The Weirdest Things Anyone Has Ever Used to Make an Awesome DIY Christmas Wreath

Christmas wreaths have traditionally taken the form of rings of evergreen boughs, but in a daring break with the past, today's DIYers create colorful decorations that comprise all manner of oddball objects. Click through to see a collection of unconventional wreaths, then gather together a quirky assortment of materials to craft your own unique take on this seasonal adornment.

  1. Orange You Glad It’s Christmas

    Orange You Glad It’s Christmas

    Your holiday guests will be surprised that the sweet scent that greets them isn’t from the kitchen, but from this fresh, fragrant, and festive wreath at your entryway. Use 22-gauge floral wire to wrap greenery around a wire wreath form, then pierce wire through several mandarin oranges and attach them to the wreath.

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  2. Give Me a “P” for Pom-Pom

    Give Me a “P” for Pom-Pom

    Up the cheer factor in a forlorn corner in just half an hour by hot-gluing large, neutral-colored faux fur pom-poms one by one onto a foam wreath form until it’s completely covered. Hang the wreath on an interior wall with a pink ribbon for a chic effect. 

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  3. Sweet, Soft, and Puffy

    Sweet, Soft, and Puffy

    The only thing better than marshmallows in your hot cocoa might be marshmallows on your walls. Re-create this fluffy and fanciful indoor wreath from The Sweet Escape by covering a foam wreath form in white yarn, pinning large marshmallows into the form until covered, and then hanging it up with a bold red ribbon.

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  4. Go Nuts

    Go Nuts

    This peanut-coated wreath from Country Design Style is little more than a foam form wrapped in burlap ribbon and covered with peanuts in their shells. A winding of twine mimics peanut roots. Nearby peanut-philes—both avian and human—will agree that it looks good enough to eat!

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  5. Rock Your Socks

    Rock Your Socks

    Why let those socks your grandma gives you every year go to waste when you can repurpose them into homey door decor? Use two embroidery hoops of different sizes to trace a wreath form onto foam core. Cut out the wreath form, cut the socks to wrap around it, glue them down, and fit the embroidery hoops into place around the form. Hot-glue a wooden cutout of a holiday greeting inside the wreath to give guests a warm welcome.

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  6. Like Fine Wine

    Like Fine Wine

    When it came time to decorate her wreath, the DIYer at Cork and Spoon decided to skip the traditional evergreen boughs and put a cork in it—200 wine corks, to be specific, arranged in concentric circles and hot-glued onto a straw wreath form. A sprig or two of greenery and faux holly berries, secured to the wreath with floral wire and hot glue, make the holiday even cheerier.

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  7. A Berry Merry Christmas

    A Berry Merry Christmas

    Leftover cranberries from your holiday stovetop potpourri can make a colorful, tantalizing topper for a blank interior wall. Simply wrap red scrap fabric around a Styrofoam wreath form, hot-glue cranberries onto the form to cover the fabric, and then glue on a bow to complete the merry flourish.

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  8. Pipe Dream

    Pipe Dream

    Nothing clinches a mirthful mood quite like the sight of shiny holiday baubles. To showcase yours, hot-glue PVC pipes of different diameters into a circular arrangement, spray-paint the assembly, fill the openings of the pipes with small ornaments, and hang the wreath on your door with a chain to brighten your entryway.

  9. The Final Straw

    The Final Straw

    After sipping up that glass of punch, don’t take that drinking straw to the trash, but rather to the porch to doll up your doorway. Cover a dollar-store foam wreath in red ribbon, glue striped straws of alternating lengths side by side to the front of the wreath, and tie on a matching striped bow.

  10. Bespoke Beauty

    Bespoke Beauty

    Make a merry memory of all the miles you put on your old bike by upcycling one of the wheels into an evergreen wreath. Twine real or fake evergreen boughs around the rim with elastic rope and gear ties, then finish it off with eye-popping crimson bows.

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  11. Music to Your Eyes

    Music to Your Eyes

    A symphony of joyous colors, this homemade wreath uses torn sheet music and red and green paper rosettes to proclaim the good tidings of the season—and the musical inclinations of those who dwell within.

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  12. Doe-to-Door


    Cure wardrobe clutter and bring an instant smile to holiday visitors by decking your door with this fashion-forward wreath from Twin Dragonfly Designs. To re-create it, wrap an old scarf around a Styrofoam wreath form, secure the loose scarf end to the form with pins, and use twine to loop a reindeer ornament through the center of the wreath and hang it on the door. 

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  13. Ties the Season!

    Ties the Season!

    Don’t forget to dress your door in formal attire before donning your own holiday garb this Christmas. Start by wrapping and pinning cut vintage neckties around a Styrofoam wreath form, then hot-glue the loose ends of the ties to the form to keep them in place. Tie any leftover fabric into a bow, and pin it to the top of the wreath for a finishing touch.

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  14. Cut Out for Christmas

    Cut Out for Christmas

    For a wreath that’s anything but cookie-cutter, hot-glue decorative paper backing to several cookie cutters, assemble them into the shape of a wreath with hot glue, and then hang it with a plaid ribbon for a visual treat in the entryway, the kitchen, or anywhere you need a little joy.

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  15. Peppermint Twist

    Peppermint Twist

    Real candy makes for irresistible eye candy. For proof, look no further than this mouthwatering Christmas creation from the Cubicle Chick, made by wrapping a foam wreath form with ribbon and then hot-gluing individual peppermint candies to the front and outer edge of the form. Oh so sweet!

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