During the holidays my most asked question is “How do you make a Christmas wreath?”. I’ve made so many wreaths through the years, today I am sharing a tutorial on how you can make a traditional Christmas Wreath step by step.
You may be wondering if is it cheaper to buy or make a wreath.
Making your own natural wreath is a great and inexpensive way to add Christmas cheer to your outdoor holiday decor. This of course depends if you have access to fresh foliage. If you do have a property you can cut greenery from then it is essentially free and you will only need the wreath supplies listed below which should cost less than $10.
Watch this video to quickly learn how to make a traditional Christmas wreath
What do you need to make a homemade Christmas wreath?
- Balsam Fir, approx 25- 24 branches
- Wreath frame
- Pine, Cedar, and holly clippings *optional for embellishment
- Garden pruners
- Floral wire
- Wire snippers
- Decorations- floral picks, pine cones, candy canes, dried oranges, red berries
- Floral sticks (cut skewers work too)
- Ribbon or bows
How do you make a Christmas wreath for beginners?
If you have been wondering how do you make a Christmas wreath from real branches for your front door, follow along with these instructions to have the best wreath this holiday season. This tutorial is perfect for beginners.
Step-by-step instructions to make a traditional Christmas wreath
- After you have scoured the woods for the perfect fir brush, clip it down into wreath-size pieces.
- The photo above shows how to snip the ‘arms’ off, discarding the main branch. You will need to use approximately 25 large branches to complete a 14″ Christmas wreath.
How to attach greenery to the wreath ring
- Secure the floral wire to the metal ring.
- Make a small bunch of brush about 3-4 pieces. Starting with a large piece in the back, and layer on smaller pieces.
- Twist the wire around the cut ends of the brush to secure it to the ring.
- Make another bunch of brush. Lay the second bunch on top of the first, slightly lower.
- Wrap with wire 2-3 times around and pull the wire spool tight towards you to secure. The arrows are indicating where I have wrapped it with wire.
Finishing the holiday wreath directions
- Repeat these steps, adding bunch by bunch until you reach back where you began the wreath.
- Lift up the ends of the first bunch of brush you started with and poke the final bunch in under the tips, wrap with the wire to secure.
- To complete the Christmas wreath make a loop with the wire for easy hanging, and twist loose end around the wireframe.
- Use pruners to snip back any pieces on the brush that appear too long or out of place.
- Decorate your Natural Christmas wreath as desired.
How to decorate a DIY wreath
There are a variety of ways to decorate a handmade wreath. Creating beautiful bows is a good place to start when decorating a holiday wreath. The ribbon adds a pretty pop of color. You can also add in floral picks, pine cones, candy canes, dried oranges, red berries, Christmas bells, extra Christmas ornaments, or magnolia leaves.
Other Christmas Wreath Decorating Ideas
Use toothpicks or skewers wrapped with a small piece of wire to poke the decorations right into the greenery.
Check out these other DIY holiday wreath ideas
How long does a homemade wreath last?
I love making wreaths it is the perfect way to add to your holiday decor. A fresh wreath will last in the cold weather all winter long! Of course, this depends on your climate, but in general, a fresh wreath will last from November to March.
I love experimenting with all kinds of wreath arrangements. Here I added an oversized 4″ Burlap bow, and some plastic deer I glittered from the dollar store.
Learn how to make a Christmas swag wreath!
Learn to make a Joy Wreath Sign to hang your holiday wreath
Looking for more inspiration? Check out my wreath boards on Pinterest! Follow Fynes Designs board Wreaths on Pinterest.
Such a great tutorial Virginia!! I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to make my very own using your tips and tricks! 🙂
Since it’s a natural wreath.. it will stay ”nice” how long?
Beautiful! No need to take a class when I have this great tutorial! Thanks for sharing, Virginia!
Krista @the happy housie says
I have only ever done swags…I will have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial Virginia!! Pinned:)
Kyla @HouseOfHipsters says
This wreath is soooo pretty and would go great with my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” I hope you come to share! Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com
Mrs Major Hoff says
Love it! Wish we had evergreens in Texas like we did in Oregon!
We’re really fortunate that we have so many trees. My house actually is sitting on an old Christmas Tree farm! Thanks for visiting!
Catherine Durbin says
Hi there, your wreaths look really lovely, Ive had a go at making some myself but found that the berries especially dont last very long. Do you have any types on how to perserve these natural. And how long do you find yours lasts for? Many thanks (from Wales)
Hi Catherine. The berries typically last throughout the winter here, because it is very cold in Canada. I typically use holly berries, but when not cold they tend to turn more of a deep red, rather than vibrant like when they are fresh cut
Hi Virginia!!! I just wanted to ask if I can make this wreath following the same directions but using artificial pine boughs instead of real boughs. I have lots of 18 inch boughs; nice FULL ones and want to make some wreaths to sell.
That would be a fabulous idea!! I would love to see them when you’re done!
Linda Carry says
Thank you good tutorial