Easy Ways To Make Your Own Christmas Wreaths

Sure, we've got a while until Christmas, but time flies, so have some fun with Christmas crafts before the season arrives. Your door will be decorated early this year when you try one of these easy ways to make your own Christmas wreaths. 

There's something special about handmade items. It's hard not to wonder in today's fast-paced, technologically driven world if people still want to receive or enjoy making handmade creations, such as seasonal wreaths. According to Mood Sewciety, thanks to technology and the internet, sites like Etsy and iCraft make turning crafting into a business easier than ever, as well as making shopping for these items fun and quick. With one click, treasure hunters can have unique, handmade items shipped to their homes. 

So, the answer is "yes." The art of making items with our hands is a part of our culture and isn't going anywhere. Enjoy designing your own Christmas wreath for yourself or start your own online business. Either way, we've got some fun ways to get started.

1. Put that bundt pan to use

You know that bundt pan you received at your wedding shower, and you aren't sure what to do with it? Dust it off and grab your hot glue gun. Let's put it to use for Christmas. According to Ruffles and Rainboots, a bundt pan wreath will stand the test of time, so you can use it again and again. Plus, it's one of the fastest ways to add a whimsical touch to your front door. They created a fall wreath, but you can also check out this Christmas one from Polka Dot Poplars. Create one for every season if you happen to have a lot of bundt pans taking up space. 

Start with a can of spray paint and spray your pan the color you choose. You can also leave it as is for a more primitive or rustic look. Hot glue some sprigs of berries and greenery to one side of the front of the pan (the front for your wreath is actually the bottom of the pan). Swoop some ribbon through the hole so conveniently placed in your bundt pan and tie your new wreath to a hook to hang. Now you know why those silly pans have a hole!

2. Make an earthy wreath with grapevine

Grapevine wreaths are easy to find at your favorite arts and crafts store. Add some raffia and pinecones for a Christmas wreath that can stay up all winter long. You can also take on the challenge of making your own grapevine wreath. According to Interior Decoration, if making your own wreath using grapevines, choose vines that are still green, so they bend easier, and remember, the beauty of these wreaths is their imperfections. 

There are so many things you can do to these wreaths to get them holiday-ready. Still, many crafters feel because of the grapevine's natural beauty; you don't need to do much. Dried pinecones and greenery that are found on a walk can be hot glued to the wreath, along with a big bow at the top, or as mentioned, a rustic bow of raffia. Consider natural elements to go with these natural wreaths. Using floral wire, you can even attach small objects like a tiny birdhouse or a festive little snowman.

3. Go rustic with burlap

Burlap has a natural vibe to it and is a popular look for wreaths. You'll see them all over sites like Etsy, but you can make your own pretty easily and have fun doing it. For your Christmas wreath, you can create a work of art in minutes, that looks like it took hours. 

According to Ideas for the Home, you'll need a wireframe designed for wreaths and about 20 yards of 5-inch-wide burlap and about 6 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon. Begin by tying a knot with the burlap at the back of the frame, and then do the same with the ribbon. Next, start gathering about 6 to 7 inches of the burlap at a time and holding it together before pushing it through the backside of the frame and to the front. Scatter the burlap through random places on the wreath and do the same with the ribbon (gathering it about 2 inches at a time and pushing it through) between the burlap pieces. You'll repeat this over and over until you have a nice, fluffy burlap wreath. Finish it all off by knotting the burlap and ribbon one more time. 

4. Simple straw becomes a festive decoration

Plain straw wreaths are one of the easiest to decorate for Christmas because of the way they are put together. You can find them at your local arts and crafts store, and they offer a neat and tidy wreath choice. According to Martha Stewart, straw wreaths are nicely padded (foam underneath the straw) and effortlessly decorated using hot glue and floral pins. 

A favorite option with straw wreaths is to choose a cheery ribbon and simply wrap the straw wreath until it's covered, pin down the end of the ribbon, then top with a bow ... voila! Or, using floral pins, choose some artificial sprigs and leaves and attach them to the wreath. You can also combine both methods. Straw wreaths hold up well when stored properly. A large plastic bag or a wreath box works well. One benefit of using floral pins with straw wreaths is that you can unpin everything and easily redecorate the wreath for another season. An easy craft project with flexibility –- perfect.

