How To Make A Christmas Wreath


In this post, you will see how to make a Christmas wreath.

If you want to make a natural wreath for your front door, full of fresh greens and Christmas cheer, then this tutorial is perfect for you!

You only need a few items to get started and most of them are cheap.

diy Christmas door wreath

Make A Christmas Wreath From Natural Greens

Every year I like to make different Christmas wreaths, as part of my Christmas decorations that involve different materials.

One year I made a pom-pom wreath from yarns leftover in my stash and last year I made a door wreath from dried fruits, plants, and flowers.

But this holiday season I wanted to make a fresh natural wreath, with greenery that I had collected.

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DIY Christmas wreath tutorial

How Can I Make A Wreath?

This Christmas wreath is perfect if you are on a budget, as you can collect different greens from what you can gather around you.

The total time it took me to make the wreath was around 30 minutes.

I collected the fresh greens I needed when I was out walking my dog and cut lots of foliage from overgrown bushes and trees that we pass daily.

You can also buy the greens you need from a local florist if you can’t collect from the area around you.

After that, you need a few other simple materials (and some used in crafts) and then you can get started!

DIY Christmas wreath

What Do You Need To Make A Christmas Wreath?

Here is a list of the materials that you will need:

  • Green foliage (like eucalyptus, pine, moss, magnolia leaves, etc)
  • A wreath frame of any size like – a willow wreath, grapevine wreath, or straw wreath.
  • Thin wire – (for jewelry making or floral wire/florists wire)
  • Pliers to cut the wire
  • Pruners
  • Gloves (if you need them)
  • Twine
  • Berries, twigs, pine cones, ribbons, and yarn to make pom-poms (these are all optional).
  • You could even add in mini Christmas ornaments for a pop of color.
  • If you are adding decorative items you will also need a hot glue gun.
Evergreen Christmas wreath

Video Tutorial

There is a video tutorial in this post below to show you how the wreath was created.

You can also watch it on my YouTube channel here.

How To Make A Christmas Wreath Step By Step

  1. Step 1

    Get together all of the green foliage you have collected, along with all of the materials and anything else that you want to use.

    For this tutorial, I collected a range of greens from local shrubs and trees that included holly, cedar, and mastic.

    But any of the following would work – yew, pine, fir, cypress and you can mix in other leaves, twigs, and red berries that you find.

    It would also be a good idea to add in some cinnamon sticks or herbs to give the wreath a nice Christmas aroma.

    Step 1 wreath

  2. Step 2

    Tie a length of twine onto your willow wreath – this is to hang your wreath when finished.

    Then select a branch to start with and cut it to a smaller size.
    You want to choose something to use as a good base with lots of leaves.

    Step 2 wreath

  3. Step 3

    Start to add other cuttings from your collection of greens.

    Put a small bunch together in your hand, maybe two or three pieces together.

    Then get your wire (I used a thin soft wire that is used for jewelry making but you can use florist wire) and secure it around the wreath.

    Trim the wire with your pliers and bend, tuck in the excess.

    If you don’t have any wire, you can substitute this with twine, but the wire is stronger and easy to use.

    Step 3 wreath

  4. Step 4

    Continue to cut the greenery and overlap them onto the greens you have already secured to the wreath.

    Then using the wire (or twine) secure them into place.

    Trim the wire with your pliers and bend, tuck in the excess.

    step 4 wreath

  5. Step 5

    Continue to add the green foliage to the wreath, repeating the process of step 4.

    Turn the wreath as you work.

    You will soon see the wreath start to fill out.

    When there are no more gaps to fill, secure the final greens into place.

    If you can see any wire or twine, take smaller branches and weave them into the wreath to hide this.

    You can then start to fill it out more by adding in extra foliage where needed.

    step 5 wreath

  6. Step 6

    You can now add in pine cones, berries, or pom poms to finish it off!

    Evergreen Christmas wreath

  7. Step 7

    Hang it up and enjoy it spreading that holiday cheer – or gift it to someone as a surprise!

    Whichever materials you decide to make your holiday decor wreath with, have fun and make it as neat or as wild as you want!

    Add in different materials and make it a festive treat for your guests to see.

    I hope you have some inspiration now to go and get started on your own DIY wreath.

    wreath with pine cones

Can I Put Lights On A Real Wreath?

Yes, you can!

You can secure the lights to your wreath with florist wire or zip ties.

Make sure to hide the ends in the back somewhere, to make it look tidy.

If you have a string of lights with a battery pack, you can weave them in and out of the greenery securing the battery pack in the wreath opening and hiding it with greenery.

You can also secure this into place with florist wire so that it does not fall off.

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the wreath, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

I’d love to see your work!

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