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How to Make Wreaths -- Homemade Door Decorations -- Craft Tutorials & Ideas

Updated on October 22, 2017

Creative Indoor & Outdoor Wreaths

If you're decorating for Christmas, Halloween, Fall, or another holiday or occasion, you may want to add a beautful decoration to your door to welcome your guests into your home, or you may want an indoor wreath to stay up all year long as a permanent piece of art. In that case, you've come to the right place!

This page lists tutorials and how-tos for making your own indoor and outdoor wreaths for every occasion, using natural or manmade materials, in traditional or modern styles, and at all different price points.

I hope you find it both inspiring and useful :-)

Paper Flower Wreath


Best Wreath Inspiration Books

For displays of magnificent wreaths and step-by-step instructions, books are a great place to start.

Great American Wreaths: The Best of Martha Stewart Living
Great American Wreaths: The Best of Martha Stewart Living

Instructions for making 51 elegant wreaths, each paying homage to an American state.

Wreaths And Wall Flowers: Gorgeous Decorations With Silk And Dried Florals
Wreaths And Wall Flowers: Gorgeous Decorations With Silk And Dried Florals

Make very long-lasting wreaths with dried and silk flowers. Find 25 easy wreath ideas in this book.


An Introduction

The Basics of Wreath Making

Wreaths are most often hung on the front door as a holiday decoration, although it's becoming more commonplace to have wreaths indoors and outdoors all year round. The traditional type of wreath is a ring shape of fresh greenery and/or flowers to reflect the season e.g. holly and berries at Christmas time. I can't think of anything better to greet you at your door every day than fresh scents and a pretty arrangement, can you?!

The most popular type of wreath is still this traditional type, however more modern wreaths use mainly items that are not living in order to extend it's lifetime, because obviously fresh plants do not last too long. This has led to all kinds of impressive and creative craft creations, which you can browse on this page. You will find many wreaths that are themed to fit in with a certain holiday, such as black/orange/bats/spiders etc. being used for a Halloween wreath, and candy canes/santa ornaments etc. being used for a Christmas wreath. When you don't limit yourself to just florals and greenery, there is an endless array of design possibilities, so you can really use your imagination.

- For the base of a wreath, foam (styrofoam or green floral foam which you can soak in water if using real plants) is a popular choice for a wreath form, as is a wire wreath form. If you want to, you can make your own wreath form to save yourself some money - for instance, you can make a wire form using coat hangers, or you can use pipe insulation to make a foam form. I've also seen a form made with a thick cardboard base or foamcore board, with optional scrunched up paper for padding it out if necessary. The easiest way to make your own wreath is to use a basic, plain wreath like a grapevine wreath or pine wreath as the base and then simply add your own embellishments to it.

There are quite a few choices of wreath form available in addition to these, including moss wreaths and straw wreaths, so just have a browse and see which would work best for your idea. Different shapes of wreath form can also be found, such as star, heart and square shapes (mainly in wire).

- To attach embellishments to a wreath form, hot glue makes for a strong adhesive, especially with plastic ornaments. Floral wire is a good choice for joining elements together and tying them onto the wreath form.

- To hang the wreath from the door, a metal hook is a good strong option, although you can use a ribbon if the wreath is lightweight.

Here are some things you can include on your wreath, to give you ideas: Twigs, paper, baubles, faux fruit, dried fruit pieces, styrofoam shapes wrapped in yarn or painted, pinecones, various ornaments, handmade fabric flowers, shells, tinsel, yarn, silk or fresh flowers, ribbons, felt, fur and other fabrics.

For finishing touches, sprays like glitter spray, snow spray and spray paint can be applied depending on the look you want to achieve. Spray painting greenery actual extends its life so the wreath will last longer.

I hope you will find some inspiration on this page and I hope you have fun making your own wreaths!

Vintage Lightbulb Wreath


Succulent Wreath


Photo and wreath by ...Love Maegan - Click here for the tutorial.

Bauble Wreath


Easter Wreath

Brilliant Easter wreath for indoor use, made by attaching plastic eggs, paper, fabric flowers and Easter chicks using a hot glue gun.
Brilliant Easter wreath for indoor use, made by attaching plastic eggs, paper, fabric flowers and Easter chicks using a hot glue gun. | Source

Top Wreaths & DIY Products

Wreath frames, hooks and floral wire are vital ingredients in a DIY wreath, but if you don't have time to make your own you could also buy one from the great selection available.

Monster Wreath

Click here to see how you can make your own.

Photo and wreath by SewPixie.

How To Make A Festive Holly Wreath


What You Will Need:

* Wooden embroidery hoop, 8", 9" or 10" in diameter; The size of the hoop will be the size of the wreath, and due to the narrow edges of these hoops, I have to keep the wreath on the small side in order to keep it looking in proportion. If you really want a larger wreath than 10", a chunkier wreath form would be needed as the base.

