How to Make Festive Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths are a classic piece of front door decor, especially around the holidays. They make the entrance to your home even more joyful and inviting for holiday guests and add the finishing touch to your house's holiday display-both inside and out! As beautiful as store-made holiday decorations are, creating your very own is even better! Making a wreath from scratch might seem overwhelming at first, but that's just because there are just so many themes and material options to choose from. We've narrowed down the process step by step to help you get started:

How to Make a Holiday Wreath

Before gathering supplies to create your holiday wreath, you need to decide how big you want it to be. You don't need to know exactly where you're going to hang it quite yet, but having an idea is useful. If it's destined for the front door, you'll want to ensure it's big enough to fit the door nicely, without being too big for the frame. If it's for decorating your interior walls, doors, or doorknobs, you might want to go a little smaller, or even make a mini version.

Next, you need to decide on the base, or the frame of the wreath. Choosing a base material might just be the most challenging part of making a wreath because there are so many different materials you can use! If you're all for the authentic, fresh scent of evergreen every time you walk through the door, opt for a real, fresh wreath. You can buy them pre-made, or you can wire together individual boughs to build the frame yourself. If you'd rather be able to reuse it year after year, use artificial greenery instead.

Aside from the classic green wreath made of boughs (real or fake), you can also choose from some more unique bases. Grapevine offers a romantic, woody, neutral base, and it's easy to fit decorations in between the vines. You could also use a metal frame, and wrap garland or other materials around the metal. For something really simple and modern, you can go with a single metal hoop and spruce it up with a bit of greenery. Styrofoam frames are also really versatile-you can wrap material around them, or cover them completely in decorations.

Now it's time to start getting crafty! Once you have a creative idea in mind of what kind of wreath you want to create, you can choose a theme and start planning how you want to decorate it. Depending on what type of base you're using, items may weave into the wreath pretty easily, or you might need to use something to attach them. We recommend using a hot glue gun, wire, or pins to reinforce your embellishments. Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are both just around the corner, we've gathered some DIY wreath ideas for both holidays:

Thanksgiving Wreath Ideas

Fall is such a breathtaking season here in Bismarck, North Dakota, with the vibrant colors of our elms, ashes, oaks, and maples standing out against the Missouri River. It makes sense that you'd find inspiration in autumn's natural color palette for your fall wreaths-warm shades of yellow, orange, red, burgundy, and brown are go-to's. For your base, grapevine mimics the bare branches of late autumn perfectly. With that vision in your head, here are some ideas for decorating your fall wreath.

Leaves, Cones, and Berries: Stick to the autumn nature theme with embellishments you might find in the forest. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones, and autumn berries already go together naturally and will unify your home with your landscape outside.

Harvest Theme: It's a lucky (and delicious) coincidence that autumn harvests happen just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. Wreaths embellished with fall berries, apples, and even small pumpkins and squashes are warm and welcoming to your guests-and might even spark their appetite before dinner!

Fall Floral: For a rustic look, create a wreath full of fall florals, such as sunflowers, chrysanthemums, and coneflowers. These flowers are available in almost every autumn shade and pair nicely with some greenery and fall berries.

DIY Christmas Wreaths

DIY Christmas Wreaths

Don't stop at Thanksgiving-Christmas is truly prime wreath-making time. There are so many festive themes for this holiday season that you might find yourself making more than one decorative door disk! We've narrowed down a few ideas that we absolutely love to make it a little easier.

Classic Christmas:

We've got to start with the classic Christmas wreath, made of gorgeous greenery and embellished with red holly berries, poinsettia flowers, pine cones, and red bows. You can also glitz it up a little with lights, small bulbs, bells, and other shiny ornaments. Since they can go with any color theme, you'll never have to worry about it tying into the rest of your decor!

Christmas Bulb Wreath:

Christmas Bulb Wreath:

A decoration made entirely of other decorations-how much more festive can you get? This wreath is bold and fun, and also super easy to make. Use whatever frame you'd like since you can pretty much cover it up completely, and simply start gluing bulbs to the frame. Try to space out the larger bulbs, and fill in any gaps with smaller ones to retain a neat, circular shape.

Bow Wreath:

Similar to the bulb wreath, you can also create one entirely of gift bows! It's best to use a styrofoam base for this one, and hot glue each bow to the frame. In saying that, you can really cover a styrofoam frame in any material or ornament and make it festive!

Mesh Wreath:

These mesh holiday decorations have been gaining popularity in recent years. There are a several different styles of mesh wreaths and so many different things you can do with them, so we suggest doing a quick search for Christmas mesh wreath ideas. The general idea is that you use twist ties or pipe cleaners to tie bundles of loose or rolled up pieces of mesh to a metal frame. You can then embellish it with bows, ornaments, candy canes, or even plastic or wooden words. What you end up with is a bright, festive decoration that practically screams "Merry Christmas!".

Winter Theme:

The holidays may be short, but winter is long in Bismarck. Why not stick to a more neutral, wintery theme so that you can keep it up all season long? Instead of classic reds and greens, stick with white, silver, and blue embellishments.

Creating your own holiday wreath is a great way to save money on decorations during one of the spendiest seasons of the year. You can tailor them perfectly to your taste, and they even make lovely homemade gifts for your loved ones! Plus, DIY crafts like this are fun for the whole family-and isn't that what the holidays are really about?

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