Make Your Own Custom Holiday Wreath

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In general, I stay far away from traditional Christmas decor. You’re not going to find red, green and gold with images of Santa and elves at our house. We pride ourselves on choosing a non-traditional color scheme for our holiday decor each year. But as you can imagine, it can be difficult to find pre-made items in color schemes like turquoise and lime green, orange and white, or what we’ve chosen this year, lilac, gold and creme. So I’ve resorted to making my own decor, including wreaths. However, I have gotten tired of starting from scratch every year. So this year, I bought an undecorated wreath form from Walmart and made it my own. Here’s how you can do the same:

You’ll Need:

  • Wreath, $4
  • Large decorative picks, $3.47/each
  • Small decorative picks, $1.97/each
  • Decorative ribbon with wire edges, $3.97
  • Ornaments, $10-13

*Get a shopping list on page 5 of the Walmart Christmas catalog

First, I added the ribbon at the top as the main focal point of the wreath. You don’t need to be skilled at tying fancy bows to do this. The ribbon has wire running through both edges, so it will hold any shape into which you fold it.

Keep folding and wrapping the ribbon until you have a bow shape that you like.

I also added ribbon at the bottom.

The next step is adding the picks. I wound up using just the small picks, because the large ones were a little TOO large and wound up overpowering the entire wreath. But the smaller picks are the perfect scale. Simply push the stem of the pick between the leaves of the wreath.

Finally, I added ornaments, interspersed throughout the gold picks for a balanced look. I initially bought glass ornaments, but I thought putting easily breakable ornaments on a wreath that would hang on our front door might be a bad idea. Instead, I grabbed some shatterproof ornaments in purple, along with some simple ornament hooks.

Add a hook to the ornament, and push it through the leaves of the wreath. You can wrap it around the branches to make sure it is extra secure.

Finally, you can add ribbon at the bottom center of the wreath to finish it off. I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath a few times, then left the ends hanging.

This was ridiculously easy to do. It took only about 20 minutes, and next year, I can just remove the ribbon, ornaments and picks to make way for our new color scheme. Isn’t it gorgeous on our front door?

We’re going to use the glass ornaments and the remainder of the shatterproof ornaments on our tree, which we will get in the next week or two. Given that we change our color scheme yearly, it’s great to know that we can rely on Walmart to find ornaments and decor inexpensively, and that, if well taken care of, they’ll last for years to come for ornament exchanges with friends and family.

I also plan to DIY some ornaments and Christmas decor, so I’ll share more of that once I get started.

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing my wreath project with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

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  • Sheena Tatum November 25, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I can always count on you to do something funky. I love it! Next year I’m hoping to change our holiday color scheme although Greg really likes traditional colored lights. The thought scares me… having to buy new stuff, but I’m up for the challenge.

    • jennae December 3, 2012, 6:32 pm

      Thanks Sheena! We buy new/thrifted stuff every single year since we are always changing up our color scheme. What scares me is the thought of ever using red, green and gold! Lmao!

  • Eva Stephen November 26, 2012, 8:52 am

    Golden, green and purple; its looking beautiful, giving me inspiration for this year. Last year I did green, pink and sky blue.

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