Last updated on December 28th, 2018
My favorite part of the holiday season? Decorating the house! Last weekend, I grabbed some evergreen boughs from the (bitterly-cold) garden, and turned them into wreaths for my double front doors. You can tackle this fun project, too. All you need is a frame, some wire, and a sense of adventure:
No evergreens in your garden? No garden at all? Visit your local, independent florist. He or she will have plenty of fresh greenery on hand during the holiday season.
Thanks for watching. I’m so sorry about the bouncing camera during our garden walk-about!
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Christine Dugo says
Hi Kevin, thanks for the holiday wreath inspiration. I’ve made other types of wreaths but never an evergreen wreath. I think I just might give it a try.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Gerry Morgan says
You are the best! This video couldn’t have come at a better time. I was feeling a bit of the holiday doldrums earlier than usual this year. You kick started my holiday spirit – thank you. The wreaths are just lovely and you are an inspiration. Thank you.
I loved both of these video tuitorials and am going to make both. I really enjoy your website!!
I’ve made thousands of these. I learned back in the ‘60s when I had a job in the greenhouse at age 12. It’s still an important part of our Christmas traditions. We are in Michigan, so our go to’s for greens are Northern White Cedar (aka Arbor Vitea, the tree of life. Did you know it was the first North American tree taken back to Europe? It has such a high vitamin C content, a tea made from the scales cures scurvy ie… Tree of Life.)
White Pine and beautiful, fragrant Balsam Fir.
I wish I could send you a pic of my wreath, but, alas, the comments don’t seem to accept pictures. Merry, merry!
good morning Kevin I’m definitely going to try this it’s beautiful. But please advise how are you hung them on your doors. I also have double doors that my husband built and he would be quite upset if I caused any damage. Thanks and happy holidays
When I was a florist, we would take a basic, boy scout wreath and add more interesting elements with hot glue: Heather, pepperberry, dried hydrangea… anything was game. Gold-spritzed, seeded eucalyptus is very festive. Our shop had the biggest ribbon selection in town, so the bow was always a prominent feature. Merry Christmas!
Marlyn Anderson says
Trimmed branches from a crabapple with apples attached make for a good addition to a wreath. I put some in a pot filled with sand that I created with evergreen branches and other trimmings from my perennial gardens.
Thank you for the inspiration! One of my favorite evergreens to use for wreath making is nandina, which has bright red leaves in the winter. Wreaths made exclusively of nandina are exquisite, but it can also be used as an accent amongst traditional evergreens…and it has beautiful red berries! Other greens I use are mahonia, sarcacocca, noble fir, Douglas fir, red cedar, magnolia, swordfern, and pieris.
Quite inspiring. Thank you!
Julie R says
Kevin, your wreaths turned out so nice and they look great on your double doors. I have made wreaths out of other things, but never using fresh cut greenery.
A suggestion to Suzi. There are wreath hangers that are made for hanging on doors. The hanger does not damage the door, because it hangs over the top edge of the door. I found a wreath hanger for my front door at a dollar store in the Christmas decoration area. A hanger like the one that I got should be easy to find at any stores that offer Christmas decorations. Hope that helps. Merry Christmas !
Hi Kevin, I made two green wreaths just this week. But I cut a long piece of the wire to wire each bunch to the frame. Your method of wiring seems easier and faster. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for all your great tips!