15 Alternative Wreath Ideas (That Aren't Just For Christmas!)

15 Alternative Wreath Ideas (That Aren't Just For Christmas!)

Between presents, food, and decor, Christmas can become an expensive time of year. It's helpful to save some money wherever you can, so why not try making your own Christmas wreath this year?

Instead of spending a small fortune on a basic wreath, you can have fun crafting one that's personal to you. Today we're sharing 15 impressive DIY Christmas wreaths that you can make today. The big day is fast approaching, so don't delay! 

Wreath making basics 

classic christmas wreath
You need to know these steps for any design! ©StockSnap

Making your own wreath might sound technical, but it's very easy. Let's walk through the basics. 

What you'll need: 

  • A wire wreath - This will be the base for your design. You could also use a coat hanger, foam, or some cardboard. It all depends on what you've got and how sturdy you'd like your design to be. 
  • Florist wire - to hold your wreath together.
  • Foliage or an alternative - For a classic look, you'll want the wreath to be nice and busy. You can use fake or real foliage, depending on how long you'd like your wreath to last.
  • Decorations - The only limit here is your imagination, but for a basic wreath you could use baubles, pinecones, or ribbon.
  • Scissors or shears to cut up the foliage and florist wire.

How to assemble your design: 

  1. Take your wire wreath and lay it on a flat, sturdy surface. 
  2. Prepare your foliage by cutting it into small, manageable sprigs with a pair of scissors or shears.
  3. Lay pieces of foliage onto the wreath and secure in place by wrapping the florist wire several times around the base of the bunch. 
  4. Overlap the last piece of foliage with a new piece to hide the wire. 
  5. Continue in the same way around the ring until it looks full. The last bundle should neatly tuck under the first. 
  6. Fill in any gaps and decorate the wreath with ornaments and ribbon. Tie a piece of ribbon at the top so that you can hang your design. 

DIY Wreath Inspiration

Now that we know how to make a basic Christmas wreath, it's time to get creative! 

1. Bauble wreath

Bauble wreath
It certainly doesn't look handmade.

Will from Bright Bazaar put together this beautiful and bright wreath using baubles. Why not recreate this design with baubles in your chosen colour palette? It'll always be a Christmas classic.

2. Expert Home Tips cleaning wreath

cleaning wreath
For the cleaning mad!

We decided to give wreath making a go, and this is what we put together! What do you think? Do you know someone who needs this on their front door?

To make our cleaning wreath, we used sponge scourers, dusters, blue cleaning cloths, and a duster cloth. We cut the scourers into shapes to mimic foliage and glued it all onto a foam ring. 

3. Let it snow

let it snow wreath
Since we've no place to go...

Do you have a favourite Christmas song? Why not make a wreath based on the lyrics like Make It: Fun have. We love the addition of the snowy winter shelf below.  

4. Crayon wreath

Crayon wreath
The perfect wreath for a teacher!

Crystal from A Pumpkin & A Princess had the brilliant idea to incorporate a chalkboard in her design. It'd be great for a playroom or as a gift to a teacher. 

5. Paper wreath

We love the simplicity of this one. Simply roll up individual pieces of paper from a vintage map and glue them together until you have a full wreath. Impressive, isn't it? 

6. Gift a wreath

diaper wreath
Got a baby shower coming up?

Finding the perfect gift for a new baby can be a challenge, but not with this ingenious wreath by Homemade Gifts Made Easy. They've rolled up nappies and carefully arranged them into a circle. The elephant is made from a small folded towel. 

7. Pom pom wreath

pom pom wreath
So colourful! 

Who doesn't love a splash of colour? Tasha from Designer Trapped made this bright wreath using pom poms. You could stick to a few colours or use the whole rainbow as Tasha has! 

8. Pinecone wreath

pinecone wreath
Have a scavenger hunt for pinecones.

Stephanie from Garden Therapy used bleached pinecones for her wreath. This one would look great in Autumn too! Wreaths aren't just for Christmas, after all. 

9. Easter wreath

easter wreath
Hoppy holidays!

If anything proves that wreaths can be used all year round, it's this wreath by Krista from The Happy Housie. The Easter bunny would certainly approve. 

10. Minimalist hoop wreath

minimalist hoop wreath
Simple is best.

Sarah from All Things With Purpose has made a beautifully simple wreath that would look amazing at any wedding. Simply switch out the flowers to match the occasion. 

11. Unicorn wreath

Unicorns are all the rage, so why not make a wreath for your kids adorned with a horn - or maybe even for yourself?

12. Cork wreath

Cork wreath
Pop another bottle.

Amanda from Save On Crafts gathered a bunch of cork bottle stoppers and turned them into this magnificent wreath. Wouldn't this be perfect for a wine lover? 

13. Cocktail umbrella wreath

cocktail umbrella wreath
Not just for drinks.

This wreath by Natalie from Doodlecraft has us missing summer already! We'll be saving this craft for the next heatwave. 

14. Coffee filter wreath

coffee filter wreath
So glam!

Would you believe this wreath is made from coffee filters? Cindy from DIY Beautify made this with a super small budget, so you can too!  

15. Sharing board wreath

vegetable wreath
Very festive!

Who said wreaths were for front doors? Marina from Yummy Mummy Kitchen had the brilliant idea to lay your sharing platter out like a wreath. It's a great idea for displaying seasonal vegetables, cheese and nuts. 

Have you got any other wreath making ideas? Let us know in the comments below! 


Joanne A


Expert in finding beautiful solutions for small and rented spaces. Would happily spend the rest of my life shopping for homewares and watching Disney movies - I only wish I had Cinderella's army of mice to help me clean!

  1. Author Marian on December 10, 2018 at 8:52 am

    What a beautiful array of some very different wreaths. Absolutely gorgeous. I love crafting, i mostly make cards & jewelllery, but these wreaths are so very different....i love the one made from coffee filters. Very well done everyone. ☺

    1. Author Joanne A on December 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for the great feedback, Marian!

  2. Author Linda Davies on December 11, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Absolutely gorgeous !!! What brilliant ideas and they all look so professional !!!!

    1. Author Joanne A on December 12, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Thank you, Linda! Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. Author Shirley on January 29, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Ilove your wreaths given me ideas I make my own too.iuse ribbons

    3. Author Joanne A on January 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

      That sounds great, Shirley.

  3. Author Helen on December 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Great different ideas. Going to share and show my granddaughter when she returns from high school today. She loves art and craft.

    1. Author Joanne A on December 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Hopefully, she can get some inspiration! We're glad you liked the article, Helen!


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