How To Make A Large Outdoor Christmas Wreath
If you are visiting the blog today I am so excited to share with you how to make a large outdoor Christmas wreath. I promise it’s really easy and by the end of this post you will be wanting to make a wreath for yourself!
Today I am blessed to be a part of the Celebrating Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Leen of Sand Dollar Lane. This hop is full of Christmas inspiration for your tree, yours doors and porches and your table! Make sure you take time to visit each of the lovely ladies sharing today. You can find their links at the end of my post. And if you are hopping over from my dear friend Suzy of Worthing Court , welcome! I adore Suzy, and thought her wreath and porch were stunning!
How To Make A Large Outdoor Christmas Wreath
Before I share my wreath I have to warn you, I absolutely LOVE Christmas ! I love to go all out, I love to make it all about Jesus and I love that my birthday is 3 days before Christmas!
I just shared our Christmas home tour this past Monday and it put me in the mood to get my porch decorated too! And as I was decorating our porch and my favorite outdoor pew for Christmas, I realized that the window above the pew felt blah. Well that doesn’t work for me, remember?!
It was missing something.
It’s such a large window so I knew it needed something big. Immediately I thought about the large grapevine wreath that I had used for my Fall wreath and also used for my blue hydrangea wreath. I ran down to the basement and dug it out and put it on our windows. It was the perfect size but needed some life!
Supplies Needed For A Large Outdoor Wreath
All of the supplies I used for this wreath I actually had on hand or found at Hobby Lobby at different times. That means this wreath is an affordable DIY and one that makes a big impact!
- Large grapevine wreath (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for 40% off making it $15)
- Fresh greenery (cedar clippings and juniper clippings)
- Faux ivy greenery (borrowed from my mom but I bet you could find similar at Hobby Lobby)
- Berry garland (mine was from Hobby Lobby and 50% 0ff making it $10)
- floral wire
- wreath hanger (also from Hobby Lobby)
This is the wreath holder that the wreath is held up by on my window. However, when I first tried it on my window it did not hold the wreath it just continually slipped down. Even after I followed the directions about cleaning the window, etc.
So what did I do?
I googled how to get a suction cup to stay on your window…and guess what?! It turned up an article about wiping the suction cup with vegetable oil. So that’s what I did and IT WORKED!!! You can thank me and google later. 🙂
How The Wreath Evolved
Ok let’s get down to business. This wreath is absolutely super simple to make and took me just under 30 minutes to complete. Once I had the wreath on the window I knew it needed greenery. Luckily, I had some extra live garland from around our door that my neighbor scored for me at Costco for $17! I snipped it off and pulled it apart. This was the first layer.
Tip: always look around your home, inside and out, for greenery to use when making a wreath! This is my favorite money saving tip!
I secured the cedar clippings to the wreath with the floral wire. With no particular method I weaved the branches into the wreath looking for areas that needed to be filled in. I started at the bottom of the wreath and worked my way 3/4 of the way up on the left side and then did the same on the right side of the wreath. There were no rules and I loved being able to just let it come to life slowly.
Getting A Better Look
I propped the wreath up against my pew to get a better look at the fullness of the greens and to see how they were falling. Oh boy was it looking wild! The branches were falling all over the place.
I decided it might be easier to put up on the window as I finished it to see where it needed more greenery and where it needed to be secured with floral wire. This helped a ton! Once it was up I would step back and evaluate and then add more greens. I probably repeat this 5 times before I felt like it looked good. This part took about 15 minutes and was the most work.
Adding The Juniper Clippings
In the picture above you may notice the basket full of juniper bush clippings. My neighbor has a large bush in her backyard and every year she lets me cut some off for my Christmas decorating. So thankful for my awesome neighbors!
This year I filled the basket up and started adding it to the cedar garland already on the wreath. I love the extra texture and dimension it adds. Plus, it filled in some of my gaps rather nicely. It was still looking a bit wild though. I took about 5 minutes here to secure the clippings in an upwards fashion. It tamed the beast a bit.
Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Real and Faux
It needed something more and luckily my lovely mom happened to stop by and drop something off and mentioned that I should try some of her faux ivy. Thankfully it was already at my house because we had thought about using it for my indoor Christmas décor. I pulled it out and instantly loved the feel it added to the wreath. It also trailed down to the pew which I loved! Mixing faux greens and real greens is a trick I like to use in my wreaths and my garlands!
The pinecones were a natural addition that brought new color and more texture. I literally set them on the base of the wreath. These two additions took all of about 5 minutes.
The Final Touch
You may have noticed the theme on my porch is red and green (full tour coming soon). So of course the wreath needed some red berries. I had originally bought the berry garland you see in the picture below for above my bed. But our puppy Zoey got a hold of it one day and chewed off some of the berries. To say I was ticked when I found the mangled garland would be an understatement. But for some reason I didn’t throw it out.
It’s a good thing because I was able to remove the berries from the garland and place them in the wreath for an overall full look that I love. I secured them with floral wire. Each time I added them I would step back and asses which area needed more. My creative juices were flowing and I was in heaven! Once again this only took about 5 minutes,
Tip: If I had bought berry picks I would have needed several and those berry picks are not cheap. But one garland cost me only $10 on sale and I already had it! This is another great money saving tip for wreath making.
My All Time Favorite Wreath
Is it possible to be in love with a wreath? Asking for a friend! 🙂 But seriously, this might just be my all time favorite wreath that I have made. I think it’s mostly because there were no rules. It was a natural process that just flowed and I was able to tweak it as I went along.
