How to decorate a christmas wreath

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Have you ever made a Christmas wreath? I always admire wreaths on other people’s doors but I’ve never found a workshop that I can afford, or get to, or that doesn’t clash with work or another Christmas activity. So this year I am taking matters into my own hands, and making a simple Christmas wreath myself!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

I am certainly no expert, but I have been learning how to arrange flowers, and that has given me the confidence to just have a go!

Materials for a Simple Christmas Wreath

How to decorate a christmas wreath

What you’ll need to make a simple lit wreath:

  • A wreath. Mine is left over from our wedding, nearly 10 years ago – thanks Dad for storing it in the loft for all this time! I think I got it from Hobbycraft, or Amazon, like this nice wicker one for £2.50 plus P and P.
  • Fairy lights. I used copper wire ones similar to these but IKEA have some as do Wikos etc. If your wreath is going outside, make sure you get lights that are OK for outdoor use.
  • Greenery. You can use holly, or whatever you fancy. I chose eucalyptus from our local florist as I love the smell. I used two lengths and they were a pound each.
  • Florist’s wire. I got these short sections rather than a roll, as I thought it would be easier to control. I cut them into three shorter strips to make it neater.
  • Ribbon. I already had some white ribbon, but you can choose whatever shade you like, of course.
  • Scissors or secateurs.

COST: Around ten pounds. Not bad!

Steps to Make a Simple Christmas Wreath

Step 1: Decide where you’ll be putting the wreath.

If you don’t have a hook already, stick a Command hook on the back of the door, upside down and leave to ‘set’ for a few hours at least.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 2: Wrap your fairy lights around your wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

I was tempted to leave the wreath like this as it looks pretty already. But I wanted to add the greenery to see how it would look. Make sure you have enough cable left so that the battery pack will be hidden on the inside of the door.

Step 3: Attach a length of ribbon.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Leave it long enough to drape over the back of your door – you can always cut off the end if it’s too long. I added a bow to mine but then took it off again as I wanted it to be simple. Wrap the ribbon around the top of the wreath at the same point that you light cable trails up. I wrapped a strand of floristry wire around it too, to make sure it didn’t untie.

Step 4: Add your greenery.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Starting at the bottom of the wreath, poke the end of your greenery in between the wicker strands of your wreath. Lay it so that it follows the curve of the wreath, and use floristry wire to attach the stems. If you put them just below where the leaves start, they’ll be hidden. I like the way eucalyptus has fronds that trail out to make it look more casual, but if you prefer something neater, just tuck them in, or use more floristry wire.

Step 5: Add more greenery!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Continue adding more strands of greenery, working around the wreath in the same direction. When your final piece over laps the first one, it will cover any ends. Add in any shorter strands of greenery if you have any gaps. I don’t mind the wicker showing through, as I wanted a rustic look, but you can carry on and cover it completely if you prefer.

Step 6: Hang your simple Christmas wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Finally, position your wreath on the front of your door, and put the battery pack and ribbon over the top of the door. Make sure your ribbon is covering the cable, and then just wrap your ribbon a few times around the hook to secure. Don’t forget to turn the lights off if you go out, and at night!

Step 7: Stand back and admire your Christmas wreath!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Take a photo and post it to Instagram – please tag me in it if you do, I’d love to see what you come up with! I’m @pinkscharming on Instagram, do come over and see what I get up to.

Ideas to Pimp Your Christmas Wreath

If you like a more fancy Christmas wreath you could add berries, faux snow spray, holly, baubles, other Christmas decorations, a strand or beads, or pine cones. The only limit is your imagination!

Will you be making my simple Christmas wreath? Let me know if you’ve ever attempted something like this. I had no idea if mine would work but I’m really pleased with it!

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Christmas wreaths make wonderful decorative pieces during the holidays. You can purchase a plain wreath from your local department or home goods store and decorate it to fit your personal style. Start by choosing a theme, then select decorations like ribbons, pinecones, candy, and twinkle lights. Arrange your decorations then simply attach them with hot glue or floral wire, and voilà!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Tip: Pick up a battery-operated set of twinkle lights so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in! Use floral wire to attach the battery pack to the back of the wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

How to decorate a christmas wreath

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Tip: If you want to use non-traditional items, simply hot-glue them together in a circular shape in whatever size you like to create your wreath. You can even use a circular loom as a template.

The word wreath is drawn from an old English word “writhen” meaning to twist

  • 9:49, 21 Nov 2018
  • Updated : 9:52, 21 Nov 2018

THE tradition of hanging a wreath on your door at Christmas dates back centuries, and is used to welcome guests into your home.

