Welcome to the fourth project in my 12 DIYs of Christmas series! You know me: I love DIY projects. But I'm such a homebody that I try to avoid driving to the crafts store at all costs. So I decided to be eco-friendly and make my Christmas wreath this year from things I already own — one of them primarily being the wire numbers from a dartboard. In secret, I'm a bit of a dart shark and I found these white wire numbers headed for a landfill, so I decided to make them my own. As it turns out, they do a great job of keeping the ornaments in place. This project requires practically no craft skills, so if you have an hour (tops), it's an easy project for anyone! Obviously, you can personalize the palette to fit your tastes.
- Dartboard numbers (or 16-18 gauge craft wire)
- Tinsel (3 to 4 feet)
- Masking or duct tape
- Ribbon (about 4 feet or more)
- Ornaments — I used vintage ones with floral wire attachments instead of hooks; these are best. 15-30 depending on size.
To learn the steps,
- If not already removed, take the dartboard wire numbers round off of the board.
- Reattach the wire loop with a bit of tape. If you don't have dartboard numbers, shape craft wire into a circle about (18 inches) and tape the two ends together.
- Begin attaching the ornaments by wrapping their floral wire attachments through the numbers themselves. This will keep the ornaments from sliding around. If you only have ornaments with hooks, you can use those plastic bag twisties or even take to attach the ornaments to the wire frame.
- Now, thread the tinsel around the wire frame, under and over the wire around the ornaments, as if you were sewing.
- Cut a length of ribbon and tie a bow to the top (#20) of the wreath. I used spare pink sheer and thin velvet ribbon I had around the house. But if you want something more voluminous, try using grosgrain or wide velvet ribbon.
See a few close-ups below and a photo of a dartboard below if you're totally confused about where to get the numbers! I actually just bought this dartboard pictured for only $8 so it's totally affordable, and you can always put it back on your board once the holidays are over.