Make Your Own White Winter Wreath

Make this delicate white winter wreath with a coat hanger and ping pong balls!Hi, it's Mandi again, from Making Nice in the Midwest, here to share with you an easy winter wreath DIY. I love decorating our home at Christmastime with simple homemade elements, but it's a little sad at the new year when all of the festive decor is taken down. This delicate winter wreath is great for Christmastime, but really, you can leave it up all Winter long!white winter wreath DIYSome of the supplies for this wreath are a little unexpected. I wanted a delicate frame, so I used an old coat hanger, and for the modern ode-to-snowballs element, I used ping pong balls! My husband, Phil, said he thought I was gearing up for a drinking game until I started drilling holes in the ping pong balls.

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • power drill or awl tool (the awl tool might be tricky/dangerous)
  • metal pliers
  • white florist wire
  • white florist tape
  • coat hanger (the flimsier the better)
  • artificial baby's breath or similar whispy flower
  • white ping pong balls (I used 17)
  • 2/3 yard of wide ribbon
  • scissors
  • optional: hot glue gun

white winter wreath DIYwhite winter wreath DIYwhite winter wreath DIYStep One: Using the metal pliers, pull apart the twisted neck of the wire hanger. Use the pliers to bend out any kinks in the wire and to shape it into a circle. You don't have to worry about getting out all of the kinks around the neck of the hanger, because they are helpful in twisting together the ends again after you've made the circle. The reattachment point doesn't need to be perfect—just cover it with the bulkiest portion of flowers during the next step.

Step Two: Cut the stems off the baby's breath and portion each bunch into smaller segments. I kept four larger groupings (three for the right side, one for the left), and trimmed the rest into small pieces. Starting at the top of the wreath, tape the pieces of baby's breath onto the wire frame. If your wire frame isn't white, you should wrap the wire with the white florist tape before adding the flowers. Florist tape only sticks to itself and it sticks the best when you pull on it as you wrap.

If you're concerned about the placement of the flower pieces, it may be helpful to lay them out before beginning, and maybe snap a quick picture to remember where the general placement should be. To keep your wreath asymmetrical like mine, build out the right side more than the left side of the wreath.  white winter wreath DIYStep 3: After you've built the base of your wreath with the baby's breath taped to the wire frame, it's time to add the white balls. I was worried about the logos on the ping pong balls showing when I wired them to the wreath, but I found that if I drilled each of my two holes on either end of the logo, the wording stayed facing the back of the wreath. If you are hanging your wreath in a window or somewhere where it will be seen from behind, you might want to prep the ping pong balls by placing them in an empty egg carton, logo-side up, and spraying them with a coat of matte white spray paint.

After you've drilled or punched two holes in each ping pong ball, make a hook with the end of a 9" piece of wire and thread the wire through a ping pong ball. Attach the ball to the wire frame of the wreath, wrapping the excess wire a few times around, and then trimming the remaining portion with the metal pliers. To build a grouping of ping pong balls on your wreath, you may need to drill extra holes on the sides of the balls to thread wire through in order to connect the balls together.white winter wreath DIYStep Three: As I worked on attaching more balls to the wreath, I realized hot glue could be an affective joining method for the outtermost layer of ping pong balls. A little bit of glue also kept them from wiggling around and getting out of place. After I had all of them in place, I cut out a 24" piece of wide ribbon and cut angles into each end. I folded the ribbon at the top to help it lay nicely on the thin wire, and then added a couple of dots of hot glue to top inside portion of the ribbon to make sure it stayed in place.IMG_1156Make this simple white winter wreath with a coat hanger and ping pong balls!Because of the delicate appearance of the wreath, I didn't want to use a heavy looking wreath hanger, so I found a transparent sticky hook that worked perfectly! Now I have beautiful white winter wreath and a conversation starter right at my front door. "You made that out of ping pong balls?"

Mandi Johnson

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson

  • What a lovely project, and it looks beautiful against the blue door!

    Bailey
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  • This is a perfect and simple! I want to make this for the beginnings of spring!

  • This is absolutely beautiful. I love wreaths but everything premade that I’ve seen just doesn’t match my decor sensibilities. But THIS is a wreath I could get behind!

  • I like the wreath, but it looks un finished with the ribbon just draped… I think I would try this and make it just a little fuller, then put a real bow. I love that you used ping pong balls!

  • This looks absolutely amazing! I love every detail, but I think the hanging ribbon is my favorite part. Love that Mandi is a new contributor!

  • Thanks, Natika! It’s actually vintage. Found it at the thrift store when a friend was laughing at it! Who’s laughing now?! 😉

  • I love the way that artificial babies breath looks. it’s z very sweet & clean look.

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  • I love the flowers and the cleanness of the white, but the ping pong balls…well, they look like ping pong balls that were glued to a wreath. I think it would look better without them—or perhaps you could use a spray foam to give them texture so they don’t just look like ping pong balls?

  • Ooo I love this for the holidays! We don’t get any snow out here in San Diego CA so it’s fun to decorate the home with white decor <3
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  • Now this is how a DIY post should be done! Mandi does some beautiful projects with really great directions.

  • This is lovely! I’m in the process of writing up my blog post for my wreath I’ve made! I love it! Pastel wool pom poms!!

    Lulu xx

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  • Great idea! I might make a similar one, but just with a bit more colour. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Love it – how cool are the ping pong balls – so creative!!!
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  • I love Wreath, I know & remember very well, The day of my wedding. It was a dream day of my life, When I got married as well I take wreath too. Most of womens love to wreath & specially youngsters. This is really wonderful to learn about wreath 😉

  • I love the idea of a white wreath!

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  • This is so pretty and I love that it can stay up through the winter. Christmas decorations seem to be up for such a short time!

    Jo
    http://www.womaninreallife.blogspot.ca/

  • I love the delicate baby’s breath on the wreath, but the ping pong balls are a bit…heavy. Maybe mistletoe could be substituted for anyone interested in a more traditional wreath.

  • I love projects that can be used throughout a season. This is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is GREAT! Will you continue having new contributors regularly? Very very pretty wreath!

  • I love how pretty and simple this is. You’re right, it really would be perfect for all of winter!

    xoxo
    Taylor

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  • mandi! this is great. plus those colors are wintry perfect with your robin’s egg blue door. so glad to see your projects here. <3

  • Mandi, you are a breath of fresh air! Both of your tutorials on ABM so far have been very detailed and quite lovely. Thank you!!

  • What a gorgeous wreath, those little flowers! I would definitely leave it hanging throughout the winter! xo
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  • This is so pretty! What a beautiful idea, I love white for winter, especially as I’m not likely to get snow! xo

  • This is so pretty, especially against that door color!

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  • Simply beautiful! I couldn’t help but notice that your red jacket is also beautiful. If you don’t mind – where is it from?

  • This is such a nice simplistic wreath! Love. x

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  • This would also look great with some gold mixed in [right, Elsie? :)]! I love that you used ping pong balls. So simple, but still such a statement.

  • I’ve always thought Mandi Johnson is an interesting person. So fun to see her on here again as a guest blogger. 🙂

  • I not only love the simplicity of this from a design point, but I also LOVE the pop of yellow colour. What a great way to showcase a little something more unique this holiday season! Definitely one of the DIY projects I will be trying.
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