DIY Christmas Decor {Wreath}

I’m posting about a Christmas project in October…what, what!  Yep, it’s true, and I have the Fall Pinterest Challenge to thank for getting me from inspiration on pinterest to actually doing something in a one week!  I’m proud to say I whipped up my 1st ever Christmas wreath AND my first “D” project since I went from Smith to Dororbek  on 2-22-2012 (more about the living room wedding here).

Monogrammed ornament wreath

Here’s my pinterest inspiration… The 1st one is from Apartment Therapy, the “S” is from Sweet Pea, and the “H” is from Flikr.

DIY Christmas Decor

I always give myself the challenge to create a really awesome free thing, and I’m proud to announce I totally did it with this wreath! Well, I bought the ornaments last year, half off, and some at the Dollar Store! But, I didn’t have to run out and buy anything to make this wreath. My “D” monogrammed ornament wreath was made entirely from things I already had on hand. Wha to the whoo! PS This is the perfect craft to whip out the broken ornaments! PPS These are the Christmas ornaments I have in my whole house, ha! We’ve never had a real tree, always something super simple like this one last year.

DIY Christmas Decor

I hand drew a D on the Elmer’s foam board and used an XACTO to cut it out. The metal ruler really helps for the straight side.

DIY Christmas Decor

Next, I just started hot gluing ornaments all over the big D (for Dorobek, not Dallas!). I only had 2 big red balls, so I wanted to space them accordingly.

DIY Christmas Decor

After I spaced out all the big ornaments, I hot glued the little red glitter balls in between. It might have been better to cover the whole thing in the red balls first. Maybe? In other news, I got inured in the making of this wreath. Please be careful with the gun…

DIY Christmas decor

The one big trick I learned, is stack the red balls on top of each blue. Red ball piles are a good thing it gives the wreath some dimension, don’t ya think? On a completely different note, I’ve said balls a lot in this post. Just sayin’.

DIY Christmas Decor

I thought I was done, but after checking out this picture I declared I needed more red balls. Look at all of those white spaces!
DIY Christmas Decor
I filled her in a little more and voila, here she is proudly representing casa de Dorobek on the front door! Just so you know, I’m not the crazy lady who puts up Christmas decoration 3 months in advance, I did an early photo shoot especially for this post. The monogram wreath will make her month long home on the front door right after thanksgiving! Oh yea, I used one 3M picture hanging strip to hang the wreath on the front door. Worked like a charm, I love those things.
Andy was not amused by my begging for a picture in front of our monogramed wreath. I got one shot, and I was blurry. Boo!
DIY Christmas Decor
I kind of love my wreath.
DIY Christmas Decor
Have you started Christmas crafting? Have you done any awesome pinterest projects lately? When do you put up Christmas (or Hanukah) decorations? Do you use 3M picture hanging strips? Have you ever gotten a blister from a hot glue gun?  Anyone else obsessed with monograms? Spill the beans,baby…


  1. Your wreath looks great! I’m glad that my “S” monogram was an inspiration to you. Thanks for featuring it.

  2. Super cute! pinning!

  3. This is so fun and festive! Love it!

  4. Love the monogram! What a fun way to personalize a wreath :)

  5. Jamie, this is awesome! I love the monogram design. Oh and I recently burned myself with the hot glue gun too..not fun!

  6. Sorry you were injured while making this wreath, but it’s awesome! I love all the glittery ornaments! I’d love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It’s open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you’ll stop by!


  7. Suzanne Vick says:

    To use a fancy font, print it from computer and glue stick it to foam board. Once cut out, remove font pattern from foam board. I don’t think the pattern paper will be strong enough to support the ornaments. For a professional look, hide the ornament hangers. This is such a cute idea! Can you imagine using fake candy? Or for Halloween black glitter with pumpkins and purple and green ornaments?

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      Suzanne, That’s a gerat idea about printing out a letter and glueing it to the foam board! I just free handed, it was a little tricky!

  8. Swan Lake says:

    I LOVE this! I am going to make a silver, gold and ivory one for my bedroom to go above my ivory fireplace. I just got married so it will be a fun addition for my husband and I now that we share the same last name.

    THANKS for the idea! You rock!

  9. Great job! Looks awesome!

  10. Great colors & looks like something I could do :) ha. Fun!

  11. I figured out a way to cover up the white spaces. Paint the foam red before you use the hot glue.


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