Unique Christmas Decorations - How to Make a Poinsettia Christmas Wreath

One of the most popular Christmas craft activities is creating your own beautiful Poinsettia wreath. Whether you choose the traditional red and green combination, or any of the many, lovely colors available to suit your home's decor, your wreath is sure to have pride of place for years to come.

Perhaps the only thing more stunning than a beautiful wreath, is a classic swag draped across your mantle or over a doorway. Heavy with glowing, jeweledfruit, bright berries, and velvet bows, an evergreen swag creates a festive mood. The real focal point of your decor, though, will always be that fabulous poinsettia wreath given pride of place in any setting.

Step One: Selection and Tools

The first step in creating your wreath, is to select your wreath, and gather your tools. There are many choices and sizes available, from silver-tipped blue spruce to traditional green pine.

The two most popular sizes are 14 and 18 inch diameters.

I prefer the 18" diameter, as it allows lots of space for decor items, without being so big that it's too expensive to buy enough items to fill your wreath.

Next, choose your flowers and ribbon. These two items form the basis of your wreath. Everything else will co-ordinate with these two things.

Take care not to overpower the decor items with too many ribbons, or ribbons with too strong a pattern.

The choices for decor items are almost limitless, but you would do well to stick to two or three kinds of major items, or "pretties," that suit your theme.

Then fill in with berries, holly, and even some magnolia leaves, to give a full backdrop for your "pretties."

Your major items can be such things as Christmas balls, themed tree ornaments, and jeweled or plain faux fruit.

You will need a good quality glue gun, and an adequate supply of glue sticks.

I do cover my work surface with a layer of brown craft paper, but I also take a few other precautions.

I found an amazing silicone mat under all my projects as I work. The silicone keeps my work surface free of glue, and releases any stray, cooled drips for easy disposal.

I also have a large cork tile handy to hold the glue gun when I'm not using it. Even though many guns come with built-in stands, the guns can and do tip over, and can scorch your work surface.

Wreath making supplies and accessories - photo by RedElf
Wreath making supplies and accessories - photo by RedElf

Step Two

The next step is to fluff the wreath. Very often, a purchased wreath has become flattened in shipping.

Carefully work your way around the wreath, straightening each frond and gently shaping the wreath into a nicely rounded circle.

Before you glue anything in place, experiment with placement.I like to gather up all the items I have selected, and play with placement, to see what looks most appealing.

This step also allows me to refine my choices - perhaps to discard some items, or to add a few different choices.

Attaching the Poinsettias

First, set in the flowers.Follow the florists' rule of thumb, and use groups of three or five items, working in odd numbers. Select three large flowers, or one large and two medium, and then add several smaller flowers to fill in.

Sometimes, I like to mix roses and other flowers with the poinsettias. Using a variety of flowers adds different textures and color shadings to your finished wreath.

Using a clock as a guide, place the medium sized flowers at 9 and 12, and the large flower, at 5. Then place a small flower on each side of the medium and large flowers.

Once you have positioned your flowers, glue them in place by removing them one at a time, applying glue to the underside, and placing each flower back in position.

Continue around the wreath in this manner until all the flowers are securely attached.

Wreath with ornaments

Add ornaments and decor items

With the flowers securely glued in, your wreath is ready for the addition of glass balls, jeweled or gilded fruit, Christmas ornaments, little figurines, and any other items you might wish to add.

Ropes of faux pearls and colored beads also add a touch of class to your wreath.

Drape the beads through the wreath to find the best positioning for each loop before attaching them with the glue gun.

Themed Wreaths

Themed wreaths can be a charming addition to a child's room. Items such as old-fashioned "toy" ornaments go well with faux candies and resin gingerbread figures.You can also add tiny stuffed animals, depending on the age of the child.

Tiny Teddy Bears make cute additions to any wreath, and can also be used a tree ornaments.

Christmas picks with tiny birds and birds' nests are another favorite, especially for adding country charm to your wreath.

Combined with a plaid or gingham ribbon and a few sprigs of holly berries, this style adds just the right homey note for a casual family room, or over the kitchen doorway.

Simple yet beautiful wreath from thisnext.com
Simple yet beautiful wreath from thisnext.com

The door wreath above features a plain evergreen base adorned with natural cones. Topped off with a bright red ribbon, this wreath is classic simplicity at its very best. The choice is yours, and the possibilities are almost endless.

Wreath with bow

Finally...

The final step is to add your bow. Wreath bows can be simple or ornate, depending on your style, and your decor.

Sometimes I will use two ribbons together. For example, I might choose a sheer gold ribbon paired with a figured dark red or burgundy satin ribbon. This kind of pairing can add color and contrast to your wreath.

Some prefer to weave the ribbon tails through the wreath, which adds another element of texture and color. Some prefer to leave the tails dangling behind or down one side of the finished wreath.

Every wreath has a completely different character, though, Don't be afraid to try different styles and treatments, until you find one that suits your wreath.

