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How to Make Your Own Decorative Wreath

Updated on April 4, 2013
Decorative Wreath
Decorative Wreath

Christmas Wreath

As the festive season is almost upon us, it is time for me to start making my own Christmas decorations.

I always liked the look of wreaths hanging on the front door. Instead of going out and buying an artificial one, I wanted a real one.

The fun part about making a real Christmas wreath is that you can go out and find all the materials you need. Either go for a walk and collect pine cones and holly, or check your own garden.

The rest of the materials can either be found around the house, or purchased rather cheaply.

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Items needed for your Xmas WreathDecorative festive sprayPine cones and berriesChristmas ribbon
Items needed for your Xmas Wreath
Items needed for your Xmas Wreath
Decorative festive spray
Decorative festive spray
Pine cones and berries
Pine cones and berries
Christmas ribbon
Christmas ribbon

What You Need to Make Your Decorative Wreath

  • Thin wire, such as a wire coat hanger
  • Garden wire or string/cotton
  • Ribbon in the colour of your choice
  • Natural materials such as:

Pine cones, berries, holly, willow branches, Christmas tree clippings, conifer branches, ivy, lavender, rosemary

  • Gold and silver spray and/or snow spray

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Your wreath will start to take shapeSecure with wireSpray leaves with goldDecorate with baubles
Your wreath will start to take shape
Your wreath will start to take shape
Secure with wire
Secure with wire
Spray leaves with gold
Spray leaves with gold
Decorate with baubles
Decorate with baubles

How to Make Your Christmas Wreath

Start by making a ring with your piece of wire or straightened out coat hanger. Decide on how big you would like it to be and join the ends together by twisting.

This will be your base for the wreath.

Using twigs (I used Willow as it is flexible), wrap them around the wire. Keep over lapping as to re enforce the wreath. Use string or gardening wire to secure the twigs, and hide the string or wire with the leaves.

If your wire or string shows through, spray it with gold spray.

Tie a long piece of ribbon at the top of your wreath. This is where it will hang up. You can hide where you have tied it when you add more to the wreath.

As your wreath starts to take shape, start adding more to it. Use leaves and berries for a festive look.

Poke sprigs of lavender and rosemary into the wreath. This will give off a nice smell as visitors come to your door.

If you have a real Christmas tree, use some of the clippings from the branches. This will beef it out and gives off that Christmas smell.

You can make use of last year’s tree (if it’s still out in your garden) by taking some clippings and spraying gold or silver. It should also still have its scent.

Spray your pine cones silver and gold or use a small amount of snow spary and secure them to the wreath using wire or ribbon.

You can then decorate with extra decorations however you like. Try adding Christmas Robins or baubles.

Finish off with a bow at the top. Tie it to a strong twig or piece of wire, or attach using a glue gun.

Spray a fine mist of water over your wreath to keep it fresh.


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How Long Does it Take?

As soon as you’ve collected your materials, your wreath may take 2 – 3 hours to make.

It can be fiddly to secure the twigs to it. I used brown cotton to blend in. I also used gardening wire, which was easier to tie. I had to spray it with gold spray though, as it was green and noticeable.

Using bendy twigs made it easy to twine around the wire base, and the leaves on the twigs disguised wire and string.

I also sprayed some of the branches with gold and left some natural which complimented the gold pine cones.


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    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      If you get the time then give it a go! I am in the mood to make all sorts this Christmas ;)

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      I learned how to make fresh "swags" at my Mothers of Preschoolers group, and it is a lot of fun. I haven't tried a wreath yet, so that is on my craft list for this winter!

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi lindacee - I'm glad this has inspired you! As soon as my decorations go up this weekend I will be in the mood to make all sorts this Christmas!

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I have made my own wreaths in the past. I haven't had time in the past few years to do so, but your Hub has inspired me to try it again this holiday season!

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you starbright. I've inspired myself to make another one this Christmas :)

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      Lucy Jones 

      6 years ago from Scandinavia

      That's a really beautiful wreath. Thanks for sharing.

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Nell - thank you so much for sharing. If you get the time, give it a go! You can adapt it however you like.

      Kikalina - thank you for your compliment! When I make things it can be hit or miss how they turn out ;)

      2besure - yes get the kids involved - it gets you into that Christmas spirit!

      Hi Robie Benve - I sometimes see the artificial wreaths in the shops but feel they don't look the same. I have a real tree each year and like the look and smell of the pine.

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      Robie Benve 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I used to make my own wreaths, then I got lazy and each year I hang one that I made with synthetic material. But a natural one is very appealing and much festive. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is a great idea to make you own wreathes. It can also be a holiday project the kids can be proud of. They can be pretty expensive. Voted up, and very useful!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Emma, I have attempted to make them a few years ago, but had completely forgotten how to go about it! lol! so this is great! I love making things so I may just give this a go, voted up and shared, nell

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Tina - thank you for stopping by.

      I like to make things which are quite simple. Although this can be fiddly to start with, it's actually quite easy! I guess it's having time and patience. I just enjoy collecting pine cones and leaves at this time of year. Having that personal touch is just a bonus.

      You have wreaths which were made for you which is also very lovely.

      Thanks for your comment - Merry Xmas :)

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      Tina Truelove 

      6 years ago

      Nice idea! I am a crafty "want-to-be." I start out with ideas like this but I just don't have the patience to finish it. I'm kind of clumsy with glue and other craft supplies. I keep trying though! Though I will probably use the same wreaths I have used for years, one made by my grandmother and the other by a student's mom, you have given crafty folks a nice idea for a Christmas wreath.

      Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!


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