Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are popular Christmas decorations for both indoors and outdoors. Making a Christmas wreath each year can be a Christmas tradition for some families, while others prefer to buy their Christmas wreaths from stores.

Christmas wreaths come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, types and materials. Some are made of real tree boughs, while others that are made of artificial materials and can be used year after year.

Making Christmas Wreaths

Making a Christmas wreath can be a short project or a long one, and instructions for making Christmas wreaths will vary depending on the materials being used.

Many craft stores sell pre-made, plain wreaths for people to decorate. Wreath decorations can include:

  • acorns
  • berries (real or artificial)
  • candies (such as small candy canes)
  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas ornaments
  • cinnamon or peppermint sticks
  • glitter
  • jingle bells
  • pinecones
  • red, green or gold ribbon
  • sprigs of pine, holly, spruce or fir (real or artificial).

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Be creative when making a Christmas wreath.

Follow these basic steps to make a Christmas wreath:

  1. For the wreath base, get a wire form from a crafts store or make your own by bending wire to the form and size you desire.
  2. Attach branches or sprigs onto the form with wire. Make sure the sprigs or clusters overlap to hide the wire underneath. Afterward, clip away any out-of-place branches before continuing.
  3. To decorate your wreath, place it at eye level or position it where it will be displayed to give you a better idea of what the final product will look like.
  4. Beginning with the larger items and ornaments, use a hot glue gun to attach your items to the wreath. Start at the bottom and work your way around the sides, making sure the wreath looks balanced.Tweezers can be used for placing small items. Tweezers can also be used to move items if you make a mistake or change your mind about placement.
  5. Let the glue dry completely before taking the wreath outside or hanging it. This will ensure that no pieces shift, fall off or get blown away.

To make this project child-friendly, first put the wreath together. Have the child pick out where they want to add decorations to the wreath and either glue them on for the child or supervise the child”s glue gun use.

For an easy, kid-friendly variation on a Christmas wreath project, use construction paper and a paper plate instead of a real wreath and decorations. First, cut out the middle of the plate to create the wreath”s shape. Then, kids can cut out leaves, bows, berries and more using construction paper and scissors. Tape or glue the items around the edge of the plate to create a quick and easy wreath.

Making a Balsam Christmas Wreath

Making a balsam wreath is similar to making a regular Christmas wreath, except balsam wreaths are made from balsam fir brush, which is an easy material to work with.

Balsam tips (the end portion of a balsam fir branch) can look sparse when you place them on a wreath. To make them look thicker, cut the tip about halfway down the stem, place the wider piece over the narrower piece and attach it with wire. The branches of the wider piece will fill in the spaces between the branches of the lower piece and will provide a fuller look.