This DIY evergreen wreath takes traditional style up a notch with a textural mix of lush winter greenery and sprigs of bright berries. Once you learn how to make homemade wreaths, you'll never look back. 

By Hannah Bruneman
October 20, 2017

Give a traditional Christmas wreath a modern twist with layers of added greenery and unexpected foliage. The result is a beautiful wreath that looks at home with any style of decor. Make this DIY wreath with live greenery for an authentic look or make it with faux elements to keep it for years to come. Follow our steps below to update an evergreen wreath, then get more homemade Christmas wreath decorating ideas.

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How to Make a Traditional Holiday Wreath

Supplies Needed

  • Evergreen wreath
  • Filler greenery, like eucalyptus or ficus
  • Scissors 
  • Hot glue
  • Floral wire
  • Red berries
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire

Step-by-Step Directions

DIY holiday wreaths are easy to make with basic crafts store supplies. See how easily our DIY Christmas wreath comes together in the steps below.

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Step 1: Fill with Greenery

Begin by fluffing out the branches on your evergreen wreath. Lift and bend the boughs to the sides so the wreath is lush on all sides. Continue to fill it out with added greenery. For this traditional Christmas wreath, classic leaves such as eucalyptus, ficus, and mixed long grasses will work. Opt for faux greenery if you plan to use the wreath year after year. Attach each leaf at its stem with hot glue or floral wire into the evergreen wreath form. Hold lightly in place until dry.

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Step 2: Add Accents

Next, fill in the gaps with smaller winter sprigs or branches. Something with the velvety feel of lamb's ear will give the wreath texture and soft green contrasting color. Be sure your accent branches aren't too busy to distract from the classical elements of the wreath.

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Step 3: Attach Berries

What classic holiday wreath is complete without bright red berries? Cut a generous amount of berries from a faux or real bundle, leaving the stem a few inches long. When you place the berries throughout the wreath, don't tuck them in too far; you want these to stand out, not fade into the background. Just like the greenery, attach the berries with hot glue or floral wire. Hold until dry, then hang your wreath by attaching a wire loop to the back. Now that you know how to make homemade wreaths, try using different accent branches or flowers to create something new.


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