All the Christmas things have started! If you’re not getting a bazillion Christmas catalogs a week, tell me your secret! While I thoroughly enjoy seeing the sparkly goodies sold by Pottery Barn, Balsam Hill and Frontgate, I don’t always love the price tag. That’s why this year, I learned how to make a homemade Christmas wreath from scratch.
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Today, I’m sharing this homemade scratch Christmas wreath as part of the Handmade Christmas Decor Blog Hop. I hope you’ll visit each of my blogging friends at the end of this post. Big thank you to Rita at Harbour Breeze Home who organized our lovely tour.
Homemade Christmas Wreath from Scratch
My inspiration for this homemade Christmas wreath knock-off came from Pottery Barn, Balsam Hill and Frontgate.
To manage costs, I decided to simplify the Frontgate wreath by removing the ribbon but keeping the metallic silver and gold elements that would complement my charcoal-grey dining room.
Supplies for Homemade Christmas Wreath
- Pine wreath (24 inches or larger)
- Ornaments – Champagne, silver or gold, in various sizes (matte or metallic)
- Floral stems – Gold/glittery leaves, ferns or other wispy stems
- Greenery – Frosted pine needle or similar
- Berries – White or metallic color
- Wire cutters
- Floral wire or glue
- Fishing wire or pipe cleaner to hang
I bought all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby at the end of last season (score!), but in many of the photos below, I used this year’s ornament selection.
Steps for Making a Homemade Christmas Wreath from Scratch
Now, the fun begins! Follow the steps below to prepare your wreath for action. I always arrange my largest pieces first and secure them to the wreath before adding the smaller accents.
- Begin by opening up your wreath in every direction (inward, outward, forward). Then, attach fishing wire to the frame to hang your wreath later.
- Add any base greenery/texture elements first. Secure these pieces to the wreath frame with floral wire.
- Separate any large accent berries/stems by pulling them apart or using wire cutters. Now you have double the accents!
- Pair small accents with larger greenery stems. Attach accents with floral wire once you have secured all of the main greenery pieces.
Next, you’ll begin arranging your other wispy accents, small berries, leaves and ornaments according to the decorating tips below.
Note: You might end up with glitter here, glitter there, glitter everywhere. Don’t worry, you were born to sparkle!
Decorating Tips: Making a Homemade Christmas Wreath from Scratch
The nitty-gritty of wreath-making comes down to personal preference. However, I’ve collected a few tips that have helped me on my wreath-making journey.
Tip #1: Position greenery and exterior elements in the same direction to create movement
You’ll notice I have a spiral movement on my homemade Christmas wreath, and all of my accents curve downward in a clockwise direction. I also suggest inserting a few accent stems on the sides of your wreath, not just on top, because it will appear fuller and have more depth.
Tip #2: Mix elements like leaves, berries and ornaments of various sizes
I’m a girl who likes the combo platter, so naturally, I chose a variety of ornament sizes for my wreath. For the mini ornaments, I created “twins” and paired them with larger ornaments. I also added a few champagne colored finial ornaments and clustered them with leaves and berries.
Tip #3: Create groupings of three when possible
When creating your homemade Christmas wreath from scratch, you can either space the ornaments evenly throughout the circle or create clusters. Personally, I arrange in groups of three: three accent greenery pieces, three ornaments of each type and triangular clusters.
In the end, finding a balance that pleases your eye is most important.
Tip #4: Admire your wreath from all sides
Pretend you’re a paparazza and check out your homemade wreath from all angles. Do you see any unflattering angles that would make your wreath worthy of the tabloids? I always end up rearranging a bit after I leave my wreath hanging a while. Totally normal!
Tip #5: Don’t let yourself get intimidated
Every year, I look at my creations and think of ways to improve or add embellishments. Gotta start somewhere!
Final Look: Homemade Christmas Wreath from Scratch
For a fraction of the price of a store-bought wreath, I created a homemade Christmas wreath from scratch that my family and I can enjoy for years. I hope with these easy tips, you can do the same! Be sure to check out my related post: Easy DIY Holiday Centerpiece with Mercury Glass.
Don’t forget to see what my blogging besties have created as part of our Handmade Christmas Decor Blog Hop! These ladies just ooze creativity and talent!