But where does the practice originate and how can you make your own?

How to decorate a christmas wreath

What is a Christmas wreath and where did it all start?

A Christmas wreath is made of an assortment of flowers, evergreens, leaves, fruits and twigs that are twisted together to create a ring.

The use of evergreens symbolises strength as these plants can survive even the harshest of winters.

The word wreath is drawn from an old English word “writhen” meaning to twist.

While wreaths have been around since the times of the Romans, who displayed them as a symbol of victory, they gained prominence with the Ancient Greeks who made “harvest wreaths”.

They were later adopted by the Christian faith, where wreaths are used to observe the Advent season.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

The Advent wreath was first used by Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century, and in 1839, Lutheran priest Johann Hinrich Wichern used a wreath made from a cart wheel to educate children about the meaning and purpose of Christmas.

He also used the wreath to help children countdown to Christmas with, thus giving rise to the modern version of the Advent wreath.

For every Sunday of Advent, starting with the fourth Sunday before Christmas, he would put a white candle in the wreath and for every day in between he would use a red candle.

The use of the Advent wreath has since spread from the Lutheran Church to many Christian denominations.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

How do you make your own Christmas wreath?

Here’s our step-by step guide to making your own customised wreath.

What you will need:

  • A metal ring or thick wire
  • Florist’s wire
  • Twine
  • Fresh or fake sprigs of foliage
  • Decorations
  • Ribbon

How to decorate a christmas wreath

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Here’s our easy-to-follow guide to putting your wreath together:

  1. Create the base – For the base you can use either a wire ring or a fresh spruce wreath. The wire ring can be made from thick wire or even a bent coat hanger. Fresh spruce rings can otherwise be bought from a garden centre.
  2. Decide how you will decorate your wreath – traditional wreaths are usually made up of lots of red coloured decorations, like fake sprays of poinsettia, roses or berries, and some red ribbon, while a more modern one can be made from baubles and glittering lights
  3. Time to assemble! Start by securing flower or foliage stems to the base using lightweight floral wire. Make sure you overlap the stems as you go to avoid gaps and keep adding to the base until it is fully covered.
  4. Wrap some twine around the stems and tie, making sure to cut away any extra string for neatness.
  5. Now you can add your decorations, and these can be attached using twine. Get creative with baubles, beads, loops and other personal touches.
  6. Attach a ribbon bow for a final flourish and get ready to hang your creation up.

In this two part series, get step-by-step directions and secret tips from design pros for how to decorate a wreath for Christmas.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

There is a home decor store where I live, called Total Bliss, that is one of my favorite places to shop and to get decorating inspiration. I shop there all year long, but at Christmas – on my, it becomes a wonderland!

I recently had the absolute pleasure of spending time there while the store was being decorated for Christmas. Let me tell you – each and every lady who works there is extremely talented and you better believe that I soaked up every tidbit and tip that I could. I took a copious amount of photos and notes so that I could share with each of you.

I recently shared the Designer’s Step-By-Step Directions for How To Decorate A Christmas Tree, but today I want to share all of the tips, secrets and how-to’s for how to make a Christmas wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

The owner of Total Bliss, Nancy, was kind enough to make several different styles of Christmas wreaths and share all of her secrets with me. And of course, I have to spill the beans!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

We’ll start with basic tips that you can use no matter what size or style of wreath you make.

WREATH SIZE

Did you know that when the size of a wreath is quoted on the tag, it is the measurement from outer-most tip to outer-most tip when the wreath is fluffed out as much as it can possibly be? In other words, that 24″ wreath actually measures 24″ across, outside tip to outside tip. You’ll see why that’s a handy thing to know below.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

SELECT THE CORRECT SIZE

Yes, when it comes to wreaths, size matters. Generally speaking, you should use a 28″ – 30″ wide wreath on a 36″ wide door and a 24″ wide wreath on a 30″ wide door. If you’re using a swag instead of a wreath, keep in mind that two swags work best on a set of double doors, but I’ll admit that I personally love the look of two matching wreaths.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

THINK AHEAD

Before selecting a wreath, you should first decide what you’re going to do with it. Going to add lots of decorations? Then go for a less expensive wreath that you don’t mind covering up. It’s sort of a waste of money to spend a fortune on a wreath only to cover it with decorations.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

If you love the look of an expensive wreath, such as the really full ones with mixed greenery, then the only adornment that it needs is a beautiful bow. Let that gorgeous, expensive wreath shine.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

WHY THE PROS LOVE FAUX

Other than the obvious fact that a faux wreath is much longer lasting than one with live greenery, one of nicest thing about using a faux wreath is that it does a lot of the decorating work for you. Those bendable branches are perfect for wrapping around branches and picks. Use cable ties, instead of floral wire, to attach things to the wreath that can’t be held with one of the bendable branches. They’re easier to work with and are more secure.

