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HeaderMaking a traditional Christmas wreath using simple materials you may already have is a fun way to go back to basics plus save some money on decorations, which I’m all in favor of!

Supplies you will need are:

  • Small tree branches (pine, fir, cedar)
  • Two wire coat hangers
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Pruning shears
  • Any decorative items you choose to add to your wreath

Supplies Gathered

Supplies Gathered

Instructions:

1.  Cut off the curved top of the hangers.

Snipping off the top of the hangers.

Snipping off the top of the hangers.

2.  Bend the ends of the coat hanger into small loops and hook them around one another.

Bending each end of the coat hanger into a loop and fastening them together.

Bending each end of the coat hanger into a loop and fastening them together.

3.  Bend each coat hanger into a complete circle (two circles).

Coat hanger formed into a circle.

Coat hanger formed into a circle.

4.  Place one of the wire circles just made on top of the other one and tie them securely together with floral wire. (You could also choose to purchase a metal wreath frame from your local craft or hobby store and save all of these steps!)
Cut approximately 4 inch pieces of floral wire. Place one of your wire hoops on top of the other and tie them together with the cut pieces of floral wire. Snip off the excess.

Cut approximately 4 inch pieces of floral wire. Place one of your wire hoops on top of the other and tie them together with the cut pieces of floral wire. Snip off the excess wire.

5.  Cut the small tree branches you will be using into approximately ten inch pieces.

6.  Attach each branch to the wire with floral wire.

Using the floral wire to attach the branches to the wire circles.

Using the floral wire to attach the branches to the wire circles.

8.  Continue working around the frame adding branches until you achieve the fullness you want.

9.  Now you can add any decorations that you choose to the wreath by attaching them with floral wire.

Pine cone with floral wire attached for securing to wreath.

Pine cone with floral wire attached for securing to wreath.

I chose basic decorations for my wreath; pine cones and holly berries, plus a burlap bow.  Other ideas for decorating are:

  • Re-purpose some of the Christmas tree ornaments you already have
  • Ribbon
  • Homemade salt dough ornaments
  • Candy canes
  • Bells
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Silk poinsettia leaves
  • Cookie cutters
  • Homemade dried orange slices made into ornaments
  • What other ideas do you have?

And there you have it; a beautiful wreath to welcome family and friends!

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