DIY Vintage Aluminum Foil Wreath

It is officially December. Let the Christmas games begin!
Truth be told, I have been listening to Christmas music since November 8th. That morning it was chilly, Biceps suggested we turn on “the Christmas cheer” and we haven’t looked back.
I love creating new wreaths each year for Christmas. Last year, I made two wreaths for Christmas-“Silver Twig Wreath” and a “Whimsical Silver Wreath” that I dismantled this year and re-used for parts.

Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, right? Here is this year’s DIY Vintage Aluminum Foil Wreath that took just a few minutes and a few pennies to create. It’s so purty.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own DIY Vintage Aluminum Wreath:
A large dinner plate, charger or lid to a popcorn tin
Coffee can lid or something similar
Aluminum Foil
Leftover ornaments-plastic, glass, fabric-whatever floats your boat
2′ + of Ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Using your dinner plate/charger/lid, trace a large circle onto the cardboard.

As Uncle Joey would say, “Cut it out.”
If you don’t know what that reference was, I apologize. It’s a little Gen X humor, I suppose. Or is it Gen Y? If I had my choice, I’d rather be a Gen Z because it rhymes with Ginseng and just sounds so much cooler. But, I digress.

Trace a smaller circle smack dab in the center of your large circle using a coffee can lid. Cut out the smaller circle. The cardboard will now resemble a large donut. Yum.

Wrap the front and back or the cardboard “donut” with aluminum foil.

Tear off 2-3′ sections of aluminum foil, fold in half lengthwise. Place an end of the foil on the aluminum donut and hot glue that sucker down.

Make 3″ loops of the folded foil, hot glueing each loop down to the aluminum donut an inch or so away from the last loop. Continue doing so until you are out of foil. Start over with another 2-3′ piece of folded foil until the entire wreath is covered in looped foil.

Cut a slit in the top of each loop with your scissors (this simultaneously sharpens your scissors and makes a killer wreath, by the way).
“Poof out” each loop randomly. “Poof out” is the technical term for “fluffing”.

Loop the ribbon in half, hot glueing the ends to the backside of the wreath.

Hot glue the chosen ornaments on the front side of the wreath, interspersing them willy nilly between the “poofs”.

One DIY Vintage Aluminum Foil Wreath is now ready for your front door. Hang it up and call it a day. Grab a glass of wine and realize just how awesome you are with your hot glueing skillz.

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20 Responses to "DIY Vintage Aluminum Foil Wreath"

  1. Melanie says:

    Cute and frugal! I’d love for you to link to my Things I’ve Done Thursdays link party going on now until Saturday at noon EST.

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  2. Ann says:

    This looks so 1950s that it’s uncanny. You are right, it is so purty. Wonderful creativeness on your site, love it!

  3. patti says:

    This is so cool…at first glance I didn’t think it was foil – very clever and so festive!

  4. Miss Charming says:

    It’s so blingy–I love it! (Full House.)

  5. Gabby says:

    I love this so SO much! Oh and I’ve been singing Christmas music for a while, too. Haha! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving an awesome comment! I absolutely love your blog!


  6. Jennifer Juniper says:

    That wreath is awesome! I can almost see plastic deer glued to it!

  7. Anne says:

    Very clever. I love how it shines. Visiting from tip junkie!

  8. Jerri says:

    What a neat idea! And very frugal!

    I’d love for you to link up this week at my Friday Favorites party!

  9. Alyssa says:

    Gorgeous!I love it!
    Would you be interested in guest posting? i’d love to have you on my blog someday!

    Great job!

  10. coloradolady says:

    What a fantastic wreath with a 1050’s flare! You are so smart and crafty!!! Love it!

  11. Nani says:

    I’ve been listening to Christmas music since early November too. It makes me happy and happy should never be out of season!

    That is such a neat craft idea and it really does look so vintage. Great idea!!

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  13. Ruth W. says:

    What a great tutorial! So retro! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Mrs. Delightful says:

    Very creative!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  15. jeanne says:

    Love this. a fun thing to do with our grands. The older ones of course. Festive and pretty. thanks for sharing.
    Hugs. Jeanne

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  17. Mattea says:

    I am going to find my old ornaments and make of of these :). So cute and simple and cheap.


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