How to Make a Christmas Holly Wreath

A Very Merry Holly Wreath

When you think of holly you undoubtedly will associate it with Christmas. If you have one on your property you may also think Ouch! and Ugh! The two sentiments I utter when a) getting stabbed by the leaves and b) when I have to clean up the leaves that just won’t compost and pluck out all the volunteers around the garden.

But it’s at this time of year, when the holly tree is just packed with glowing red berries, that it’s hard not to appreciate her beauty.

Holly Wreath Project

This year I took some clippings from the large tree that boarders my new garden to decorate a door in the back garden. Using the holly, a grapevine wreath, and some laurel leaves, I created a traditional yet stunning wreath to add a little colour to the bright white door.

Green and Red Berry Wreath


How to Make a Christmas Wreath


1. Start your wreath by gathering a bunch of laurel branches. Add one holly branch with lots of berries to the top and trim the bottom of the bunch. Wind twine around the base of the bunch and then around the grapevine wreath. Secure the bunch by tying the twine in a knot but do not cut the end.

How to Make a Wreath

2. Continue by making more bunches like the first one and winding them onto the grapevine wreath with twine.

DIY Fresh wreath

3. When you come to the end of the wreath, tuck the last bunch under the tops of the leaves of the first bunch then wrestle with the twine and the pointy leaves until you have that last bunch secured. Tie it in a few knots to ensure that everything stays in place.

4. Now have a quick look at the wreath. Are there any unruly bits? Use your pruners to shape the wreath and tame down some of the wild branches.

Trimming greens

5. Hang your wreath up and have a good look at it. Is there more trimming to be done? Are there more berries needed or is there a bare spot?  Taking time to make these adjustments will make the most refined wreath.

How to Make a Christmas Holly Wreath

6. Finally, hang your wreath where you are sure to enjoy it most or to create a festive welcome to your guests.

Holly and Laurel Holiday Wreath

Fresh Evergreen Wreath Ideas

For more inspiration on making fresh wreath, check out this collection of my wreaths over the years using lavender, evergreens, eucalyptus, hops, feathers and more!


About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Sheila @sZinteriors
    Sheila @sZinteriorsNovember 30,12

    Your wreath is beautiful, the perfect Holiday statement. I just asked my Dad if I could cut some if his holly, but I’m a little intimidated to try making a full-on holly wreath – the prickles are nasty, and refuse to play nice!

  2. Kerry
    KerryNovember 30,12

    What a pretty wreath! I’m jealous of you’re evergreens…we don’t get many of those down here in Florida.

  3. Patrick
    PatrickDecember 1,12

    Well thanks for handling the prickled leaves to share something so beautiful for all of us to see. Can’t imagine a better setting than a white door surrounded by a neutral exterior.

    We have a Blue Girl and Blue Boy duo that renders beautiful clippings of the red berries against dark blue foliage and black stems. Just a sight to see.

  4. Randy
    RandyDecember 3,12

    You did a fantastic job on the wreath! Very, very pretty, you’ve inspired me to give it a try!

  5. Nicole Scott
    Nicole ScottDecember 3,12

    Beautiful Steph. Especially next to the white door! I don’t have Holly anymore now that I moved away from Vancouver, but I do have some poisonous kind of something in the front yard…it has berries. Think it will have the same charm?

  6. Sherry
    SherryDecember 3,12

    It’s gorgeous! I need some holly to clip from :)

  7. Linda
    LindaDecember 4,12

    Love this wreath and thanks for showing us how to make it. Very appreciated and I know how hard it is to do that, too. Thanks, again. Love your site. Linda

  8. Stevie
    StevieDecember 20,12

    beautiful wreath, Ann, thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Maria
    MariaDecember 20,12

    What a beautiful wreath! Beautifully done!

  10. Nikki @ Tikkido
    Nikki @ TikkidoDecember 4,14

    So beautiful! I love using greens foraged in the yard for inexpensive and beautiful decorating. I’d love it if you would add this project to this week’s Party Time Link Party:

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