5-Minute DIY Holiday Wreath

This holiday season I was proud of myself for starting (and finishing) some holiday tasks early, but I was also disappointed for not giving myself as much time as I would have liked to spend on other tasks. One of the projects I waited to complete until the last minute was creating a wreath for my front door.

As a result, I designed a wreath that had all the elements I wanted but took only about 5 minutes to complete once I had all of my supplies.

Supplies

  • 18 inch wreath
  • Old Christmas ornaments
  • 2 bunches of seasonal stems
  • 1.5 inch wide red velvet ribbon or pre-made red bow
  • 1/4 inch red ribbon optional
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

All of the supplies other than the glue gun/glue sticks and the old Christmas ornaments, I purchased at Michaels Craft Store.

Step 1

Separate the branches of the seasonal stems. I found it easier to peel the sections apart as opposed to cutting them.

Step 2

Arrange the seasonal stems on your wreath.

Tip: Take a photo of your arrangement. That way, you can test out a few different arrangements, compare the photos, decide which you like best, and easily recreate it if needed.

Step 3

Add Christmas ornaments to the inner and outer sides of the wreath. Last year, I had a mini Christmas tree, for which I bought smaller ornaments. Now that I have a larger tree this year, I had no use for the smaller ornaments. Rather than discard of them, I keep them with my craft supplies should I need them for a DIY holiday decor project like this. I alternated between silver and gold balls.

Step 4

Once you are satisfied with your arrangement, use a glue gun to secure the seasonal stems and ornaments to the wreath. I picked up the branches, applied glue underneath them and repositioned the branches after to ensure no globs of glue were visible on my completed wreath.

Step 5

Use the velvet ribbon to tie a bow and to glue it to the top center of the wreath. I chose to use several pieces of ribbon to make my bow and secured them together with a 1/4 inch red ribbon. Feel free to also use the velvet ribbon to secure the bow or to use a pre-made bow to complete your wreath.

Step 6

Remove any glue webs.

Step 7

Hang up your wreath and enjoy!

DIY Pinecone Ornaments

This past weekend we finally got around to decorating our Christmas tree. While the tree is usually an assortment of miscellaneous ornaments, I wanted to have more consistency in the decor this year and a classic vibe. To achieve this goal, I made these simple handmade ornaments from pinecones.

Supplies

  • Medium-size pinecones
  • Red pre-made ribbons (I actually found these at a local dollar store! Feel free to vary color or make your own)
  • Pearl beads
  • Fishing wire or clear string
  • Scissors

I purchased the pinecones and beads from Michaels Craft Store. I had the clear string and scissors at home.

Step 1

Remove the twisty ties that hold together the pre-made bows.

Step 2

Cut a piece of clear string about 8 inches in length, string on a pearl, and tie the string in a knot around the bow where the twisty tie used to be.

Step 3

Adjust the pearl to be centered on front of bow.

Step 4

Secure bow to pinecone by tying clear string around center core of pinecone and knotting the string. Because my pinecones were small compared to the size of the bows I was using and because they were more round than long, I chose to tie the bows to the top of the pinecone as opposed to the bottom, which is most often seen (because it mimics how the pinecone would hang from the tree).

Step 5

Use remaining string to create a loop on which the ornament can hang from the branch of a Christmas tree. Make sure knot is tight before cutting off any excess string.

Repeat until you’re satisfied with the number of ornaments you make! I made around 20.