* Brown felt cut into long strips about 1/2" wide

* Green felt; I would choose at least 2 or 3 shades of green felt to use in equal measure for the wreath design - using a single shade of green can make it look a bit flat. This felt will be cut into the leaf shapes, and I think freehand cutting looks more natural and is quicker, but if you prefer to use a holly leaf shape template, you can of course do that instead :)

* Scissors

* Aleene's all-purpose tacky glue; Or any other glue that dries clear and can glue wood and fabric together.

* Red mini pom-poms to represent the berries; You can usually find small packets of these in craft stores because they are used for Rudolph the reindeer's nose on Christmas cards! If you can't find them, you can cut small circles out of red felt, or felt your own mini-balls out of wool roving.

- Take a long strip of brown felt and glue one end to the inside of the hoop, so that the strip is at a 45 degree angle.

- Wrap the felt strip around the wood frame, overlapping slightly as you go; to make sure that no wood shows through. Apply a small amount of glue to the inside of the hoop before wrapping to keep the felt in place.

- If you need to switch to another strip at some point, glue the end to the inside of the hoop and start using the next felt strip from the same point.

- When you finish covering all of the wood, glue the end down neatly to the inside of the hoop.

(Note: If you preferred, you could spray paint the hoop brown instead of wrapping it in felt.)

- Next, cut out the holly leaves from felt and arrange them on the hoop frame. On the diagram I have shown lots of small leaves being used, but you can choose the size of leaf you would like to use depending on your preference. I would suggest approx. 1.5" - 2" long.

- When you have found a good arrangement, glue each leaf down, working in one direction (as shown in the diagram) to make it easier to overlap them neatly.

- Lastly glue little clusters of 2 or 3 red pom-poms onto the wreath to represent berries.

- Now all you need to do is hang it up!

(Note: If you want to hang the wreath up so that both sides will be seen, you can repeat the process above for the other side of the hoop too.)

Winter Octowreath

Creative and crafty textile wreath - very unique, I love it!
Creative and crafty textile wreath - very unique, I love it! | Source

Shabby Chic Rag Wreath


Woolly Wreath

Amazingly colorful wreath made by crocheting, then felting, many different wool flowers.
Amazingly colorful wreath made by crocheting, then felting, many different wool flowers. | Source

DIY Butterfly Wreath

Click here for the DIY tutorial for this pretty feather butterfly wreath.

Photo by Elsie Flannigan.

Wreath Making Videos

Wreath Hangers, Floral Wire & Unusual Wreath Form Shapes

There are a few interesting shapes you can use as a base for your wreath, including hearts and squares, and of course you'll need a hanger if you want to hang it neatly on your door.

Dried Orange Wreath


Do you usually have a wreath on your door at Christmas?

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    • pitlock profile image


      6 years ago

      I think I might try to make one this year

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      6 years ago

      Is it as strange as I think watching tutorials on making wreaths in september?

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      6 years ago

      that is an impressive collection of wreaths

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      6 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of fabulous wreath ideas. Thank you!

    • brownee lm profile image

      brownee lm 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for all of these wonderful wreath ideas!

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      7 years ago

      I used to always have a Christmas wreath but I haven't had one for several years now.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas. I bookmark this lens. Thanks!

    • Mamaboo LM profile image

      Mamaboo LM 

      7 years ago

      No, I'm not that creative and to buy them is way to expensive! Be Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Great lens

    • wreathmaker profile image


      7 years ago

      Great ideas for wreaths

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      8 years ago

      Really interesting lens~ I loved the paper flower and monster one :)

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      8 years ago

      I love the octo wreath and monster wreath! I'm gonna make a monster wreath for next Halloween!!!

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      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wooly wreath is amazing! Great Lense.

    • denetraharris profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow! I never seen such a wide variety of wreaths, love it.

      check out my wreath lens at


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      8 years ago

      Nice lens

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      8 years ago

      You are certainly creative. Beautiful work.

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      Michelle77 LM 

      8 years ago

      WOW!~ I Love ALL of them :) I have so many ideas now for those Christmas bulbs and Holiday decorations that i can't seem to part with ...Great lens :)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for all those lovely ideas.

    • KokoTravel profile image


      9 years ago

      I have given many a wreath or bow for a gift this time of year.

    • noobeegin profile image


      9 years ago

      Aren't wreaths one of the best craft items to make and hang or give to others? They are so easy to make as well. I loved all the ideas here. I made a paper flower wreath for my grandmother before she passed away. she really loved it.

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      9 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love the paper flower wreath and the butterfly wreath! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/16/2010. Have a great Holiday!


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