If you must use an adhesive, then hot glue is the best. But – if you can avoid using any adhesive at all, the wreath is easy to take apart and redecorate next year!

Step-by-step directions, tips and secrets from a designer for how to decorate a Christmas wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Today we’re going back to the pro, Nancy at Total Bliss, to get into the nitty-gritty, step-by-step directions for how to decorate a Christmas wreath. You may want to read Part I, where I shared basic wreath decorating tips and a few designer secrets, before you proceed with actually putting the wreath together.

I’m going to take you through making this wreath, step-by-step today, but these directions can be applied to any style wreath for any season!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 1: Choose A Theme, Select A Wreath & Fluff

Before decorating a wreath, it helps to first decide on a theme. It doesn’t matter if you’re using what you already have on hand or are buying all new decorations – having a theme will give you a more cohesive look when your wreath is finished.

For this wreath, Nancy used a faux frasier fir wreath. This type of wreath is perfect to decorate because they’re inexpensive and the branches can be bent and used to hold decorations on the wreath. Once you’ve selected your wreath, fluff all of the branches until the wreath is nice and full.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 2: Gather Supplies

If you don’t have a vertical surface to use when decorating a wreath, I highly recommend that you purchase a wreath stand. They’re very inexpensive and will make decorating a wreath so much easier than trying to decorate the wreath while it’s lying on a flat surface. It’s better to have a wreath stand that is tall enough to sit on the floor, instead of the table. That way the wreath size isn’t limited.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Next, gather all of the decorations that you think you might use on your wreath. You’ll also need cable ties, floral wire, wire cutters, hot glue gun and scissors.

Step 3: Add Floral Stems

Using at least three different types of stems, twist them together, intertwining the flowers and leaves. Kind of like making a bouquet in your hand. After you’ve twisted them together, secure them with a cable tie or two. Don’t just lay the stems on top of the wreath. Instead, work them down into the branches of the wreath and twist the wreath branches around the stems to hold them to the wreath.

You could attach the stems to the wreath one at a time, but you’ll get a more professional look if you’ll lay the floral stems together, twist the long stems together and fluff the flowers/leaves and intertwine them with one another. The goal is to make them more natural looking.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

In the above photos, you can see that Nancy started out with three different stems and then decided to add a stem of white berries before she was finished.

In the photo below, see the long ends of the floral stems hanging down from the wreath? Try not to cut them. That way you won’t be limited with what you can do with them if you decide to take the wreath apart and reuse them somewhere else later. Instead, curve the stems around to match the curvature of the wreath and “bury” them into the branches of the wreath. They’ll disappear when you’ve added the rest of the decorations to the wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 4: Add A Bow

Nancy combined two different ribbons together to make the bow for this wreath and here’s how she did it.

  • The finished size of the bow for a wreath this size should measure roughly 10″ wide, from the end of one loop to the end of another.
  • Don’t cut the ribbon until you’re finished making the bow. You may use more than you think you will.
  • For the first ribbon – start with a 12″ long length of ribbon. This will be a tail of the bow.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Twist the ribbon completely over to the other side and make a 5″ long loop.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Make a total of five loops, keeping all of them the same size. Remember to twist the ribbon completely over each time you form a loop. End with another 12″ long tail.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Start the second ribbon with a shorter tail. Repeat the process to make a total of five loops out of the second ribbon. The tails should only be a few inches long.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Use a cable tie in the center, pulled very tight, to tie the two bows together.
  • Once the two bows are tied together, twist, pull and fluff the loops.
  • Pull the bow tightly into the branches of the wreath and attach it to the wreath with floral wire instead of a cable tie.
  • Fluff and tweak the floral and leaf stems to get a 3D look. You don’t want everything laying flat against the wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Once the bow was attached, Nancy thought it still needed a little something. So she played around with various ornaments and berries, but in the end, she decided that simple is best.

Two stems of different sizes of red berries were simply tucked into the wreath. Here’s the end result!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Are you still with me? Good for you! Here are a few more tips.

