Pyracantha, ivy and crab apple Christmas wreath

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

Make your own festive Christmas wreath decoration from garden plants, with our step-by-step advice.

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A festive wreath provides a perfect welcome for guests at Christmas. Making your own is as easy as 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.

There's an abundance of plant material in winter that’s perfect for making a wreath.

You Will Need

  • Birch twigs (about 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, crab apples, pyracantha berries or cones

Total time:

Step 1

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


Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.


Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.