If you’re like me, you have more holiday decorations than you know what to do with and you’re always looking for a way to craft without spending too much money. This Christmas I found a great compromise between saving money and getting rid of excess decorations and craft supply!

My family was in town so we decided to have a little craft party to make some Christmas wreaths. After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to get a few basics, we were ready to start crafting with excess Christmas decor and ornaments.

This is how I made this wreath with left over things I had, but you should definitely experiment with different holiday decorations and make it your own!


  • 1 Foam ring the size of your choice
  • Garland (enough to cover the entire ring
  • Variety of ornaments
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ornament hooks
  • Ribbon

Recycled Wreath 1

1. Use hot glue and an ornament hook to secure one end of the garland to the foam ring. To use the ornament hooks bend them in a “U” shape and pin the garland by pushing it into the foam ring. Use a touch of hot glue after you put the pin in to make sure it’s secure.
2. Continue to wrap the garland around the ring until it is completely covered. Attach the end with an ornament hook and hot glue just like the beginning.

Recycled Wreath 2


3. Use ornament hooks and hot glue to attach the ornaments to the wreath. Get creative with what you put on your wreath to spice it up! I used different tree ornaments, bells, and ribbon.

Recycled Wreath 3

4. Use the ribbon to make a bow to put the finishing touch on your wreath.
5. Find a great place to display your wreath!

recycled wreath 5

This is a fun craft to do with friends, or even with kids if you help them with the hooks and hot glue. Don’t stop at wreaths either: use left over craft items to make other fun, new decorations! Save craft items, and save money! My sister-in-law made a wreath with me, and even though we did it together, our wreaths were very different, but very beautiful! Here’s hers:

recycled wreath 4

How do you find ways to craft and save money? Don’t forget to share some pictures of your recycled holiday crafts, I’d love to see them!

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  1. Rose Powell

    January 9th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    These are super fabulous wreaths, I always feared creating one for sake of I don’t know what to do, perhaps you should create a tutorial on how you and your sister created those super fantastic bows! I made my first wreath this year, super novice, it turned out okay, but I’m certain it could be better! 🙂 Thanks Amanda for sharing 🙂

  2. Amanda Tucker

    January 9th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Oh yeah, the bows can be the hardest part! I will have to make a tutorial so you can make a beautiful wreath of your own!

  3. Rose Powell

    January 15th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I would greatly appreciate that! MOST DEFINITELY!

  4. Rebecca

    January 9th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh my gosh. I love making wreaths. Last Easter, as in 2012, I made one out of Peeps. It was adorable and I loved it. Plus, I treated it gently and it lasted until this Easter as well. But then my four year old decided to make a snack of it earlier this fall. She ate the 18 month old Peeps. I might have to make another one this spring. Below is a link to the post where I made the wreath. If you search Peeps on my site, you can read about my daughter eating the old ones. Yuck.


  5. Amanda Tucker

    January 9th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    That is so funny!! Kids are so crazy 🙂 I’ll definitely check it out and share!

  6. Jamie

    January 9th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    That is adorable, Amanda!! I so wish we had a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby where we live. I can’t find those Styrofoam things anywhere. 🙁 Love it and will be saving the idea when I head to Flagstaff to shop for craft stuff!! Pinned & Tweeted!!

  7. Amanda Tucker

    January 9th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for sharing! I couldn’t imagine not having a Hobby Lobby OR Michael’s!!

  8. Dawn

    January 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Nice! I have never been a fan of that tinsel garland, but this I like! I love the colors too! Great job! Pinned and Tweeted!

  9. Amanda Tucker

    January 9th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you! It was a different idea, I just had to try it!

  10. Heidi Bee

    January 9th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This is so cute, and I even think I could do it- I am craft challenged 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. tara pittman

    January 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    These are so cute, they want me to make one. I might have to do this next year with the kids.

  12. Ellen Christian

    January 9th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Those are both so cute. I love the different looks there are you can make.

  13. Mag@GirlyCreation

    January 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These are very beautiful and unique, you can make personalized ones that cannot be bought anywhere. Nice!