It’s always fun to use an unexpected object on a wreath. In this case, Nancy started with a long needle pine wreath with pinecones already attached. She kept it simple by adding just two berry sprigs and a bow. Two wooden stars were added for something unexpected.How to decorate a christmas wreath

The wreath below didn’t need a bow at all. Nancy used the same “make a bouquet” technique with the stems and attached them to the wreath. The glittery deer Christmas tree ornament takes center stage. Don’t think that you have to use floral stems just like they are. You can pull them apart to make them go farther. In this case, the white spriggy things were originally all on one pick, but Nancy pulled them apart and spread them around.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

So, the moral of the story is – let your imagination run wild when designing a wreath. Follow these simple steps and you’ll always have a professional looking wreath!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Did you find these tips and directions helpful? I spent time with these same ladies learning all the steps and secrets for decorating a Christmas tree too!

Step-by-step directions, tips and secrets from a designer for how to decorate a Christmas wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Today we’re going back to the pro, Nancy at Total Bliss, to get into the nitty-gritty, step-by-step directions for how to decorate a Christmas wreath. You may want to read Part I, where I shared basic wreath decorating tips and a few designer secrets, before you proceed with actually putting the wreath together.

I’m going to take you through making this wreath, step-by-step today, but these directions can be applied to any style wreath for any season!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 1: Choose A Theme, Select A Wreath & Fluff

Before decorating a wreath, it helps to first decide on a theme. It doesn’t matter if you’re using what you already have on hand or are buying all new decorations – having a theme will give you a more cohesive look when your wreath is finished.

For this wreath, Nancy used a faux frasier fir wreath. This type of wreath is perfect to decorate because they’re inexpensive and the branches can be bent and used to hold decorations on the wreath. Once you’ve selected your wreath, fluff all of the branches until the wreath is nice and full.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 2: Gather Supplies

If you don’t have a vertical surface to use when decorating a wreath, I highly recommend that you purchase a wreath stand. They’re very inexpensive and will make decorating a wreath so much easier than trying to decorate the wreath while it’s lying on a flat surface. It’s better to have a wreath stand that is tall enough to sit on the floor, instead of the table. That way the wreath size isn’t limited.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Next, gather all of the decorations that you think you might use on your wreath. You’ll also need cable ties, floral wire, wire cutters, hot glue gun and scissors.

Step 3: Add Floral Stems

Using at least three different types of stems, twist them together, intertwining the flowers and leaves. Kind of like making a bouquet in your hand. After you’ve twisted them together, secure them with a cable tie or two. Don’t just lay the stems on top of the wreath. Instead, work them down into the branches of the wreath and twist the wreath branches around the stems to hold them to the wreath.

You could attach the stems to the wreath one at a time, but you’ll get a more professional look if you’ll lay the floral stems together, twist the long stems together and fluff the flowers/leaves and intertwine them with one another. The goal is to make them more natural looking.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

In the above photos, you can see that Nancy started out with three different stems and then decided to add a stem of white berries before she was finished.

In the photo below, see the long ends of the floral stems hanging down from the wreath? Try not to cut them. That way you won’t be limited with what you can do with them if you decide to take the wreath apart and reuse them somewhere else later. Instead, curve the stems around to match the curvature of the wreath and “bury” them into the branches of the wreath. They’ll disappear when you’ve added the rest of the decorations to the wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Step 4: Add A Bow

Nancy combined two different ribbons together to make the bow for this wreath and here’s how she did it.

  • The finished size of the bow for a wreath this size should measure roughly 10″ wide, from the end of one loop to the end of another.
  • Don’t cut the ribbon until you’re finished making the bow. You may use more than you think you will.
  • For the first ribbon – start with a 12″ long length of ribbon. This will be a tail of the bow.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Twist the ribbon completely over to the other side and make a 5″ long loop.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Make a total of five loops, keeping all of them the same size. Remember to twist the ribbon completely over each time you form a loop. End with another 12″ long tail.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Start the second ribbon with a shorter tail. Repeat the process to make a total of five loops out of the second ribbon. The tails should only be a few inches long.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

  • Use a cable tie in the center, pulled very tight, to tie the two bows together.
  • Once the two bows are tied together, twist, pull and fluff the loops.
  • Pull the bow tightly into the branches of the wreath and attach it to the wreath with floral wire instead of a cable tie.
  • Fluff and tweak the floral and leaf stems to get a 3D look. You don’t want everything laying flat against the wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Once the bow was attached, Nancy thought it still needed a little something. So she played around with various ornaments and berries, but in the end, she decided that simple is best.

Two stems of different sizes of red berries were simply tucked into the wreath. Here’s the end result!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Are you still with me? Good for you! Here are a few more tips.

