How to Make a Fresh Cut Wreath

Creating a beautiful wreath to adorn your home is an essential activity during the holiday season. With just a handful of materials and a dash of creativity, you can craft a stunning wreath that makes your space feel warm, welcoming, and brimming with seasonal magic.

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Gather Your Materials

First things first – gather the supplies! Here's what you'll need:

  • Fresh greenery: Gather an assortment of evergreen branches from McDonald Garden Center. You can also include other seasonal foliage like eucalyptus, holly, or boxwood for a diverse and textured look.
  • Wreath frame: Whether it's a wireframe, a premade wreath base, or a DIY frame made from sturdy branches, choose a base that suits your preferences. We sell a variety of wreath bases that you can work from. 
  • Pruning shears or scissors: Essential for trimming and shaping the greenery.
  • Floral wire or twine: Use this to secure the greenery onto the frame.

Decorative elements: Pinecones, berries, ribbons, ornaments, or dried citrus slices can add a personalized touch to your wreath.

Step-by-Step Guide


1. Prepare Your Workspace

Set up a comfortable workspace with plenty of room to spread out your materials. Lay down a protective covering to catch any loose needles or debris.


2. Trim Your Greenery

Using your pruning shears or scissors, trim the branches into manageable pieces. Aim for lengths of 6 to 10 inches, depending on your desired wreath size and the type of greenery you're using.


3. Create Bundles

Group together small bundles of greenery. Mix and match different types of foliage to add depth and visual interest to your wreath.


4. Attach Greenery to the Frame

Starting at one end of the frame, secure the bundles of greenery using floral wire or twine. Overlap the bundles slightly as you work your way around the frame, covering the entire surface.


5. Add Decorative Elements

Now's the time to let your creativity shine! Arrange and attach any decorative elements like pinecones, berries, or ribbons to enhance the wreath's charm.


6. Hang and Enjoy!

Once you're satisfied with your creation, find the perfect spot to display your masterpiece. Hang it on your front door, above the fireplace, or anywhere that could use a festive touch.


Tips and Tricks

  • Keep it “Watered”: To prolong the lifespan of your fresh cut wreath, spritz it lightly with water every few days to keep the greenery hydrated.
  • Experiment with Shapes: Don't feel limited to a traditional round wreath. Play around with heart-shaped, square, or even triangular frames for a unique look.
  • Personalize it: Incorporate personal touches like family heirlooms, miniature ornaments, or even LED lights to make your wreath truly one-of-a-kind.

Crafting a fresh cut wreath is more than just an artistic endeavor; it's a way to invite the spirit of the season into your home. With a bit of creativity and a touch of nature, you can create a stunning decoration that not only delights the eyes but also fills the air with the delightful scents of the holidays. So, gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and let the crafting magic begin! To learn more about what’s growing on at the garden center, check out Mike, the Garden Guru, and his webinars with new plants, products, and expert planting advice. To keep inspired and grow with us, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok to dig into the joys of gardening!