5. You can't beat the smell of fresh greenery

This wreath has to wait until winter, but you can put it on your list to make sure it happens. Nothing says Christmas like fresh evergreen pieces hanging on your front door. According to Britannica, the use of fresh greenery from evergreens dates back to the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Hebrews, as they used the evergreen to symbolize eternal life. 

Today, the evergreen is notably all things holiday in our culture and a symbol that it's time to celebrate. The intoxicating aroma of fresh greenery adds to the splendor of decorating with it. Truly, a plain, fresh evergreen wreath on your front door is pretty on its own. Still, go ahead and enjoy the natural beauty of these wreaths by adding some gentle touches. 

Using floral wire, you can attach the perfect Christmas bow somewhere on the wreath. You can also hot glue anything you like to the pieces of evergreen branches. It makes sense to not overwhelm your fresh greenery with too much stuff. Keep it simple and enjoy the smells for months.

6. Fake greenery works well too

You may not get the fabulous aroma with fake greenery, but you can have fun creating a wreath sooner when you use it. Plus, artificial greenery lasts for years. According to Christmas Light Source, two major benefits of artificial Christmas wreaths are that it's easier to find the right one to blend with your décor compared to real evergreen, and of course, artificial greenery doesn't shed needles like the real stuff. Less sweeping and vacuuming? We'll take it. 

Of all the wreath decorating projects, the artificial evergreen wreath may be the most common. We see them everywhere during the holiday season, and they are some of the most fun to create. Using floral wire, hot glue, and your imagination, you can literally attach anything to these useful, fluffy wreaths. The fluff is great for hiding wires and those large blobs of hot glue hiding behind fake berries, pinecones, and other sprigs. Gather a collection of artificial wreaths in a variety of sizes, and in one afternoon, you can create several holiday wreaths.

7. The cutest little pom pom wreath

Don't dig out your old cheerleading poms. We are talking about fuzzy pom-poms used for crafting. This project is so easy you can multitask while making it. Turn on the Hallmark channel (especially at Christmas time), grab a bag of Christmas-colored poms, a hot glue gun, and a floral wreath (Styrofoam wreath form). That's all you need. 

According to Sweet Pea, it's best to use a variety of pom sizes and alternate them randomly around the wreath. Simply glue each one as you go, mixing up colors and sizes. Make it as fluffy as you like, and remember not to glue any poms to the back so it will hang flat. You can even attach a floral pin to the back to use as a hanger. The Styrofoam is great for hot gluing, and it makes it easy to just stick that pin right in the back. Hang your fresh new wreath on a small nail.

8. A wreath as sweet as candy

What candy do you think of for the holiday season? For many of us, it's peppermints. According to All Recipes, it might be the fact that the holiday season also happens to be the season for suffering from colds that draws us to peppermint candies and other peppermint treats. This naturally derived flavor has healing properties that soothe things like headaches and congestion. 

However it came to be, peppermint candies are the perfect red and white color for Christmas, and they make the prettiest decorations. And yes, even wreaths. Create your peppermint candy wreath the same way you would the pom-pom wreath. Simply hot glue them all over a Styrofoam wreath form. With these smooth round candies, you can layer them in an orderly fashion or glue them randomly. Sweeten the deal even more with additional candies like little red cinnamon pieces in between the peppermints. Top it off with a bright red bow at the top and a floral pin in the back for hanging. 

9. Wreaths that kids can make

It's fun to let your kids join in on craft projects, but sometimes it's dangerous when hot glue is involved. Using felt or paper, your kiddos can enjoy some craft time with you.

For the felt wreath, grab a wreath form made of straw or Styrofoam. These types are sturdy and easy for kids to work with. You're going to need a good amount of felt to cut into strips. According to DIY Home Staging Tips, it's best to purchase felt by the yard rather than those felt squares you find in craft stores. It'll save you money. Choose any color you like or a Christmas pattern. Cut the felt into 1.5-inch strips about 18 inches long. Now the kids can tie each strip of felt around the wreath form until it's full, and you can possibly enjoy a cup of tea while they're busy for 15 minutes.

The paper plate wreath is a classic for little kids. Cut the center out of the plate and provide little ones with strips of construction paper and ribbon about 5-inches long and glue for decorating. It may not be fancy, but you'll have a little wreath to cherish for years to come.

