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How to make a Christmas wreath

You will need

  • Birch twigs, around 80cm in length
  • Wire
  • Floristry wire or string
  • A selection of evergreen foliage such as ivy, yew and box
  • Lichen-covered twigs
  • Wild rose hips, berries or cones
Do it: late-November - December
Takes just: one hour


A festive wreath, attached to your front door, provides a perfect welcome for guests at Christmas. Making your own is hardly more taxing than wrapping presents - all you need are plants gathered from the garden or from local hedgerows.

There's an abundance of plant material in winter that’s perfect for making a wreath, from the red berries of hawthorn and pyracantha to the tawny hues of last summer’s seedheads. This wreath is adorned with yew, box and ivy, elder stems, pyracantha berries and crab apples, but you can also make a miscanthus wreath, or go for a more traditional Christmas wreath.

Give guests a festive greeting, with the help of our five-step guide to creating a Christmas wreath, below.

How to do it

Combining birch twigs


Lay two or three 80cm twigs lengthways and twist them around each other. Add more twigs, avoiding the very whippy growth towards the ends.

Tying birch twigs into a circle


Once you have the right length and thickness for your Christmas wreath, tie the birch twigs into a circle with wire. This will form the base of your wreath.

Attaching string for hanging a Christmas wreath


Attach a hoop of wire or string for hanging the wreath. This is best done now, as it’s harder to do when you’ve finished.

Arranging base layer of plants on a Christmas wreath


Arrange your base layer of evergreens, building it up thickly by sticking it into the twigs. You might need to secure the foliage with floristry wire or string.

Building up layers of plants on a Christmas wreath


Embellish with decorative material such as rose hips, sprays of berries or cones, either pushing them into the twigs or securing with wire where necessary.

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vermick 15/12/2011 at 22:12

im going to show this to my husband hes the one who does the creative things will be makeing them im sure

DianaW 29/12/2014 at 13:57

A wreath won't stay circular as well if it depends on wire to hold its shape. It's best to twine longer (at least four feet long, to make a wreath about a foot in diameter) stems into a circle and keep twining the ends around the circle until they're all twined into it.

The easiest form of wreath to make is entirely made of ivy, used in this way. It takes up to a dozen layers of well-leaved ivy to make a full wreath that holds its shape well. I reckon it should take no more than 20 minutes to make, once you're used to the technique.

The wreath will last for several weeks if it's fixed to the outside of the house. When its leaves eventually dry up and fall, keep the stem wreath as a base for future years' use with fresh greenery.