Making Christmas wreaths is an easy festive task in the run up to Christmas. We’ve got plenty of inspiring ideas, whether you want to make a traditional wreath or create a contemporary design. Check out our 12 festive designs below using not only holly and ivy, but seedheads, rosehips and white snowberries. Whatever style you feel like creating, we’ve got the perfect wreath for you.
Browse our collection of practical how-to projects and videos, and find out how to make anything from a classic Christmas wreath to 'cool-themed', contemporary and even wildlife-friendly takes on the original wreath design. 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. See what you can gather from your garden or local park, but be careful not to take too many seeds or berries so there's plenty left for the birds.
Browse our selection of projects on making Christmas wreaths, below.
Festive Christmas wreath
This festive wreath is made with colourful plants or parts of them that should be easy to source from the garden, parks or florists. We’ve used more traditional plants like fir, holly and crab apples, but more unusual materials like echinops seedheads, sunflower seedheads and hydrangea bracts look great, too.
Contemporary Christmas wreath
This contemporary Christmas wreath is created using birch twigs, Scots pine sprigs and the fluffy seedheads of old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba). You can then leave it as is, or add some finishing touches using silver baubles or bells, to catch the eye.
Brussels sprout Christmas wreath
This contemporary Christmas wreath, with an edible twist, is made from vegetables including Brussels sprouts, shallots and bell peppers. It’s cheap to make and is a fun winter project for the family. You can use any evergreens you have in your garden, and homegrown or shop-bought vegetables.
Traditional Christmas wreath
David Hurrion explains out how to make a traditional Christmas wreath using evergreen plants from the garden like holly, English ivy and conifer sprigs – you could even use small branches from the Christmas tree.
Pyracantha, ivy and crab apple Christmas wreath
This classic wreath design is made with yew, box and ivy, elder stems, pyracantha berries and crab apples gathered from the garden.
Mistletoe and teasel Christmas wreath
This unusual Christmas wreath should encourage you to get outside and forage. Experiment with seedheads, fir cones, hips and berries, and garnish with dried flowerheads. Mistletoe can be found growing wild, but is sold at florists and markets during the Christmas season.
Rustic Christmas wreath
David Hurrion shows you how to make a rustic Christmas wreath. He uses materials that can be found in the garden, including birch twigs, teasel seedheads and rose hips. The result is a naturalistic festive decoration that can be hung up indoors or outdoors, to welcome friends and family.
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Glamorous Christmas wreath
This sustainable wreath includes a little bit of everything: greenery foraged from the garden creates the base layer, with seedheads and dried flowers woven in to add texture and interest. Pine cones, willow stems, thistles and frothy clematis seedheads were added at the end to give a natural look.
Wildlife-friendly Christmas wreath
This simple design is made using dogwood stems and long-lasting rosehips, although you could easily use other berries. Hang it where you can easily view any visiting birds – you could attach it to a fence or shed, for example.
Cool-themed Christmas wreath
This contemporary looking wreath is made using white snowberries, silver- and grey-leaved foliaged such as euonymous and eucalyptus.
Golden-toned Christmas wreath
This autumn-hued wreath features crab apples, beech and chestnut leaves, and wild carrot flowers, along with sprigs of eucalyptus to give off a wonderful scent. The foliage has been kept long and loose to give your handmade wreath a natural, foraged look.
Alternative Christmas wreath
This heart-shaped wireframe, stuffed with foraged pine cones, echinops seed heads, and crab apples, is a fresh twist on the traditional Christmas door wreath. To shape it, use an off-cut of 13mm-gauge chicken wire. It’s possible to make any shape you like, so if a heart isn’t for you, choose a star or a circle.
Listen to our Christmas wreath making podcast
Florist and gardener Shilpa Reddy shares just how easy it is to make your own traditional Christmas wreath, using ingredients foraged from the garden, in this free podcast.