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How to Make a Cheap Christmas Wreath

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor.  While they are expensive to buy, they can be incredibly inexpensive to make.  Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

I love making wreaths.  They add so much to your decor, can be truly cheap to make, and honestly, require very little skill.  (That’s probably why I like them so much! 😉 )  

They can be used in every season to add texture, color, and variety to your decor.  The style options with wreaths are truly endless.  

Tips on How to Make a Cheap Christmas Wreath

  1. Keep your eyes open at Goodwill and estate sales for wreath forms.  I often snag wreath forms (of all types – pine/fir, grapevine, embroidery hoops, etc.) at Goodwill or estate sales for only $1-2.  
  2. Grab greenery or floral picks on clearance.  I buy most of my floral supplies and greenery on clearance (or occasionally I get lucky at Goodwill).  At the very least, you can watch Hobby Lobby’s flier and get your greenery for 50% off.
  3. Don’t be afraid to forage in your backyard.  You may have everything you need right at your fingertips!  Simply go outside and see what fun textures and colors you may have in your very own yard – branches, berries, pinecones, bush stems, and so on.
  4. Shop your home. You likely have all sorts of things laying around that could help you create a beautiful wreath – ribbon, ornaments, bells, seashells, small garlands, bottle brush trees, and on and on.

DIY Christmas Wreath for Under $20

This particular wreath cost me a little less than $20, but a couple of the supplies I have had on hand for months now.  So, my immediate out-of-pocket expense was about $12.  You could easily make this wreath for even cheaper if you use some of my suggestions from above, though.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

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Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.


 

Step 1 – Prepare wreath form

For this particular wreath, I used a pine wreath that I snagged at an estate sale over the summer for $1.25.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

I removed the bow and spent some time fluffing up the branches.

Step 2 – Wind and Secure LED Lights

Mini LED Lights are such a fun craft item to have on hand.  I always grab them when I see them on clearance or at garage sales.  

Oddly, all of the strands that I have on hand are 10′ long.  I was a bit worried that that would be too long for the wreath, but it actually was the perfect amount.

I started by looping the end of the lights around one of the metal hoops on the back of the wreath.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

The wire of the lights is bendable, so I just wrapped it a few times like a twist tie, in order to secure it.

Then, I wound the lights around the wreath until I got back to where I started.

Finally, I secured the battery pack on the backside of the wreath with a bit of floral wire.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

Step 3 – Add Extra Greenery

I picked up a glittery eucalyptus bush from Michael’s for this step.  

Using wire cutters, I started clipping small stems of eucalyptus off of the bush and sticking them into the wreath.  The pine branches are stiff enough (and thick enough) that I actually didn’t use anything to secure the eucalyptus.  They stuck pretty securely on their own, even through the next step when I turned it upside down!  

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

This will make it really easy in the future to change the look, if I ever whenever I want to.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

Step 4 – Add Ornament

Finally, I added my bell ornament to the center.  This is another item that I grabbed specifically for this craft, but any ornament (or pair of ornaments) that you have at home could work.

Again, using a bit of floral wire, I secured the ornament hanger to the top of the metal wreath frame.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.
Sorry the picture is blurry.

And that’s it!

Here is the backside of the wreath.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

And here is the front!

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.


 

Just a few simple items took turned this boring old evergreen wreath into a professional looking, store bought holiday decoration.

Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

And that is how you make a cheap Christmas wreath!

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Wreaths are the perfect touch for any style of Christmas decor. Here are some tips, as well as a step-by-step tutorial, for how to make a cheap Christmas wreath.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Such a great use of the eucalyptus branches Amy. Love how the wreath turned out. You can imagine how tough it must be working in a store like that with all those things to inspire me.

    1. Mary! So great to hear from you! And thank you. I can’t imagine how much self-control it must require to work there. I’m afraid I wouldn’t make any money working in a store like that!

  2. These wreath is beautiful! I love what you added. Thank you for the sharing the ideas! I’m visiting today from the Happy Now linkup. Have a great day Amy!

  3. Such a great transformation! I do love making decor with foraged stuff, lol. I’ve got a Christmas wreath planned to make with blackberry vine that grows everywhere here, some pinecones, and pine branches. Thank you for sharing such a great inspiration, Amy!

    1. Thank you so much! I think your wreath will be beautiful! I will be looking for it. I love using pinecones in decor. 🙂

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