How to make a Christmas wreath

31 October 2019

woman making christmas wreath

With the festive season on the horizon, it's a great time to get your family together for some Christmas crafts. Check out our handy guide, plus a step-by-step video, on how to make a Christmas wreath.

What you will need

  • Foliage, or plastic foliage – ivy and some winter berries are particularly effective
  • String
  • Garden shears
  • Gardening gloves

How to make a Christmas wreath from scratch

1. Choosing your ivy

Take the longest, strongest piece of foliage you can find. Form it into a ring, and use a piece of string to tie it into place. If you don't have a garden or you just want more choice, you can always head to a garden centre and see what they have. Alternatively, you can get artificial plants or flowers instead.

2. Making the frame

Take another long piece of foliage and loop it around the ring to reinforce it – you want it to be strong enough to hold up in any December winds.

3. Fill in the gaps

Look for any bald areas or patches, and loop bushy pieces of foliage around them to fill them up. The fuller the wreath is, the more festive and celebratory it'll look.

4. Choose the top

Hold the wreath out in front of you and decide which way up you want the wreath to be. Most people tend to prefer the bushier, thicker half being at the bottom, but it's really up to you – either way up is fine.

5. Add berries and cones

Add more foliage to the wreath, concentrating on building it up from the bottom so that it looks nice and full. You can go outside for a walk and find some red winter berries or pine cones to add to your wreath, but make sure you ask before taking anything from someone's garden! You can also add decorations like bows, small baubles, stars or bits of tinsel.

6. Brighten it up!

You can wrap some battery-powered fairy lights around the wreath or add some Christmas decorations for some extra seasonal sparkle. To take your wreath to the next level, you can even add some slices of dried orange, cloves and cinnamon sticks to get a festive aroma.

7. The finishing touch

Your wreath is all done and ready to go. Pop it on your front door in time for the big day and let the goodwill begin.

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