How to make a Christmas wreath: 5 easy ways using natural greenery and foliage

Looking for DIY Christmas wreath ideas? Follow our step-by-step guides on how to create five different designs

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A Christmas wreath adorning your front door is the perfect way to make your home feel instantly more festive and cheerful. If you want to know how to make a Christmas wreath, read on for some really simple ways to create different designs.  

There is nothing quite as special as a DIY Christmas wreath. You can make it just the way you want to reflect your personal style and create something unique. Plus, every time you open your front door you will get a sense of satisfaction from knowing it's your creation.

Whether you prefer a more traditional green and berry wreath, a stylish succulent design, a colourful leaves wreath or a quirky willow one, these simple guides show you how to make a Christmas wreath from scratch. There is something to suit whatever your festive style might be... 

If, however, even though you have the best intentions, you just don't have the time to make your own Christmas wreath, don't worry - we have that covered too! Take a shortcut and select the best Christmas wreath from our buyer's guide to the best designs available this year.

1. Traditional eucalyptus and berry wreath

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This DIY Christmas wreath makes the most of seasonal and evergreen foliage, with colour and scent from berries and oranges. Follow the steps below for how to make a Christmas wreath.

You will need:

Step-by-step:

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1. Bind generous handfuls of moss on to the wire wreath frame with mossing wire. To do this, fasten one end of the reel of the wire to the ring and wrap around the moss in a circular fashion, keeping it taut, and adding handfuls of moss until well covered. 

2. Add seasonal foliage (such as Eucalyptus cinerea and Skimmia japonica, but you can use holly or other greenery), by pushing the ends deep into the moss base, working to roughly a 45 degree angle. Use a variety of materials to create an interesting and textured wreath; here, crab apples were added for colour and rosemary for scent and texture. 

3. Insert additional items, such as orange slices or pine cones on a wire. Before adding the oranges, bundle them together into threes with wire.

4. Finish off the wreath with a generous bow. To make this, first tie the ribbon and then affix with wire. 

This Christmas wreath design is by Georgia Miles from the Sussex Flower School , who runs wreath making workshops from the rural Sussex village of East Hoathly.

2. Willow wreath

natural wreath on a front door

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While it looks like a work of art, this DIY Christmas wreath is in fact deceptively simple to make. Every ingredient can easily be substituted for something easier to track down. Use whatever is in the garden and forage for ingredients where possible.

You will need:

  • 1 wire wreath frame
  • Floristry wire
  • Willow, or similar branches, which can be found in parks
  • Three or four handfuls of moss (enough to fill your particular wreath ring)
  • 10 small pine branches
  • A few stems of berried eucalyptus
  • Three or four handfuls of pink and white peppercorn branches
  • A handful of sage (to full any gaps)

step one of wreath making guide

Step 1

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1. Pack your wire wreath ring tightly with moss, secured with floristry wire. Dampen with a spritz of water (this will help keep all the ingredients fresh).

2. After cutting, weave your willow branches around the ring, securing with wire. This isn't supposed to look tidy, but shorten any overly long branches with a pair of gardening scissors or pliers.

step 2 of wreath making guide

Step 2

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3. Once your wreath is wrapped both in moss and willow, you can start poking in other ingredients. Snip off around 8 small pine branches and insert them evenly around the wreath (no need to secure with wire).

4. Do the same first with berried eucalyptus and then with pink and white peppercorns. 

5. Finally, fill any obvious gaps with sprigs of velvety sage. That is all you need to know for how to make a wreath from scratch

final stage of wreath making guide

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This wreath design is by Nikki Pierce of Petal and Grace floral design studio. Her low maintenance floral philosophy is to let nature itself guide the designs, highlighting the natural shape of things. Using unexpected components, such as peppercorns and herbs, her style veers away from the traditional.

3. Succulents wreath

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If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas  wreath, swap your spruce for succulents with this step-by-step guide to a living wreath.

You could relegate the traditional wreath to the front door, and have a super stylish living wreath on a mantlepiece or hanging on an interior door.

You will need:

1. 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. 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. 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. 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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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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4. Festive leaves wreath 

How to make an autumn wreath

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Another lovely alternative to a traditional wreath is to go for warm hues using leaves, twigs and berries. The lovely folks over at Bloom & Wild have given us a hand with this super easy guide...

You will need: 

How to make an autumn wreath

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1. Gather your flowers. Have a look round your garden, visit the local florist or supermarket or even the local park (don't pick it, just pick it up off the ground, obvs) for some lovely autumn foliage. Branches, leaves, berries whatever takes your fancy. For the flowers, Bloom & Wild make stunning autumn bouquets that you can pinch a few stems from to give your autumn wreath even more depth. 

2. Soak your oasis first until it's full and feels heavy. Then start off by adding your foliage. Go around the circle in one direction, pushing the stems of your branches so they all mostly lie facing the same way, you can add a bit of texture by alternating it every now and then. 

How to make an autumn wreath

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3. Take your flower stems, trim them at an angle so they are about 8cm long and push them into your oasis. Do plan how you want it to look beforehand though to save damaging the flowers and the oasis by pulling them out – think about whether you want flowers dispersed all around the wreath or in clusters. Then all that is left to do is hang your lovely creation. 

5. Decorated festive wreath

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This traditional wreath design is then decorated with lots of different elements, including fir cones, dried flowers and orange slices. Follow the steps below by Paula Duggan who runs wreath making workshops, to find out how to make this Christmas wreath from scratch.

You will need:

  • A basic wreath ring 
  • A pair of wire cutters
  • Florist's wire
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Foraged greenery, including fir branches, berries, twigs, holly, ivy, laurel, moss and eucalyptus, to create the first layers
  • Decorative elements, such as dried orange slices, fir cones and dried flowers

How to make a Christmas wreath decorated

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1. To create more depth to this Christmas wreath, start by adding a layer of moss around the ring, secured in place with wire, which creates a base cushion for the foliage

2. Arrange the greenery in small, even bunches, tied together with wire, and start by attaching the bunches to the basic frame with wire, overlapping them, to cover the stems as you work your way around the rim.

3. Check for any gaps and add more foliage as required

4. For an extra-thick wreath, turn the ring over and do the same on the other side.

How to make a christmas wreath and decorate it

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5. Embellish the wreath with your chosen Christmas decorations, such as Christmas baubles, ribbons, pine cones, dried fruits or dried flowers, all tied on with wire.

6. Once you have completed your wreath, decide which way you want it to hang and tied the ribbon round the top. Then hang it.