How to make a Christmas wreath

Swap spruce for succulents this Christmas with this step-by-step guide to DIYing a living Christmas wreath

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Looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas wreath? Yes, fair enough, the festive smell of an evergreen wreath with its pine cones and red berries is completely divine but why not try something different this year? Or better yet, banish the trad wreath to the front door and have a super stylish living wreath on a mantle piece or hanging on an interior door?

Persuaded? Good. Now check out this step-by-step guide to DIYing yourself a living wreath that will see you through the holidays and way into next year... or, take a shortcut and select the best Christmas wreath from our buyer's guide to the top 10.

You will need:

  • 12 plants – if you are going to be keeping your wreath indoors choose a selection of succulents and for outdoor wreaths use some hardy alpine plants like Sedum or Sempervivum. 
  • Moss
  • Oasis ring
  • Florist wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pins

1. Prep the oasis ring

Soak the moss in water (this will make it easier to work with) and cover the oasis ring with it completely.

DIY living wreath

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2. Arrange your plants

Remove your plants from their pots and start placing these one by one into the oasis ring, securing with pins as you go. Try alternating the types of plants for maximum visual impact.

3. Secure them in place

Add a few extra pins to secure your moss around the succulents or alpines, making sure you’ve pushed these firmly into the moss, soil and foam so everything stays in place. To make your wreath extra secure, wrap florist's wire around it to reduce any movement.

DIY living wreath

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4. Get creative

Add some finishing touches to fill any gaps – pine cones or red berries are great for adding a festive touch.

DIY living wreath

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5. Remember to water your wreath

If you’ve opted for an indoor wreath using succulents, make sure it looks its best by watering it once a week. You can do this by soaking your oasis ring in water and using a misting spray if required. For outdoor alpines, depending on position, mist if and when required to keep plants looking fresh.

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