How to Make Wreaths -- Homemade Door Decorations -- Craft Tutorials & Ideas
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.
Instructions for making 51 elegant wreaths, each paying homage to an American state.
Make very long-lasting wreaths with dried and silk flowers. Find 25 easy wreath ideas in this book.
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
How To Make A Wreath
- Felted Sweater Wreath
Soft and cuddly multicoloured wreath.
- Magnolia & Fir
A simple design which would be great for a beginner.
- Natural Christmas Wreath
Traditional style decoration using natural materials.
- Frozen Berry Wreaths
Amazing icy wreath idea.
- Candy Cane Wreath
With Christmassy red baubles too.
- Yarn Ball Wreath
Perfect for knitting or craft enthusiasts.
- Sweet Novelty Wreath
Looks great covered in jumbo gumdrops!
- Better Homes & Gardens
Lots of tutorials for a range of designs.
- Floral Wreath Basics
Instructions for creating your own.
- Paper Feather Wreath
Simply stick glittery paper leaves onto a twig wreath...very easy!
- Themed Wreaths
Lots of types of wreaths to choose from.
Creative Wreaths To Make
- Paperbag Wreath
Crafty wreath made by painting paper bags.
- Eco-Friendly Xmas Wreaths
7 natural ideas for Christmas designs.
- Rainbow Wrapped Wreath
Lovely looking wreath and so easy to do.
- Dried Flower Wreath
Smart and neat flower arrangement in a square shape.
- Candy Corn Wreath
A gorgeous candy-corn themed ruffle wreath for Halloween.
- Book Page Wreath
Ruffles made with paper circles dyed with ink at the edges.
- Birthday Balloon Wreath
Fun and colorful decoration for a birthday bash.
- Fresh Herb Summer Wreath
Fresh and classic wreath style for indoors.
- Toilet Paper Ruffles
A new use for toilet paper! Very inexpensive to make.
- Floral Wallpaper Wreath
Cut out the best bits of a wallpaper design to use as images.
- Clothespin Wreath
Fun idea for the wall of your laundry room.
Wreath Making Tutorials
- Paper Doily Wreath
Beautiful, delicate-looking design.
- Felt Ball Wreath
Many felted multicolored balls make up this colorful design.
- Felt Rosette Wreath
Wintry but cozy ruffles.
- Halloween Wreath
Black wreath, named the 'wreath of despair'.
- Succulent Wreath
Low-maintenance living wreath.
- Butterfly Wreath
Using paper butterflies painted with watercolors.
- Martha Stewart Wreaths
Collection of crafty how-tos.
- Felt Rosette Wreath
Classy ruffly wreath in a subtle grey and yellow combo.
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.
More How-Tos & Ideas
- Bauble Wreath
I love the color scheme of this one too.
- Raggy Fabric Wreath
Has a lovely homely, shabby chic feel.
- Ribbon Wreath
A mass of ribbon curls.
- Ruffle Wreath
An inexpensive version using coffee filters.
- Autumn Yarn Wreaths
Link to a tutorial, and some awesome examples.
- Monster Wreath
Fun and eye-catching Halloween idea.
- Paper Leaves Wreath
Made entirely from paper!
- Butcher Paper Wreath
Classy wreath to go with any décor.
- Gorgeous Fall Wreath
Really pretty design with felt rosettes.
- Geeky Holiday Wreath
Include gaming and other geeky icons created from poster board.
- Fiesta Wreath
For when you want a serious injection of color!
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 :)
* 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.)
Festive Wreaths for Christmas
- Pom-Pom Wreath
Mainly white with metallic festive accents.
- Cinnamon Sticks & Pinecones
Not much of a tutorial, but all you need is hot glue and a grapevine wreath.
- Christmas Baubles
A shiny wreath made out of Christmas tree ornaments.
- Upcycled Socks Wreath
Clever idea for using embroidery hoops as a wreath form.
- Monogrammed Ornament Wreath
Perfect for personalizing the door to the family home.
- Berry & Branch Wreath
A classic red and gold combination.
Decorate Your Front Door In Style!
- Creepy Crow Wreath
A macabre style decoration for Halloween.
- Modern Hexagon Florals
Contemporary, fresh and cheerful, I love this unusual shaped design.
- Aluminium Can Leaves
Reuse drinks cans by cutting leaf shapes out and coloring with ink.
- Skeleton Wreath
Easy Halloween wreath made with skeleton bone props.
- Silk Flowers
Bunch pretty shades of silk flowers together for a stunning wreath.
- Halloween Chevron Wreath
Fabric wrapped ring complete with glittery bats.
- Dried Apple Wreath
Dry out apple slices in an oven or dehydrator and use for a fruity wreath.
Shabby Chic Rag Wreath
DIY Wreath Projects
- Solar Powered Wreath
DIY light-up LED project.
- Book Page Wreath
Making use of rolled up pages and red baubles.
- Felt Rose Wreath
Really elegant, Wintery wreath.
- Heart & Blossom Valentine Wreath
Cutesy design made of sewn felt hearts.
- 8 Natural Holiday Wreaths
Beautiful decorations using natural materials.
- Monogram Wreath
Make a letter shaped design for a personalized wreath.
- Collection of Wreath Ideas
Shells, ribbons and bows are some of the materials used.
- Stunning Succulents
Beautiful living wreath made using succulent plants.
- Milk Carton Wreath
Who knew trash could look so good?!
- Houndstooth Pumpkins
Cozy pumpkin wreath for Fall and Halloween.
Crafty Wreaths for the Holidays
- Glamorous Wreath
Glitzy design made using mirrored squares.
- Coffee Filter Wreath
Ruffled and crinkled texture created using plenty of filters.
- Shell Wreath
Lovely idea for a subtle textured wreath, especially for a seaside house.
- Birthday Number Wreath
Cover a cardboard number with cupcake liner flowers.
- Paper Cones
Beautiful and classy paper design.
- Easter Chick Wreaths
Very simple, and the little chicks are so cute!
- Creepy Snake Wreath
Easy and cheap to make, but looks brilliant at Halloween.
- Spooky Raven Wreath
Very effective Halloween design with a raven and black leaves.
- Dipped Pinecone Wreath
Easy idea to make a traditional wreath design more modern.
DIY Butterfly Wreath
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.