Step-by-Step: How To Make a Holiday Wreath

Create an eye-catching rustic wreath for less than $15 using basic art supplies.

Written by loghome loghome
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
wreath-making suppliesWhat You'll Need:

— An assortment of pinecones in different sizes. You can purchase these at a craft store if you don’t have pinecones available to you. (free)

— Straw wreath ($1.99)

— Craft glue ($1 for 4-oz. bottle)

— U-picks: U-shaped metal fasteners ($1.29)

— Hot glue gun and glue sticks (From $4)

— Rafia for the bow (99 cents for a bag)

— Spray adhesive ($3.69)

— Newspaper to cover your work area

Step 2: Prep the Wreath
spraying the wreathIn a ventilated area (outside works best), spray adhesive to cover the front of your straw wreath.

applying moss to wreathWorking quickly, cover the tacky surface with an even layer of Spanish moss, pressing down firmly to secure the moss. This will create a nautral-looking background for any tiny holes between your pinecones.

trimming a wreathRepeat in “bald” spots if necessary. Trim the extra Spanish moss, cropping it closely to the wreath. If your wreath will be hanging on a door that’s not sheltered from the elements, this is especially important since the Spanish moss will make a break for it in harsh weather conditions. Let dry completely. An hour should be good.

Step 3: Plan, Design and Assemble the Wreath
adding hanger to wreathFirst, if the wreath you purchased doesn’t yet have a loop to use as a hanger, create one now before you start gluing on the pinecones. We used a loop of raffia tied around the wreath, but you could use anything you’d like. Wire would work, too. Or, if you have an over-the-door wreath hanger, you may not even a loop.

designing a wreathThen, plan your design. It usually works best to use the bigger pinecones first. A standard-size straw wreath (ours was 12 inches) will support about three rings of big pinecones. Definitely eyeball it before you go glue-crazy, though.

gluing pinecones to wreathFor the inner and outer rings of pinecones, secure them to the wreath with the U-picks. To do this, use the hot glue gun to glue the flat part of the pick to the bottom of each pinecone, between the layers of petals.

glue pinecones to wreathOnce you’ve glued picks to the pinecones (but only those cones for the inner and outer rings—your middle ring won’t need picks), you’re ready to fix the cones to the wreath. We started on the outer loop, using some glue on the pick and then pushing the pick firmly into the straw wreath.

gluing pinecones to a wreathContinue the process with the inner ring, as well. Once you’re ready to start gluing on your middle loop, just glue the pinecone directly to the wreath, affixing the cone as its bottom.

Step 4: Putting on the Finishing Touches
fill gaps on wreathYou’ll still probably have some gaps between your three rings of cones. This is where your smaller pinecones come in. Use them to fill in the holes between the bigger cones and disguise the Spanish moss coating.

add bow to wreathOnce you’re happy with the wreath, you can add a little country flair with a raffia bow. Take about four or five strands of raffia and tie them in a bow.

threading a wreathThen, thread a U-pick through the back of the bow so the legs of the U-pick are sticking out.

hot gluing a wreathUse a little hot glue on the U-pick and affix the bow to your chosen spot on the front of the wreath.

hanging a wreathAnd you’re done. Hang that baby up on your front door and prepare to wow all your visitors. And when they ask you where you got your rustic wreath, be sure to send ‘em here! Happy holidays!