The moody feel of this wreath is perfect for our porch and perfect for that nostalgic Christmas look I crave! I couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out.
Hopefully I have inspired you to take a risk and make your own outdoor Christmas wreath with items from around your home! If so I would love to see what you come up with. Just tag me over on Instagram!
How To Make A Large Outdoor Christmas Wreath
Thanks for stopping by today I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial on how to make a large outdoor Christmas wreath! I would love for you to stick around and hang out with me as a subscriber here on the blog. It would also be fun to hang out together over on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram! Next up on the hop is a gorgeous white flower fabric wreath from Zucchini Sisters ! Then make sure to visit my friends below for even more Christmas inspiration.
Atta Girl Says // Harbour Breeze Home // Kippi at Home // A Life Unfolding
Thistle Key Lane // Aratari At Home // Postcards from the Ridge // What Meegan Makes
Hearth and Vine // Sustain My Craft Habit // My Family Thyme // Dabbling & Decorating
Worthing Court // The Tattered Pew // Zucchini Sisters // Sweet Pea
Noting Grace // Sonya Burgess Blog // White Arrows Home // The Little by Little Home
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Oh, Kelly! This is so gorgeous. You know that red has my heart this year, and I love how simple and budget-friendly this is. Definitely pinning for next year!
Thank you SO much Jen! The bright reds and greens this year have my heart too!
Kelly, your holiday porch is so festive and I love how the large wreath turned out with a mix of faux and fresh greenery. In my opinion that’s the best of both worlds. I think it looks just as pretty sitting on the bench as it does hanging on the window! Pinning!
Thank you Michelle! Yes I thought the same thing…I could leave it on the pew or hang it. It’s nice to have options! Thanks for pinning!
Kelly, what a lovely mix of natural and artificial elements. Your wreath will look great all winter long!
Thank you Patti! I will leave it up all winter long for sure!
I love how you mixed faux and fresh in your beautiful wreath. The red really pops on your porch. I am pinning for next weekend when I get to my porch. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Libbie! It was so much fun to just grab whatever I had and then see such a beautiful result. I need to do this more often!
Kelly, this is perfection! I love all Christmas touches on your porch! You’ve inspired me to make a wreath for my entryway too!
Yay thank you Lindsay! I am so excited to see how yours turns out!
What a beautiful wreath – and a great DIY tutorial for how to make it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much for the kind words Rita! I am so happy I could join you all! Merry Christmas!
Kelly your wreath is so beautiful 🤩 I’m so jealous😂🙋🏼♀️
Ann you are too kind, thank you!
Gorgeous, Kelly! I also like that you mix real with faux and I agree with the others that your wreath looks as good on your pew as it does hanging on the window. And thank you for that vegetable oil tip! I need to remember that.
Thank you Paula! I was surprised how good it looked in both spots too! I’m glad the tip was helpful…those big wreaths are hard to keep up on windows! Merry Christmas!
You have definitely outdone yourself with your lovely and inspiring Christmas wreath! From the faux and real greenery to the red berries and pine cones, it couldn’t be anymore beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration. Merry Christmas.
Thank you Meegan! It was so fun and so easy to make. I have a feeling I will be making more of these each Christmas!
I love this wreath, Kelly! Your porch is always so welcoming. I have never thought to add fresh greenery to a wreath form and this one is stunning! Every time I come to your blog, I always find inspiration!
Jenn you are so kind! I love mixing real and faux all the time! I feel the same about you ..I always leave your blog inspired! Merry Christmas friend!
Kelly! I love your wreath so much!! IT’S GORGEOUS! I can’t tell which way I like it best, sitting on the gorgeous tattered pew or hanging in the window?!
I made a wreath I’ll be sharing later this week and it is so similar to yours! I love how often our brains seem to be doing the same things 😍 XoXo
Yes friend I love how we think so much alike! Maybe we are kindred spirits…if only we lived next door to each other!!!!
I love how you incorporated real and faux in this wreath. I love the green and red!
Thank you Leigh it was so fun to do!
You have the best outdoor space! Love all those natural touches of cedar and juniper and pine cones. Just so wonderful to see.
Wow Sonja thank you so much! Such a kind compliment!
Your porch just screams Christmas! I love everything about it. And so smart to use clippings to make the wreath. It’s a beautiful addition to the pew.
Thank you Amy and thank you so much for hosting this lovely hop last minute!
Kelly, your holiday porch is so festive and beautiful! Your outdoor Christmas wreath is lovely and is the perfect touch to your porch…whether on your window or on your pew. I love the mix of greenery, pine cones and berries. Pinned! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you so much Lynne! Yes, deciding where to put the wreath came down to practicality:) Thanks for being so kind. Have a very Merry Christmas!!!
Kelly, I think I will try to make one.. I have two grapevine wreaths hanging on the wall of the garage. And pine trees all around me.. wish me luck. Your porch is so welcoming.
Good luck my friend! I bet it turns out beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Kelly, your wreath is so natural and beautiful! I love the trailing ivy and the clever way you’ve combined real and faux greenery. It’s the perfect finishing touch to your festive porch! I hope you have a Merry Christmas 🙂
Thank you Rebecca! I love the ivy too it just feels finished with it! Merry Christmas!
Kelly, I love the way your wreath turned out! That faux ivy is such a cute unexpected touch!
Aww thank you so much Leen! Praying for you my friend!
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