Want to celebrate the holiday season with an easy, inexpensive wreath to hang on your door or give as a gift? You’d be amazed at how easily this project comes together – and with quite elegant results! It’s so fun and simple that kids can join in to make their own wreaths, too. (And this beautiful craft makes great teacher or grandparent gifts.)
With just a few cuttings from the yard, this elegant wreath took less than 10 minutes to create.
Photo Credit: Amy Dee Stephens
Choose hardy winter plants, like evergreens or holly, to make your holiday wreath.
Photo Credit: Amy Dee Stephens
Can you believe that this masterpiece was made by a first-time wreath maker?
Photo Credit: Heather Applegate
You only need a few materials:
- Grapevine wreath (any size, usually available for a few dollars at a craft store)
- Plant cuttings (from your back yard or extra boughs from the bottom of your Christmas tree)
- A bit of florist wire to hold things in place (paper clips work in a pinch)
- Seasonal embellishments, like ribbons, ornaments or pinecones (optional)
To get your cuttings, head on out into your back yard. You can use just about any plant, but shrubs and evergreens provide the longest-lasting results. Use just one kind of plant or a combination of several for texture and color. Holly (Ilex), pine (Pinus), junipers (Juniperus), Nandina or Viburnum all make great choices. Be sure to make your cuttings about 8 inches long – you can always trim them as needed.
Here are a few wreath ideas to get you started, as well as the approximate time it takes to complete them.
This is the world’s easiest wreath to make. Simply put a bow at the top or bottom of the grapevine wreath. Place a plant sprig at each side of your bow, and poke it down far enough into the grapevines to secure it. That’s all there is to it. Simple yet festive!
Wreath With a Splash
If you’re willing to try something a little harder than the bow-and-sprig, use two or three different types of plants on your wreath. Although it sounds easy enough, the trick is to make sure that it all balances. If you use a holly branch on the left side, the other side needs to have a holly branch that’s about the same size and shape or it’ll look (and hang) lopsided.
Adding different embellishments is also fun. If you want a real natural-looking wreath, use pinecones, raffia, bird feathers, twigs, dried seedpods, berries or clusters of magnolia leaves. (It only takes a few extras to make a big impact.) For something a bit more modern, consider adding Christmas ornaments, bright ribbons or even small toys. Your wreath will look like it came straight from a designer store!
The Full Circle Wreath
The only thing it takes to make this wreath is a few more plant cuttings and some extra time – there’s no additional skill involved. When you finish making this one, none of your grapevine wreath base will show – just your beautiful plants. For best results, use evergreen cuttings to encircle the entire wreath. Make sure all the cuttings face a single direction (for example, clockwise), otherwise your wreath will look disorganized. If you add additional cuttings, make sure they’re evenly spaced around the circle for that balanced look. Although you can add embellishments, this wreath is beautiful without them.
To keep your wreath looking fresh and green as long as possible, mist it with a spray bottle every few days. Your evergreen cuttings will look nice for months, but any fresh berries might drop fairly quickly – sometimes within a week or two. If you don’t want to keep your broom handy, consider using dried berries so they last longer. Whether fresh or dried, though, bright berries really add a festive punch, so don’t avoid them just because of the possible mess.
When your wreath begins to droop, just remove the old leaves and poke in some fresh sprigs. If you refresh it about once a month, you can maintain your wreath year-round with your garden’s most beautiful seasonal offerings. Simply switch your holiday ribbon for a red, white and blue one on the Fourth of July, or use orange for Halloween.
Truly, once you see how easy this wreath is, you’ll want to keep it all year long – or make additional ones for each season. No matter which option or design you choose, long live your wreath!