How To Make A Festive Christmas Wreath – Step By Step

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Get the step-by-step directions for how to make a festive Christmas wreath to dress up your home for the holidays.

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I get so much pleasure out of sharing ideas and inspiration with all of you, especially when I’m part of a group of talented bloggers like this one! This year’s Celebrate Christmas bloghop is once again hosted by my friend Leen from Sand Dollar Lane.  Unfortunately, Leen had a family emergency at the last minute, so she isn’t able to participate this year. Thankfully, my friend Amy from Atta Girl Says offered to pick up the torch for us. Thank you, Amy and prayers for my sweet friend Leen!

Instead of bombarding you with whole room or whole house tours, we’re breaking it down into smaller, easy to manage pieces of Christmas decorating and we’re doing it all in one day! You’ll find Christmas tree decorating inspiration, table and centerpiece ideas and ideas for Christmas wreaths and door decor. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get links to what everyone is sharing today. 

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If you’re coming over from Dabbling & Decorating, welcome! Ann has the most amazing vintage style in her beautiful home.

Every year I challenge myself to come up with a design for a new Christmas wreath for my front door. I love the tree in my family room so much this year, that I knew I wanted to carry that theme to my front porch.

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I love to make a cohesive statement by incorporating elements that I used on the inside of my home on my front porch, so that my guests get an inkling of what to expect on the interior of my home. There are four main elements of my decor this year that I wanted to be sure to include:

  • red and white ribbon 
  • snowy branches
  • bright red 
  • natural wood 

And here’s my version of my Christmas tree on a wreath! Isn’t this the cutest, most festive thing?!?

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know about my love of grapevine wreaths and how I use them over and over again as the base of my wreath designs. I find them to be one of the most versatile, easy to use and easy to reuse things ever!

The grapevine wreath checks off the natural wood element from my list along with the branches extending out from one side.

The flocked greenery picks take care of the snowy branches element, the red and white ribbon is pretty obvious and the red berries and adorable cardinals take care of the bright red elements.

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Making a wreath is a fairly straight forward process, but I do actually have a few tips for you.


STEP 1: Gather Supplies

Determine the size wreath that you want to make and gather your supplies. I recommend not making your wreath too small for your door or it just looks lost and lonely.

I have a single door with sidelights on each side of it, so I tend to like my wreaths on the large size. Another thing that I consider is that my house sits back from the road a bit and is under a roof, so a larger wreath shows up much better. This particular grapevine wreath is 22″ in diameter.

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Here are the supplies that I used for this wreath. 

  • 22″ Grapevine Wreath
  • 4 – flocked long needle pine greenery bushes
  • 4 – flocked mixed greenery bushes
  • red berry sprigs
  • faux cardinals
  • ribbon
  • branches from my yard
  • hot glue gun
  • snips
  • floral wire
  • scissors

STEP 2: Do a dry fit

Before attaching anything to the wreath, do a dry fit of the greenery bushes. As you can see, my wreath is on the asymmetrical side, allowing part of the grapevine wreath to show. I knew that I wanted the bow to be on the upper left side, so I needed to leave space for that.

Laying the branches on the wreath, before attaching them, allowed me to get the positioning and spacing just right. In this photo, the branches are just lying on top of the wreath.

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STEP 3: Attach the branches

Start by attaching the four long needle pine branches first. Attach two on each end by wedging the bush stem between the grapevines and wiring them in place with floral wire. Stager the branches instead of laying them directly on top of one another.

Next, add the more full greenery bushes in the same manner. Be sure to leave space for the bow and make sure that you fluff those greenery bushes!

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STEP 4: Add the bow and attach the branches

Attach the bow to the wreath in the space you left between the greenery bushes using floral wire.

I prefer my bows on the large size so that it makes more of a statement and is more eye catching. I think that bows with an uneven number of loops look best. This bow has eleven loops and is made with 5″ wide ribbon.

Cut three – four branches from your yard, wedge them between the grapevine on the side of the wreath, opposite the bow, and hot glue the end of each branch in place. These branches will become a perch for one of your cardinals. Be generous with the amount of hot glue that you use!

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STEP 5: Add the red berries

Add red berries throughout the greenery by adding a blob of hot glue to the end of the stem and inserting each berry sprig into the greenery.

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STEP 6: Add the cardinals

Again, using a generous amount of hot glue, attach the cardinals. This is what will really bring your wreath to life!

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STEP 7: Enjoy!

Now go hang that wreath on your front door (or anywhere else around your home) and let the Christmas festivities begin!

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The whole process took me no more than 30 minutes. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Now go out there and make your own version of this cheery and festive wreath!

Next, head over to the Tattered Pew to see another gorgeous version of an outdoor wreath. And don’t forget – you can see links to everyone’s posts below!

