Accented with whitewashed pinecones and berries, this DIY evergreen wreath celebrates the best of the fall and winter seasons. And you won't believe the easy wreath base—it's made from cardboard to save you money!

By Sydney Price
November 07, 2018
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Store-bought wreaths are gorgeous, but anyone who has gone holiday shopping knows that they can be costly. This DIY wreath hack uses cardboard from around your house to craft a sturdy, inexpensive wreath base. You can then build out your wreath with a garland and any decorations you'd like. Our pretty yet simple evergreen wreath features natural elements from both fall and winter for a transitional wreath that you can keep up November through January.

Related: 41 Favorite DIY Wreath Ideas

  • Start to finish 1 hr 30 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Trace and Cut Out Cardboard Wreath Form

You’ll need to cut out two cardboard ring shapes to make the wreath form. The outside diameter of ours was 21-1/2 inches and the inside diameter measured 16-1/2 inches. To draw the concentric circles easily, stick a pushpin in the middle of a large piece of corrugated cardboard. Attach a piece of wire or string—cut to half your desired diameter—from the pushpin to a pencil. Use the pencil to trace an evenly measured circle. Repeat with a shorter string to form your inner circle. Carefully cut out the ring with a utility knife. Repeat so you have two cut-out circles total.

Related: 5 Easy Ways to Decorate an Evergreen Wreath

Step 2

Glue Cardboard Together

Line up your two cardboard rings so that the corrugation of one runs perpendicular to the corrugation on the other. This will help prevent the cardboard from bending once ornaments and greenery are attached. Hot-glue the cardboard pieces together. We used two cardboard rings for our wreath base, but you can opt to cut and glue a third circle for added security. 

Step 3

Mark and Punch Holes

As if you were looking at a clock, make marks at 12, 3, 6, and 9. Then make marks in between each of those. (You should have eight marks total.) Use an awl to punch two small holes 1/2 inch apart at each of these marks. You’ll thread the wire through these holes.

Step 4

Cut and Attach Wires

Cut eight 6-inch pieces of floral wire. Feed the ends of each piece of wire through a pair of punched holes from the back side in a U shape. Twist the wires around one another on the front side. Punch two additional holes at what will be the top of your wreath and add a hanging wire.

Step 5

Secure Garland

Use the wire loops you created to attach a pine garland to the cardboard wreath form. You can use real greenery, but if you use faux garland you’ll be able to reuse this wreath next year. Adjust the garland as desired and tighten the wire. 

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Step 6

Add Accessories

Dress up your plain evergreen wreath with stems of faux lamb’s ear, bleached pinecones, and faux white berries. We also added small gold glitter ornaments for shimmer. Use hot glue to secure.

Editor's Tip

Arrange your decorative elements before gluing them down and finalizing your design.

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November 27, 2018
I love making wreaths, I added a string of lights to glow in a room when the lights are off, and made it with artificial elements to reuse again.

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