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Wreath of glass Christmas balls - photo from fromsingletomarried.comElegant wreath from cydinternational.comVintage ornament wreath from retrorenovation.comGold beauty from christmastrees.bizBronze poinsettias from cn-home.orgModern colors from etsy.com
Wreath of glass Christmas balls - photo from fromsingletomarried.com
Wreath of glass Christmas balls - photo from fromsingletomarried.com
Elegant wreath from cydinternational.com
Elegant wreath from cydinternational.com
Vintage ornament wreath from retrorenovation.com
Vintage ornament wreath from retrorenovation.com
Gold beauty from christmastrees.biz
Gold beauty from christmastrees.biz
Bronze poinsettias from cn-home.org
Bronze poinsettias from cn-home.org
Modern colors from etsy.com
Modern colors from etsy.com

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I'm going to try and make one of these wreaths. They are so beautiful and easy to make, thanks RedElf


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

This is excellent and I often prefer a large wreath to a Christmas tree. We added some eucalyptis one year and the aroma was quite nice. Rated up and several others.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Carrie, I went on a wreath making binge a couple of years ago, and made wreaths for a church fundraiser. It took about a week for all the hot-glue burns to heal ;)

Patty, thanks so much for the rate-up and the comments. I love your idea, and will definitely forego the tree one year. I have an "empty" 5' evergreen wreath just begging to be filled with pretties.


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SteveoMc 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Nice ideas, we have a huge holly tree in our yard with lots of red berries and this year, I am going to cut a bunch of it out and make some wreaths.


Lecie 5 years ago

i love poinsettia's but i can never have them. they're toxic to cats so i can only admire everyone's poinsettia decorations. great hub, wish i could make one of the wreaths. i usually just buy a wreath from the store and tie ribbons on it alternating between red and blue.


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Nice one RedElf, I love making a new wreath every year for the front door. It's so windy here I wonder how the Christmas balls would hold up. I might just try this year... if they fly off, so be it I guess.

hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

You make me want to go to the craft store and stock up!


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

I love the idea for a wreath with little birds and nests. I doubt my abilities to have a wreath I make look as nice as the ones pictured here but I think we will give it a try one of these nights to get in the holiday spirit


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

SteveoMac, I adore holly - it doesn't grow in our climate, but we can sometimes find a tiny potted holly bush (and I do mean tiny) mixed in with the poinsettia displays. I managed to keep one alive through the whole winter, but it didn't do well in the summer, poor thing.

Lecie, that sounds very pretty. Perhaps you could try a wreath with silk (fake) poinsettias one year :)

Greetings, Ms. Bee - I have a beautiful door wreath with frosted cones, clusters of holly berries, a red and white plaid ribbon, and a cardinal - all fake and securely glued in, but it stands up quite well.

ogw, I have learned to keep a supply on hand for "burts of energy" days :D

cwarden, my sister and her children were out one year, and raided my craft bins to make wreaths - they had a blast and the wreaths were gorgeous. I am sure yours will be beautiful, too.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your appreciated tips how to make a wreath.


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susansisk 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great ideas! Any of these would be perfect for gifts.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks, Hh - I certainly appreciate your stopping by to comment.

susansisk, I often give ornaments as gifts. They are great Secret Sister, and teacher gifts, as well as being a much appreciated hostess gift for seasonal gatherings.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

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Las Vegas Wedding Chapel 7 hours ago

Nice tips...I can even do it on my own..thanks for sharing..


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Every year my sister puts up a wreath that our Mom made many years ago and we recap the many memories we shared before mom passed. This hub brought back all of those sweet feelings. This year we have decided to make a new one, and your ideas are very timely. Thank you for sharing.

K9


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

K9, you are most welcome. My mother, too had certain old, well-loved decorations, and putting them up every year was so very special.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Beautiful stuff,RedElf!

I am going to make one with your instructions this year.

Merry Christmas! In advance! And many thanks! Hitherto, we always bought our Christmas wreaths.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Purple Perl. Merry Christmas to you, too. Good luck with your wreath - I am sure it will be lovely.


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6hotfingers3 5 years ago

Beautiful and useful Hub! You went the extra mile. I will make a Christmas wreath this year. You made it look so easy.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, 6hotfingers3! So nice to meet you. Hope you enjoy making your new wreath.


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alexapage 5 years ago from italy

Awesome Hub! I will try make one!. Thanks for the idea!


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Trinsick 5 years ago from Cali

My wife loves making these kinds of handmade things, thanks for the tips


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, alexapage. Have fun with your wreath!

Nice to meet you, Trinsick! you and your wife are most welcome ;)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Nice step by step hub that could be used with a group of crafters.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, RTalloni. So glad you think the hub might be helpful :D


joyce.blue 5 years ago

Nice hub. Making your own Christmas decoration is fun. I will try this one and see if I can make a good one. Thanks for all the info.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada Author

You are most welcome, joyce.blue! Good luck with your decorating - I'm sure it will be lovely.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I did a Hub on my Huge Poinsettia and this Hub was on the related side of mine. I enjoyed reading this one. Did you use real flowers or artificial ones? Beautiful Hub. Goodnight


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

I wish I could have used real flowers, but the wreaths I make contain silk flowers. I am looking forward to reading your poinsettia hub!


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Greetings, holdmycoffee! Thanks for stopping by and commenting - I have included your remarks below without the link! Merry Christmas!

holdmycoffee Level 2 Commenter 16 hours ago

wonderful ideas and very nice pictures! BTW, I love your hub name!

I have some poinsettias pictures in one of my hub, they are free to use. Maybe you want to look at them.


Doug 4 years ago

Awesome article, we have so many DIY customers that call us for tips. We have tweeted this blog and shared it on our website.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for the tweet, Doug.


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TopTenChristmas 3 years ago from Christmas Village

Homemade wreaths really warm my heart. My mom makes me one each year.


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RedElf 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. I am waiting for some wreaths to wear out so I can create some more.

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