How to Make a Wreath for Christmas in 8 Easy Steps

Last Updated on December 9, 2022 by Project Party

‘Tis the season for Christmas wreaths! This year, instead of spending money on an overpriced wreath from a store, why not make your own? It’s easy, and you’ll save yourself some money in the process. Plus, you can make it exactly how you want it.

The Christmas wreath originated in the 16th century when it was believed that evergreens symbolized eternal life. Nowadays, wreaths are a popular holiday decoration and come in many shapes and sizes. They’re perfect for adorning your door, mantle or window.

So, grab some hot chocolate, put on your favourite holiday movie, and follow along with this step-by-step guide to making a Christmas wreath of your very own. You’ll need:

  • a vine wreath base
  • a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • wire cutters
  • ribbon, and
  • Christmas decorations of your choice.

With decorations, you’ll want to consider different decorations because:

  • You can use natural items and greenery such as pine cones, holly leaves and berries, evergreen branches, pine needles and dried flowers.
  • You can also use artificial decorations like glittery ornaments, baubles, jingle bells, fake snow and twinkle lights.

A mix of both types of decorations can be used to make your wreath look unique. Colours are key — you can create a colour theme for your wreaths, such as all white, silver and blue or traditional red and green — so be creative and have fun but plan ahead.

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Our quick tips for wreath design are:

  • Choose decorations of different sizes and textures for added depth.
  • Wrap the base with ribbon for a decorative look.
  • Use wire cutters to shape and trim greenery.
  • Stagger your decorations around the wreath for an aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Be sure to secure decorations with hot glue.

Ok, let’s get started!

Step 1: Prep Your Wreath Base

First things first: you need a wreath base. I went with a grapevine wreath because they’re cheap and easy to find, but you could use anything you want—foam, straw, fabric, even an old t-shirt! Once you have your base, give it a once over to make sure there aren’t any sharp edges or stray pieces that could poke you later. If everything looks good, set it aside for now.

Making a grapevine wreath is a fun project that can be done in the afternoon. However, there are options like fabric bases that you might consider. Fabric bases are lovely and add a different colour to a wreath but take time to prepare the base. Vine-type bases are ready to go but can be more difficult to build onto. If you are considering a fabric-type base you’ll need to:

  • cut a 30cm circle out of the fabric (or bigger depending on your desired size)
  • gather the edges of the fabric circle with a needle and thread
  • tie off the gathering of the fabric with a double knot, and
  • build your wreath up layer by layer, hot gluing each section as you go.

To strengthen a fabric base you can add an inner ring of sturdy cardboard or a plastic canvas. This is important as you don’t want it to droop when finished.

Either way, you have a base now so time to move on to step two

Step 2: Decide on Your Decorations

This is where you get to be creative! What kind of theme do you want for your wreath? rustic? elegant? funky? funky Christmas? The sky’s the limit here.

Once you’ve decided on a theme, it’s time to start gathering your decorations. For my wreath, I went with ornaments (both ball and teardrop-shaped), fake snow, and pine cones for a festive buttoned-down look. If you’re using natural materials, make sure to dry everything out and spritz it with hairspray. I also grabbed some green and red ribbons to use as accents.

Feel free to use whatever you have lying around the house—old jewellery, buttons, and even recycled materials like newspapers or magazines! Just make sure everything is light enough that it won’t weigh down your wreath too much.

Some quick tips for placing your decorations are:

  • Consider colour, size, and proportion when decorating your wreath.
  • Make sure you start adding decorations to the inner circle of the wreath so that it looks even from the outside.
  • Place some of your decorations in different layers of the wreath for more depth.
  • Don’t be afraid to move things around until you find the perfect look.
  • Don’t use too much of one item—it will look cluttered and unbalanced.

Once you have all your supplies gathered up, it’s time to start crafting!

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Step 3: Start Glueing

Get out your hot glue gun and glue sticks and find a comfortable spot to work. I like to put down a layer of newspaper first just in case I accidentally get any glue on my table (hot glue guns are notoriously messy). Once you’re all set up, start attaching your decorations to the wreath base one by one. I started with the bigger ornaments first and then filled in the gaps with the smaller ones. You could also attach the ribbon now if you want. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably want to save some ribbon for hanging the wreath later on.

Take your time here to find balance and ensure that your wreath looks even. Once you’re happy with the overall look, let it sit for an hour or so to make sure all And, stick to your theme!

Also, let it dry before you hang it up to ensure that everything is secure.

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Step 4: Finishing Touches

Once the glue has dried, it’s time for the finishing touches. You might want to add some sparkly beads, sequins, or glitter for extra colour and texture. I also like to add a bow made out of ribbon around the top of my wreath. Once you’ve finished adding all your decorations, it’s time to hang up your wreath!

Step 5: Hang That Bad Boy Up

Now that your wreath is all decorated and ready to go, it’s time to hang it up! Grab whichever type of hanger you want to use—I went with a simple suction cup hook—and attach it securely to the top back of your wreath. If you’re using ribbon as a hanger (which is totally fine!), just make sure it’s not going to come loose easily. And that’s it! You’re now the proud owner of a homemade Christmas wreath. Hang it up with pride and enjoy showing it off to all your holiday guests.

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Step 6: Carol Your Heart Out

As a final, unrequited, step we recommend you stand near your wreath, choose your favourite Christmas carol and sing it to your heart’s content. It’s the perfect way to end a successful wreath-making session and get into the holiday spirit!

Making your own Christmas wreath is easy, fun, and best of all—cheap! So next time you’re feeling crafty or are looking for a unique gift idea, remember this step-by-step guide and whip up a festive wreath of your own. Happy holidays!

Have you made a Christmas wreath before? Share your story and tips in the comments below!