How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Want to learn how to make a Christmas wreath? You’ve come to the right place!

Making a Christmas wreath is a fun way to spend a winter’s afternoon. Get the whole squad involved, throw in some mulled wine and you’ll have that festive feeling (not to mention an envy-inducing wreath to hang on your front door) in absolutely no time.

What do I need to make a wreath?

Here’s what you need to make your very own Christmas wreath:

  • Floral foam wreath (pop into your local florist to pick one up)
  • Lots and lots of seasonal foliage
  • A selection of fresh cut flowers to match your Christmas colour scheme
  • Accessories to make the design your own (think Christmas baubles, dried fruit)
  • Florist wire
  • A pair of sharp scissors or secateurs

All the gear and no idea? Read on for our helpful step by step guide to making your own Christmas wreath.

Guide to making a real flower Christmas wreath

What flowers should I use to make a Christmas wreath?

flowers-for-a-christmas-wreathYou may be wondering ‘what flowers are best for a Christmas wreath’? Here’s our top ten list of foliage and flowers:

  1. Spruce
  2. Holly
  3. Ivy
  4. Mistletoe
  5. Viburnum or hypericum berries
  6. Birch twigs
  7. Waxflower
  8. Roses
  9. Carnations
  10. Gypsophilia

A word of wisdom - you’ll need plenty of greenery to cover the base of your wreath. Evergreen foliage such as spruce, berried holly and ivy are perfect for the job and can easily be found growing in the garden or woods (why not raid the hedgerows on your next winter walk?). Pick three or four different varieties to add texture and interest to your wreath and make sure you have plenty to work with – you may be surprised by how much you need to completely cover the base.

If you want to make your wreath really festive, add a selection of Christmas flowers. Red roses will look as jolly as Santa’s suit or if you want long-lasting, low maintenance blooms opt for snowy white chrysanthemums, frilly carnations or one of our seasonal favourites, skimmia. Choose flowers to match your colour scheme for a super co-ordinated look.

How do you make a Christmas wreath?

With a little know how making a Christmas wreath is easy and we’re here to walk you through it every step of the way. All you need is a little creative inspiration and this helpful how-to guide (you're welcome).

Step 1

Soak the floral foam wreath in water then place it on a worktop ready to get started.

Step 2

Use the florist’s wire to create a hoop to hang your wreath from. Wherever you attach your hoop will become the top of the wreath – don’t forget this when you start adding the foliage.


Step 3

Right, now it’s time to roll up your sleeves! Start preparing the greenery (we’ve used spruce as our ‘main ingredient’) by cutting off a piece at a time and removing the foliage from the bottom few inches. Once you’ve done that, start to frame the foam wreath by inserting one sprig at a time at a slight angle and working in a clockwise fashion so that all the branches point in the same direction. Repeat with the other foliage until the surface of the wreath is well covered and there are no gaps where the foam is peaking through.

how to make a foliage christmas wreath

Step 4

Next it’s time to add your flowers (or what we like to think of as the fun part!). Just like you did with the foliage, cut the stems of the flowers short and at an angle and gently push them into the floral foam. We’ve used a pretty mix of garden flowers in our design including chrysanth blooms, hydrangea, lilac roses and trachelium but you can choose whatever blooms you fancy (see our round up of the best Christmas wreath ideas for inspiration).




Step 5

All that’s left to do now is accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! In keeping with the country garden style, we’ve chosen to add whimsical twigs and lotus seed heads into our design, however you could choose to add in non-floral decorations such as baubles, bows or dried fruit. Whatever finishing touches you choose for your wreath ensure everything is securely attached to the design using florist wire.


Step 6

Hang your wreath with pride and sit tight and wait for the compliments to come flooding in!

Top tips for making a Christmas wreath

  • Cut down on costs by foraging for greenery and flowers in the garden or the hedgerows
  • Always work in a clockwise direction around the wreath
  • For a low maintenance wreath use mainly foliage and non-perishable accessories such as baubles, pinecones and dried flowers
  • Carnations, gysophilia and hydrangeas are wonderfully long-lasting flower choices
  • If a frosty spell is forecast store your wreath in a garage or shed overnight

How do I keep my real flower wreath fresh?

Keep your wreath looking fresh by regularly misting it with water. If being displayed outside, you’ll need to keep an eye on the weather and bring your wreath inside overnight if a frost or particularly cold spell is forecast. In this case, it is best kept in a garage or shed – never indoors where the central heating could cause blooms to fade quickly. If kept in the right conditions the flowers and foliage should be long-lasting however, you can always replace any blooms as they get past their best.

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