I don’t know about you but I get a giddy, child-like excitement when it comes to Christmas. Cozy nights by the fire, celebrations with friends and family and, of course, all that good food and drink! One way to get into the festive spirit is to make your own welcoming Christmas wreath. It’s a great project for kids big and small.
Read on or watch our video to find out how to make a unique holiday wreath using materials gathered right in your own garden!
Making your own wreath is a very satisfying project and will create a highly attractive welcome to your home. You can use any evergreen foliage as your base, together with colored and berry-bearing stems, pine cones and seasonal fruits. Leave your wreath au naturel, or accessorized with a pretty bow, ribbon or other festive finishings.
Make a Traditional Holiday Wreath
Begin by assembling all of your materials. Raid your garden and use whatever you have to hand to make a truly bespoke wreath unique to your garden; think sprigs of blue spruce, conifer, holly, ivy, red dogwood stems, and berry-laden cotoneaster. To make the wreath you’ll also need a wire wreath frame, some florists' or paddle wire, and some pruners.
Prepare by cutting the materials to size. The bundles of greenery will need to be in proportion to the frame. Separate the prepared materials into piles so you’re ready to begin work.
Making a Christmas Wreath Step-by-Step
- Cut your materials to size. The bundles of greenery will need to be in proportion to the frame. Separate the prepared materials into piles so you’re ready to begin work.
- Start by securing the end of the wire to the frame. Wrap it around the frame three or four times and pull it tight.
- Now create your first bundle. Select a piece of each material to create a pretty, visually balanced effect. Keep the largest pieces at the base and the berries towards the front.
- Secure the bundle to the frame. Place the bundle where the end of the wire is secured to the frame.
- Wrap the wire around the bundle three times, pulling it nice and tight so it’s fixed firmly into place.
- Now make another bundle, place it onto the frame, and wrap the wire around it three times once again. Continue adding bundles like this, working your way around the frame, overlapping each bundle with the next to hide the wire.
- To finish, make a smaller bundle. Tuck this under the first bundle then secure with the wire.
- Flip the wreath over, cut the wire, and tuck and secure it back into the frame.
And there you have it – a stunning wreath using garden-sourced greenery!