Make a Fun Kitschy Wreath with Tart Molds!
Vintage or new tart molds evoke the shape and shine of vintage aluminum light bulb reflectors! Add small vintage ornaments and a length on tinsel and you’ve got a wreath with a delightful vintage spirit and a whole lot of sparkle!
Gather your supplies:
1. Metal tart molds. These can be in any shape and size you wish.
2. Foam wreath form. Get a size that will accommodate your tart molds.
3. Different sizes of smaller vintage ornaments and glass beads (removed from string).
4. Enough tinsel to wrap and cover your wreath form.
5. Quick dry white glue.
6. Florist wire, 26 gage.
7. Awl or pointy stick for putting holes into your wreath form.
1. Wrap your wreath form in the tinsel keeping it tight together until you don’t see the foam.
2. Drill a hole into the center of your tart mold.
3. Thread three ornaments or beads on three pieces of wire and wrap the three sets of wire together and bend end up.
4. Thread the wire loop through the hole in your tart mold. Make a hole in the wreath form with the awl. Make the hole deep enough, without going all the way through, to accommodate the wire loop.
5. Fill hole with glue.
6. Insert wire into hole. Press gently until all the way in. Press tart mold onto wreath form, making sure the bottom of the mold is touching the wreath and the glue.
7. Repeat the above step until all tart molds with ornament bundles ring the entire wreath.
8. If you choose to add more ornaments and beads to make the wreath lush and shiny, glue more into the tart molds on and around the wired ornaments. It should look like this:
And from the side...
Allow the glue to dry completely, preferably overnight.
Make a hanger for the wreath with colorful layers of ribbon and rickrack and pin each end to the back of the wreath. You may also choose to add a fun vintage ornament pinned to the underside of the inside of the wreath for extra merriment! Your finished wreath may look something like this...
Make this wreath to suit your colors and tastes. You may want to have one large ornament in the center of each mold for a simpler design. You may choose a more monochromatic color scheme. There are MANY possibilities! Have fun!
Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.