How to Make an Evergreen Christmas Wreath

Updated on September 2, 2019
Dolores Monet profile image

Dolores loves Christmas and has purchased and decorated holiday trees for private clients.

DIY Natural Christmas Wreath
DIY Natural Christmas Wreath

What Kind of Evergreens Should I Use for a Wreath?

An evergreen wreath is a wonderful way to welcome guests into your home during the Christmas season. I will show you how to make an evergreen wreath using natural fronds for a more organic look.

I made this year's wreath using balsam fir and Fraser fir using the instructions shown below. I then added a gold wire ribbon at the bottom for a decorative touch. I think it looks wonderful with the white lace curtains. Though I prefer a simple Christmas wreath, you can add ornaments, bells, dried roses, herbs, garland, or just about anything you can think of to add a bit of interest.

The type of evergreens you use depends on whether you want a natural or uniform look. I prefer the former and think a variety of materials adds interest and texture. You can create a more formal look by cutting all your materials the same length and snipping off protruding pieces that don't fit the wreath form.

I used fir, juniper, and arborvitae in this wreath. Many other evergreens are also attractive: holly, cypress, japonica, pine, boxwood, and other variations. Add a few rosemary or lavender sprigs for visual interest and a lovely aroma.

Here are the main ways you can collect evergreen clippings:

  • Purchase them from a store.
  • Collect them from your property.
  • Ask friends and neighbors for a few branches.
  • Go to Christmas tree lots because they usually offer extra greenery for free.

Before you make your wreath, cut the bottom of each branch at an angle and soak them in a bucket of water for 24 hours to freshen up the foliage and make your wreath last longer. If the clippings have dried areas or ragged edges, you can trim them off.

The Framework for a DIY Wreath
The Framework for a DIY Wreath

What You'll Need:

  • A wreath form
  • Floral wire
  • Evergreen branches
  • Pruning shears or clippers

A Few Notes:

  • Wreath forms and floral wire can be purchased at most craft stores or in the craft section of big box stores.
  • Decorative elements can include ribbons, bows, artificial birds, painted twigs, dried seed pods, Christmas ornaments, and whatever else you'd like.

Cut the evergreen branches into smaller pieces.
Cut the evergreen branches into smaller pieces.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

Once you have everything you need, start making this wreath!

1. Trim the evergreen boughs into manageable pieces. Make sure to remove any bare twigs and dead areas to make the final product look as full as possible.

2. Place the wreath form on a flat surface, concave side up to cup the greens. Twist a few pieces of florist's wire around the cross pieces so they won't slip around.

3. Lay a branch down on the form. I recommend using large-needled evergreens (like pine) first. If all your branches are the same size, use the variety that you have most.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Fixing the First Evergreen Fronds to the Frame
Fixing the First Evergreen Fronds to the Frame
Fixing the First Evergreen Fronds to the Frame

4. Loop green wire around the branch and secure it to the wire form.

5. Lay another clipping down, overlapping the cut bottom of the first branch. Anchor it down with wire.

Note: If you don't have floral wire, you can shove the evergreen pieces into the form and anchor them that way. Then, you can add more branches by 'weaving' them in the previous ones.

6. Continue overlapping the pieces as shown in the photo, and check to ensure they're all going in the same direction. Follow the wreath form, attaching and wiring each branch.

Note: Turn the form over occasionally while wiring to make sure nothing is loose.

7. When the wreath form is covered, gather and secure the loose or protruding pieces with wire.

Loose evergreen pieces can be secured with wire.
Loose evergreen pieces can be secured with wire. | Source

8. After the wreath is covered with your base evergreen, add the other evergreens.

  • Here, I used fir as a base layer and added the other evergreen varieties in the smaller areas.
  • After a while, you can skip the wiring and tuck the evergreen pieces into the gaps around the anchored branches.

Add other types of evergreen to the wreath.
Add other types of evergreen to the wreath. | Source

9. Test your wreath by hanging it up. If it looks uneven or sloppy, you can tuck the stubborn pieces or trim off any excess foliage. I like the Christmas wreath looking natural and didn't cut anything extra. Once you have it how you like it, you're done!

How to Keep Your Wreath Looking Fresh

The good thing is that the cool December weather will help keep your wreath looking fresh. Now that your wreath is complete, here are a few tips to help keep it looking fresh throughout the holiday season.

  • Hang the wreath out of the sun in a cool, shaded area. The north side of a house works well.
  • If you want the wreath to look its best during the holiday, don't make it way ahead of time because it will dry out.
  • Make the wreath a week or so before Christmas so that it will be attractive and fresh for the holiday.

I like to leave my Christmas wreath undecorated.
I like to leave my Christmas wreath undecorated. | Source

The History of Evergreens

The presence of evergreens in society predates Christianity. Ancient Persians considered them to be symbols of importance and used them to create victory crowns. The Greeks made laurel wreaths as awards for Olympic athletes as far back as 776 BC. In ancient Rome, evergreen crowns were worn by military heroes and girls who wanted head accessories.

Pre-Christian Germanic people used evergreens to symbolize life and survival during their winter solstice celebrations. During the winter, days were short, nights were long, and spring seemed far away. The evergreen acted as a reminder of life and renewal.

Later in history, Catholics employed evergreens in the Advent Wreath used to count down the weeks until Christmas. The wreath incorporated old traditions and symbolized eternity because a wreath is a circle with no beginning or end.

Today, we enjoy the symbolism of evergreen wreaths and their pleasant aromas. They hang on doors to welcome guests or can be found anywhere around the house as home decor. Use boughs of balsam fir for a wonderful scent that is often used in Christmas candles. I've taken photos of different types of evergreens for you to see the way different branches can help you achieve unique looks in your wreath.

Balsam fir is the quintessential aroma of Christmas. Fir twigs and branches retain their scent for a long time after cutting.
Balsam fir is the quintessential aroma of Christmas. Fir twigs and branches retain their scent for a long time after cutting.
Juniper branches add fullness to a wreath because of their dense foliage.
Juniper branches add fullness to a wreath because of their dense foliage. | Source
The scent of arborvitae is subtle and sweet.
The scent of arborvitae is subtle and sweet. | Source

© 2009 Dolores Monet


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)