In 2009 I went to a local Christmas Bazaar where I saw these beautiful Christmas wreaths made with clusters of glass bulbs; mostly vintage. I loved them! So I bought two! We were a part of the Romeo Christmas Tour that year and I thought they were a nice addition to my decorations for that event.
I looked them over really well and thought to myself, "I could make one of these". So, I went to my first Estate Sale and started my collection of vintage bulbs.
After making a few of these types of wreaths and posting them on Facebook, I was prompted by some of my Facebook friends to have a class to show everyone how to make them.
I had been debating whether I would get involved in Christmas craft shows, but decided I'd try this class idea out first.
So, over that following year, I had started frequenting after-Christmas sales, Estate Sales and Resale Shops. I was able to get a good supply of glass ornaments, garland and trinkets. I bought a bunch of Styrofoam wreath forms and glue sticks from Micheal's, buying them one at a time using either a 40% or a 50% off coupon.
I got up my nerve and I invited the ladies that are my friends on Facebook and I had my first class (really my second, as the first was a one-on-one with my Daughter-In-Law). Seven ladies attended and I must say, it was a lot of fun. I was amazed at how pretty and how different each wreath turned out.
|Manuela's Peppermint Wreath.|
|Jordan's Silver & Gold she made for her mom.|
|Dawn's cooler toned Blues, Golds and Silvers - originally made for her MIL, but she kept it for herself :)|
|Debbie's Silver & Gold.|
|Jill's Technicolor wreath.|
|April's Greens, Teals and Silvers.|
|Kelly's "Victorian" with light Pinks, Golds and White here and there.|
So, my second class with two ladies and my third with my three nieces...I think I taught that class in my PJ's ;) And I still had plenty of bulbs left and the inclination of having more classes at the end of 2012.
|Deepa's Blue & Silver.|
|Diana's Multicolored wreath she made for her mom.|
My beautiful nieces!:
|Cate's Coat of Many Colors wreath.|
|Erin's cool-toned Blues & Greens, with a dash of Whites & Golds (my granddaughter in the lower right).|
|Sammy's Pinks, Burgundy's and Silvers.|
Again, during the year I visited some Estate Sales and Resale Shops. My goal is to only spend up to 10 cents per bulb. It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes I get such great deals, it cancels the larger purchases out. I would say that I still average 10 cents a bulb.
When I started making these wreaths, I used all the bulbs that I would get, even if they seemed like they were very old and might be worth something. Last year I started really looking at them and trying to figure out if I could sell some of them on etsy or eBay. I will update you in another post about one sale in particular that happened just last week.
When I buy the ornaments, I separate them out by size, solids, embellishments, shapes, whether they have a twin, triplet, etc. I put them in paper grocery bags and bins for easier picking. Sometimes when I go to Estate Sales, they want to sell me the whole box of Christmas decorations, so I go through the full box and also put things aside that I will donate to the Salvation Army or give away to my family or to people on Craigslist.
This year I only had time for two classes. The first one in November and the second one last weekend. The class sizes are getting smaller due to the fact that I am only preying on my Facebook friends...and you only have so many of them. I think I am going to see if the local community center would be interested in my holding a class or two there next year.
|Yes, Sammy again, but this time she did Teals, Greens and Whites (both wreaths are for her!).|
|Samantha with her Golds and light Pinks ~ she made her first one for her mom and this one is for her and her now house.|
|Peggy with her Reds and Whites (her shirt matches!).|
|Corena and her Patriots (Football Team) colors.|
Anyway, it's really been a fun experience and the nice thing is the price is low, I supply all the materials, Jerome makes snacks, the ladies get to spend some quality time chatting with each other and creating...and by the end, they have a beautiful wreath to take home and keep for themselves or to give as a gift.
|Dianna and her Reds and a mixture of other colors.|
|Jan and her Pinky, Tealy, Creamy wreath.|
...I have my favorites :) Didn't they ALL do a GREAT JOB?!