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How to Make a DIY Holiday Wreath with Little Effort and High Reward

By Jason Freely / a few months ago
How to Make a DIY Holiday Wreath with Little Effort and High Reward

Happy Friday, people! Raquel Benedict here, Wit & Delight’s resident designer. Today I’m sharing a DIY project I did this week that’s perfect for those of us with a lot of holiday spirit but just a little bit of time.

While I’m a big fan of this time of year, I don’t tend to go too overboard with holiday decorations. My roommate and I live in a not-so-big apartment, and while we did put up a tree in our living room (those twinkle lights at night 🥺), we didn’t want to overcrowd our place with lots of other holiday decorations (although nothing against it if that’s your thing!). I did, however, think a wreath would make a lovely, welcoming addition to our front door.

And the nice thing about a wreath like this one? It looks perfectly fitting not only for the holidays but also well into the winter season. Below, you’ll find the breakdown of how I assembled this festive creation. If you have any questions or DIY ideas of your own, please, please let me know in the comments! I’m all ears. Happy crafting!

Step 1: Purchase Your Supplies

I have to be honest with you—most of the time when I enter the craft store, I do not have anything specific on my list. I wander, letting my logged Pinterest pins and deals of the day guide me. This time was a little different, as I did know I wanted to make a wreath, but I did not have a list of wants on hand.

With a wreath in hand, my only philosophy as far as details went was to grab stalks and bits that stood out to me—things that fell somewhere in between “glitter explosion” and “grandma’s traditional tree at the cabin.”

Instead, I browsed the seasonal section with an open mind. I pretty quickly decided to grab a ready-made wreath as a base—the wreath wires looked labor intensive, and folks, sometimes you’ve just gotta go easy on yourself and do what works best for you. With that in hand, my only philosophy as far as details went was to grab stalks and bits that stood out to me—things that fell somewhere in between “glitter explosion” and “grandma’s traditional tree at the cabin.”

A few tips to keep in mind when selecting decorative details:

Choose a color palette — Holiday decor doesn’t all have to be red and green (!!!). I chose a rustic-inspired gold and white palette with pops of warm tones like red and orange. But I think a wreath with silver, natural browns, and blue (or something along those lines) would be pretty as well!

Play with texture — Personally, I think wreaths are most successful when they play with many different materials and textures. For example, I chose a lot of woodsy materials like gold branches and sprigs of white flowers, but opted for the white poms and red berries for a more modern addition. In the store, I also decided that I was going to try to bake oranges and add them, to really bring the design down to earth.

Don’t go overboard — The seasonal aisles can look pretty hectic this time of year, but try to keep your materials to 5-6 tops. I actually had 11 different varieties in my basket when I was done browsing, and it was fun to narrow down and choose which ones looked best together. Go wild! But then pare it down.

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