I hope you are in the mood for a diverse parade of beautiful Christmas wreath ideas and a DIY Christmas garland idea to inspire your holiday decorating! You can’t go wrong with displaying a simple or fanciful Christmas wreath since they work on everything from pink vintage chairs (that’s mine above in freshly fallen snow, and you can find more of my pom pom wreaths here) to fireplace mantels…oh yeah, and front doors too!
Ever wonder about the origin of displaying a wreath?
The NY Times enlightened me:
“Ancient pagan people, endowing trees with spirit, sheltered the branches of life-preserving evergreens through the frozen winter. Early Romans gave gifts of green branches at New Year’s, bestowing the wish for health and vigor upon friends and family. Eventually, the branches were shaped into wreaths, symbols of joy and victory in classical times.
The evergreen wreath – its circular shape an emblem not only of perfection and unity but also of the warm, enduring sun – later became a Christian symbol for Christ’s suffering and ultimate triumph over death. It is believed that the holly wreath, with its sharp, pointed leaves, first represented the crown of thorns worn by Christ on the cross, the little red berries symbolizing drops of blood. Later wreaths were formed from a variety of pines and firs, with evergreens embodying eternal life.
Hung on the door or a window, the wreath has been viewed as an invitation to the spirit of Christmas to enter the home and bring luck, suggesting as well that the Christmas spirit dwells within. Largely liberated now from its painful associations, the wreath has additionally become decorative, an outlet for creativity in an era encouraging self-expression.
A ride through the county reveals wreaths not only of the traditional evergreen branches but also of fabric, straw and woven vines. Pine cones, berries and seeds are joined by figurines of carolers, minuscule gold-wrapped presents, reindeer and Santa Clauses. And birds, flowers, gaily-colored balls and bells make a cheerful potpourri.
Whether lovingly handmade from natural materials or store-bought and cherished through the years, today’s wreaths communicate a sense of joy and a desire for peace. Ribbons of velvet, satin and lace encircle doves and other peace symbols.
And whether the wreath is large or small, lushly green or spare, there is nearly always a splendid bow to wrap up all the many meanings and messages of Christmas.”
Pin these beautiful examples to your boards for future reference and for your friends to enjoy!
Get your Rumpa POM POM on like Donkey Kong.
Let there be light (and a fresh green wreath over the mantel).
Make it a double!
Behold the magic of magnolia leaves + an oval.
Don’t worry if your fresh wreath looks a little unruly and imperfect. (This one’s in my own kitchen.)
A wooly wreath on a chair speaks laid back lovely.
31 Christmas Wreath Ideas & Garland Inspiration
Modern and spare can combine for wreath magic.
Let ribbon play a starring role.
Don’t underestimate a monochromatic ring of glory.
Make it a Berry Christmas.
A wooly, everlasting wreath is always in style.
Who wouldn’t love to be invited to this lively door!?!
You can have your wreath and eat it too.
Book pages transform into festive handmade lovely.
Is it the garland? Is it the un-wreathiness of it all? Inspired just the same.
Green and gold are a winning combo.
When the windows are decked too!
Hung on a framed mirror.
Brings new meaning to “I’ll be there with bells on!”
Just add pinecones…
or just hot glue a BUNCH of pinecones.
No need to stick to a traditional Christmas color palette.
Tuck in all of your favorite evergreens.
Paper cones create big drama, and these wreaths are easy to hang since they’re so light!
I spy a trio of dollar store ingredients.
Is it an advent calendar? Is it a focal point? Is it easily assembled?
Say it on a chalkboard…no hand lettering skills necessary.
The lovechild of recycled material and ruffles.
Play with proportion.
Go for romance.
And here is a wonderful tutorial for a charming Christmas garland to express your Christmas cheer with words!
DIY Christmas Garland Materials
- Vine-Wrapped Wire – You’ll use the wrapped wire to spell out the holiday saying of your choice, then you’ll attach your greenery to it. Naturally wrapped wire will ensure you won’t cut yourself and will make for a more organic look and feel. For this particular garland, we used a 45 ft. roll.
- Floral Wire – Floral wire will be used to attach both your greenery and flowers to the vine-wrapped wire.
- Holiday Greenery – You can use any type of greenery to create your garland, although pine needles and christmas tree foliage work well for the holidays. In this tutorial, we used Australian pine.
- String – You’ll use string to hang your garland. Consider where you’ll display your finished DIY and pick out a color that matches well. Depending on where you’re displaying your garland and for what occasion, you can also opt to use washi tape to stick your garland to the wall, mantle or wherever you’d like. Washi tape is a fun way to add pattern or color to your Christmas display. If you’re looking for a more polished method, nails and a hammer are always an option.
- Scissors – You’ll need scissors throughout the entire project, so be sure to have some on hand.
Now that you have an idea of the materials you’ll need for your Christmas garland, read on to find out how to put it together.
DIY Christmas Garland Step-by-Step
Project Time: 1 hour
Step 1: Bend the wire to create a frame that spells out your favorite holiday saying.
We went with, “Tis the Season!” Use your fingers to bend the vine-wrapped wire, but also utilize the scissors where needed. Before you start your project, decide how large you’d like your garland to be. The size of your garland will dictate how large you’ll need to make your letters. For reference, our letters are 8-10 inches high.
Pro Tip: Write out the words on paper and use it as a stencil to guide and bend your wire.
Step 2: Once you’ve molded your wire frame, it’s time to add greenery.
Cut pieces of greenery to fit your molded letters and wrap them around the wire frame. Secure each piece of foliage into place using the floral wire. Be sure to overlap the foliage as much as possible around the corners of each letter so that they look seamless and legible.
Step 3: Create loops using the floral wire and attach them to the tops of your letters.
Attach the floral wire to each letter by twisting the wire to assure that your garland won’t fall. For larger letters like “N” attach two loops so that your letters hang evenly.
Step 4: Now, it’s time to attach your letters to a piece of string or fishing line.
Your string or line should be long enough to feature all of the letters you’ve created. We recommend stringing the line through all of the loops and then cutting it to make sure you’ve got the correct size.
Step 5: Choose a spot to hang your holiday garland.
For a quick and cute way to display your garland, use washi tape with a fun pattern. This would be the perfect hanging option for a holiday party or intimate get-together. If you’re looking to create something more sophisticated for Christmas dinner, you can hang your garland using a hammer and nails.
Find any Christmas wreath idea or garland especially inspiring?
Peace to you right where you are.