5 Upcycled (and free!) DIY Christmas wreathes

I love to make wreathes to decorate my doors at Christmas and create something special from garden foliage or leftover materials. Here are a few ideas for different styles of festive wreath to get you started...

For me, making a festive wreath each year means I get to spend a fun afternoon with my family as we create our own wreathes from garden foliage. It means we’ve always got something unique to hang on our front doors and we always tuck into a mince pie or two while we’re crafting.

If you’re planning to decorate your door or porch for Christmas, I’ve shared my suggestions for creating a fragrant wreath in this blog post. Plus, I’ve pulled together some of my own previous DIY wreathes to inspire you – many include upcycled items or are completely free, using foliate from the garden. Let’s start creating…

Simple eucalyptus

Some of the easiest and prettiest wreathes I’ve made have contained just eucalyptus. It helps that we’ve got three eucalyptus trees in the garden, so it means that I’ve always got a good supply of stems to wire onto whatever shape wreath I’m using. I’ve shared a step-by-step video to show you how to wire mini wreathes like the one below.

Don’t worry if you don’t have eucalyptus trees growing in your backyard – the key here is to keep it simple with one type of foliage, which could be holly, ivy or rosemary, which I think looks a bit like Christmas tree fronds anyway, and smells lush!

If you have a real Christmas tree, you could always trim off some of the lower branches and use them to create a simple spruce wreath. Also, I love to create a simple spray of eucalyptus stems and attach this to a star shape to create a shooting star effect. Here’s my video guide to make three types of star wreath.

Upcycled fabric wreath

You don’t need to have a garden full of foliage to make a festive wreath. One of my favourite projects is this fabric wreath, which is made from upcycled strips of leftover fabric and old t-shirts etc. You can use festive colours or go for a colour combination that coordinates with your interior like my blue and red one below.

The great thing about this project is that it’s saving old scraps of fabric from landfill and you can keep and display the wreath year after year. Plus, the kids can help you to tie on the strips of fabric, making it a fun family activity to do in the run-up to Christmas.

Snowy scene

This wreath is a fun one and it makes use of your existing Christmas tree decorations. You can use white baubles and snowballs or you could make your own fluffy pom-poms to create a snowy circle. Then add ribbon and pop a favourite decoration in the centre, like my skiing penguin. I’ve shared the step-by-step DIY project to make this snow drift wreath here.

And finally, don’t forget to make some mini wreathes to decorating your dining table or to adorn your LED candles! Let me know how you’ve created your own Christmas wreath this year and please share any design ideas or top tips for DIYing wreathes in the comments below. 🙂

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