Making a Homemade Wreath at Christmas
Christmas wreaths announce the arrival of Christmas. And whether they are hung on your front door or sitting above the fireplace, wreaths are a wonderful festive tradition and a big part of Christmas.
As you’re driving around, it is such so wonderful to look at people’s wreath hung on the front door. They are all so unique and decorated with different festive embellishments. From pine cones, to berries, to candy canes. And, the best part is they are so simple and easy to make! Have you ever wondered how to make a Christmas wreath?
Making Christmas wreaths is such a fun activity over the festive season. It should be on everyone’s bucket list to do in the run-up to the big day. Make it into an activity with friends or family and each creates their own personalised wreath. In this article, we will show you exactly how to make your own Christmas wreath in 4 very simple steps.
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Size of Your Wreath
Firstly, choose the size of the wreath you would like to make. If you already have a place for it to hang, measure the size of the space beforehand to get the right-sized wreath form as your base. A typical sized wreath is around 18”, but it is very easy to get your hands on all sizes.
Also, don’t think wreaths have to stop with doors or mantlepieces. Consider making a smaller wreath as a candle holder, or make a decorative centrepiece for your dining table or living room.
Style of Your Christmas Wreath
Most people think of evergreen leaves and holly when it comes to wreaths. However, they can be made out of anything. Find styles of wreaths that you love and would love to recreate. There is really no right or wrong way to decorate a wreath.
Think about decorative pieces such as:
- Fir cones
- Dried fruits such as orange slices
- Artificial fruits
- Candy canes
You really can use whatever you like to decorate your wreath. Take a look at Amazon for more embellishments to help you decide.
Experiment with fresh flowers and moss as the base of your wreath, or use faux leaves and dried or artificial decorations for a wreath that will last you for years.
For more ideas, take a look at Pinterest or this post by Good Housekeeping with their gallery of Christmas wreath ideas.
There are three most common bases you can use when it comes to the base. These are a natural rattan wreath (or grapevine wreath), a foam wreath form and a ring or hoop wreath. Depending on what kind of wreath, and decorations you will be using, each wreath base has its own pros and cons.
The most popular type is the natural rattan wreath, and that is what we will be using in the tutorial below. However, of course, you may use whichever type of wreath you prefer.
These can be more economical and you can buy them from places such as Amazon, or any craft shops.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath
There are so many places to hang your wreath from the front door and inside doors to your garden, to your fireplace. So, choose your favourite decorations and Christmas embellishments and let’s learn how to make a Christmas wreath!
What You Need
- Natural Rattan Wreath (or Grapevine Wreath)
- Garden Wire or Florists Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Faux Pine Branches and Foliage
- Decorative Pieces and Embellishments
- Fishing Wire or Ribbon to Hang
Creating the Christmas Wreath
Get your wreath form and tie your fishing wire or ribbon to the frame so you can hang it up once you’ve finished.
Start adding the faux foliage by cutting and wrapping a 4-inch garden or florist wire around the branches of the greenery. But, leaving a couple of inches of the wire to attach to the wreath.
Then, attach the foliage with the garden wire to the base of the wreath and through the rattan wreath branches and make sure it’s secure. Use your pliers to lightly crimp the wire and help secure the foliage, but don’t squeeze too hard as you could snap the wire.
Try to attach the wire as close to the neck as possible to attach the foliage. Cover and fill the entire base of the wreath, so the rattan is not showing through.
Next, either with your garden wire or hot glue gun arrange the larger decorative pieces around the entire wreath before adding in the smaller accents. Poke the wires into the base of the wreath, or wrap and weave around the rattan wreath if they are not secure.
For decorations such as fruits or pine cones, turn your wire into a hook and place the hook through the decoration before attaching to the wreath.
If you are using a hot glue gun, carefully apply dots of the glue to the back of your decorations and embellishments before sticking them all around your wreath.
Continue with all your decorations until your wreath is full (or until you’re happy with it). Use the pliers to ensure everything is secure, and that no wires are hanging out that could hurt someone or scratch the door once hung.
Step away and admire your wreath from all angles as your wreath starts to get full so you can see where you need to add extra decorations in.
Finishing Festive Touches
If you’re looking for some finishing touches to really give your homemade wreath the ‘wow’ factor, consider adding these finishing touches.
- Spray on some artificial snow spray for that real Christmassy, frosted look
- Add a beautiful bow to the top or bottom of the wreath
- Wrap some battery-powered wire fairy lights around the wreath, and hide the battery pack in the back
Our Final Thoughts on How to Make a Christmas Wreath
We hope these simple steps were helpful and showed you how easy and fun it can be to make your own Christmas wreath.
But, if you love making a wreath, don’t stop at a festive wreath. Experiment with making seasonal wreaths you can use throughout the year. In Spring, add dried flowers (or fresh) for a beautiful fresh look, think bright colours during the Summer months, and use autumnal colours and decorations when fall arrives.
Also, try out the different wreath forms as they can add completely different looks and dimensions to each wreath you make.
We love a wreath, and there really is nothing more welcoming than a wreath hanging on your front door.
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