12 Totally Unexpected Ways to DIY a Holiday Wreath

This holiday season, skip the ho-ho-humdrum home decor. Deck the halls—and the doors—with one of these 12 unconventional DIY wreaths.

  1. Eye Candy

    Gumdrop Wreath

    Gather the kids’ leftover Halloween gumdrops (or your own secret stash) and hot-glue them in rings around a Styrofoam wreath form. Once the wreath is completely sugar-coated, tie a bow and hang your handy holiday work for all to admire.

    Related: 25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments


  2. Punk Chic

    Rag Wreath

    Dated clothing need not be relegated to the back of the closet if it’s fashioned into this fabric wreath. Wrap old garments and bandanas into a faux-evergreen wreath and then share your tale of rags to holiday riches.

    Related: Without a Stitch—9 No-Sew Projects to Dress Up Any Room


  3. Inviting Finnish

    Geometric Wreath

    Gain a glimpse of holiday traditions abroad with this eye-catching wreath inspired by Himmeli, a Finnish Christmas ornament. Unlike traditional straw Himmeli, this re-imagination features everyday cocktail straws threaded and secured with floral wire into an inviting geometric shape.

    Related: 10 Holiday Ornaments to DIY with Everyday Stuff


  4. Star Power

    Starburst Wreath

    This rustic twig and pom-pom wreath beautifully pays homage to the Midcentury modern inspired starburst pattern. Hot-glue twigs onto a circular cardboard cutout. Then, bunch yarn into pom-pom-shaped balls and hot-glue them onto the wreath for a positively radiant entryway.

    Related: 9 Inventive Ways to Decorate with Tree Trunks, Branches, and Twigs


  5. Pipe Dream

    PVC Pipe Wreath

    If the ghosts of fallen wreaths past still haunt you, quash them by displaying this lightweight, modern art-inspired PVC pipe wreath. Arrange the mitered pipes around a central object and assemble the wreath with glue and a chain to turn up the festivities.

    Related: Pipe Dreams—10 Inspiring DIY Projects with PVC


  6. Festive Feast

    Birdseed Wreath

    To sew the seeds of generosity this holiday season, start by feeding the friendly, feathery neighbors that occupy your garden. Stuff birdseed into citrus rinds or a cake mold and hang your homemade feeder onto trees or bushes to serve a feast fit for the birds.

    Related: The 10 Best Bird Feeders for Your Wintertime Yard


  7. Family K’nnections

    K'nex Wreath

    Your kids will be in for a Christmas surprise when they awake to find their K’nex pieces ingeniously arranged into this ornate ornamental. Use this Instructables tutorial to assemble K’nex rods, connectors, and faux lights into a playful wreath that illuminates smiles.

    Related: 5 Things to Do With... Old Toys

    instructables.com via Shadowman39

  8. Holiday Portrait

    Photograph Wreath

    Come New Year, holiday photos are often relegated to dusty photo albums. Bring those photographs out of the dark room and into the entryway with this simple photo wreath. You can cut and tape your favorite prints onto a cardboard wreath form in a snap.

    Related: 10 Inventive Ways to Display Family Photos


  9. Alive and Thriving

    Succulent Wreath

    Spread the joie de vivre of the holiday season year-round with a living succulent wreath. After gathering assorted succulent clippings from your garden, use bobby pins to secure their stems into a wreath filled with fresh sphagnum moss and good cheer.

    Related: 11 Creatively Stylish Ways to Display Succulents


  10. Merry-go-round

    Bike Wheel Wreath

    If an unused bicycle wheel is hanging around the garage like a third wheel, upcycle it into a sporty and seasonal evergreen wreath. Weave evergreen boughs through the wheel spokes and secure them with gear ties for a festive wreath brimming with bespoke charm.

    Related: 5 Things to Do With... Old Bicycles


  11. Wooden Personality

    Wooden Spool Wreath

    Start your holiday decorating off without a stitch with an inspired wooden spool wreath in your favorite color palette. Wrap wooden spools with scrapbook paper, and a wire wreath form with fabric. Then, hot-glue the spools onto the wreath and hang it for a seamless finish.

    Related: 10 Alternative Wreaths to Make You Forget About Evergreens


  12. Ode de Toilette

    Ode de Toilette

    This upcycled paper roll wreath proves that design inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places: the bath. Flatten colored paper tubes before arranging and gluing them into a whimsical curl. Adorn the wreath with a faux garland of cranberries to add a festive focal point.

    etsy.com via ShadowCatCrafts

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