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How to Make an Easy, Homemade Christmas Wreath

Updated on February 6, 2016

Your Gorgeous Homemade Christmas Wreath

Your Own Unique Christmas Wreath.
Your Own Unique Christmas Wreath. | Source

Be Creative and Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

A project for both adults and children. Fill your home with the fragrant smell of pine trees and the welcoming sight of a Festive Wreath. This wreath can be made from the natural materials found on the forest floor and a few other additions. The newspaper, sticky tape and other items will probably already be in your house; all your need to bring to the table is a little imagination and festive cheer.

This wreath can be hung outside and it should last unless you experience extreme weather. It looks great, saves you money, is great fun to make and you can even recycle after Christmas.

Christmas is the Perfect Time for Crafting

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What you Will Need to Make Your Wreath

 
Materials Needed
 
Christmas Tree branches
Cutters for the branches and wire
Pine cones
Sticky tape
Old newspaper
Green plastic covered wire
Scissors
Tinsel if required
Ribbon

Gather all the Materials you Will Need

Use a table to work on.
Use a table to work on. | Source

Start at the Beginning

Gather all the materials you will need for your wreath and put them on one table. This will be your workspace.

Newspaper is the Starting Point

The beginning.
The beginning. | Source

Fold the newspaper lengthways.

Take the old newspapers and fold them lengthways to the size you want, bearing in mind that it has be shaped into a circle. Secure your newspaper with sticky tape.

Making the Circular Shape

Make a circle shape.
Make a circle shape. | Source

Make a Circle Shape

Fold sheets of newspaper into a long strip and then fold the strip over. Secure with sticky tape as you go. Then shape the newspaper strip to make a circle shape. Again secure with sticky tape.


Attach the Tree Cuttings

Attach the Tree Cuttings to the Paper.
Attach the Tree Cuttings to the Paper. | Source

Attaching the Tree Cuttings

Use the cutters to trim the branches to a workable size for your wreath. Attach them to the outside with the sticky tape or if you prefer use the green plastic covered wire for all the cuttings. Next use wire to attach tree cuttings to the exposed facing of the newspaper. You should have no visible newspaper or sticky tape when you are finished.

Your Have now Finished the Basic Wreath

Green and Fragrant.
Green and Fragrant. | Source

Your Basic Wreath

The Wreath is now green, vibrant and ready to decorate.

Attaching the Trimmings

Choose either a  natural or a  glittering look for your wreath.
Choose either a natural or a glittering look for your wreath. | Source

Decorating Your Wreath

Use tinsel, pine cones, berries and your imagination to make your own special wreath. Add as much glitter and glitz as you like or keep it nice and natural. Enjoy your time creating your own homemade decoration and most importantly have fun!

Let The Imagination Glitter

The kids can mix colours, textures and pinecones to make an individual wreath which they can be proud of.
The kids can mix colours, textures and pinecones to make an individual wreath which they can be proud of. | Source

The Children can Choose Their own Trimmings

When children make this wreath you can keep it inside the house and allow them to attach all the tree cuttings with sticky tape instead of wire. This allows them to attach all of the decorating items themselves and to choose how to decorate. Developing not only their decision making skills but also their artistic streak.

Attach a Loop to Hang it On

Now you are ready to hang your wreath.
Now you are ready to hang your wreath. | Source

Attach Either Ribbon or String to Hang

Use co-ordinating ribbon or string to circle around the wreath, then knot to leave enough space to hang the wreath on it's hook.

Recyle Your Wreath after the Festivities

After the big day take down your wreath and cut the sticky tape and wire. After it is taken apart you will be able to recycle the paper and also the natural materials, ensuring our environment is well looked after.

The Children can Decorate Till Their Heart's Content

Any spare bits of tinsel can be used or old bits of ribbon wrap.
Any spare bits of tinsel can be used or old bits of ribbon wrap. | Source

The Conclusion

You can use branches and pine cones which nature has discarded and by mixing them with a little imagination, old newspapers and some shiny tinsel, you can make something festive, special and very personal.

Brighten and lighten your home with the smell and colours of Christmas and enjoy the view. Thank you for reading and I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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Have a Great Christmas!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you again Suzettenaples. It is much more fun and looks different and original when it is done. Anna. :)

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful article on making your own wreath. I have made my own Christmas wreaths for my door in past years. It is fun to make your own and personalized wreath and decorate it how you want. It is much more fun than buying one. You have some great suggestions and your instructions are easy to follow. Great photos also. Thanks so much for sharing this and your creative ideas with us.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Frank. It is good fun... except when they start squabbling over the last piece of blue tinsel. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Genna for reading and enjoy your Christmas crafting. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Faith Reaper. Your right the smell of pine is magical, especially at Christmas. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DJ

      Thank you, you are very kind. That sounds like your son had a really positive experience of art at young age, which is great for establishing a lifelong love. Unfortuntely my craft skills aren't up to teaching level but I really do appreciate the compliment and your continued feedback and encouragement. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Anna this looks like some family fun.. a great share and should be hub of the week!!!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I'm always looking for new ways to make Christmas decorations, so this hub was a special delight. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      There is nothing like the fresh smell of pine. Love the wreath and may give it a try!

      Great hub!

      Up and more and sharing

      Merry Christmas,

      Faith Reaper

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      How clever, Anna!

      You could give classes on craft projects in your home.

      When my son was around 6 years old, we lived in Germany.

      Every Saturday, he went to craft class. It introduced him to

      the art of creating. He enjoyed it immensely, and found

      the great joy of giving his hand made gifts to people in his life.

      You are so talented and you write easy to follow instructions.

      I'd bet you are wonderful with children. Just a thought for

      a small Saturday get together with the village children.

      Supper hub, Anna!

      DJ.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much FlourishAnyway. I love Christmas and crafting so it is a pleasure for me to make and write these ones. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Larie for reading and for your kind comment. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you poetryman6969.

      She sounds a cool wife. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Jackie. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas too.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Jodah for reading and your kind comment. Happy Christmas to you too.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Bill and you and yours.

      I hope you enjoyed picking and decorating your tree. Time has disappeared at an alarming rate this month!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I wish!

      Thank you Bravewarrior for reading and making me sound special. Happy Christmas x

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi WiccanSage

      Your right it is always better when you get to recycle. Thank you for reading. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Joelle.

      We always make our own, it is cheap to make and looks nicer than the shop bought ones. Thank you for reading. :)

      That is a lot of snow! We are unusually warm, here it is about 8 degrees; we had a huge lightning storm and hailstones last night. Enjoy the snow and build a snowman for me. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Absolutely divine! How creative to make the center core yourself as well as decorate it, too. Well done!

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Great hub

      Have to make a couple of these

      Merry Christmas

      Blessings

      Laurie

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      looks like something my crafty wife might like to look into!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think I could do that, thanks you. Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. Up and sharing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's one beautiful wreath Anna. thanks for the step by step instructions and helpful advice. Well done. Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Anna! We are going out to get our tree today; we are so behind regarding decorations. Sigh! Where did the time go this month?

      Happy holidays to you and yours.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, is there no end to your talents? You're amazing. Merry Christmas!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Never thought of making a newspaper wreath form-- how clever! Cheap and you get to recycle something old. Excellent project, and what a beautiful wreath. Thanks for the craft!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a very beautiful wreath, Anna! I would never have thought of creating the centre to hold everything in place with folded sheet of newspaper! Very ingenious! And with everything you added the result is just awesome! Congratulations!

      Enjoy your weekend!

      PS : by the way... we have another winter storm on the way ... 15 to 25 cm of snow coming tonight and tomorrow!