Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.
One of the most popular Christmas decorations is the evergreen wreath. Although there are lots of tutorials out there for many different types of wreaths (fabric, wire, etc.), the evergreen wreath is still one of my personal favorites. You can purchase one that is already put together or you can make your own from lose boughs before you decorate it. For both options, you can choose to use or make either a real or artificial wreath. Whichever method and materials you choose, there are numerous possibilities for decoration. Here are a few of my favorites. Happy holiday decorating!
Make your own evergreen wreath!
- Christmas Wreath - How to Make an Evergreen Wreath
Step by step, illustrated guide on how to make an evergreen Christmas wreath. Includes a brief history of wreaths and their uses in the past. Make an aromatic Christmas wreath to welcome guests to your home this holiday season.
How to Make an Evergreen Wreath - This Old House
Stacked Evergreen Wreaths
This idea is so simple and so elegant. You simply link three smaller wreaths together with wire. The author chose to add a large bow and a handful of pine cones, but you can use different embellishments if you like. You can also choose to stack two medium sized wreaths instead.
Evergreen Wreath with Cranberries
What better way to incorporate the classic Christmas element of cranberries into your holiday decorating scheme than to put some on your wreath? You can pair cranberries with other decorative elements, such as bows, ribbons, and pine cones, or you can simply wrap a wreath with a strand of cranberries.
Evergreen Wreath with Flowers
I love the contrast of pairing an evergreen wreath, which is normally associated with winter, with brightly colored flowers. This tutorial walks you through the entire process of creating your own wreath if you'd like to do that. The author suggestions that in addition to using this as a door or wall hanging, you could also turn it into a centerpiece, which is an excellent alternative for just about any homemade evergreen wreath.
Gift Tag Wreath
This is such a creative idea. You can use pre-made or homemade gift tags for your Christmas greetings. Have fun using different markers, colored pencils, etc. to write your greetings. The author used Christmas print fabric ribbons to attach the greetings in the pictured wreath. Just about any type of fabric or gift wrap ribbon will work for your wreath, as long as it can fit through the gift tag hole. The author also wove extra ribbons, berry bunches, and evergreen sprigs into the wreath. You can use similar embellishments or add some of your own choosing.
Evergreen Wreath with Fake Snow and Silver Balls
This simple homemade wreath just has a grouping of silver balls in two different sizes attached to the bottom. Other classic colors, such as gold or red, would work well for the balls, too. The easiest way to attach Christmas balls to a wreath is with wire, which can normally be found in the floral section of craft stores. Pure Ella has three DIY recipes for artificial, eco-friendly snow over here. I've linked a video tutorial below as well.
How to get Instant-Snow Powder | Crazy Russian Hacker
Evergreen Wreath with Cranberries and a Large Bow
Again, cranberries are such a classic addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration. Here's another great idea for including some of them on a wreath. I love how they look paired with the bow, although they are beautiful on their own, too. The pictured wreath has tiny pine cones, too, which is a beautiful touch.
Seashore Evergreen Wreath
Who would have thought that you could use a seashore theme for an evergreen wreath? The little starfish are really cute. What I love about these theme is that you can customize it for your own region of the country. For example, think about how you could represent the city or the mountains in your own wreath. Your embellishments will have to fit on the wreath, but there really are no other limitations.
Feather and Berry Wreath
Feathers add a unique touch to a wreath. I love how something unique (feathers) is paired with something classic (berries) here. If you are unable to find or don't want to use real feathers, you can purchase fake feathers at many craft stores.
Decorate your evergreen wreath in a rustic style with basic metal shapes and primitive patterned ribbons, such as gingham. Keep other details simple and in a similar style. The berry details on the pictured wreath are sparse and subtle.
Wreath with Colored Balls
If you enjoy decorating your tree with colored balls or using colored balls for other Christmas décor in your house (i.e. on a table in a silver bowl), consider coordinating your wreath with similarly colored balls. Use balls in several different shapes to create a more varied look for your wreath. Have fun experimenting with the color combination, too.
More Christmas resources from the author.
- 10 Free Christmas Stocking Pattern Tutorials
This article consists of 10 free Christmas stocking pattern tutorials with descriptions and pictures for each. All of the stockings are made of fabrics. The sewing level varies for different tutorials.
- Easy Pine Cone Craft Projects: Christmas Ornaments, Turkeys, Wreaths, and More
Do you enjoy making crafts with natural materials? This fall and winter, use pine cones to make a wide variety of easy craft projects including wreaths, Christmas ornaments, turkeys, and more.
