Creative Ideas for DIY Wreaths
Go for a unique take on the classic holiday decoration with these inspirational ideas
Holiday wreaths can be as unique as the DIYers who hang them. Even if you're not the craftiest person on the block, you'll be surprised to learn what you can achieve with a wire or foam wreath form (you can pick these up in just about any shape from the Maine Wreath Co.) and a little imagination.
Too busy to crank out a gorgeous wreath in time to ring in the holidays? Well, you can go ahead and buy most of the handmade beauties featured here, too.
This mixed-herb wreath is a fragrant collection of dried plants. The bright red color comes from chiles de arbol, interspersed with bay leaves, Mexican sage, marjoram and more. You can get the look by drying herbs and arranging them on an affordable wreath form, which you maybe able to find in the craft aisle of your local discount store.
A living wreath of fresh herbs for cooks to pick from as they prepare holiday meals makes a great hostess gift.
Shown: Square Mixed-Herb Wreath by Creekside Farms; about $60; Williams-Sonoma
Looking for something to do with that ugly sweater your aunt gave you last year? The small decorative wreath shown here was made using old wool sweaters. The fuzzy material will add warmth to cold entryways for years to come. Just cut the fabric into squares, cut small slits into the center of each square, and thread them onto a wire hanger. Form the wire into a circle, top with a bright red bow, and you're all done.
Shown: Rescued Wool Wreath Ornament by alicia todd; about $8; Etsy
Gather fallen pine cones from your backyard to get this homemade look. Simply hot glue your natural treasures to a thick foam form. Get creative with evergreen branches, dried berries, and colorful fallen leaves for a fragrant wall or door hanging.
Shown: 15" Glitter Brown Spice and Pine Cone Christmas Wreath; about $60; Christmas Central
Gather ribbon scraps from your holiday gift-wrapping sessions to make this wreath. Tie leftover satin or grosgrain ribbon into puffy bows all the way around a wire wreath form. Want the look without the work? The Etsy creation shown here is a custom piece, so you can specify themes and colors when you make your order.
Shown: Custom Ribbon Wreath in Red, White, and Green; about $40; Etsy
Try this if you're changing the theme of your tree this year, and find yourself with some spare ornaments. You can attach ornaments to metal forms by looping floral wire through each ornament's hanging caps. Glass balls are light enough to attach to foam wreath forms with glue, too.
The Etsy artist behind the creation shown here used a variety of ornament textures—from shiny to sparkly to matte—to create this look. Want the look without the work? Order a custom, handmade version from the artist.
Shown: Christmas Ornament Ball and Bell Wreath; about $45; Etsy
In addition to making your entryway pretty, this wreath will help feathered friends through the winter by providing a supplemental food source. This exterior decoration is made of sunflower seeds and topped with a red raffia bow. You can make your own by using any variety of birdseed held together by peanut butter, suet, or an animal-safe, edible adhesive. Seed and adhesive are included in most feeder-making kits.
Shown: Sunflower Birdseed Wreath; about $6; Duncraft
For a wreath you can use year after year, try durable felt. Pick up some felt puffs from your local craft store and glue or pin them onto a foam wreath form. White puffs, like the ones used here, make for a great "Snowball Wreath."
You can also try cutting festive shapes out of felt sheets, and attaching those to your form.
Shown: Felt White Wreath; about $40-60; West Elm
This modern-looking creation is made with eucalyptus, lilac, sage, white lepto, and white salal plant varieties. If you like the idea of an evergreen wreath, use cold-weather growers from your garden, like ivy or wintergreen. If wrangling wreath forms, plants, adhesives and attachers is too much of a hassle for you, try a living wreath kit from Maine Wreath Co.
Shown: Eucalyptus Wreath about $35; Wind & Weather
Create a standout wreath with traditional colors and non-traditional materials. The vibrant reds in chili peppers or red berries play nicely with classic evergreen hues. Be sure to fan the materials in the same direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) to get this look.
Shown: Chili Pepper 24-Inch Wreath; about $45; Overstock
This all-white wreath makes for a simple and striking winter decoration. You can pick up synthetic materials in just about any color, though, so check the shelves of your favorite craft store for hot pink "evergreen" garland—which is more popular than you might think—to create a modern party decoration.
Shown: Colin Cowie Flocked White Wreath with Lights and Timer; about $80; HSN
Use old linens or leftover fabric from that reupholstering job to make this colorful rag wreath. Knot strips of fabric around a sturdy wire wreath form, alternating fabric colors as you go. Scrunch fabric strips close together and use matching ribbon to hang.
Shown: Christmas Rag Wreath; about $27; Etsy
These ruffles are achieved by constructing felt "petals" into rosettes, and securing the ends with sewing pins. This felt wreath option is suggested for advanced crafters, but the artist behind this design sells instructions for less than $5. Learn how to do it, and set up a craft table at your holiday party. Guests will have this beautiful handmade creation to take home as a favor.
Shown: LillyBlossom Ruffle Wreath Tutorial; about $6; Etsy
Fuzzy tinsel may not be a part of the holiday look you're going for, but the affordable decorations make for an easy, modern wreath material. Just wrap a wire wreath form in the stuff and finish with an ornament or bow.
Shown: Silver, White, and Magenta Tinsel Christmas Holiday Wreath; about $50; Etsy
Every now and then, you unwrap a package that's so beautiful, you wince at the thought of tearing the paper. Take that carefully removed wrapping and fashion it into a wreath like this one. This artist used a wire hanger as a form, and twist-tied strips of bright holiday paper to it.
For step-by-step instructions to create the wreath shown here, visit Instructables.com
Get this clean look by wrapping yarn snugly around a foam wreath form. Top with a simple bow, or embellish to suit your taste using ornaments, ribbon, or whatever else you have around.
Shown: Red Christmas Yarn wreath; about $55; Etsy
Not sure what to do with old issues of This Old House? Take your old magazines, books, and newspapers and make one of these. Get this look by cutting stacks of sheets that are the same size and carefully rolling them into cylinders of equivalent diameter. Pin cylinders as shown to a foam form, or loop and twist extra-long cylinders around a wire frame.
Shown: Librarian's Nightmare Wreath; about $55; Etsy
Here at This Old House, we like tools. A lot. So, we attached beautiful antique tools to a sturdy wire frame. Go ahead and turn your hobbies and passions into a wreath theme, too! Make sure you take the weight of your materials into consideration when choosing forms, adhesives, and attachers. Floral wire works great for heavy "ornaments" like the tools we used.