sticks
- Something to protect your surface while you work (I use trash bags)
- Something to hang the wreath on
- Craft paint (optional)
- Any other decorative items you want to add to your wreath
I got most of the materials for this project from the Dollar Tree. It takes a lot of ornament balls, and I could get tubes of 16-20 for much less here than anywhere else. You might have luck shopping during after-Christmas sales as well. I was particularly pleased with these little Spaceship Earth look-alikes.
The only thing I could not find was the large wreath because every Dollar Store was sold out. My local Michael’s had one and a 50% off coupon made it cost about $3.
Once you have your materials, the fun can begin! The nice part about this project is that there is really no way to mess it up. You can plan out a calculated pattern, or you can just go with the flow and see what materializes.
- Remove the caps from your ornament balls. This is pretty easy if you are using Dollar Tree balls because they just pop off. This will expose the nubs. You do not want to remove these nubs. You will need them to stick the balls into the wreath.
2. Build your wreath by attaching the two smaller foam wreaths to the larger one. Use plenty of hot glue, and that should do the trick. You can measure and mark your wreath if you want to be certain it will line up perfectly, or you can eyeball it.
3. (Optional). If you do not like the color of your wreath, you can paint it. I liked the green color with my color scheme so I left it alone, but if you think there is a chance you won’t like it, go ahead and paint it with some craft paint.
3. Once you have your wreath form built, you can begin placing the balls around the outside of the wreath. Press a ball into the wreath, then remove it. Put glue into the hole and replace the ball.
4. Repeat until the entire outside of the wreath is covered in bulbs.
5. Now you can begin filling in the rest of the wreath. I fill in the inside and then just press and place balls wherever it makes sense.
6. At some point, you will have places where you cannot press the balls into the wreath, but you can still see the wreath form. In that case, go ahead and layer an ornament on top of the others to plug up the hole. You will end up with layers of ornament balls.
7. Once you finish gluing all the balls in place, you will probably have lots of hot glue strings to remove.
8. When you have your wreath JUST the way you like it, you can hang it using the hanger of your choice.
I ran out of balls about 4/5’s of the way through mine and had to return to the store, but then I was able to finish!
Since this project involved hot glue, it was not one my little ones could participate in, but they did love helping me shop for ornaments and seeing the progress as it came together.
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If you make this project, I’d love to see how it turns out. Feel free to show me here or to post it in the Kenny the Pirate Facebook Group!
What Disney Inspired Projects Do You Enjoy Making?