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 how you can make a Traditional Christmas Wreath.
Making your own natural wreath is a great and inexpensive way to add to your outdoor Christmas decorations.
Watch this video to quickly to learn how to make a traditional wreath
What you need to make a Christmas wreath
- Wreath ring (the coat hanger is for making a swag, see this tutorial).
- Balsam Fir, approx 25- 24″ branches
- Pine, Cedar, holly clippings *optional for embellishment
- Garden pruners
- Floral wire
- Wire snippers
- Decorations/ floral picks
- Floral sticks (cut skewers work too)
How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath
How to cut brush to make a natural wreath
- After you have scoured the woods for the perfect fir brush, clip it down to 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 with wire.
How to finish the wreath
- 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.
Other Christmas Wreath Decorating Ideas
Use toothpicks or skewers wrapped with a small piece of wire to poke the decorations right into the greenery.
I love making wreaths it is the perfect way to start the holidays. A fresh wreath will last in the cold weather all winter long! (it will likely last right up to spring, say if you forget about them… not that I would ever do that, just sayin’)
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.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out my wreath boards on Pinterest! Follow Fynes Designs board Wreaths on Pinterest.