Nothing makes a house look more festive than a Christmas wreath hanging on the door. Wreaths add instant festive cheer to any home or business. You can buy Christmas wreaths of varying types and varieties, but my favorite are home-made wreaths. Making your own Christmas wreath is fun, cheap, and easy to do.
Here’s how to make your own Christmas wreath.
Supplies you will need:
Some type of ring (to form and hold the shape)
String or wire (to attach elements to the wreath)
Decorative Elements (optional)
Ribbon or string (to hang in up with)
Scissors/small garden cutter
Gather Your Supplies
Making your own wreath should be fun and use what you have available. I have a large yard, so at Christmas time we just walk around the yard with a basket gathering things that might be useful. You can use anything that is evergreen to help make your wreath. Good plants to include cuttings from include pine trees and other evergreens, holly, rose hips, ivy, St. John’s Wort, rosemary, and any other attractive plant available to you.
You will need some type of ring to help you to form your wreath into a circle. I have simple wreath of woven twigs that I use every year as the basis for my wreath. You could also use a wreath of florist’s foam, or even a shaped wire coat hanger. Just any circle of the right size. It doesn’t matter what it looks like as you’ll cover it up with plants.
Put on the Greenery
Next you need to form the basis of your wreath. I normally start with the most pine-like element. This forms the back of your traditional Christmas wreath. Just wrap it around the wreath and attach with string or wire until you like how it looks. Then start adding other elements of foliage. I like adding in sprigs of holly, for example. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle. This should look natural and have bits sticking out.
Put on Decorative Plants
When you have the main elements of your wreath attached, add the decorative plants. You can use whatever you have available from your garden: mistletoe, rosehips, flowers, etc. I also like to snip a long piece of ivy and wrap it around the wreath.
Add Decorative Elements
When all of the plants are added, decide if you want to add any other decoration to your wreath. You might like the natural look and want to leave it as is, or you might feel that it needs a little something extra. Good things to add include a bow, dried apple or orange slices, cinnamon sticks, straw ornaments, brass bells, or small baubles.
You can just loop a piece of Christmas ribbon around the top of the wreath to hang it with. I have a hook that suctions to the front door for my wreath, but you can use whatever method works best for you and your home.
Then you can enjoy your beautiful wreath and the festive spirit it brings to your home. One of my favorite Christmas activities is when my family makes our wreath together. Click here to see more pictures of one of our homemade wreaths.
The great thing about these homemade wreaths is that after Christmas you can remove any non-biodegradable elements (like ribbon), and then toss the rest of your wreath into your garden compost heap or garden waste. It is very environmentally friendly.