Yup. You heard right. We will make an oversized Christmas wreath with pool noodles. I really wanted a giant wreath for our new home this year, but I didn’t want to have to keep a giant circle for the other 11 months of the year, so I thought pool noodles would be the perfect setting. You can disassemble everything and keep the crown components throughout the year. I’ll show you how I made mine – I love it!
– Pool noodles (minimum 4)
– packing channel or strip
– Garland of your choice (something like this or that, I used 7 9′ long garlands)
– ornaments of your choice (it’s good to have a variety of sizes and shapes, so some bigger, smaller, some textured and some like this star shape worked well together for me)
– large bow
-wire and Cutting
At first I took two noodles and simply glued the ends together to form a circle.
Then I cut two more slightly smaller noodles to fit in this larger circle, and had their ends between the ends glued to the larger circle (so if the larger circles end at noon and 6:00 am) on a dial, the smaller circles should be at the 9:00 and 3:00 am positions). You want to position the ends so that your circle becomes rounder and you even have pressure pushing from the center.
Then I pasted the larger and smaller circles so that they form a frame. For a thicker crown, you can go on and add a third inner layer if you want! I used packing tape for this and it worked pretty well, but I think next year I will use some tape for a slightly stronger bond (but the packing tape will come off more easily if you plan to use the noodles in the pool in the summer). Once I got my frame, I just put the beginning of my garland in the crack between the two noodles and started wrapping! I would connect one garland to the next with a small piece of wire that I tied by both ends, but you could also tie them together.
Wrap everything around your frame with as many garlands as you need (It depends on the size of your frame and the thickness of your garland) and you can either stick the last end between the noodles or attach it to another garland with a little thread at the beginning.
Now that your crown is covered, you can either simply tie a bow with a little thread, or add ornaments like I did! I would cut a thread long enough to make it all the way around the crown (with a little more), and then I turned an ornament in the middle of the thread. Then I simply wrapped the thread around the back of the crown so that I could twist it tightly on the back and leave the ornament on the front of the crown. Attach as many ornaments as you like until you like the look!
When it’s time to hang your crown, cut a few more pieces of wire long enough to go around the crown and twist a small loop in the center of your thread (this loop is hung on your nail on the wall). For this part, use a thread of a decent thickness, so that the weight of the crown does not separate the tie after hanging. Tie the wire around your crown so that the loop is on the back of your crown to hang it on a nail. Depending on the number of ornaments you’ve used and the size of your crown, you may only need one of these hangers at the top or bottom to support the bottom of the crown (remember, it’s just a pool noodle frame and not a rigid wire frame, so you might need a little help!). I hung mine with a top and bottom, and then added two more threads in the 2:00 and 10:00 positions, because I added a ton of ornaments. I found it helpful to hang the top nail and have another pair of hands to help you hold it in place so you can estimate where the other nails need to go to hang the other places.
P.S. see the color on my hands? Can you say that I worked on two different projects at the same time? Haha!
Once I got my frame, I just put the beginning of my garland in the crack between the two noodles and started wrapping! I would connect one garland to the next with a small piece of wire that I tied by both ends, but you could also tie them together.