Nothing extends holiday cheer like a wonderful Christmas wreath hanging from your front door. Front door wreaths make versatile Christmas decorations as well, festively hanging around the house or sitting as a centerpiece on your dinner table. When learning how to make a Christmas wreath, it is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way.
The following instructions will help you to make your own Christmas wreath.
- Either buy or make a wire wreath frame. When not simply bought from a store, wreath frames are most commonly made by smoothing out a wire hanger to form a circular shape complete with hanging loop. But I would suggest that you invest a little money toward buying the inexpensive wire wreath frame from a local garden store, craft shop or florist; it really takes two wire hangers to approximate the superior store-bought frame that is readily available. And the fun of making a front door wreath is in adding and shaping the foliage, not twisting metal.
- Get your hands on some craft moss. While at the florist, craft or garden store, purchase some moss that you can use when making the wreath. You won't want this moss to be a defining feature of the wreath, but the moss will help keep your greenery in place while not detracting from its natural appearance.
- Gather your greenery. This is where the true fun begins! Explore your yard and, if you get permission, neighbors' yards as well. Fir foliage works excellently, as does pine, cedar, spruce and holly.
- Think about the colors of your wreath. Find some hearty greens in different shades (getting some fir, pine and cedar foliage will guarantee that you have different green hues in your wreath). If you find some blue spruce, a couple clippings of that can lend a cool, frosty appearance to your wreath.
- Think about texture and sheen as well. A couple well-placed holly sprigs add natural shine and sparkle to a Christmas wreath, breaking up the uniformity of evergreen needles. You can use other leafy clippings as well, like ivy and eucalyptus.
- Lastly, the presence of berries is the icing on your cake. A wreath without berries is like a root beer float without the ice cream - still refreshing, but not entirely satisfying. Holly berries add beautiful Christmas red, but you can also find holly berries in yellow colors. Any kind of colorful berry can be used in a wreath, but consider what will complement the other colors present in your decoration.
- If you find a few pine cones, bring them along as well. Pine cones in a Christmas wreath are a beautiful, woodsy touch.
As you forage for greenery, remember that the tips of branches will better serve you in a wreath. Five or six inch clippings will work nicely for the bulk of your wreath, but smaller accents like holly sprigs can be shorter. Variety, once again, makes for an interesting display.
- What to do if you can't find enough greenery outside? If you anticipate this difficulty in advance, you can partially compensate for it when picking out your Christmas tree by buying a tree that is slightly larger than what you need. You can then use the excess foliage for making your Christmas wreath.
Otherwise, the garden store and florist will once again be a good place to visit, often selling greenery around this time of year.
- Use your moss. Once you have assembled your materials and put on your favorite Christmas music, it's time to start stuffing some moss into the framework of your wreath. Use some thin spooled wire to twist around the firmly stuffed moss, holding it in place.
- It's time to let your creativity flourish. The moss in the frame has provided a good initial anchor for your greenery. Start planting some branches in your mossy frame. It's best to have a goal for the finished product; if you want to add a thick sprig of holly or pine cones to a particular area, plan accordingly as you add the bulk of your foliage. Consider where it would be best to add berries and different accenting greens. Some people like their wreaths to have a symmetrical appearance, while others prefer a more uneven effect. Regardless of how you accent the wreath, it should appear relatively even in thickness all the way around.
- Add a hanger. If your intention is to hang the wreath, use wire to add a hanging loop at the top of the frame.
Many alternative methods exist for making fresh Christmas wreaths. Some door wreaths do not involve the use of moss, opting instead for sticks to provide the initial anchor for your first pieces of greenery. Others simply use wire to fix bunches of greenery in place along the frame. Still others rely not on greenery at all, but instead are made exclusively of berries or flowers. Your creativity is the only limit. Get into the Christmas spirit and, by making your own wreath, share that spirit with those around you!