One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make a wreath for the front door.  I usually make one, and sometimes two if I know of someone special that would enjoy a live wreath.  Wreath making isn’t difficult to do, but it does take a bit of time and a lot of greenery.  My husband learned how to make a wreath the first Christmas together when we were dating.  It is fun and rewarding to make it yourself, or as an activity for your family to share.

I am lucky to have a wonderful source for boxwood, magnolia, pine, cedar and any other beautiful trees and shrubs at my Mother’s home in Virginia.  I filled a trash bag with greenery while visiting over Thanksgiving weekend.   Here is the finished wreath, and a step-by-step that you can follow to make one for your home.



I selected a mix of pine, magnolia and boxwood.


You will need a straw wreath form, florist pins and picks, and an old pair of scissors or garden snips. If you are using cedar, you will want to wear gloves.  Add a piece of wire to the wreath for hanging; stabbing in through the straw, out and twisting it together.


Break off small sections of boxwood. You can group together small pieces, or use individual sections like this.


Starting on the inside edge – pin the boxwood to the wreath form, stabbing the pin into the straw until it is tight. That’s all there is to it!


Continue pinning boxwood to the form, overlapping the previous piece. Keep the greenery running in the same direction.


The center is complete.


After the center is finished, start pinning more boxwood to the outer edge.


Keep adding boxwood, running in the same direction and overlapping as you go. You can make a wreath entirely out of boxwood, which is a classic and traditional style.


The edges are finished. Now it is time to start on the face of the wreath.


I use florist picks to add the magnolia leaves. Wrap the wire on the end of the pick to the stem as shown in this photo.


Stick the pick into the wreath form at an angle so the magnolia leaf is flat agains the wreath.


Alternate greenery and magnolia leaves, continuing around the wreath until it is all filled in. I chose to have a more random look but you can make the magnolia leaves overlap in an orderly fashion.


After you finish the wreath hang it and step back. Take a look and see if it has a hole that needs to be filled, or if you need to trim off some stray pieces. Often you will need to add extra pins on the side where the greenery is running up.  Add a bow by attaching it to a pick, or use the pins to hold it in place and you are finished!


Welcome to our home. Merry Christmas!

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  1. Lynne DePolitte at Dec 05, 2013 12:56:39

    Beautiful! Love seeing all of your how-to’s! Merry Christmas Susan!!

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