Are you looking for a DIY Christmas wreath to make this year? This rustic greenery Christmas wreath is the perfect project to get your hands dirty with while creating something amazing. It’s easy and inexpensive, but it will look like you spent hours on it! Plus, it can be customized in any way that suits your style. You’ll love how simple and beautiful this wreath turns out.
Rustic Greenery Christmas Wreath
A Christmas wreath is a decoration that can be hung on your front door, your mantelpiece, or inside the house. It’s meant to symbolize the hope of new life in winter. So if you love greenery, this DIY greenery Christmas wreath craft project will give you an excuse to get out into the garden and collect some beautiful green leaves.
And if you need more wreath inspiration, don't worry! We have some great ideas including this festive DIY Christmas wreath or this rustic button Christmas wreath. Plus there is this snowflake wreath that is great all winter long.
Can I Use Fake Greenery So This Is Used Year After Year?
While using real greenery gives this wreath a special touch, it does not last for years. If you want something that can be used for years and years, then definitely can use fake greenery.
Real greenery will last for the winter, but if you use fake greenery and store the wreath properly so it doesn't get damaged, you can use this wreath for more than a decade.
You can easily wrap this with garland or individual pieces of holiday picks. If using real greenery from a tree or shrub, make sure you shake it out well to remove any debris or insects that could be hiding inside it before bringing it indoors.
What Other Rustic Items Could I Add?
Taking a walk through the woods or even just the backyard can provide a lot of crafting materials for this greenery Christmas wreath. While I like what we chose, you can go with any natural element. Below are a few more ideas that would look great in addition to what we added.
- Acorns, pecans, walnuts, or other whole nuts in their shell.
- Twigs or pieces of branches with berries or buds on them - holly berries are great.
- Twine, burlap, raffia, or other more natural items to tie things onto the wreath like the cinnamon sticks.
- Whole cloves are great for adding to the wreath.
- Apple peels instead of the orange peels.
- Lime, grapefruit, or lemon rinds.
Get creative and think about what is around your area and add it to the wreath. Of course, you can also look at items that just remind you of Christmas and not just the more natural items.
Are There Other Ways to Decorate This Wreath?
There are so many ways to add decorations to this wreath. You can continue to use the orange peel roses along with pinecones and cinnamon sticks but you can decide not to use them as well. Go with fake items or ribbons instead.
You can even add stars or snowflakes made of twigs or cardboard that has been painted. I love this rustic candle holder because it combined cardboard with natural elements. Just check out the star on it for inspiration!
You can also add the snowman winter decor at the top or bottom of the wreath. And, of course, you can also add things like bells, Christmas ornaments or small snowflakes. There is no limit to the things that you can add to this greenery Christmas wreath.
If Using Real Greenery - What Type Is Best?
What kind of greenery you use will determine how well the wreath looks and how long it lasts. I recommend using cedar or pine for the greenery. It will last the longest and look the best. You can also look at things like a holly bush for some brighter green leaves and bright red berries. They are excellent for making it a different but beautiful variation.
Do I Need to Clean The Pinecones and Greenery First?
I always recommend cleaning any crafting materials that you get from outside. There can be dirt, fungus, or mold on them. You might be surprised, but there can also be little critters living on the pinecones or greenery.
It is best to clean the items if you are getting them outside. Use a bleach solution or a vinegar solution to clean the items and then you need to set them aside to air dry. Make sure they are dry completely before crafting with them or laying them together. If they do not dry properly, they could create mold or mildew.
- Styrofoam wreath form
- Fake greenery/garland
- Gold spray paint
- Dried orange rinds or orange peel roses
- Cinnamon sticks
- Snips for cutting greenery
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
How to Make a Greenery Christmas Wreath
If painting any of the pinecones gold, take them outside and spray well then set them aside to dry before you begin.
Cover the wreath form with greenery gluing in place so that the entire form is covered. If using a length of garland, wrap around the form, then cut smaller pieces to glue at random places to give it a more natural look.
Once the wreath has been wrapped, glue the pinecones at intervals going back and forth with plain and then gold ones to give it a unique look.
Tie twine around bundles of 3-4 cinnamon sticks at a time - creating a few to glue in place on the wreath.
Glue the cinnamon stick bundles randomly between the pinecones.
If using fresh oranges, carefully peel them into strips of peel, then roll and glue them together to look like flowers using our tutorial HERE.
Next, glue the orange peel roses randomly around the wreath between the pinecones and cinnamon stick bundles.
Add additional natural elements if desired, then tie a length of twine or ribbon around the top and hang on the door.
More Holiday Craft Ideas
If you want to add more holiday decorations to your crafting list, we have tons to offer. From ornaments to table decor to the fun front porch decoration, there are great ideas below to add to your list of things to create for Christmas. Make sure that you bookmark the tutorials, print them out, or perhaps just pin them to your Christmas crafts board on Pinterest.
- Gold Ring Ornament Miniature Christmas Tree
- Miniature North Pole Street Light Decoration
- Upcycled Sweater Miniature Christmas Tree
- Rustic Yarn Star Christmas Tree Ornament
- DIY Giant Lollipops Christmas Decoration
- If painting any of the pinecones gold, take them outside and spray well then set them aside to dry before you begin.
- Cover the wreath form with greenery gluing in place so that the entire form is covered. If using a length of garland, wrap around the form, then cut smaller pieces to glue at random places to give it a more natural look.
- Once the wreath has been wrapped, glue the pinecones at intervals going back and forth with plain and then gold ones to give it a unique look.
- Tie twine around bundles of 3-4 cinnamon sticks at a time - creating a few to glue in place on the wreath.
- Glue the cinnamon stick bundles randomly between the pinecones.
- If using fresh oranges, carefully peel them into strips of peel, then roll and glue them together to look like flowers using our tutorial HERE.
- Next, glue the orange peel roses randomly around the wreath between the pinecones and cinnamon stick bundles.
- Add additional natural elements if desired, then tie a length of twine or ribbon around the top and hang on the door.
Customize this with a big red bow for more style before adding it to your front door.
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Finished Project Gallery
Add a bright red bow to the top of this to add even more holiday cheer to the wreath.
This can be made in any size you prefer to add to your door, wall, or mantle.