If you’re looking to add a little festive touch to your doorway this holiday season, you can’t beat this super easy Christmas wreath DIY. It uses an embroidery hoop as the base. Altogether this wreath cost me about $25 to make – the closest comparable wreath at my garden store was almost $50 and this way I will be able to use the hoop again and again.
- Embroidery hoop (I used an 18″ hoop, similar one here)
- Floral wire
- Wire cutter
- Small pruning shears
- Seasonal greenery and faux berries (my garden store had a bundle for $12.99)
You have the option here to use either fresh materials or faux, depending on if you want this to be a wreath you use again and again. If using faux, you can hot glue in spots to make it extra sturdy. I used fresh, so that I could use the hoop again for another project.
- The most important step is to process your greenery. If you try to wire the greenery to your hoop in big pieces, it will be hard to get it to go along the circle and the pieces will be too heavy to attach securely. So go through your pieces and cut them apart so they are all single stem, and trim down any long stems. You only want enough stem to be able to wire it to your hoop, no extra.
- Next, start arranging your pieces along the hoop and play with how you want them to be laid out. I think they look a little better when they are asymmetrical, so push your perfectionist tendencies to the side. Once you have things the way you want them, carefully pull the pieces off the hoop while keeping them in the order you want.
- Attach the pieces to the hoop separately, starting with the pieces on the bottom layer first. You’ll want to wrap floral wire around in 2-3 places for each piece, especially the larger ones. Some of the smaller pieces can be tucked in to the wires from other pieces. If you are making your wreath thick and lush, you won’t need to worry too much about how the wires look. Don’t look too closely at mine, it’s a total hack job! On a more minimalist wreath you’ll want to make your wires more neat and tidy.
- Tie a ribbon front and center for an accent, or if you’re like me, to hide your crazy wiring job!
- To hang, use a nail on your door or an over the door wreath hanger. Keep in mind that the hoop is fairly thick in most cases, so you’ll need a wreath hanger with a big enough hook. I had been using a 3M hook for my fall wreath, and it would not hold this one.