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How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath (DIY) in 7 Steps

Collage of illustrations on how to make a traditional Christmas wreath.

A beautiful wreath on your front door is a great idea for the festive season. The shops are filled with beautiful decorations, and just about every door has a Christmas wreath hanging to show that the holiday season is here. This year you will be different, and instead of buying a Christmas wreath, you will make your own, and here is how you can do it.

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How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 6: Place and Secure the Third and Rest of Bundles on Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath

Materials

  • 18-inch Wreath Form
  • 22 Gauge Paddle Wire
  • Green Spruce
  • Polar Gold Arborvitae
  • Spring Grove Arborvitae
  • Soft Serve Chamaecyparis
  • Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly
  • Berry Heavy Gold Winterberry Holly
  • Arctic fire Dogwood branches
  • Arctic sun dogwood branches

Tools

  • Clippers

Instructions

To make the process quick and easy, it helps to prepare all the materials before you begin creating your wreath. Make little cuts from all the favorable ends, then arrange them in organized piles. Building your wreath will go much faster if the materials have been sorted and cut to size, especially when you can gather them all and form a lovely bundle to attach to the wreath form.

Step 1: Secure Paddle Wire to the Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 1: Secure Paddle Wire to the Wreath Form

Start with the wreath form and the 22-gauge paddle wire. Place the wreath on a flat surface or table with enough space for you to work comfortably and where all the material is within arm's reach. Take the paddle wire and secure it tightly to the wreath on the righthand side through simply feeding it around the outside of the wreath form.

Wrap the paddle wire around the wreath form a few times to ensure it is attached securely. After securing the paddle wire to the wreath form, please do not cut it until you have completed the project and leave the paddle in the middle of the wreath. Leaving the paddle in the middle will help when you pull the wire over the wreath form to tighten each bundle.

Step 2: Compile a Bundle From Different Material

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 2: Compile a Bundle From Different Material

With this step, you can have your creative side run freely and decide what to add to your bundle. Let's start with spruce, cedar, and even a few branches. To give some color, add a little bit of Gold Arborvitae and a branch full of berries. In this step, there is no one correct way, and you have creative freedom so long as it is nice looking because, in the end, that is the basis of wreath making.

Do not make the bundles too big to prevent your Christmas wreath from looking clumpy. Adding too many components to your bundle will let your wreath get out of control, and you will end up without a center hole. A good estimate you can follow is to make your bundles relative to the width of your wreath forms edge.

Step 3: How and Where to Place the Bundle on the Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 3: How and Where to Place the Bundle on the Wreath Form

Once you have your first bundle, you are ready to start your Christmas wreath arrangement process. Take the first bundle and place it on the wreath form with the bottom where you attached the paddle wire. Place the bundle so that the bottom of the bundle is on top of the paddle wire, and you can overlap and secure the bundle to the wreath form.

Hold the bundle slightly inward with one hand until you can secure it with the paddle wire. Do not let the bundle lean too much because when you add the other bundles, eventually, you will block the center of the Christmas wreath.

Step 4: How to Secure Bundle to the Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 4: How to Secure Bundle to the Wreath Form

With your bundle placed on the wreath form where the paddle wire is secured, you can continue to fasten the bundle. Previously I mentioned keeping the wire paddle in the middle of the wreath form, and you will see why. Because the wire is in the center, you can pull it across and secure the bundle. If it were on the outside of the wreath form, you would first have to take the wire underneath it and then across.

As you hold your bundle slightly inward, take the paddle wire and wrap your bundle at the bottom. First, you overlap the bundle so that the wire holds it down enough to secure it for you to lift the wreath form, pull the wire underneath it, and wrap the bundle securely into position.

Step 5: Place and Secure Your Second Bundle on Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 5: Place and Secure Your Second Bundle on Wreath Form

With your first bundle in place on the wreath form, you can continue to the second bundle. Following the same steps, arrange a second bundle to your liking but try to keep to the same format to give the Christmas wreath a uniform look. Place your second bundle on the wreath form below the first one you have already secured.

To give the wreath a full and thick appearance, ensure that the second bundle overlaps the first bundle just enough to cover the mechanics where you attached it. To give the wreath that full appearance without closing the center, you must flare out the second bundle to the outside of the wreath form. When you flare to the outside, you can adjust it to the size you want your Christmas wreath to be.

Step 6: Place and Secure the Third and Rest of Bundles on Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 6: Place and Secure the Third and Rest of Bundles on Wreath Form

With the second bundle placed in its position and flared out to the outside of the wreath form, take your wire and go around the bottom of the bundle three times until it is tightly secured. Securing the bundles is important if you want your wreath to withstand the elements and the door opening and closing.

Move down the wreath form and place your third bundle below the second bundle. Remember to cover the paddle wire of the second bundle with the top part of your third bundle to hide the wire. The third bundle must face slightly toward the inside of the wreath instead of the outside, as you did with the second bundle. It is important that you only flare it slightly inward; otherwise, you will close the center of the wreath.  

With your first three bundles in place, you can continue constructing the wreath following the same steps around the wreath form. Remember to follow the same pattern with one bundle flaring outward and the next slightly inward to give your wreath a nice, thick, and even look. Keep to the sequence if you want your Christmas wreath to have a beautiful circular shape.

Step 7: Place Small FillerBundle to Finish Wreath Form

How to Make a Traditional Christmas Wreath - Step 7: Place Small FillerBundle to Finish Wreath Form

With the wreath almost done and the last bundle secured, you may notice that the wire of the last bundle is visible. Most people will hide the wire of the last bundle with a beautiful big bow or use that spot to place the wreath hanger, and you can do the same if you want to. If you do not want a bow in your wreath or prefer that your wreath does not have any opening or show wiring, you can fill that portion.

To fill the space between your first and last bundle, you must insert a smaller bundle than all the other bundles you have used. The gap you must fill is tiny and needs much less material. Compile a small bundle with the same material, just smaller, and insert it between the first and last bundle to cover the wiring of the last bundle.

Carefully lift the top of the first bundle and slowly ease the small bundle underneath. Take the wire and slowly guide it between the bottom of the small bundle and the top of the first bundle. You must go slow with this part of the project to avoid pinching any greens that need to show. Once the wire is through, secure it at the back of the wreath so that it stays intact and does not fall apart when you hang it.

You may have to do a second bundle at the very end, depending on the gap size. If you must do a second bundle because there is still an empty spot in the Christmas wreath, remember that the same rule applies, one small bundle must face outward and the other slightly inward to keep the balance.  If you follow these easy steps, you will have a lovely Christmas wreath ready for your festive season.

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