29 DIY Holiday and Christmas Wreath Ideas You Can Hang Indoors or Out
Few Christmas decoration ideas are quite as dynamic as a good wreath. Whether you have an artificial store-bought wreath that you pull out year after year or you love DIY wreaths that have only fleeting beauty, you can likely agree that Christmas wreaths are great all-purpose decorating tools. You can hang them outdoors or in to send a welcoming, warm message that anyone will appreciate, whether they’re stopping in to say hello or just passing by the front door.
Like Christmas crafts, DIY wreaths can be as difficult or as easy as you like. You can make an everlasting one or a live one that only lasts a few weeks, you can use ribbon and other festive elements or natural ones, and you can make them flashy and vivid or elegant and refined. If you’re making your own wreath (or dressing up a basic frame), the ideas are endless.
See some of our favorite Christmas wreath ideas here for inspiration for wreaths simple and intricate. If one catches your eye, put together a list of Christmas movies on Netflix to watch and get crafting—you may be surprised by how quickly some of these wreaths come together.
Gold Leaf Wreath
A can of metallic spray paint is all it takes to transform a classic magnolia-leaf wreath into a showstopper. Pluck out a few leaves, coat them in shimmery copper, and—once they’re dry—disperse them throughout. Add a long bow for more impact.
A tail of evergreens with bright pops of color replaces the usual big red bow in this wreath. You’ll want an evergreen wreath, extra branches, and bunches of berries. You’ll attach everything with floral wire, focusing on one half of the wreath for an asymmetrical final product. You can see the full DIY guide (with a helpful video) here.
Easy, great-smelling, and functional, this simple DIY wreath might be your new holiday go-to year after year. All you need is a wreath frame, fresh herbs, floral wire, and ribbon, but the final result looks like a million bucks. For more guidance, see our guide to making an herb wreath at home (complete with video).
Start with a circular foam board and attach bows all around with hot glue. If gold isn’t your thing, mix in silver or multi-colored bows for flair that meets your style. The more bows, the better with this homemade wreath. (It’ll last for years to come, so go all-in now for a wreath you can hang over and over again.)
Because it can be difficult to get an even coat of paint in all of the nooks and crannies of a pinecone, we used pre-painted silver ones. In a pinch (or to save money), send the kids outside to gather pinecones and use the natural variety, or paint the tips white to give them a snowy effect.
For this DIY wreath, cut 6-inch strips of 24-gauge floral wire and wrap one strip around each pinecone, hiding the wire inside the scales. Place the pinecone on its side, and wrap the floral wire around the wire frame. Twist to secure. Once the wire base is completely covered, use a hot glue gun to glue a second layer of pinecones, laying the opposite way, on top of the first layer. Make a large bow out of wide ribbon and glue it to the bottom of the wreath, in between the first and second layer.
Craft developed by Blake Ramsey.
Perhaps a tad too small for the front door, these DIY wreaths are still a fun activity. Wrap pipe cleaners around an embroidery hoop and let the kids embellish with pom poms and felt leaves.
Flashy Illuminated Wreath
Ring in the season with a brilliant mantelpiece. Start with a wire wreath frame (this one is 18 inches in diameter, but you can use any size). Then wrap a string of lights around the frame, making sure to leave enough slack to reach the plug; otherwise use an extension cord.
Snow-Dusted Pinecone Wreath
Start with a whitewashed pinecone wreath, then give it a little extra dimension by attaching unpainted cones (use hot glue or floral wire to attach). Sprigs of red berries provide a burst of color.
Cool and Wintry
For this DIY wreath, opt for traditional seasonal colors, but have fun with stems in unique textures and shapes. We went for an asymmetrical look, but you can also arrange pinecones, stems, berries, and more more evenly for a more traditional look.
Ornament Snowflake Wreath
This DIY wreath is decidedly not green and verdant, but it has a minimalist, modern feel that anyone looking for non-traditional holiday decor will love.
Gather 36 Plastic shatterproof ball ornaments in various sizes and glue six of the larger ones in a circle. Once that glue sets, glue the additional ornaments so they branch out into six different points and decrease in size as you move outward. Tie a ribbon to the top (you can glue it into place for more stability) and hang it on a door.
Craft developed by Morgan Levine.
Flower and Fruit Wreath
Amaryllis, pomegranates, and tiny orchids come together for a magnificent special-occasion wreath that’s easier to make than it looks—perfect for a big, splashy greeting at your holiday party. You’ll take a branch wreath frame, fresh pomegranates, evergreen branches, blooms, and orchids. Connect all the pieces with floral wire—watch the how-to video (and see the step-by-step guide) here.
