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DIY 5 Minute Tinsel Garland Wreath

A few Winters ago I was staring at a bland paper bag full of old embroidery hoops that I had picked up at the thrift store months before for a few quarters, when it occurred to me that they would make perfect wreath frames. I quickly nixed the idea of wiring greenery to them (too lengthy of a project and they would only last for a short while) and then thought of the tinsel garland I had wound up the stair banister the previous day. Perfect! What I didn't know then, was just how simple this project would turn out to be. With literally just a few minutes of your day and two supplies (tinsel garland and an old embroidery hoop or wreath frame) you can have your entire home hung with merry wreaths in no time (and you'll get to bring them out to enjoy again year after year). Have fun! xo Ez

1.  Gather your supplies. You will need embroidery hoops in various sizes or a floral wreath ring (from craft stores), store-bought tinsel garland (a 6” embroidery hoop uses approximately 12’ of garland), and a pair of scissors. Tip: you can use both the inside and outside of an embroidery hoop separately to create two wreaths.

2. Begin by tucking one end of the garland under the metal latch at the top of your embroidery hoop. If you are using the inner hoop or form with no latch you may wish to secure the end with a piece of tape or hot glue (optional). 

3. Scrunch up the loose side of your tinsel garland (there will be a lot of it) into a messy ball so that it is easier to work with. Begin wrapping the tinsel garland around the embroidery hoop making sure to keep the garland taught as you go. Every few passes you will want to push the newly wrapped section up towards the completed portion so that it fills in nicely and does not look sparse. Continue this process until your entire embroidery hoop is covered and you've used the full length of garland. Secure the loose end by tying it to another segment of garland along the back. Tip: if you happen to run out of garland along the way you can easily tie on additional segments and continue wrapping.

4. If you'd like to add a Waxed Paper Pom Pom to your wreath like I did here you can find my tutorial for creating your own over on our Nice Package blog. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

And finally, here are a few additional images of some of the original 5-minute Tinsel Garland Wreaths I made a few years ago:

Reader Comments (43)

the little pine inside that jar is the most beautiful thing ever!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love this idea! I always am drawn to retro holiday decor. I think I must be trying to relive my childhood or something - ha ha! The deer and pinecone in the jar is very sweet!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBobbi

i love blue & white for christmas. tinsel is a lot of fun too!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranika

Love, love LOVE the wreaths! I'm going to make one for all of my girlfriends this year. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

What an awesome, creative idea! Love it!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

How cute! I happen to have a little embroidery hoop sitting around from stitching "baa baa" on my baby's black sheep costume for halloween...this is the perfect thing to use it for! The pom pom really makes it in my opinion, so I'll have to go check out your tutorial on that :) xo Laura

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Gaskill

I love this! I just made some garlands for around my house and think I should try this wreath next. I just love decorating for the holidays!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This is a really nice idea how to make some Christmas decoration without spending a whole lot of money.
I just love it and hope you don't mind I printed out the page for later reference. I for sure will have to make a few to add something new to my Christmas decor.
The pine cone in the glass jar is another great and very creative idea. Simple but really nice looking.
I have lots of pine cones in my backyard, especially now at this time of the year when they seem to be falling off the trees all at once.
(Actually too many to be able to keep up - LOL) So far I mainly used them for making Christmas Wreaths but I love the idea of putting one in a glass jar and to add a little accent like that cute deer.
thanks so much for sharing these great ideas.
Best Regards
Paula Jo

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPJ @ Home Decor Accents

this is so great!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I love the look of the different textured wreaths together. Very nice!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Soon will come the time of the magical Days

thank you

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterprivate detectives Toronto

These are simply great!! I can totally see how they can be addicting :)
Thanks for sharing!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz

You can buy the Charley Harper Memory Game at Barnes and Noble right now.

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen Shafer

Such an easy way to holiday up my apartment!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

LOVE IT!! Thx for sharing!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered

I love it!! It's going on my crafty to do list :)

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Thank you so much everyone! I hope you have a blast making these. I'd love to see the results if you feel like sharing. xo Ez

November 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterEz

AH! I love all of these!!! I must try one out!!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Great idea. I'll be in the Bahamas for Christmas and I may need to add this wreath to the house decor

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpiral Style

So simple and easy, love the floral touch!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLana

I think this is so inspiring!! thank you! abby

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabby @ a delightful design

I ran to the arts&crafts store last night and made 2 of these! Each came out to maybe $5 (for garland and loop) incl. tax! They look lovely! I can't wait to put them up!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I love this. Easy and inexpensive.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly | Glamour This!

YES. This I MUST do -- I'd really love to hang a wreath on my apartment door this year & making one myself would be infinitely more fun.

Ugh, I cannot wait for the holidays to get into full swing.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle S.

So adorable. I posted pictures and a link to your website on my blog. Perfect for a mid century modern house.

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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