Learning How to Decorate a Christmas Wreath

This week, I learned how to decorate a Christmas wreath at our local Women’s Shed. Our Inner Children found inspiration in Santa’s grotto, singing a rousing “Jingle Bells, as we posed for posterity:


I loved the polar bears, reindeer, the snowmen and the penguin…


I bet Santa did too…

Getting Creative

Our tutors taught us step by step.

We used:

  • A basic straw wreath
  • Green plastic tape
  • Rolls of florist’s wire
  • Metal pins
  • Assorted foliage, including holly with berries
  • Decorations including poinsettia, mistletoe, robins, ribbon…


The straw wreaths were bound tightly with the green plastic tape, and wound with the florist’s wire.

Top Tip

If you cannot find green plastic tape, cut up a green bin bag or carrier bag.

Next, add foliage in small bunches, using your florist’s wire to tie them in place. Just keep on weaving the wire around and around, a little at a time…

You are now ready to pin in some holly:

Eventually, you will reach this stage:


Add embellishments of your choice; I went for a red and silver “poinsettia and mistletoe” theme:

I lined my finished wreath up in front of two others, to give you further inspiration. A cute robin adorns the middle wreath, while the rear model is embellished with gold ribbon.


I am normally a minimalist, but I added a final flourish of red ribbon this morning, before hanging my new creation on my front door.

20171212_105904.jpg I cannot help but smile at my efforts, and I should think the birds will enjoy the holly berries, before Christmas is over…

Brigid P. Gallagher

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80 thoughts on “Learning How to Decorate a Christmas Wreath

  1. Brigid it is gorgeous! Your door is surely the most splendid in the village now … I also have to shout out to the grotto …. that penguin is so perky and jolly surely no-one could fail to smile 🐧

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      1. I must write the story of my husband doing ‘bear training’ before his first trip to Greenland 5 or 6 years ago one day – it still makes me giggle. I adore all bears and penguins too (I always visit them first at London Zoo and at Cotswold Wildlife Park where they seem particularly happy) …. happy thoughts! 🙂

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  2. loved all the photos Brigid, thank you for sharing. we dont get christmas greens here on the equator so wreaths are the plastic variety. IKEA imports christmas trees so thats the closest i get to smelling fir trees and pine cones. your wreath was very lovely and looks a perfect welcome on the door.

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  3. Brigid,this is grand and I like the flourish of the red ribbon – just perfect!! 😀 Your clear description and photos make me feel that even I could manage this…maybe next year! Wishing you a lovely week to Christmas! 🎄❤️

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