Easy DIY Ornament Cluster Wreath

An easy Christmas wreath made with clusters of inexpensive plastic ornaments and red striped ribbon.

red and gold ornament clusters, greenery wreath, striped ribbon
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This ornament cluster wreath is perfect for making something bold and beautiful for your home this holiday season! Whether you hang this Christmas wreath on your front door, or use it inside your home, it's bound to get noticed.

This DIY Christmas ornament is made with inexpensive plastic ornaments, keeping it lightweight while adding vibrant holiday color.

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I'm joining several fellow bloggers to share our DIY Christmas wreaths with you today, hosted by my sweet friend Jen of Tatertots and Jello. There's variety and a beautiful assortment. I know something will catch your eye! Visit the links below for more details to making your own Christmas wreath or wreaths this year!

How to make an easy ornament cluster wreath

Several years ago I made an ornament wreath using a mix of vintage and new pastel ornaments. My first attempt was unsuccessful, as the wreath fell apart in our hot attic. A couple years ago I took it apart and remade it with a new technique, and this time it turned out beautifully! If you like the look of a wreath completely covered in ornaments, you can find the tutorial for that DIY ornament wreath here.

ornament wreath

This year, I wanted to try something a little bit different and a whole lot easier! I had a large tub filled with plastic ornaments that I've purchased over the years from dollar and craft stores. Nothing precious, you know the kind that come in a long tube or a plastic container.

Supplies you'll need:

  • wreath base
  • greenery stems
  • green chenille stems or wire
  • plastic ornaments
  • ribbon

I built my ornament cluster wreath on a DIY wreath base that I made in the spring, using faux boxwood and an oversized slender grapevine wreath. You can see how I made it here, it was super easy. But if you don't want to do that, you can use any wreath form depending on the style you want.

wreath base, plastic ornaments, chenille stems

I wanted to display this handmade wreath on the antique chippy window that hangs above my coffee bar. I decorate it every year with my Santa mug collection (see last year's Christmas coffee bar here), so red and white ornaments would have looked best. However, this year my goal is not to spend any money on new Christmas decor, so I used red and gold ornaments which I already had.

Because my wreath was made from boxwood, I wanted to introduce a little bit of holiday greenery, which I why I added the two pine stems. If you're using a base made of pine (or any Christmas greens) just omit this step.

steps to make an ornament cluster wreath

Step 1 - add pine stems

If you're adding pine stems, use green chenille stems (or these wired pine garland ties that I found at Dollar Tree last year) to secure the stems to your wreath base. 

Step 2 - make large ornament clusters

To make ornament clusters, simply string ornaments onto a length of chenille stem, alternating colors, sizes and styles (mix in shiny with embossed and glittered). I added about 8 ornaments to each cluster, ending up with 3 large ornament clusters.

red and gold ornament cluster

Step 3 - wire ornament cluster to wreath

Now you simply place the clusters where you want, and twist the chenille around the back of the wreath base to secure the ornaments in place. Once they're all attached, it looks seamless.

Step 4 - make a bow

I used this red and white horizontal striped ribbon I had on hand and tied a simple bow with long tails. I used another chenille stem and fed it through the knot at the back, then wrapped and secured it the bow to my wreath.

This may be the easiest Christmas wreath I've ever made! It came together so quickly. See my other Christmas wreaths here.

ornament cluster wreath, antique window

ornament cluster wreath, red and white striped ribbon bow


Try hanging the wreath different ways, to see which you like best. I originally hung the wreath with the ornaments at the bottom, but with all the Santa stuff on my coffee bar, it looked a little bottom heavy. However, on a front door I'm sure it would have looked fine.

ornaments at bottom

I simply hung the wreath the other way, and ended up placing the striped bow in the middle rather than the side. I like it much better this way, as I feel it balances all the red on my coffee bar.

ornaments at top

I had a bag of small ornaments and could have used them to fill in any gaps on my wreath by securing them with hot glue. However, I didn't want to use any glue or make this DIY holiday wreath permanent! I'm someone who changes her mind frequently, and I like the idea of being able to take everything apart at the end of the season so I have options for next year 😊

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ornament cluster wreath, red striped bow
I hope you're inspired to make your own easy ornament cluster wreath! Let's see what kinds of wreaths my friends have made. Check them all out below!

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  1. Such a pretty wreath, Cindy! I love the way you showed how to cluster the ornaments and that you can hang it both ways! Thanks for joining us! Pinned :)


  2. I love that and I am all about re-using what I have in a new way!

  3. This wreath is so beautiful!! The ornaments are the perfect addition! I love it!!! pinned.

  4. Your wreath is just stunning, Cindy. I'm always a big fan of traditional red for the holidays and you knocked this DIY out of the park. I love the pretty striped ribbon too. It is the perfect finishing touch. Pinned!

  5. What a beautiful wreath, Cindy! I love the color combo and the ribbon. I'm a huge fan of red and white décor. Almost every year I tell myself I'll venture into using other colors and every year it's still primarily red. Visiting from Laura Kelly's link party. :)

  6. This is the most adorable project! I shared in my linky party this week and in an email blast too. I tagged you on social.


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