How to Style a Christmas Wreath {Like a Pro}

Today I’m going to share a few of the tricks I learned back when I was a craft coordinator for a local craft and floral store. We spent all of October, November, and December styling floral arrangements and creating Christmas crafts. Though I was technically in the craft department, both the floral and ribbon ladies tried to steal me for their areas, and taught me quite a few useful tips in the meantime.

I’m going to walk you through creating a professional looking traditional Christmas wreath! You’ll also get to learn my favorite {and easy!} was of creating ribbon picks!

 You’re going to start with an 8 – 10 inch long piece of word ribbon, and half a length of pipe cleaner. Why pipe cleaner? It’s fuzzy and blends in beautifully with Christmas wreaths, trees, and garlands.

 Fold your ribbon in half and pinch the ends together. 

 And wrap one end of your pipe cleaner around it.

 Ta Da! A ribbon pick. The secret to my floral wreaths.

 All you see is a gorgeous hint of ribbon.

Now, on to making our wreath!

 First, get a faux wreath that has a variety of needle styles. You want one with both short and long needles. I found this at a warehouse store for about $10. Don’t go super cheap on your wreath base or the final product won’t look as nice.

 Fluff your wreath. Pull those needles up, out, and in. Your wreath should look twice as big by the time you’re done fluffing it.

 Get all your supplies together. For this wreath I used 9 ribbon picks, 3 faux pinecones, 3 red poinsettias, 2 gold glitter poinsettias, a greenery bunch, and a large bow.

When picking colors, pick two main, and then a third accent color. My main colors are red and gold, with teal accents. 

If you want to keep your wreath the same for every year, use hot glue on the tips of everything as you’re putting it in. If you prefer to make it different each year like I do, just tuck things in there. They’ll stay fine on their own, and are easy to remove when you’re ready to pack up for the season.

 Always start with your largest flowers, and tuck them into the wreath like they are coming from the same direction as the needles.

 Place your other 2 poinsettias around your wreath, evenly spaced.

 Tuck in your two glittery flowers.

 Between one of the poinsettias and glittery flowers, I tucked in a greenery bunch that had some faux pine, a pinecone, and leaves.

 Next add in your pine cones in the bare spots. You can see I left a large section at the bottom of the wreath empty because I’m using a very large bow. If your bow isn’t going to be as large, or you’re not using one, make sure to fill in this space!

 Last is tucking in your ribbon picks and attaching your bow!

 You’re done! I didn’t include a tutorial for this bow, since it’s difficult to explain and most people prefer to buy rather than hand make bows. 

However, if you’d like for me to make a tutorial to explain how I made this bow, just let me know in the comments and I’d be glad to do so!

 I hope this helped you, and convinced you NOT to spend the money on those pre-done, over priced wreath you see at the stores. You can make one yourself so quick and easy! Plus, there’s always the joy of telling people who ask you, “Where did you get that wreath?” that “I made it!” 

Let me know if you give it a try!


  1. Beautiful wreath! I’d love to see how to make a wreath out of scraps from a live tree if you know how to do that.

  2. Yes, please, I would like to see how you made the bow. Thats the part that always stops me from
    doing a wreath like this. I just don’t know how to make big pretty bows.
    Thankyou for showing how you did the wreath, seems simple when you do it in little bits and I especially
    thank you for showing how you did the ribbon picks, I have tried winding the whole ribbon in and out the front of the wreath
    and it never looks right, now I know how the ‘pros’ do it. So now I need the secret of making the beautiful bow, and using
    two different ribbons!


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