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Atta Girl Says // Harbour Breeze Home // Kippi at Home // A Life Unfolding

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Thistle Key Lane // Aratari At Home // Postcards from the Ridge // What Meegan Makes

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Hearth and Vine // Sustain My Craft Habit // My Family Thyme // Dabbling & Decorating

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collage of four different Christmas wreaths and other holiday door decor

Worthing Court // The Tattered Pew // Zucchini Sisters // Sweet Pea

collage of four different Christmas wreaths and other holiday door decor

Noting Grace // Sonya Burgess Blog // White Arrows Home // The Little by Little Home

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  1. Suzy, I’m so into bright red this Christmas. It just adds that cheeriness we all need about now. I love your wreath. That bow! And the cardinals are a special touch. Many people believe that when a cardinal visits it’s actually a sign of a loved one who has passed. A nice sentiment regardless of the truth. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you! I’m one of those who must have red at Christmas. LOL! I didn’t know that legend about cardinals! I agree – it’s a nice sentiment. The cardinal is the state bird where I live and I just love it whenever we get any snow and get to see them against all of the white. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. Suzy I just adore your beautiful wreath. Pinned!

  3. Libbie@alifeunfolding says:

    5 stars
    Your porch has inspired me! All those pretty pops of red are just so cheery. Just what Christmas 2020 needs more of. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’ll take all of the cheery I can get this year! Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Lindsay Aratari says:

    This is so pretty! I want to make one!

    1. Thank you! I hope you’ll give a wreath like this a try. 😀

  5. Rita Joy @ Harbour Breeze Home says:

    5 stars
    Suzy, I just love your bright and cheery Christmas decorations – and your tutorials are the best! Thanks for sharing your DIY wreath with us, and how you develop a cohesive decorating scheme for the inside and outside of your house. Brilliant. Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Thank you so much and merry Christmas to you, my friend! Wish we didn’t live so far apart.

  6. I love this bright and cheery wreath, and your whole porch is so festive!

  7. Suzy, your grapevine wreath is so pretty and because I love ticking my attention went straight to that big red ticking bow! Love the Cardinals too! As always your porch is just amazing all decked out for the holidays. Pinning!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I love ticking too – in any color! I’d love to find some green and white. Hmmm…..

  8. Joanne P. Lattrell says:

    5 stars
    I love the wreath. I will be making mine later today.
    Do you have suggestions on how to make indoor greenery swag garland for my stair railing? How to calculate how much I will need ?

    1. Thank you, Joanne! When I’ve made garlands for my staircase before, the best method I could come up with for getting an idea of how much I needed was to run a piece of string or twine along the railing, being sure to include the swag parts and how big/deep I wanted them to be. Then simply measure how long your string is. Hope that helps!

  9. Suzy I just love your door wreath with the pops of red it is the perfection addition to your beautiful front porch.

  10. Suzy I just love your wreath! The ribbon you chose and the red birds make it so special! Your front door and porch are fabulous! I am pinning and want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for being such a blessing in my blogging journey!

    1. Thank you for your sweet sentiment, Kelly! I’m blessed to count you among one of the many wonderful friends that I’ve made through blogging. I hope you and your family have a very wonderful and blessed Christmas! xo’s

  11. 5 stars
    So pretty, Suzy! I love following you and all of your crafts and home decorating ideas. This tutorial is amazing and will be used very soon.
    Merry Christmas, my friend.

    1. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you as well!

  12. I just adore this wreath, Suzy! Those cute cardinals are the perfect pop of red! Such a great tutorial. Enjoy your holiday season!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Merry Christmas!

  13. Suzy,
    You entire porch is so festive! This wreath is amazing and I love those cardinals!

    1. Thank you, Leigh! Aren’t those cardinals cute?!?

  14. I love this wreath! Would you care to share where you found your greenery and berry picks?

    1. Thank you! I found all of the picks at Hobby Lobby.

  15. HI!
    Love your colorful holiday decorations.
    Just the right amount of red.
    Most decorators tend to lean toward too much neutral tones which can appear very safe and somewhat boring.
    I do tend to go with a neutral back ground but not white all over. Enjoy visiting your blog.

    1. Thank you! I’m one of those who doesn’t seem to be able to decorate for Christmas without including red. LOL!

  16. Your wreath is so beautiful, anything that combines snowy branches and pops of red is a win! Love the little red cardinals too. Wish you a merry Christmas!

  17. It is gorgeous! I just stumbled on your website for the first time. Can you tell m where you are able to find such beautiful ribbon? We had lots of great sources when we lived in Missouri, but not so much in Michigan!

    1. Thank you! Finding ribbon can be super frustrating. This particular ribbon came from At Home.