DIY Decorations: Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath

Christmas DIY Decorations

This Repurposed Christmas Wreath is part our round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations. Our last post featured decorations made from leftover project materials or stuff we had around the house. This week, we continue the same theme with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Christmas Ornaments.

If you stumble on this post at another time of the year, feel free to use colors for that season.

We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Materials Needed:

Frame
Clean Slate
Spray Lacquer
Bright Idea
Clear or White Christmas Ornaments
Ribbon
Jute Twine
Bucket of water

Supplies Needed: Frame, Spray Lacquer, Christmas Ornaments, Jute twine, and thick ribbon.

Step One: Clean with Clean Slate

Start with your frame, wiping it down with Clean Slate to get rid of all the dirt and grime.

Step One: Start with your frame, wiping it down with Clean Slate to get rid of all the dirt and grime.

Step Two: Paint with Spray Lacquer

Shake your spray lacquer then start at the top of the frame and work your way down with long clean strokes. We used Brisson Red Spray Lacquer to get this shade of red. This will take several coats, so do as many coats as it needs to have even coverage, sand lightly between each layer and wipe with a damp cloth. Then finish it off with a coat of Bright Idea clear lacquer. This clear lacquer will serve as a protective cover for your piece. Learn more about how to use High Performance Spray Lacquer.

Step One: Start with your frame, wiping it down with Clean Slate to get rid of all the dirt and grime. Step Two: Paint with Spray Lacquer

Step Three: Make Hand-swirled ornaments

After after you wipe down your ornaments with Clean Slate, you’re ready to hand-swirl your Christmas ornaments. You can do this a number of ways. You can either fill your spray lacquer lid and then pour the spray lacquer into a water. Or you can you spray the paint right into the water. Immediately, the lacquer will start to harden and make a stretchy consistency. You can experiment to see what textures you like better. Times can vary between immediately dunking the ornament and waiting about about 10 seconds.

Step Four: Pour Spray Lacquer in the Water

Step Four: Pour Spray Lacquer in the Water

Step Five: Experiment

There is a variety of different methods and techniques for this. No two Christmas ornaments will be the same. You can delay the time before you dip the ornaments. Other options are increasing the time the ornament is under the water before you pull it up, twisting the Christmas ornament as you pull it from the water or you can use different colors or multiple layers of different colors.

There is a variety of different methods and techniques for this. No two ornaments will be the same. You can delay the time before you dip the ornaments. Other options are increasing the time the ornament is under the water before you pull it up, twisting the ornament as you pull it from the water or you can use different colors or multiple layers of different colors.

Step Six: Put Your Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath Together

Once you have your ornaments ready, we chose two painted ones and two plains ones, you can start putting together your wreath. Tie a piece of jute string around the ornament hanger and tie it to the top of the frame, using various lengths of string.

Step Seven: Make a Bow

Add a bow to complete your picture perfect Christmas wreath.

And there you have it! Another DIY decoration to add to your Christmas decorations or gift to someone else.

Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath Video Tutorial

For more posts to get you in the Christmas spirit, check out these additional blog posts.

How to Have A Stress-free Holiday- Ever Change Productions

What do I get my Daycare Kids for Christmas? – Little Sprouts Learning

Good Deeds Your Kids Will Cherish During the Holidays

Why I Start Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving (and a FREE playlist)-The Peculiar Treasure

Granny’s Christmas Party Mix- Hello Daycare

HAVE A RELAXED, ORGANIZED CHRISTMAS – Even if You’re Not- Home Again Jiggety Jig

We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

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14 thoughts on “DIY Decorations: Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath

  1. This is adorable. Is the “clean slate” similar to TSP? I’ve used that before. That swirly technique is pretty cool. The ornaments look mighty fine! I never thought of painting ornaments. We’ve been looking for deep “Duck Green” ornaments to add to our rustic theme at church!

    1. I’m not sure about TSP, but we often recommend Simple Green. Clean Slate is a bit easier because you don’t have to worry about diluting it or wiping it down with a wet rag to get rid of surfactants. I’m not sure if we have a duck green shade, but we do have Easton Green and Citron that you might take a look at. If you do the projects, make sure to send us pictures!

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