My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas Over 50s Lifestyle

Quick & Easy DIY Christmas Wreath

November 30, 2022

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
Craft wire

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!

Feeling Festive

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.

Do you make your decorations?

Do you enjoy being creative with crafts?

Do you have seasonal wreaths for your door and not just for the Festive Season?

I’d love to hear your thoughts or a photo of your work.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

24 Comments

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid November 30, 2022 at 05:37

    I don’t have a crafty bone in my body but I think that even I could have a crack at this! It looks so good. In the UK we don’t have Kmart and I miss it so much. If I can get the supplies, I’d love to give it a go. We also used to live in an apartment and I never bothered with door decorations but now we’re house dwellers, I am very keen 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:07

      I’m like you Sammie but I gave it a try and although the project was very, very basic it did make me feel good when I finished it. xx

  • Reply leannelc November 30, 2022 at 10:40

    Hi Sue – your wreath looks lovely – and I think something you make yourself is always more special. We used to have a wreath for many years, but when I did my first leadlighting project it had a Christmas-y feel to it, so I use that on our door now. Enjoy your lead up to Christmas – it really is a joyful time of the year. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:08

      Thanks Leanne, it is very basic but I like it as I’m not a really ‘over the top’ person anyway. I’m sure your leadlight looks beautiful and very festive. x

  • Reply Erica/Erika November 30, 2022 at 11:40

    I beg to differ, Sue, about your creativity with crafts. This turned out as a beautiful Christmas Wreath. Your step by step guide is helpful. In Canada we are more similar with Australia and put up a festive wreath only during the Christmas season. This is a great post, Sue! Visually beautiful, vibrant colours, and easy to follow. My vote is make another one. We just had our 5 grandchildren here to decorate our tree. A little early, yet the day we could arrange with all of them. Soooo much fun to see the joy and unique experiences through their eyes. Thank you for sharing, Sue, and inspiring me. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:09

      Thank you, Erica. It was a very, very simple project but one I felt good about when I had finished and could say ‘I created that!’ I love everything about the festive season especially the excitement and joy from my grandsons.

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 30, 2022 at 13:26

    That wreath is gorgeous and looks amazing on your door.
    You’ve done an awesome job on it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:10

      Thank you, Donna. It was very easy but I’m happy I tried. x

  • Reply Debbie November 30, 2022 at 17:34

    Fabulous Sue, you are very clever and creative!! Love your wreath 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:10

      Oh thank you, lovely Deb. I felt pretty good when I had finished it! x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 1, 2022 at 05:25

    That’s lovely. I’ve got a ‘live’ one I made at a Wednesday club activity. It was fun to do and smells glorious. #WWandP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:11

      Hi Lydia, the ‘live’ one would be beautiful. Maybe that’s one I can try next year x

  • Reply Jo December 1, 2022 at 06:10

    You really are creative, this looks lovely!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 13:05

      Thank you, Jo. It was very easy to make and I did feel pretty good with the finished product. x

  • Reply Anne Gazzard December 1, 2022 at 16:55

    You have inspired me Sue. I am going to try an Australian door hanging. If it works well I will post it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 1, 2022 at 17:27

      Oh that is great, Anne. I should have thought of doing an Aussie themed one but went with my traditional colours for Christmas. I’d love to see how yours looks when it is done. I’m sure it will be lovely. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs December 1, 2022 at 17:55

    This is so impressive Sue and I never want to read that you are not creative again…this is so lovely. I am a Christmas colours person too. In our move to an apartment which we will rent, I have realised I will have no real place to put up the long-loved wreath I bought in 1994 for our then brand new house…so this year, it’s on the front screen door here for the last time. Thanks so much for joining in this week’s WWandPics link up where I got to celebrate being 73. Still getting used to the new number…Here we are, it’s December and there are 3 more weeks to link up till I take a short break. I always enjoy seeing your blog pop up on the website. Take care, Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 2, 2022 at 04:47

      Thank you Denyse, Jo Tracey said the same thing to me the other day about not wanting to read that I wasn’t creative! This was a very easy project but I did have a sense of satisfaction when I finished. New beginnings for you next year Denyse and I’m sure you will settle into your new home and be glad of your decision. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones December 1, 2022 at 18:48

    I love this Sue. I’m not at all artistic but your wreath is almost enough to send me to the craft store. I really think you need to make another. I think both the door wreath and the circle are perfect.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 2, 2022 at 04:45

      Hi Jen, it really was very easy to make and quite inexpensive. x

  • Reply Janine December 2, 2022 at 06:09

    Your wreath looks beautiful and very festive. When I lived in the UK my mum and I had a tradition of attending a wreath making class together. She is joining us for Christmas this year in Oz, so I might copy your idea and we can make one at home together. A great post to get me in the festive mood

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 2, 2022 at 08:25

      What a lovely idea to share with your Mum when she visits. Share a pic if you do. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle December 2, 2022 at 16:42

    Hi Sue, your wreath looks wonderful! You ARE creative! I have a door wreath but it’s a bought one. I haven’t even put one decoration up yet. I’ve been so busy with other things. Sunday I’m hoping to make a start on it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 4, 2022 at 06:08

      Hi Min, thank you for your kind words about my creativity. That means a lot coming from such an artistic person as yourself. You’ve had a huge year so cut yourself some slack, delegate and make sure you enjoy the Festive Season as much as everyone else. x

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