DIY Retro Christmas Wreath with Tinsel and Ornaments

Learn how to make a DIY retro Christmas wreath.

This isn’t my first ornament wreath, but sadly my last one was destroyed by being stored in a hot attic over the summer.

So I decided to make a new, even better ornament wreath. This time with tinsel!

retro Christmas wreath with ornaments and tinsel

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DIY Retro Christmas Wreath

Supplies Needed

supplies for a tinsel and ornament wreath

DIY Tinsel Wreath

Honestly, the wreath looked great at this step! I used white tinsel, which gives the wreath a magical, snowy look. Silver or gold tinsel would have been fun as well.

In my last ornament wreath, I would still see the metal wreath form between the ornaments and it always bugged me.

Tinsel is great because it covers the wreath form and it’s decorative!

  1. Apply a dab of hot glue to the wreath form. gluing tinsel to wreath form
  2. Place the end of the tinsel onto the hot glue and hold it in place for a few seconds.
  3. Wrap the tinsel around the wreath form.
  4. Adjust the tinsel every few inches to make sure it’s nice and tight to cover the form well.
  5. When you get to the end of the strand, apply another dab of hot glue and hold the end in place. half of wreath with tinsel
  6. Repeat the steps until your wreath form is covered. I used 2 strands of tinsel for my tinsel wreath.
  7. When it’s finished, apply more hot glue to any place that feel loose.
white tinsel wreath

Gluing Ornaments to the Wreath

I made my last wreath with unbreakable ornaments and I decided to do the same with this one.

Besides, I’ve never found vintage ornaments during my thrifting excursions. The only ones I’ve seen have been at vintage stores and they typically cost about $2 each. I used close to 100 ornaments on this wreath, so that would be cost prohibitive.

And if it broke, so would I. ­čÖü

  1. Start gluing your ornaments to the wreath, spreading out the colors as you go. I tried to hide the ornament tops as I went. gluing ornaments to wreath
  2. It’s easier to add glue to the ornament, not the wreath.
  3. Keep filling the wreath in. Small spots can be filled in with smaller ornaments. adding ornaments to wreath
  4. Add extra stability by gluing ornaments to each other where they touch.
  5. Hang and enjoy.
diy retro christmas wreath with tinsel and ornaments

I used a pre-made over the door hanger, but you can also use pretty ribbon to hang your wreath.

ornament and tinsel wreath on light blue door

The best thing is being able to make your retro wreath in your favorite colors. I’m really loving pastel hues this season.

ornament wreath by vintage tinsel tree
Tutorial for tree topper coming soon…

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