- Christmas Popcorn Recipes: Caramel and Flavored Popcorn, Gourmet Gift Tin Ideas, and More
Do you enjoy giving food gifts for the holidays? This year consider caramel and flavored popcorn as well as gift tins and other packaging ideas.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 12, 2013:
Thanks, Jenn-Anne! You're right about the glue gun. :)
Jenn-Anne on December 12, 2013:
I adore wreaths and this hub highlights some really lovely ones! With a hot glue gun the possibilities are endless. Voted up!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 11, 2013:
Thanks, Jeannie! Honestly I have never made a wreath before either, but hopefully we'll both get a chance to give it a try soon.
Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on December 11, 2013:
You've included so many interesting ideas for wreaths in this hub. I have never made a wreath before, but this makes me want to give it a try now!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 07, 2012:
Thanks so much, grandmapearl! I appreciate the votes and shares. :)
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 07, 2012:
Great ideas for using natural materials to decorate for the holidays. I am definitely going to use some of your suggestions. Voted Up, Useful, Beautiful, Shared & Pinned!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 14, 2011:
Thanks so much, Kathy!
Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2011:
What a great collection of Christmas wreaths - really hard to choose a favourite!
I look forward to reading more of your hubs.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 04, 2011:
htodd from United States on December 04, 2011:
Great post..That is really nice
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 01, 2011:
Thanks so much Holle, Pinkchic, and Prasetio!
Pink, I know what you mean. There's nothing wrong with a classic wreath, but it's fun to have something a little different, too.
I agree that it's great to have a colorful Christmas!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 01, 2011:
This was so beautiful. I love your ideas to make Christmas more colorful. Thanks for share with us. Cheers...
Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on December 01, 2011:
These are really pretty! I've been meaning to put up a wreath but I want it to be different than the rest in the neighborhood. I'm thinking the Christmas bulb one would look nice :)
Holle Abee from Georgia on December 01, 2011:
Some great ideas you have here! Voted up, etc!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 30, 2011:
Thank you so much Veronica!
Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 30, 2011:
Yet another wonderful hub! I love the pictures, and how different they all are. My favorites are the Seashore & Rustic wreathes, but I like them all!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 29, 2011:
Thanks Peggy! That's awesome about Milwaukee! I have relatives up this way, too. We love the city. :)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:
That gift tag wreath was really creative and different. Liked all of these ideas but that one really caught my eye. Thanks!
My mother grew up in Milwaukee and I still have relatives that live there. Nice city!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 2011:
Haha I would if I could!! Thanks!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 26, 2011:
Randomcreative you are just so darn creative!! Can you bottle up some of your creativeness and sell it? I would buy it!! Awesome hub!!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 2011:
Thanks so much kitty and ktrapp! I'm glad that so many people are picking out their favorite wreaths from this hub.
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on November 25, 2011:
I now feel inspired to get a new wreath and decorate it and retire my old "evergreen" wreath. I like the uniqueness of the seashore wreath - perfect for homes in beach areas. I also like the gift tag wreath and the cranberries too. ~voting up and useful~
Kitty Fields from Summerland on November 25, 2011:
Voted up, useful, and awesome! Love all of these wreaths and ideas for christmas wreaths. I especially like the feather wreath. Great stuff!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2011:
Thanks so much steph and alyiss!
ayliss08 from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on November 24, 2011:
very nice pictures, and useful instructions. I love all the ideas you have shared in this hubs. I would like to have a try. Voted up!
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 23, 2011:
Love these wreaths! My favorites are the seashell wreath and the gift tag wreath. Great photos and DIY instructions. rated up!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 23, 2011:
Thanks so much Danski, Carrie, Om, and DIY!
DIY, I agree! There are way too many great decoration ideas out there to choose just one.
DIYweddingplanner from South Carolina, USA on November 23, 2011:
Wish I could put a different one on my door for every day in December!
Om Paramapoonya on November 23, 2011:
I love the idea of linking 3 small wreaths together, but all the other ones are very cute, too. Rated up, beautiful and interesting!
carriethomson from United Kingdom on November 23, 2011:
humm lovely wreaths i like all of them!!
danski344 on November 22, 2011:
nice sleek design, your pictures make me feel better.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011:
Thanks so much, RTalloni! I hope that it will be a great resource for many people.
acc12, natural snow can be a great wreath decoration, too! We haven't put up a wreath or any decorations yet either so you're not alone.
acc12 on November 22, 2011:
Cool pictures of different wreaths. Here in Minnesota we can just let nature add snow to the silver wreath (we've gotten some already!) lol. Guess I better stop being lazy and put up something - now to choose, one of these festive arrangements! Voted up.
RTalloni on November 22, 2011:
Lovely, lovely wreaths. This should be a neat resource for some time to come. My favorite is the snow on silver, but there's not one that I don't like.