Welcome guests with this simple yet stunning decoration
The holidays are coming, so it’s time to trim the tree and deck the halls. Festive decorations are an essential ingredient in the Christmas cocktail, and there are endless opportunities to get creative and make your home’s seasonal style unique. At B&Q, we think one of the best ways to achieve a truly special festive look is by making your own decorations.
Finding a spare five minutes at Christmas time can be a challenge, but personalizing a festive wreath is a great way to create a unique decoration for your home and it's quick, easy and simple to make. Hang a Christmas wreath on your front door to impress your visitors, or place it centre stage on your dining table with an LED candle in the middle as a statement centrepiece.
Christmas wreaths are a festive favourite and with our step-by-step guide you’ll be able to create one that’s personal to your Christmas style.
Tools & materials required
How to personalise a Christmas wreath
You might need:
- A plain wreath. We’ve used the Woodland Pine Green Wreath.
- Garden wire. Preferably green to blend in.
- String lights
- An assortment of Christmas decorations such as baubles, beads, and bows. We’ve opted for a red and white theme for ours, but don’t let that limit you. Colour coordinate to suit your Christmas style.
- Gardening gloves to protect your hands.
- Scissors or secateurs if trimming any foliage.
- Holly, ivy or rosemary cuttings (depending on what scents you’re after)
- Dried orange pieces and cinnamon sticks
Be careful when using garden wire and scissors. Gardening gloves are ideal for protecting your hands when using sharp objects and foliage.
Light up your wreath by weaving string lights through the branches. We recommend using battery-powered lights as they don’t have trailing cables that can pose a trip hazard. Neatly tuck the battery pack behind the wreath for a streamlined look.
If you plan to hang your festive wreath outside, make sure you use lights that are designed for outdoor use. We recommend using lights with a maximum of 30 bulbs.
Place the decorations you want to use in front of you and then arrange them on top of your wreath. This will help you spot where the gaps are and check that everything looks right before you fix the decorations onto the wreath.
If you’re planning to hang your wreath, think about how the decorations will hang and in what direction.
Use garden wire to neatly and firmly attach the decorations in place. Garden wire is best for securing sprigs of holly and ivy from your garden, while baubles can be tied to the branches of your wreath with their individual hanging cords, or scraps of colour-coordinating ribbon.
Consider adding cuttings from rosemary bushes, slices of dried orange and cinnamon sticks to create a wreath that both looks and smells incredible.
Create your own bows from ribbons of festive fabrics and fix them using safety pins.
Create a loop with garden wire and secure attach this to the back of wreath ready for hanging. Alternatively, use a loop of wide ribbon for a decorative look.
Make light work of hanging your wreath with a specially designed hanger. This simply hooks over your door so that you don't need to worry about using tools or creating a permanent fixture. Better still, they're available in a range of colours and designs to coordinate with your wreath decorations and decor style.