14 Easy DIY Holiday Wreaths
It’s both easy and rewarding to craft your own wreath – and you’ll wind up with something more beautiful than anything store-bought. Click through to find beautiful holiday wreath ideas for every space and style.
Strike a rustic note with a wreath of fallen pine cones presented as a one-of-a-kind snowflake.
1. On heavy-duty cardboard (at least 1 1⁄2″ thick), trace or draw a snowflake that’s about 14″ in diameter and relatively simple in design, as the pine cones will quickly fill out the shape.
2. Cut out the snowflake with a utility knife, and working from the tip of each “arm,” begin mapping out how the pine cones will sit on the shape, leaving the center until last; think of layering them like petals or feathers and positioning them so that the base won’t show through.
3. Once mapped, attach the pine cones with hot glue. To finish, lightly brush the pine cones with craft glue and sprinkle with glitter for a hint of sparkle.
To create a striking square wreath, add fresh greenery to an artificial base like this one. Then pick a ribbon that complements your festive scheme and tie it around the center to create a hanging loop. For another colorful accent, use matching clips to display holiday cards around the door frame.
A yarn-wrapped wreath is a colorful focal point with staying power.
1. Choose 6 or 7 different colors of yarn in rich, vivid shades. (Look for multipacks at craft and dollar stores, or if you’re a knitter, sort through your remnants.)
2. Wrap yarn around a round foam wreath form (at craft stores) in sections of varying widths. Knot ends of yarn on back to secure.
3. Attach a cluster of metallic ornaments with safety pins. We used pinecone shapes for a nod to traditional Christmas wreaths, but round ornaments would work, too.
4. Hang the wreath with a contrasting ribbon in a graphic pattern.
Keep boxwood stems unadorned for a fresh and organic look.
1. Using wire cutters, bend a coat hanger or two into an oval shape.
2. Attach boxwood stems to the wire form using florist’s tape or wire. Layer the sprigs as you go to conceal the form and achieve a full look.
3. Thread a silk ribbon through the wreath and mount it against an interior or exterior door.
This lush sage wreath is mounted with a length of rustic burlap.
1. Use a metal wreath form as the base.
2. Attach sage stems to the metal form using florist’s tape or wire. Layer the sprigs as you go to conceal the form and achieve a full look.
3. Thread a length of burlap through the wreath and mount it against an interior or exterior door.
For a fresh take on the classic Christmas wreath, fill a frame in soft, three dimensional forms.
1. Using hot glue, affix white felt balls to a foam wreath form. For a similar look to the wreath shown, use balls in different sizes. Layer as you go to fill any gaps.
2. After the glue dries completely, loop a length of thick silk ribbon through the top and hang. To enhance the wreath’s 3-D effect, consider mounting it against a large mirror.
Create a warm welcome by joining three wreaths with a handsome tartan ribbon.
1. Purchase three small Christmas wreaths. These berry-embellished versions look particularly cheerful.
2. Select two lengths of thick plaid ribbon. The first piece should be long enough to reach about 2/3 of the way down your front door, with some extra length for weaving and securing. The second piece should be long enough to tie a bow.
3. Arrange your wreaths on a flat surface, evenly spaced. Weave the longer ribbon in and out, leaving a bit of length at the beginning and end of the chain.
4. Secure the ribbon wherever it touches the wreaths using hot glue.
5. Tie the short ribbon into a bow and affix to the top wreath with hot glue.
6. After the glue dries, drape the top of the long ribbon over your door and secure it on the inside.
For a sophisticated look, wrap a trio of mini-wreaths in old-fashioned candies.
1. Wrap a foam wreath base with ribbon.
2. Arrange the candies around the outer rim until the pieces fit easily side by side. Attach them to the wreath base with hot glue so they overlap the outer rim by about 1/2″.
3. Repeat for the next two layers, working inward. For a tidy look, the innermost layer should line up evenly where it is attached to the base.
4. Loop ribbon around the top of each wreath, then glue in place.
5. Hang a length of ribbon on the wall, then tap three nails through it where the wreaths will hang. Balance the inner rim of the wreaths on the nails so the ribbons all line up. (See this technique demonstrated in this Online TV segment.)
Instead of littering the mantel, transform tags, photos and Christmas cards into a decorative wreath.
1. On a painted bulletin board, arrange items in a circle and affix them with pushpins. For a large volume of cards, consider dividing them up into pretty color palettes and creating multiple wreaths.
2. Complete the effect by pinning a big satin bow at the top of the display.
Sweeten a dinner party with a sugar-dusted wreath made from gingerbread stars.
1. Order cookies from a bakery or bake them using a gingerbread house recipe (cookies need to be extra-sturdy). Try this recipe.
2. Cut a round base 14″ in diameter from craft cardboard, then an inner hole 4-1/2″ in diameter.
3. Cover the base in tinfoil, punch two holes in the top and thread with a loop of florist’s wire.
4. “Glue” cookies to the base with royal icing. Place first layer around outer edge, overlapping cookies so the foil is hidden. Let dry. Attach a second layer overlapping the first to hide the interior edge of base.
5. When dry, dust with icing sugar.
6. Wrap a satin ribbon around the top, and hang by wire loop.
Embellish a store-bought wreath with fresh eucalyptus and plump faux berries.
1. Start with a three-dimensional cardboard wreath, like this snowflake design.
2. There’s no need to mess with glue or wire: just tuck the eucalyptus and berries into the frame until it looks leafy and full.
Use bright tissue paper to transform inexpensive picture frames into colorful Christmas wreaths.
1. Choose any frame — we used plastic ones from a dollar store — then remove the backing and glass (if any).
2. Wrap florist’s wire around the top center of the frame and create a loop (to hang the wreath later).
3. Cut tissue paper into 2-1/2″ squares.
4. Working around the frame, glue on the tissue paper one piece at a time: center then fold the paper over the rubber end of a pencil, wet the center with white craft glue, then press it onto the frame.
5. When the frame is completely covered, tie thick ribbon in the same hue around the top of the frame to disguise the wire loop, then hang.
Put a preppy spin on the traditional boxwood wreath by working branches into a shapely letter.
1. Choose a font that’s not too intricate and print out a letter to the desired size.
2. Using wire cutters, bend a coat hanger or two into the shape of the letter using the print-out as a guide.
3. Wrap the finished letter in green florist’s tape.
4. Attach boxwood branches to the letter by wrapping them around it and tying them on with fine-gauge florist’s wire.
5. To make the monogram look fuller, layer the boxwood so the leaves point in various directions.
Choose a boxy frame to give a traditional fruit-and-greens wreath a modern feel.
1. Insert magnolia leaf stems into a metal wreath frame, available through florists or craft shops, until the frame is covered, securing them with florist’s wire as you go.
2. Next, add the faux fruit (we chose red pomegranates): poke a florist’s pick through the base of the fruit, secure pick with hot glue and tie it to the frame with the attached wire.
3. Fill in any gaps with single magnolia leaves.