Wonderful wreaths: make your own floral decorations this Christmas

Anna Brech
by Anna Brech
19 December 2022

Making your own wreath is a time-honoured Christmas tradition the whole family can get involved in. Thanks to a huge range of kits now available via Virgin Red, homemade wreath-ing is easier than ever. 

With detailed tutorials and a variety of designs at the ready, anyone can have a go at DIY crafting; whether you’re a total beginner or a creative Christmas expert. Drawing from Virgin Red partners Appleyard Flowers, Bloom & Wild, notonthehighstreet.com, Etsy and M&S, we’ve picked out some of the best wreath ideas we could find, to suit all tastes and skill levels this season. Don’t forget, if you run out of time, each of these brands have beautiful ready-made wreaths you can buy (and earn Virgin Points on), too.

Classic Christmas charm 

If you’re all about the proper bells and whistles during the holidays and want a straight-down-the-line, extremely Christmassy decoration, this wreath from Appleyard Flowers will be right up your street. 

Using florist wire for the base, the stars of the show are the bunches of traditional evergreens – spruce, pine, holly – finished off with a huge red ribbon. It does take a little effort to make a wreath from scratch, but follow the tips on how to attach the trickier decorations and you’ll end up with a winter wonderland-style front door to show off.


Striking and simple

Classic Christmas wreaths are beautiful, but it’s possible to keep things a little more minimalist without losing the warm festive glow. If you’re looking for a more contemporary vibe, this Bloom & Wild guide uses a chrome metal ring instead of a wicker or wire base with the idea that some of it will stay exposed. There’s also a hidden bonus: it’s easier to create yourself. 

Once you’ve got your greenery (handily, Bloom & Wild offer a great letterbox bouquet for this), the basic idea is to attach two bundles at the base of the ring, facing in opposite directions. It looks so fancy that you might want to hang it inside, instead…

Do it (mostly) yourself

If you want to collect the base foliage yourself but fancy a helping hand with the bits and pieces that really make it shine, check out this notonthehighstreet kit

As well as ticking off your classic Christmas must-haves as standard – pine cones, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, big red berries – you can customise with extra ribbon or LED lights. There’s also the option to add fresh foliage from notonthehighstreet for convenience.


Wild and wonderful

Want to adorn your wreath with kawaii marshmallows, miniature balloon dogs or tiny pictures of yourself? There are plenty of supplies on Etsy for your bespoke wreath; and every grade of DIY enthusiast is catered for. 

Whether you’re an entry-level crafter or a Christmas pro, choose from full kits, bases to personalise, or every last component to piece together yourself. You could even personalise a pre-built wreath with some custom bits, from LED light strings to keepsake charms, or go all-in on a particular theme or colour – even neon accents are an option for your door.

Easy-peasy present

If this all sounds great but foraging is not something you have time to do – then this craft-your-own wreath kit from M&S is the perfect option. The festive bundle contains everything you need for an exquisite centrepiece – frame, fresh stems of noble fir and eucalyptus, pine cones, wire and ribbon – as well as clear instructions (there’s even an online video to talk you through it). The resulting wreath is the very model of classic Christmas cheer, and comes with a card so you can make a gift out of your impressive DIY effort.

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