7 Easy Ways to Update a Store-Bought Evergreen Wreath

Use these clever DIY Christmas wreath ideas to take your store-bought evergreens to the next level for holiday design.

dried orange wreath on door
Photo: Jacob Fox

Wreaths are a holiday season staple. Like a cherry on top of a sundae, no Christmas decor display is complete without a wreath. To get a look you love, consider decorating an affordable store-bought evergreen wreath. Christmas wreath decorating ideas don't have to be complicated, and our eight homemade evergreen wreaths are proof. Whether you decide on a more traditional style, such as pinecones and holly, or opt for something unconventional, like dried oranges or Christmas village decorations, your front door will look festive with these easy wreath ideas.

A store-bought evergreen wreath or a real pine wreath of any size work great for these ideas. If you're just looking for inspiration, take a look at our projects below, then click on the how-tos for further instructions for each DIY Christmas wreath. These easy guides will help you to create a custom wreath with step-by-step instructions. But first, pump up the holiday tunes, pour yourself some hot cocoa, and get in the holiday crafting spirit!

1. Traditional with a Twist

Red berry accented wreath rustic wood
Jay Wilde

Add interest to a classic Christmas wreath idea by filling the boughs with various winter greens. Multiple varieties of faux eucalyptus leaves pair well with the evergreen base, while berries add a pop of color to the mix. Add in the different elements in a clockwise formation so the finished product looks polished. This modern evergreen wreath looks great with any style of exterior or interior.

2. Metallic Accents

Wreath with metallic ornaments
Jay Wilde

Make a shimmering holiday wreath that complements the Christmas tree in your living room. Fill in the evergreen base with pine needles for a fuller look, then add twinkle lights and metallic ornaments in shades of gold, silver, and copper. For a finishing touch, attach a sparkling star to the center.

3. Winter Greens

hanging evergreen wreath
Jay Wilde

If you like to decorate your home in frosty blues and deep plum colors in the winter, try this wreath decorating idea. We traded traditional red berries for olive branches and finished the layers of leaves with pearlescent faux white berries. Sprigs of lavender add a touch of purple. This indigo look will last you well past the holidays and through the remainder of winter.

4. Magnolia and Berries

berry garland wreath
Jay Wilde

Red and green is a classic holiday color combination for a reason. Add magnolia leaves, red berries, and jingle bells to fill a store-bought evergreen wreath with Christmas cheer. Natural elements contribute seasonal scents and textures to winter wreaths but consider incorporating faux greenery so you can reuse this homemade wreath for years to come.

5. Black and White Farmhouse

silver pinecone wreath with plaid bow
Jay Wilde

We're dreaming of a white Christmas, so maybe this Christmas wreath idea will encourage snow to fall early this winter. Collect as many white decorations as you can, or use spray paint to transform natural elements. Inspired by the look of light snowfall on an evergreen tree, this DIY wreath features twigs, pinecones, pearly accents, and a black-and-white buffalo-plaid bow.

6. Dehydrated Fruit

dried orange wreath on door
Jacob Fox

If classic red and green isn't your style, try incorporating dried orange slices into your holiday wreath for beautiful color that isn't so traditional. This simple yet statement-making wreath can be made with fresh evergreen branches or faux greenery.

Bonus: Your house will be filled with cozy holiday fragrance as you assemble the door decoration.

7. Easy and Classic


Adding a few pinecones, real or fake, is an easy way to transform a store-bought wreath. You can complete this project in less than 10 minutes with a little floral wire, and it's the perfect Christmas staple for your front door. Finish this look with a bow or ribbon in your favorite holiday color.

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