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43 Christmas Wreath Ideas To Make This Season Bright

There’s no time like the Christmas season, which means something different for every family. For some, it’s baking holiday cookies and wrapping gifts. For others, it’s decorating every open surface with lights, garlands, and trees. And for those who love to craft, the holidays are our favorite opportunity to get innovative.

From coming up with Christmas wreath ideas to putting Christmas tree ideas into action as you fill your tree with your favorite Christmas ornaments, the season is about making your Christmas decor dreams come true.

old antique barn in country snowing with double wreaths on red doors christmas trees covered in snow old shutters
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Christmas decorating starts at the front door, where a holiday wreath can set the scene for the decorations inside. But with so many Christmas wreath ideas to pick from, how does one decide? If you’re still puzzled about where to start, don’t get frustrated! We’ve rounded up Christmas wreath ideas for every style and budget.

 

Christmas Wreath Meaning

As with most traditions, there are two schools of thought regarding the history of the all-too-familiar festive wreath. The first believes that the wreath originated in ancient Greece and Rome, where members of the Greco-Roman society would hand craft ring-shaped decorations called “coronas” from fresh leaves, branches, twigs, fruits, and flowers, before hanging them on their door as a symbol of victory.

evergreen wreath with two small ornaments white church and red bells
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The second says that in Christianity, a wreath was used to symbolize Chris. Its circular shape represents eternity or never-ending life. In Christianity, wreaths are typically adorned with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle; the latter is lit on Christmas Eve to mark the arrival of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, it became a tradition in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead.

Where Does the Circle Structure Come From?

It’s believed that the wreath’s circular structure stems back to the “coronas” that the ancient Romans wore on their heads during festivals or to honor the warriors following arduous battles. However, “coronas” of the golden variety were only worn by royalty or to commemorate the gods.

vintage display with evergreen christmas wreath and old drawers
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Meanwhile, the word “wreath” derives from the English word “writhen,” meaning to twist (such as in a circle) and its evergreen branches are said to be symbolic of the everlasting life of the earth.

Which Style of Wreath to Choose

Whichever your school of thought, whatever your religious beliefs – an evergreen wreath is the perfect way to dress your front door for the festive season while giving new guests a warm (fresh scented) welcome. If you’re more of a traditionalist, we suggest that when choosing a Christmas wreath idea to run with, opt for a classic green wreath decorated with pinecones and red berries.

evergreen wreath with black and red plaid ribbon
Photo Credit: Holly Grace

If you’re looking for something that smells as striking as it looks, try out a wreath adorned with sweet-smelling dried orange and cinnamon pieces.

After a circle that makes a statement? Go all out and choose a bold wreath fitted with stand-out metallic baubles, gingerbread man biscuits, or shimmering gold leaves.

Choosing the Right Size of Wreath

Artificial wreath size options vary anywhere from less than 19 inches to larger than 72 inches in diameter. Use a measuring tape to gauge how much area you need your wreath to occupy. The bigger the area, the bigger the wreath – and don’t be afraid to get creative! Once you know where you want your new wreath to go, you’ll instantly be able to narrow your search by focusing on your preferred size.

evergreen holiday wreath and decorations on front porch with wooden double doors
Photo Credit: Holly Grace

Bigger is better when it comes to a wreath on an oversized door. Selecting a 36-inch diameter wreath form will have a picturesque impact.

Pro tip: Make sure you can still open the door without the wreath catching on the door frame⁠. If you’ve spent hours making a beautiful floral wreath or blown your budget on an elaborate faux piece, it will be frustrating if it gets damaged because it’s too large.

trio of three christmas wreaths hanging on light blue door with lights
Photo Credit: Shades of Blue Interiors

For French doors, adding two standard-sized wreaths on either door can bring a harmonious balance.

Don’t let your wreath overpower a thinner 30-inch door. Selecting a 20- to 22-inch diameter means the wreath won’t get caught on the frame or drown your door. It’s the perfect size for adding a classy but eye-catching touch.

How to Measure Your Front Door For a Wreath

Want to go with the classic look for your front door wreath? Follow the formula below, so you know the size to order or make.

Measure the door width (just the door itself, not the frame), and then knock 12 inches off your measurement.

Example: 36-inch wide door minus 12 inches = 24-inch wreath.

Where to Hang Your Wreath on Your Door

Did you know there is a 57-inch rule for hanging art? You can use the same principles when you’re positioning your Christmas wreath. Hanging your wreath at eye level, so around 57 inches from the base of the door, means arriving visitors and passersby can admire it without straining their necks. This height also ensures it won’t get in the way of the door handle on most standard doors.

white pom pom christmas wreath with little white house and bottle brush trees
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Front doors are typically 80 inches tall but this isn’t an exact rule. You should be okay if you don’t hang your wreath any higher than 14 inches from the top of the door.

If you opt for a mini accent wreath, this will fit well on a door knob.

