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Handmade Christmas Wreath Ideas

Updated on December 9, 2012
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Up-cycled plastic bottlesTies!Dried applesGreeting cardsSmall gift boxesGinger Bread menRagsChristmas ballsToysColored tissue paperWine corksPeppermint candy
Up-cycled plastic bottles
Up-cycled plastic bottles
Dried apples
Dried apples
Greeting cards
Greeting cards
Small gift boxes
Small gift boxes
Ginger Bread men
Ginger Bread men
Christmas balls
Christmas balls
Colored tissue paper
Colored tissue paper
Wine corks
Wine corks
Peppermint candy
Peppermint candy

12 Low cost Christmas wreaths you can make at home

You don't have to spend too much money for a Christmas wreath. In fact, with a little imagination and creativity, you can make a wreath from just about anything you have around the house. Look around and see what items you can put together. Here are some unique ideas and short instructions on how to make them. All you'll need are a pair of scissors, cardboard for the base or a foam circle or any shape you want to make yours, a hot glue gun and string to tie to your door. Any extra accessories like a boy or fruits is up to you. Let's get started.

Up-cycled Plastic Bottle Wreath

Not as hard as it looks, I promise. Grab bottles of your color choice, should be thin plastic, easy to cut. Clear bottles work well too. It will have a nice icicle affect and start cutting either up the bottle or down. It will keep the curl from the shape of the bottle. Make the strips shorter and simply start gluing them to your base. This would work best on a foam or straw wreath because if you cut a circular wreath from cardboard, it will lay flat, unless you use a lot of cardboard to make it thicker.

Tie Wreath

This will work best with the flat cardboard base. Grab your ties, fold over cardboard, glue down and finish with a bow on top.

Dried Apple Wreath

Dry your apples first. This can take a few days unless you have a fruit dehydrator. Glue down to your base, add bow.

TIP: Add cinnamon sticks instead of bow.

Greeting Card Wreath

The picture shows wooden clothespins to hold the cards in place. But if you use a base like any other base and glue down the cards, you can get more cards on and it will look fuller. This also works best with cardboard base. Find the best greeting cards you've either already received. If you haven't gotten any yet, use some from last year or buy new ones and glue down to base. Finish with a pretty bow.

Gift Box Wreath

Easy enough to find gift box decorations at your local craft store or make your own from any cardboard easy to bend and shape into a box, simply tie a bow around it and glue down to base.

TIP: The Dollar Stores carry really inexpensive little gift boxes that come in a bag.

Ginger Bread Men Wreath

Glue them together in any way you want them, weave the ribbon under and over each body and done. Simple.

Rag Wreath

How fun and easy is this? Find old rags or tee shirts you don't like, cut them all up and glue them down any way you want.

TIP: Whatever base you have, wrap in fabric first, then glue fabric down on the fabric that's covering the base so it sticks better and you won't see the base.

Christmas Balls Wreath

A great way to hang those extras that won't fit on the tree or are just leftovers from last year. Glue them down preferably on a foam base.

TIP: They don't have to be balls, do they? If you have any shape ornaments, use those and they don't have to be the same size. It's all on the placement.

Toy Wreath

This is one of my favorites. Grab little toys from your local craft store or go to a thrift store for small toys and just start gluing. This is a great idea for your child to help as well. You can even make one for his own door to his room. Just don't use hot glue for that project. Use regular glue, which depending on the base, will stick just as well.

TIP: If you are hanging it on his/her door, you can make a little card with their name on it and place that in the center. How cute is that?

Tissue Paper Wreath

Grab that tissue paper for gifts roll up like a cone, glue bottoms down, so the tops look like ice cream cones and start applying them as seen in photo. If you don't have the patience for this, crunch it up like you're throwing the tissue away, make balls out of them and glue down. They will look like carnations.

TIP: You can also use construction paper for this project.

Wine Cork Wreath

If you love wine, you have corks in your drawer. Get them out, ask your friends for theirs and start gluing. What an awesome way to display your taste. Finish with faux grapes and leaves from your local craft store and you're done.

TIP: You don't have to place them in this order. If you are neater, try standing them all up. It will take more time because you're using more space but it will look cool too. And you don't have to keep this as a Christmas wreath. When done, it would look really nice in your bar or kitchen.

Peppermint Candy Wreath

You can use just about any candy but peppermints are holiday treats and these are easy to lay down and glue to your base. You don't have to glue them sideways as in this photo but you can lay them down flat, which also look just as pretty. Tie a pretty red bow to finish.


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  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    6 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Thank you for all your comments. I'm actually making a new one right now.

  • peachpurple profile image


    6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Beautiful christmas wreath. Great to decorate on the front door. Many ideas and tips. Voted up

  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    6 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Awesome. Thanks, Carol!

  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    Great ideas...Very the creative juices stirring. Super photos. Voting this up and sharing on Pinterest.

  • Rosana Modugno profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosana Modugno 

    6 years ago from 10th Kingdom

    Thanks! The ones pictured I did not make but I have made them all, (except ginger bread men) just didn't take pics at the time. My fave was the toy one because for mine, I used clowns. I love all kinds of little toys I picked up. You don't think they'll look good until it's done.

  • sleepylog profile image


    6 years ago from Australia

    What great ideas! Thank you for posting this. Did you make these yourself?

    Voted up, Tweeted, Pinterested and Stumbled and Facebooked.


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