Christmas wreaths are a classic (and easy) way to spruce up your home for the holidays. We’re sharing our tips for how to create your own customized wreath at home.

Dressing your door with a wreath is a delightful welcome to family and friends. They can be made with almost any type of material but, of course, the most common are your traditional ones constructed of fir or pine. Creating your own Christmas wreath may seem daunting but we’re here to share how easy a beautiful one can be made:

  • We tend to use artificial wreaths so that they can be repurposed year after year. That being said, a fresh wreath is a festive choice, as well.
  • Begin fluffing your wreath by separating the tips. As with a Christmas tree, the goal is to make your wreath look as lush and full as possible.
  • Adding Christmas lights can be done a couple different ways. We prefer to nestle them into the wreath versus wrapping them around it. Stringing the lights this way allows you control where the lights are being placed and can be adjusted as ornaments are added.
  • While not a necessity, a big, beautiful handmade bow is a perfect addition to your wreath. Rob gives a step-by-step breakdown of how to make one here. Place the bow wherever you like on the wreath. Front and center at the top or bottom of the wreath are our preferred locations.
  • Adding ornaments to your wreath is surprisingly easy to do. To create a cluster, string a pipe cleaner (green in this case to match the wreath) through the wire or plastic hangers of three ornaments. Push the ornaments together so that the hangers touch one another at the center of the pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist to secure the ornaments. To attach the cluster to your wreath, wrap the pipe cleaner around the desired section of the wreath and twist on the back to secure. One final note – if your wreath is being placed outside, we suggest using plastic ornaments.
  • To hang a wreath, we like to use a removable hook (like these) that we attach to the door and hang on the backside of the wreath. Drape the cord for the lights over the top of the door. To hide the cord, wrap it in a length of ribbon wide and long enough to cover it.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: Be sure that the color of the cord of your lights matches the color of the wreath itself. For example, a white cord on a. white wreath. It’s a great added touch to give your wreath a more professional look.