Pre-Lit vs. Unlit Wreaths

Pre-Lit Wreaths

If you want lights on your wreath, you can’t beat the convenience and look of a pre-lit wreath. The lights on pre-lit wreaths are skillfully applied and woven so well into the wreath’s foliage that wires are often undetectable.

lit up christmas wreath on front door with holly berries and pinecone accents
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Pre-lit artificial wreaths are also often installed with hand-strung lights, which help stop the entire wreath from being affected if a single bulb burns out. If you do decide to go the pre-lit wreath way, there are a few lighting options you should be aware of:

Incandescent Lights
Incandescent Christmas lights are electric lights containing wire filaments heated to such a high temperature that they glow or incandesce. As you can imagine, wreaths with incandescent lights can be hot to the touch, so be conscious of this with children and pets. Incandescent Christmas lights are usually more inexpensive upfront than LED ones but won’t last as long.

LED Lights
LED light bulbs are incredibly energy efficient, using about 90% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. You can expect to pay a higher price for an artificial wreath with LED lights, but over time you will see a better return on your investment as the LED string lights will last much longer.

Battery-Operated Lights
Battery-operated wreaths are a little more costly but worth it since you don’t have to go through the headache of making sure you hang your wreath near an outlet or hiding unsightly cords and wires.

Unlit Wreaths

You may opt for a more natural, minimal look this holiday season when browsing Christmas wreath ideas, and you can achieve that look with an unlit artificial wreath. After all, the loveliness and charm of unlit and unadorned Christmas wreaths is their simple yet classic look. Wreaths with no lights or additional decor can also appear more realistic. Unlit wreaths offer you the freedom to decorate them yourself with the decorations and lights of your choosing.

evergreen wreath with cinnamon dried oranges and cotton balls
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Styles of Wreaths

Choosing the right wreath is all about your personal needs and style. There is a wide range of foliage types, colors, ribbons, and carefully nestled decorative accents. You can go for a natural look or choose something unrealistic and equally enchanting with metallic needles, multicolored pine cones, and flashing LED lights if that’s what you desire.

red berry wreath around a white lantern
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When shopping for artificial wreaths, look for a high tip count if you desire a full look. Heavy-gauge, flexible wiring allows you to shape the branches the way you want easily.

old vintage door with wreath hanging on it letters to santa pouring out of mailbox christmas store display
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Unadorned Wreaths

Unadorned Christmas wreaths closely correspond to real evergreen wreaths. They can be pre-lit or unlit but feature no extra decorative accessories on the wreath. You may choose to keep these wreaths plain or add your decorative touches like bows, pine cones, ornaments, and more.

evergreen wreath with red bow hanging on snow covered window
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Flocked Wreaths

Flocking is the method of adorning a wreath or tree with artificial snow. Lighter flocking gives your wreath a frost-covered appearance, whereas heavier flocking will give your wreath a snow-covered appearance. A flocked wreath with white Christmas lights seriously oozes warmth and beauty during the winter season.

white flocked wreath hanging on arch window frame
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Pinecone Wreaths

A pinecone wreath may be made completely from faux pine cones or be an evergreen wreath adorned with pinecones. Pinecones are a winter staple, and wreaths featuring these added decorations can be displayed throughout the winter season.

red berry pinecone wreath hanging around a white deer head
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Ornament Wreaths

An ornament wreath may be made completely from ornaments or be an evergreen wreath adorned with ornaments. Watch for wreaths that feature decorative balls in assorted colors for a whimsical, modern vibe. You can also find ornament wreaths in solid colors like red, silver, gold, and more.

pink and silver bauble christmas wreath on white background
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Berry Wreaths

A berry wreath can be an evergreen wreath that’s decorated with berries or a wreath that’s made completely from red or white berries. Red berries on evergreen wreaths offer a nice punch of color, perfect for the Christmas season.

red berry wreath on old garden gate that says welcome
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Floral Wreaths

A floral wreath is decorated with faux flowers. Popular floral accents for the holidays are poinsettias, amaryllis, holly, and mistletoe. Floral wreaths are oftentimes only suited for indoor use, so be sure to check the wreath’s specifications before placing outdoors.

red christmas tea towels hanging with wreath
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Tinsel Wreaths

Most artificial wreaths are meant to mimic live evergreen wreaths, but that’s not the case with tinsel wreaths. Tinsel wreaths are made from PVC and coated with a metallic finish making them available in an unlimited amount of fun and festive colors.

silver disco ball wreath with tinsel
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DIY Christmas Wreaths

If you love to create and make your own, here are some of our favorite DIY Christmas Wreaths we have found on the web this year.

Dried Greenery Wreath from Romantic Homes

Dried oranges have been on trend for a few Christmases now and lend to the primitive but classy style. This wreath is constructed beautifully.

