How to make a Christmas wreath

How to make a Christmas wreath

Discover 10 Christmas wreath projects, including classic wreath designs using materials from the garden.

Christmas wreath making is an exciting task in the run up to Christmas. Whether you want to make a traditional Christmas wreath or get creative with some stylish modern alternative designs, we’ve got the perfect wreath for you.

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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.

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Browse our selection of Christmas wreath projects, below.


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Festive Christmas wreath

How to make a festive wreath
Festive 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.

How to make a festive Christmas wreath


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Contemporary Christmas wreath

How to create a contemporary Christmas door wreath
Contemporary Christmas door 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.

How to create a contemporary Christmas wreath


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Christmas wreath using miscanthus

How to make a Christmas wreath from miscanthus
Christmas wreath using miscanthus

This contemporary door wreath uses fluffy miscanthus flower heads, Christmas tree sprigs and rosehips for a stylish, contemporary display. Precision is the key to success here – you must ensure all the miscanthus sprigs are cut to a uniform length and positioned with care.

How to make a Christmas wreath from miscanthus


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Traditional Christmas wreath

David Hurrion explains out how to make a traditional Christmas wreath using evergreen plants from the garden like holly, ivy and conifer sprigs – you could even use small branches from the Christmas tree.

How to make a traditional Christmas wreath


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Pyracantha, ivy and crab apple Christmas wreath

How to make a pyracantha, ivy and crab apple Christmas wreath
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.

How to make a pyracantha, ivy and crab apple Christmas wreath


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Mistletoe and teasel Christmas wreath

Mistletoe and teasel Christmas wreath
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.

How to make a mistletoe and teasel Christmas wreath


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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.

How to make a rustic Christmas wreath


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Classic Christmas wreath

Classic Christmas wreath
Classic Christmas wreath

This Christmas wreath is made using holly, ivy and crab apples. Note the use of variegated materials, which give the appearance of frosted foliage.

How to make a classic Christmas wreath


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Wildlife-friendly Christmas wreath

Wildlife-friendly Christmas wreath
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.

How to make a wildlife-friendly Christmas wreath


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Cool-themed Christmas wreath

Cool-themed Christmas wreath
Cool-themed Christmas wreath

This contemporary looking wreath is made using white snowberries, silver- and grey-leaved foliaged such as euonymous and eucalyptus.

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How to make a cool-themed Christmas wreath