A beautiful DIY winter wreath is exactly what your front door needs this year! Follow along to make your own handcrafted, all-natural DIY winter wreath that will last through Christmas and beyond.
One of my favorite things about living where I do is the fact that I have access to so many fresh greens. My home is literally surrounded by pine, cypress and hemlock trees. They serve me well all year long but especially throughout the winter months! I have my mantles decked out in hemlocks, pine and winterberry arrangements throughout the house. Next up is this wreath!
While I love Christmas decor, it is a lot of work for such a short season. Once New Years comes I feel like everyone is taking down their trees and putting away the Christmas lights. That’s why I like to make a “winter” themed wreath rather than a Christmas one. Everyone else might need to switch over their decor, but I can leave mine up because it’s still in style!
Perhaps my favorite element of this winter wreath is that it’s a DIY project. There are truly so many “Fun DIY Ways To Decorate Your Home For Christmas.” The next item on my list might have to be this lovely Winter Window Box! A DIY winter wreath not only looks beautiful, but it’s also the perfect handcrafted item of decor to make.
Tools you’ll need
Loppers-You could do without these, however they come in handy when gathering clippings. A sturdy pair of scissors will also do.
Green floral wire-A spool of floral wire works best. My local craft store was out so I bought individual packages of wire strips.
Bow or Ribbon-This is an optional addition.
Natural items to gather
Here are a few suggestions of natural items to use in your wreath. This list is able to be changed and personalized according to what’s available to you!
Is it cheaper to make your own Christmas wreath?
Yes. More often than not, it is cheaper to make your own Christmas wreath. This is because you can source local supplies, cut out the cost of labor and use natural items which are free.
What kind of wreath for January?
For January, make a winter wreath using pine, hemlock and cypress clippings. Add in winterberry for a pop of color. Use boxwood to vary the texture and pinecones for a statement piece. Finish it off with a bow or ribbon.
What do you put on your front door after Christmas?
After Christmas, make a winter wreath for your front door. They are cheap, easy to make and will last 6-8 weeks outdoors in a cold climate.
How do you make a simple wreath?
- Buy green floral wire and a wreath frame.
- Collect natural items such as pine clippings, winterberry, boxwood and pinecones.
- Layer your clippings onto the wreath frame and secure in place with the green floral wire.
- Create a focal point on the wreath by adding in winterberry or pinecones. You can also add a bow.
How long does a fresh wreath last outside?
Outside, a fresh wreath will usually last anywhere from 6-8 weeks. The colder your climate is, the longer your wreath will last. Keeping the wreath in a well-shaded area also helps to preserve it. Your goal is to keep the wreath from drying out or getting beaten down by the sun.
How do you preserve a winter wreath?
There are several things you can do in order to preserve a winter wreath. Before making your wreath, soak the fresh clippings in water up to 24 hours beforehand. Hang the wreath in a well-shaded, cold environment to hold onto moisture longer. Use a spray bottle to spray water onto the wreath periodically.
Why you will love this DIY winter wreath tutorial
- Level of skill-It’s easy! Nothing is better than a simple DIY project that can easily be completed.
- Time-This wreath took me maybe an hour from start to finish! You definitely don’t need a huge chunk of time in order to get this done.
- Cost-If you’re looking to save money this year then a natural wreath is the way to go. Most of the supplies needed are just outside!
- Longevity-While most people have to switch out their Christmas-themed decor, you can leave yours up since it’s winter themed. It will last 6-8 weeks outdoors in a well-shaded spot.
- Flexibility-The great thing about a DIY winter wreath is that it can totally be made your own. This is just inspiration for you to get creative with what you have!
How to make a DIY winter wreath
To start, gather the supplies that are needed as well as a bucket of fresh greenery. Personally, I used pine, hemlock and cypress clippings along with winterberry, boxwood and some pinecones.
Next, it’s actually time to start making the wreath! First, take the green floral wire and get it attached to the designated “top” section of the frame. Do this by simply wrapping the wire around the frame several times.
Next, you’re going to want to layer a few fresh greens. It’s almost like you’re making a small swag. Then, you’ll lay that grouping onto the wreath frame. Taking the floral wire, you’ll wrap it around the bunch of greens several times to make sure it’s secure.
Essentially, this process will be completed until the frame is full. Create a small bunch of greens, layer it over the previous bunch on the frame and secure using the green floral wire. When you get back to the point where you started, “tie off” the wire on the backside of the frame. Make sure that it’s nice and tight so that nothing falls apart.
Once I have the base finished, I like to go back and create a focal point. This is a nice eye-catching touch. For this wreath I chose the focal point to be the lower left side. Taking several pieces of boxwood and winter berry, I started and secured a new section of wire on the left side and began layering.
With each new layer that I added, I just wrapped the wire over it again in order to secure the fresh clippings. I also added a few pinecones and finished things off with this red and black checkered bow. At this time I also like to see if any spots need more wire to keep it together or give it more shape.
Once you’ve finished your wreath, you can create a hook to hang it using the floral wire. Or, you can simply hang the frame itself on your door like I did. Now, it’s time to admire and enjoy this beautiful piece of artwork you’ve created!
Make your own wreath!
Let me know in the comments how your wreath turned out!! I’d love to hear from you and read about your own personal experience. If you have any suggestions or ideas, leave a comment down below!!