Natural, real greenery Christmas wreath with dried oranges hanging on vintage chair white background
Photo Credit: Romantic Homes – Natural, real greenery Christmas wreath with dried oranges

A Trio of Wreaths from Between Naps on the Porch

Why stop at just one? Isn’t this trio of wreaths gorgeous!?

red front door with three evergreen Christmas wreaths and garland hanging old fashioned sled with skates
Photo Credit: Between Naps on the Porch

A Splash of Color & Texture from Curbly

Christmas doesn’t always have to be just red and green.

colorful pom pom wreath on pink door
Photo Credit: Curbly

Gift Bow Wreath from Design Improvised

This wreath will have you saving all your gift bows from now on!

gift bow wreath hanging on front door
Photo Credit: Design Improvised

Olive Branch Wreath from 100 Layer Cake

olive branch wreath with purple ribbon hanging on white door
Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Style Wreath from Flamingo Toes

Add a little vintage to your wreath by using old antique Christmas ornaments. This will be a good DIY if you have any treasured Christmas ornaments handed down to you.

white yarn wrapped wreath with retro decorations red ribbon pom poms and bottle brush trees
Photo Credit: Flamingo Toes

Cookie Cutter Wreath from Inspired by Charm

stainless steel cookie cutter star wreath with red ribbon
Photo Credit: Inspired By Charm

Rubber Boot Wreath from Home Stories A to Z

You could also use a pair of skates instead!

rubber boot christmas wreath hanging on light blue door with greenery and garland with plaid ribbon
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Balloon Wreath from Studio DIY

This wreath isn’t really a permanent one but it’s super fun nonetheless.

colorful green red and pink balloons made into christmas wreath pink ribbon on white fireplace
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Christmas Tree Wreath from Sarah Hearts

Forget the traditional circle wreath and go for something a little more fun and festive.

tree shaped evergreen wreath hanging on brown wooden door
Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

Doily Wreath from Crafts by Amanda

white doily wreath on black background with burlap bow ribbon
Photo Credit: Crafts By Amanda

Vintage Toy Wreath from Lovely Indeed

vintage wreath with toy cars and bottle brush trees
Photo Credit: Lovely Indeed

Snowy Scene Wreath from The Happy Housie

snowy scene wreath with plaid ribbon bottle brush trees and let it snow wood log slices
Photo Credit: The Happy Housie

Holly Berry Wreath from The Polka Dot Chair

holly berry DIY christmas wreath with red and white ribbon
Photo Credit: Polka Dot Chair

Natural Stick Wreath from Sister, What

You could easily make this wreath super cheap by collecting some sticks outside.

natural sticks wreath with merry christmas sign
Photo Credit: Sisters, What

Framed Wreath from Sand and Sisal

framed christmas wreath with red ribbon on chalkboard framed
Photo Credit: Sand and Sisal

Paper Star Wreath from Little Birdie Secrets

Save your old wrapping boxes for this one!

3d paper star wreath hanging on black door
Photo Credit: Little Birdie Secrets

Snowman Wreath from Sweet Little Bluebird

snowman wreath made out of evergreen hanging on white door
Photo Credit: Sweet Little Blue Bird

Fabric Wreath from Jamie Costigilo

fabric diy christmas wreath hanging on red door
Photo Credit: Jamie Costigilo

Wood Log Slice Wreath from Finding Home Farm

wood log slice wreath christmas with evergreen and green ribbon
Photo Credit: Finding Home Farms

Wrapping Paper Wreath from Censational Style

wrapping paper DIY christmas wreath hanging on cupboard
Photo Credit: Centsational Style

Star Anise Wreath from Driven by Decor

This wreath would make your home smell so nice!

star anise wreath with green ribbon
Photo Credit: Driven By Decor

Burlap Wrapped Wrath by DIY Design Fanatic

burlap wrapped wreath with evergreen on black door
Photo Credit: DIY Design Fanatic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it cheaper to make a natural Christmas wreath or buy one?

Making your own natural wreath is a great and inexpensive way to add Christmas cheer to your outdoor holiday decor. This, of course, depends if you have access to fresh foliage. If you do have a property you can cut greenery from, then it is essentially free, and you will only need wreath supplies, which should cost less than $10.

You can pretty much put whatever you want on a Christmas wreath! But most commonly, you will find people use pinecones, berries and ribbons. Dried orange slices and hydrangea flowers are pretty but can go moldy if the weather is wet.
To fill your wreath, you’ll need an armful of boughs or branches. Whether you use just one type of foliage or a plethora of greens, branches, and berries, you can’t go wrong. The amount of greens you’ll need varies greatly depending on the size of the materials you choose.
The best foliage for a real Christmas wreath is holly, ivy, spiky evergreen yew or spruce, rosemary, pine box, and privet or other softer evergreen foliage. These work well as fillers for creating the bulk of the wreath.
Always Fluff. Fluffing the wreath can make it look fuller and more natural. Try separating smaller branches and fanning them out to cover as much area as possible. Be sure not to create new gaps or holes between branches, though.
The most popular wreath bases are straw, styrofoam, grapevine, deco mesh, PVC evergreen (Christmas wreath), or metal hoops. Most wreaths are always round, but a crafter could also use a wreath base that is square, oval, teardrop, rectangular, diamond, cross, and even heart-shaped.

 

Holly Antoine
Holly Antoine is a Home, Lifestyle and DIY content creator. After leaving behind an 11-year career in the dental field to pursue her passion for design and decor, she developed her own branded site, HollyGrace.ca, where she shares her love of home design, decor, DIYs and inspires others to get creative and build[...]

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