Nothing says you are ready for the holidays more than a beautiful Christmas wreathe on your front door. You will see the stores full of different types and sizes of holiday wreaths, but why buy one when you can make your own for half the price. All you will need is a circular base, decorations, and some DIY Christmas wreath ideas for inspiration.
Christmas Wreath Meaning
The history of the homemade wreath goes back for centuries. The early Romans would gift the evergreen branches to family and friends at the beginning of each year to wish health and strength upon them. The branches were then twisted and shaped into simple wreaths. It is believed that the wreaths were then placed on doors to symbolize joy and victory.
In Christianity, the circular shape represents eternity or life never ending – Christ. Originally, the Christmas wreaths were decorated with four candles around the circle, and one in the center. The center candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of Jesus Christ.
Also, for wreaths made of holly, Christianity believes that the holly leaves represent the thorns on Jesus’ crown when he was crucified. The red holly berries symbolize the blood that Jesus shed for his people.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath
Once you have your inspiration, gather all of your decorating components and accessories for your wreath. Next, make sure you have all of the required tools based on your design. A circular base, scissors, hot glue, tape, and super glue are the typical tools required.
Making a Christmas wreath from scratch can be difficult to form into a perfect circle. In order to make your life easier, try using a Styrofoam or wire base as those shown below to get started. Once you have your base, all you need to do is decorate till your heart is content.
Last but not least, make sure that you add a ribbon on the back of your wreath if you want to hang it on display. Make sure that you use extra adhesive as this will have a lot of weight and movement throughout its display.
DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas
You can create a homemade Christmas wreath to make and sell, give as a white elephant gift, or keep in the family for years to come. Look below for some DIY wreath ideas with a Styrofoam circular base to get started.
If you do not have access to a Styrofoam circle for a base, you have multiple options. Cut an old wire hanger and bend it into the form of a circle for your template. Having a wire base allows for you to use different decorative materials and create a thinner wreath such as those below.
Last but not least, if you are feeling really creative, build your wreath without a base. Once you have chosen your material, simply glue your pieces together in the form of a circle. This option may be harder, but your wreath will be worth it.
Who says you have to have a circular wreath. If you are feeling the Christmas spirit, but love rectangles, why not paint that extra frame you have and make your own special modern Xmas wreath. Add a few DIY Christmas ornaments to make it even more unique.
Protecting Your Christmas Wreath
A DIY wreath can be created within an afternoon and bring the holiday spirit to your home for years. In order to keep your pretty wreath protected, make sure and keep it in a cool and dry place. Once the holiday season is over, and the Christmas decorations go on clearance, it is the perfect time to grab a wreath case for that extra protection.
Now pick your favorite DIY Christmas wreath idea, add your own special touches, and make your next family keepsake!