Christmas Wreath Chandelier

Hard to believe there are only a few days left till Christmas! Are y’all ready? I’m almost ready… I have a few more gifts to buy and that’s about it. Our Christmas is very simple this year, because things are crazy, Adam and I are tired, and simple is good.

Speaking of simple (you like that seamless transition?), I have a Christmas craft to share today. It’s very pretty and a big statement, but super simple to make.

How to make a chandelier out of wreaths

So a couple months ago I got and e-mail from Martha Stewart (‘s PR agent) asking if I wanted to do a sponsored post, and craft something from the Martha Stewart Living collection sold at the Home Depot. I did, in fact, want to do just that, and decided to make a chandelier out of wreaths to hang above the dining room table.

So here is a quick tutorial.

wreath decor supplies


  • two wreaths, one bigger than the other
  • ornaments (or anything else you would like to add to your wreath)
  • ribbon
  • wire
  • carabiner (not pictured)

First I added the ornaments to the wreath using wire.

attaching ornaments to a wreath with wire

You can hot glue these if you want, but I’ve found that hot glued seasonal decor doesn’t last from year to year, and wire is forever. I also chose the plastic shatterproof ornaments over glass, because…you know…

boys and laundry

Then I started to assemble the chandelier, first tying the large wreath up, then the smaller one. At first I tried to attach the smaller wreath to the larger, but it works much better if you attach everything to the carabiner individually.

making a wreath chandelier

Also, having a Jolly Jumper around (baby equipment) made assembling the whole thing much easier. So each wreath got four supports, which I tied to the main wire on the wreath base. Then I added a bow over top, because Christmas and big bows are basically synonymous. Look it up.

how to hang a wreath horizontally

The last step was to add a jumbo sized ornament as the third “tier”, tying that directly to the carabiner as well.

Martha Stewart Living extra large ornament

And that’s it!

How to make a chandelier to of wreaths, ribbon, and ornaments. So simple and pretty!

The entire time I was making this I had a plan in mind, I wanted to hang it above our dining room table. We are hosting Christmas on Sunday (breakfast for dinner style) and I thought it would be festive and pretty, and kind of make up for the fact that we will be eating pancakes on paper plates. But for the life of me I couldn’t get it up there… it’s just too big, too heavy, and there wasn’t a good way to attach it to the ceiling fan. So I will have to find another place for it, but for the sake of getting this post out before Christmas I just took it outside and threw it up on a plant hook.

How to make a Christmas chandelier out of wreaths. Would be so pretty over the table!

So in case you want to make one, I would suggest NOT buying the absolute biggest wreath you can find (unless you have something better than a ceiling fan to hang it from).

And in case you prefer tutorials in video form, here is one from Martha herself…

I may or may not get another post out before Christmas (our house is painted and I cannot wait to show you!), but in case I don’t, I hope each and every one of you has very Merry Christmas, whatever that may look like for you.

(and ditto to everything I wrote in this post a few years back…except that this year we got a real tree and 3/5 of our family is allergic to it.)


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  1. Ellie a.k.a :) says:

    That wreath is gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your little guy is growing so fast! Looking forward to seeing more pics of your house. Peace and love :)

  2. Tisha Allen says:

    I love this!!! What a great idea! … Now I have to figure out where I can put one!
    I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Laughing so hard at this…
    except that this year we got a real tree and 3/5 of our family is allergic to it.

    We as a people suffer so much from what the advertising people do to us. Thank you SO MUCH for your humility and transparency of your own Real Life. I am marking (and sharing) your 2013 post as balm to injured homemaking egos every year.

    I like the plant hook idea! Whoever stages this sort of thing over an actual holiday dining table in the Northern Hemisphere needs a science lesson…I’ve got a chandelier over my dining table, and if I tried to put this around/below it, we’d be eating in the dark.

  4. I looked at your link for a past Christmas post. Hilarious! Thanks for the laughs.

  5. Love this, I will definitely be attempting this next year! And I loved your old Christmas post (I read it first time ’round), I’ve been blogging less than a year and really wanted to post a Christmas tour, but in the end the whole “trying to both have a pretty Christmas and keep small kids alive” thing really kicked my butt and I never got around to it. Oh well, maybe next year! And if I do it I’ll try to be as honest as you were ;)
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  6. Jan Elizabeth says:

    Merry, merry belated Christmas, Ashley!! And happy, happy belated new year!! That’s how right up there with you I am on being on top of things, lol. I went back and re-enjoyed your wonderful past Christmas post. You are creating memories of love and connection and reality for your children. Not rooms you can’t go in to, things you can’t touch and the long list of things you can’t do or else Mom will get angry. I can’t help wondering if some of these perfect house tours come with that kind of price tag. Not worth it! Your kids will not remember the mess, but they’ll remember that mom slept in their room when they were sick, that they played in every single inch of their house, and that their home and family was awesome. And THAT’S something worth celebrating!! :)

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