It’s always fun to use an unexpected object on a wreath. In this case, Nancy started with a long needle pine wreath with pinecones already attached. She kept it simple by adding just two berry sprigs and a bow. Two wooden stars were added for something unexpected.How to decorate a christmas wreath

The wreath below didn’t need a bow at all. Nancy used the same “make a bouquet” technique with the stems and attached them to the wreath. The glittery deer Christmas tree ornament takes center stage. Don’t think that you have to use floral stems just like they are. You can pull them apart to make them go farther. In this case, the white spriggy things were originally all on one pick, but Nancy pulled them apart and spread them around.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

So, the moral of the story is – let your imagination run wild when designing a wreath. Follow these simple steps and you’ll always have a professional looking wreath!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

How to decorate a christmas wreath

Did you find these tips and directions helpful? I spent time with these same ladies learning all the steps and secrets for decorating a Christmas tree too!

In this two part series, get step-by-step directions and secret tips from design pros for how to decorate a wreath for Christmas.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

There is a home decor store where I live, called Total Bliss, that is one of my favorite places to shop and to get decorating inspiration. I shop there all year long, but at Christmas – on my, it becomes a wonderland!

I recently had the absolute pleasure of spending time there while the store was being decorated for Christmas. Let me tell you – each and every lady who works there is extremely talented and you better believe that I soaked up every tidbit and tip that I could. I took a copious amount of photos and notes so that I could share with each of you.

I recently shared the Designer’s Step-By-Step Directions for How To Decorate A Christmas Tree, but today I want to share all of the tips, secrets and how-to’s for how to make a Christmas wreath.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

The owner of Total Bliss, Nancy, was kind enough to make several different styles of Christmas wreaths and share all of her secrets with me. And of course, I have to spill the beans!

How to decorate a christmas wreath

We’ll start with basic tips that you can use no matter what size or style of wreath you make.

WREATH SIZE

Did you know that when the size of a wreath is quoted on the tag, it is the measurement from outer-most tip to outer-most tip when the wreath is fluffed out as much as it can possibly be? In other words, that 24″ wreath actually measures 24″ across, outside tip to outside tip. You’ll see why that’s a handy thing to know below.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

SELECT THE CORRECT SIZE

Yes, when it comes to wreaths, size matters. Generally speaking, you should use a 28″ – 30″ wide wreath on a 36″ wide door and a 24″ wide wreath on a 30″ wide door. If you’re using a swag instead of a wreath, keep in mind that two swags work best on a set of double doors, but I’ll admit that I personally love the look of two matching wreaths.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

THINK AHEAD

Before selecting a wreath, you should first decide what you’re going to do with it. Going to add lots of decorations? Then go for a less expensive wreath that you don’t mind covering up. It’s sort of a waste of money to spend a fortune on a wreath only to cover it with decorations.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

If you love the look of an expensive wreath, such as the really full ones with mixed greenery, then the only adornment that it needs is a beautiful bow. Let that gorgeous, expensive wreath shine.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

WHY THE PROS LOVE FAUX

Other than the obvious fact that a faux wreath is much longer lasting than one with live greenery, one of nicest thing about using a faux wreath is that it does a lot of the decorating work for you. Those bendable branches are perfect for wrapping around branches and picks. Use cable ties, instead of floral wire, to attach things to the wreath that can’t be held with one of the bendable branches. They’re easier to work with and are more secure.

If you must use an adhesive, then hot glue is the best. But – if you can avoid using any adhesive at all, the wreath is easy to take apart and redecorate next year!

Deck your doors with these easy wreath ideas.

How to decorate a christmas wreath

When it comes to Christmas decorations, your outdoor holiday decorations are truly just as important as the ones you hang up inside. Christmas wreaths are a classic yet easy way to instantly up the ante when it comes to your Christmas decor. Whether you spend an afternoon exploring a DIY Christmas wreath idea or opt for a store-bought Christmas option, we guarantee there’s at least one door decoration on our list that’ll speak to your holiday decorating taste and style.

Take a look at the organic-looking beauties decorated with eucalyptus, pine, and earthy flowers. We also love the more whimsical, playful wreaths (like a wreath decorated to the nines with tiny disco balls, one that uses Christmas gift bows to make a statement, and one that’s quite literally made of wrapping paper). No matter what you’re looking for, we know you’ll feel inspired and motivated to create your own winter wonderland vignette after browsing through our favorite projects.

And if you’re hosting guests over the holidays, don’t miss our very best Christmas party theme ideas, favorite Christmas appetizers, go-to Christmas desserts too to keep the oohs and ahhs coming after they see your wreath. Here’s to excellent first impressions and an even better Christmas season!