10. Go vintage with some old skates

Although wreaths are traditionally in the shape of a circle, you can decorate your door with other things as well that have the same effect as a wreath. Old vintage ice skates are charming and definitely say, "Home for the holidays." Skates have a built-in hanger with their shoelaces. Use that to hang the skates on a wreath hook on your door and fill the skates with greenery. You can add bows, berries, and whatever else makes you feel festive. It's truly one of the easiest ways to spruce up your door at Christmastime. 

If you still want the traditional wreath look, most skates fit easily in the center of a wreath, and you can hang a round wreath right over the skates, making it look like it's all connected. Don't have any vintage skates lying around? Hit the flea markets over the summer for some treasure hunting. If you go into a flea market with a plan, you're sure to walk out happy with what you've found. According to Passioshake, it's best to show up early to a flea market so you can get a chance to see everything, then come back again at the end for the best deals.

11. It's time to use that collection of gift bows

Who has time at Christmas to decorate packages with multiple bows? We've all done it ... saved every bow we receive, thinking we'll use them. Impress your neighbors with a colorful wreath made of random, shiny gift bows. 

If you're using brand new bows, they have built-in stickiness, which is a bonus. Design Improvised recommends using a straw wreath for this project and leaving the plastic covering on it that it comes with. Straw wreaths are wrapped in plastic in the store. This helps the bows to stick even better. That's brilliant. Stick the bows all over the form as is, or add a dab of hot glue under each bow for a greater stick. Squeeze a piece of ribbon in between some bows to wrap around once as a hanger. Talk about easy ... and the results are super cute. This is a great project to repurpose unused holiday bows.

12. The cookie cutter collection

Cookie cutters have a way of taking us back in time. Even seeing a modern-day cookie cutter can cause us to instantly think of childhood. It's no surprise they have that ability. Cookie cutters have been around for centuries. According to MissouriRuralist, cookie cutters became popular in the 16th century with the classic gingerbread man shape and continued to evolve from there. 

Bakers still love the gingerbread man and every other cookie cutter. A wreath made from cookie cutters is ironically anything but "cookie-cutter." Enlist the ones you never use anymore, or search for old antique cookie cutters for a fun and festive wreath. It's a bit tough to hot glue cookie cutters because of their thin edges. Using a grapevine, evergreen, or artificial evergreen wreath, tie the cutters on with ribbons, yarn, or raffia. That's all there is to it for a unique, reminiscent Christmas wreath and a stroll down memory lane. 

13. Wrap a bare wreath with Christmas lights

Is Christmas really Christmas without twinkling lights? We think not. And don't stop at the roofline. Decorate your door this year with a wreath you created using Christmas lights. One of the first questions is, "what about the cord?" No one wants a cord hanging down from the wreath for the sake of lighting it up. There's a solution for that. According to SFGate, it's best to use solar-powered or battery-operated LED lights for a wreath hanging outside. 

For an indoor wreath, choose battery-operated mini-light strings or rope lights. Either way, cords hanging to plug in don't have to be an issue. Wrap any wreath you choose, though artificial greenery wreaths tend to work best. The greenery naturally fills in the gaps where the string lights miss. A wreath wrapped in lights doesn't lack for anything and won't need much else except a way to hang. That's easy with floral wire or a ribbon. You'll smile every time you see your lit-up wreath welcoming you home.

14. Add some sparkle with tinsel garland

As a kid, you may have had some laughs as you wrapped the garland around your shoulders and strutted around the house when you were supposed to be decorating the tree. A little strut now and then is highly recommended. When you're finished, turn that shiny garland into a wreath. 

The words tinsel and garland can be a little confusing. Are they the same thing? No, they're not. According to Home Questions Answered, tinsel is little metallic strands or metallic colored strands (today, they're usually made from plastic) and most often attached to a string, which is what we call a garland. 

Garland comes in all forms, but for the sake of wreath making, we'll discuss tinsel garland. If you like sparkle, this is the wreath for you. Once again, turn to your trusty foam or straw wreath form for this simple project. You can use any wreath, but if you want to see nothing but glimmer, a simple form is best. Wrap the garland tightly around the form you choose, then secure it with a floral pin at the end for a completed wreath. You can, of course, add anything else to the wreath, like a bow or some holiday sprigs.