Vintage Bow Wreath
Add cheer to your front door with traditional Christmas trimmings—shiny red ribbon and adhesive bows. Looking to stray from red this year? Just swap out the ribbon for another color—we think silver or gold would look just as beautiful.
Start with a styrofoam wreath shape and wrap ribbon tightly around it until the whole surface is covered. Glue the ribbon at each end to keep it in place. Add a cluster of adhesive bows, on a slight angle, to the base of your wreath. For hanging, make a loop of ribbon and glue it to the back.
Craft developed by Blake Ramsey.
Mini Gumball Wreaths
Wreaths aren’t just for hanging on the front door. Let the kids make their own mini holiday flair with assorted colored gumballs, ribbon, and string. Mix and match colors for a fun-filled activity for all ages, then arrange them in the kitchen or near the tree for some homemade festivity.
Textured and Vibrant
Incorporate dried eucalyptus, feathers, and other foliage to create a wild and wonderful display on a faux wreath. With dried or artificial pieces, this can become a DIY wreath you pull out year after year.
Instead of the traditional evergreen, try a homemade wreath of citrus fruits. Start with a circular piece of florist’s foam, then use wooden florist’s picks to secure large items, such as oranges, first. Continue with smaller fruit―kumquats, clementines, limes. Tie with a thick velvet ribbon.
This all-green wreath is made from scratch, but you can also start with a store-bought wreath and add succulents. A smaller version makes a beautiful centerpiece placed on the table, with votives in the center.
Start with a wire wreath frame and add spruce, olive, eucalyptus, manzanita, and Berzelia branches. Finish with echeveria succulents for a gorgeous living wreath. For the full DIY guide to making a fresh succulent wreath, watch our video and see the step-by-step instructions here.
Timeless and Two-Tone
Look for flowers made of wood or sturdy fabric, like burlap, that will hold their shape all year. Attach them to a faux wreath and swap in new bows as the seasons change for a year-round DIY wreath.
With a bit of spray paint, you can transform a wreath into something befitting a winter wonderland. Pick up a generic wreath (we used a pinecone option) and spray paint it at home. (You may want to do a few coats to make sure everything is covered.) If desired, tuck in a few colorful accents for contrast.
Bright and Abundant
Go to town with tiny ornaments on a faux or real wreath. The more, the better! Use a cohesive color scheme for a sophisticated look, or go wild with colors and shapes for a more eclectic one.
An even simpler way to make a pinecone wreath your own: Decorate it with colorful ornaments. Pick up a generic wreath and use your favorite ornaments to make it something special.
Nordic and Natural
Wooden animals give this neutral (but playful!) DIY wreath a foresty feel. Start with a faux wreath and fun shapes; together, they make a perfectly whimsical piece of holiday decor.
Hang an unadorned twig wreath in a spot where guests (or well-wishers passing outdoors) can’t miss it—think your front door or in your entryway. Set out red Magic Markers and small plain cards on a table next to it. Post a little sign asking visitors to scribble a greeting or a wish for the upcoming New Year, along with their names, and have them slip the notes into the wreath.
Everlasting Floral Wreath
Decorate a eucalyptus wreath with paper flowers. They’ll never die—or even wilt—so you’ll have a long-lasting, year-round wreath. Stick with one color palette to keep it cohesive, or mix it up for a more summery look.
Old-School and Classic
Nestle groups of bells and glitter-frosted pinecones in the branches of a faux wreath. Tie it all together with a plaid bow.
Star Gazer Wreath
Start with a boxwood wreath and attach shiny celestial cutouts. (You can make your own or buy them at a craft store.) A small-to-large arrangement across the lower two-thirds of the wreath gives the impression of shooting stars.
Boho and Organic
Group a few succulents asymmetrically around an artificial (or real!) wreath for a modern effect.
Earthy, Organic Wreath
Dress up a grapevine wreath base with rose hips, real flowers, and fresh fruit. (This wreath won’t last forever, so plan to make it just before you expect visitors or have a nice family meal planned.) Go with botanicals that dry nicely, like hydrangeas and amaranthus, and include a few small quince.
Classic Holiday Wreath
Spruce up your holiday decor with a festive Christmas wreath made from something other than traditional greenery. Fashion it with a few items from the craft store—we recommend berries or small ornaments. Use floral wire to attach everything.
Find a spot on the wreath that will provide a good anchor for your bunch of berries, small ornaments, or spray of leaves. Nestle the decorations between the branches, following the grain of the wreath. Use florist’s wire to affix smaller elements. Fill in any holes or sparse areas on the wreath. You may want to add a bow, tuck in a pinecone, or bring in a colorful element for contrast.
Tactile and Colorful
Multicolor pom-poms add playfulness to a standard base wreath. (We used an artificial 24” option.) Hang a quirky ornament or monogram in the center for personality.