This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

A Very Merry Fresh Holly Wreath for Christmas

A fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. While I love to play with all sorts of different greens (as well as the whites, golds, yellows, blues, and reds) for my holiday decorations, the 20ft tall holly tree that adorns the entrance of my urban garden explodes with berries that beg to be used in festive arrangements. The leaves may be a bit prickly but they are worth a few bandages for the final result of this easy-to-make fresh holly wreath.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

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. Despite how you feel about the prickles, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of the glossy green leaves and perfect red berries.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

Before you get started cutting evergreens from your garden, please have a quick read of my pruning basics article. While I’m all for decorating with fresh cuttings from the garden, it is important to care for the health of your trees and shrub’ health.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

How to Make a Fresh Holly Wreath

To make this wreath I took some clippings from the large tree that borders my new garden and the neighboring laurels. Using the holly, laurel leaves, and a grapevine wreath form, this traditional striking wreath can be made in under 30 minutes.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

Materials

This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

Directions

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. This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

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.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

Continue by making more bunches like the first one and winding them onto the grapevine wreath with twine.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

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.

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.

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.This easy-to-make fresh holly wreath dotted with bright red berries is a traditional way to decorate for Christmas. See how to make one at home in this DIY.

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

For more inspiration on making fresh wreaths, check out this collection of my wreaths over the years using hydrangeas, lavender, evergreens, eucalyptus, hops, air plants, succulents, 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: http://tikkido.com/blog/link-party-23

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