How to Make A Holiday Wreath Inspired by Nature

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. As the holiday season approaches, I start to start thinking about festive decorations for my home. One of my annual traditions is making a holiday wreath to decorate the house’s front door. I’ll admit there were years when I didn’t have the time to make a wreath, and I purchased a premade wreath. However, something about making a Holiday wreath gives me so much joy.  

In this article, I will guide you through all the steps for creating a fabulous wreath.  We will explore the best plants, decorations, and lights and how to care for your wreath. I will also give you detailed step-by-step instructions for making a Christmas wreath so you can deck the halls with natural beauty this holiday season. Also, check my Table Centerpiece with Water Beads post. 

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Benefits of inviting a friend to join you in making a wreath

The holidays are stressful, rushed, and anxiety-provoking. Studies have shown that when we use our hands to create something, we stimulate our brain and lower our stress and anxiety. Using our hands to physically touch and create something releases endorphins and serotonin (our pleasure chemicals) into our brains. 

These chemicals in the brain decrease the stress response, lower cortisol levels, and help us feel happier. Asking friends to join you in creating with your hands brings the element of laughter and fun to the process, thus lowering your stress even more, as laughter is a powerful way to lower stress, improve mood, and boost your immune system. 

With this being the cold and flu season as well, we all could use a little extra boost to our immune system. 

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Benefits of using natural plants for making holiday wreaths

Using natural plants when making a holiday wreath comes with several benefits. Firstly, natural plants provide a unique and authentic look that cannot be replicated with artificial materials. The rich colors, textures, and scents of natural plants add a touch of elegance and create a welcoming atmosphere in your home. Additionally, using natural plants is eco-friendly and sustainable, as they can be composted after the holiday season.

Types of plants suitable for DIY holiday wreaths

There is a wide variety of plants that are suitable for DIY holiday wreaths. Evergreen plants, seasonal flowers, and decorative elements like berries and pinecones can all be incorporated to create a stunning wreath. Let’s explore each of these categories and discover the best plants to use.


Popular evergreen plants for Holiday wreaths

Evergreen plants are a classic choice for making a Christmas wreaths due to their ability to retain their vibrant green color throughout the winter season. Some popular evergreen plants to consider are:

  1. Holly: Known for its glossy green leaves and bright red berries, holly adds a festive touch to any wreath.
  2. Cedar: With its aromatic foliage and lush green color, cedar brings a refreshing scent to your Christmas wreath.
  3. Pine: Pine branches are versatile and can be used as the base for your wreath, providing a sturdy foundation for other decorative elements.
  4. Spruce:  I use spruce a lot because we have several blue spruce trees.  The needles are prickly but add a lovely blue color to the wreath.

Seasonal flowers for making holiday wreaths

Incorporating seasonal flowers into your holiday wreath adds a pop of color and beauty. Here are a few flowers that bloom during the holiday season and are perfect for wreath-making:

  1. Poinsettias: Poinsettias are synonymous with the holidays and their vibrant red, white, or pink bracts make a stunning addition to wreaths. If you are making a wreath that will be ourdoors in a Northern Climate use a silk poinsettia as they will freeze and turn brown when temperatures drop into the low 30’s.  Purchase a poinsetta plant and use the blooms in your indoor wreath.
  2. Christmas roses: Also known as hellebores, these delicate flowers bloom in winter and come in a range of colors, adding a touch of elegance to your wreath. These may be hard to find.  My hellebores don’t reliably bloom in time for me to use them in a holiday wreath.  They are lovely though on the rare occasion that I can use them. 
  3. Winterberries: These bright red berries are not only visually appealing but also may attract birds to your wreath.  If you prefer to not share the decorations on your wreath with the birds use the winterberries on the indoor wreaths. 
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Adding berries, pine-cones, and dried oranges when making a holiday wreath

To make your holiday wreath even more festive, consider adding berries, pinecones, or dried oranges. These natural elements bring texture and a touch of the outdoors to your wreath. Here are a few popular choices:

  1. Cranberries: These vibrant red berries are a classic choice for Christmas wreaths and add a burst of color.
  2. Pinecones: Pinecones can be left in their natural state or sprayed with some snow flocking spray silver or gold color to give them a touch of elegance. 
  3. Dried Oranges:  Oranges are easy to dry in a food dehydrator or on the lowest setting of your oven.  I have a blog and video on how to dry them for use in decorating.

evergreens with dried oranges and cinnamon sticks.

Tips for harvesting and preserving plants for wreaths

When using natural plants for your DIY holiday wreath, it’s important to harvest and preserve them properly to ensure they stay fresh throughout the holiday season. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Timing: Harvest evergreen branches and berries when they are at their peak freshness, usually in late autumn or early winter.
  2. Moisture: Keep the harvested plants in a cool, damp place to maintain their freshness before assembling the wreath.
  3. Preservatives: Consider using a floral preservative or misting the plants with water mixed with a few drops of a pine scented essential oil to keep them hydrated and prevent them from drying out.

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Step-by-step guide for creating a DIY Christmas wreath

Now that you have gathered all the necessary materials, it’s time to create make a holiday wreath.  But before you get started, why not invite a couple of friends over to join you.  Bake a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies or some Smashed Sugar Christmas Cookies and follow these step-by-step instructions for a beautiful result:

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Gather the base, greenery, and decorations: Start with a sturdy base, such as a wire wreath frame or a grapevine wreath. I repurposed an old worn out wreath of fake evergreens.

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Attach evergreen branches: Create evergreen bundles and attach the bundles to the base. (see the video)  Secure the evergreen bundles to the base using floral wire ensuring full coverage.




Add dried orange, cinnamon sticks, pinecones and berries: Place the decorations  evenly around the wreath, securing them with floral wire or hot glue.  I secured the pinecones and oranges with hot glue and wired the berries and cinnamon sticks.

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Decorating ideas for your DIY holiday wreath

Now that your DIY holiday wreath is complete, it’s time to add some finishing touches and make it truly unique. Here are a few decorating ideas to inspire you:

  1. Ribbon bow: Attach a large, festive ribbon bow to the bottom or top of the wreath for an elegant and eye-catching detail. Watch the video and I will explain a simple way to make a lovely bow for your wreath.
  2. Ornaments: Attach small ornaments, such as miniature baubles or tiny bells, to the branches of your wreath using floral wire or hot glue.  I purchase a variety of decorations that are prewired for using on a wreath.
  3. Lights: Wrap fairy lights around your wreath to create a warm and magical glow during the festive season.

Spread holiday cheer with a beautiful natural wreath

Why not start a new Holiday tradition.  Making a holiday wreath with friends and using natural plants is a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor. By incorporating evergreen plants, seasonal flowers, berries, and pinecones, you can create a stunning wreath that will spread holiday cheer and impress your guests. So, gather your materials, follow our step-by-step guide, and let your creativity shine as you deck the halls with natural beauty this holiday season.

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