Readers will know that my husband and I recently moved house so we are in a new home for Christmas this year. We have moved from the Coast to a townhouse and I’m excited to get into the decorating for the Festive Season. My grandsons have booked a date to help me decorate the tree and bake some cookies for Santa.
Previously, we lived in an apartment on the 11th floor. It was on the end of the building so not many people came to our door. I never bothered with a Christmas Wreath for the last three years but was inspired to make my own this year as part of ‘New Ways in November’, preparation for my #25daycountdowntoahappychristmas social media theme and watching DIY Wreath making on Instagram reels. I’m trying to be creative and making my own Christmas Wreath is on the list. I know, you are saying ‘why bother, when you can buy one already made?’ and I was tempted to do that. However, I decided to give it a go and I think it has turned out okay. I’m not a crafter so I’ve kept it simple – anyone can make it.
I know that our friends in the USA like a good wreath and many have a seasonal door wreath year-round. Here in Australia, we don’t do that so much but for the Festive Season, most doors will have a welcoming and festive wreath.
Quick & Easy DIY Christmas Wreath
Not being very creative with craft, this Decorative Christmas Wreath (sometimes known as an Advent Wreath in the Christian faith) was quick, easy and took me less than half an hour to put together. I think I spent more time shopping for the decorations than making it.
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas Colours and even though I live in Australia where Christmas is smack bang in the midst of Summer, I still like a Red, Gold and Green theme.
Choose whatever colour theme you like as there are so many different coloured decorations these days, one is spoilt for choice! Be creative and use your imagination to make something that is uniquely you. Mine is a very basic one and I may become more adventurous in the future. The wreath can be dismantled in 5 minutes and you can create a new design for next year!
What your need to make your Wreath
I purchased most items from K-Mart or the Dollar shop.
1 x Green Wreath – you can select different sizes. Mine is 30cm (12 inches) in diameter.
1 x packet Gold Bows
1 x packet of Clip-on Poinsettias
1 x pack each of Red Berries and Gold Berries
How to make the Wreath
- Fluff up the branches of the wreath to make it look full
- Lay the decorations around the wreath and play with the layout until you are happy with the design
- I selected bows that had twist ties and the Poinsettias had clips on the back making them easy to attach
- Tie the berries together and then attach to the wreath with craft wire
- Make a craft hanger of ribbon to attach the wreath to your door.
- Officially declare your Festive Season open!
Well, what do you think? I’m happy with the result and feel a sense of satisfaction that I put it together myself. It is simple yet effective and my grandsons have given it a thumbs up!
Dual Purpose Wreath
Once I completed the Wreath, I found it not only looked great on the door but also in a circular tray as a table decoration with maybe some candles. Now I’m torn – door or table? or just make another one!
I’m now officially in the Festive Mood! (although, it doesn’t take much as I love this time of year). Perhaps you will join me for my 25 day countdown to a Happy Christmas starting December 1. Just post a photo on social media, tag me and use the hashtag #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas. Watch for the reminder post late November.
The fruit is soaking in brandy ready for the Christmas Cake and Pudding which I make each year. This tradition reminds me of my Mum and growing up when we all had a turn at stirring the pudding and the cake.