This post walks you through the steps for making a winter door wreath which you can use even after the holidays, all winter season. With the holidays around the corner, sometimes it’s nice to have decor that will last through the month of January. The winter wreath we are making today for your front door, is intended to last well past Christmas and into the New Year. This is a Christmas Wreath and a “Welcome to the New Year” Wreath all in one.
If you are anything like me, you are short on time. In the next month, we will have our normal busy lives PLUS all the holiday festivities. There are plays to attend, dinners to go to, office parties to participate in, gifts to wrap, shopping to do, meals to prepare, stockings to stuff and more…
So, if I can have some decor that lasts past the Christmas season and well into the winter season – then heck, sign me up! I am on board! Right? When early January arrives we will all be putting Christmas back into the box. It will be time to put away our Christmas decoration. So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was at least some decor that could stay up for a while longer?
I have a solution! Introducing the Winter Door Wreath. This front door wreath bridges the gap between Christmas festivities and Valentine’s Day. As an added bonus, this wreath is made with very affordable supplies. In fact – some of the items are foraged from outside. Translation – these items were free. So let’s get started.
Making a Winter Door Wreath
As I mentioned previously, most of the items for this new wreath were gathered from outside. However, these items can also be found at your local craft store or online.
Where possible, I have linked similar items that you can purchase online.
- Grapevine base wreath form – I used an 18” form
- 12 Dried grass fronds – I used a variety known as Silver Feather Maiden Grass
- 20 -30 tiny Pinecones
- Dried Rodanthe Daisies
- Dried hydrangeas
- White pom poms – I used a pom pom garland
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- White craft paint
- Small craft paint brush
Step 1 – Forage Vegetation
When making this wreath, I was inspired by Terrain and the wreaths they sell. Their beautiful wreaths always have natural elements and look unique. So from the outset, I wanted to use as many natural elements as possible.
Unlike most greenery wreaths, this winter wreath will last for a long time and can be exposed to cold weather and direct sunlight.
If you have the option of going into your garden, or a friend’s garden or even to an area with natural vegetation- then you can forage some of the items used to create this wreath. I foraged the following items from outside:
- Small pinecones
- 12 Dried grass fronds
If you don’t have access to these in your area, I have provided links so you can purchase them online.
Step 2 – Paint the Pinecones
Using some white paint and a small craft paint brush, paint the exterior of the small pinecones.
I put down some kraft paper to protect my work surface and let the pinecones dry on the surface. The tweezers were used to hold the pinecone while I painted it. I painted approximately 20 small pine cones.
Step 3 – Gather All the Wreath Elements
Once your pinecones have dried, then gather all the other elements of the wreath and lay them out onto the grapevine wreath form. The goal is to figure out how you want the wreath to look before you start attaching anything.
This is an important step, so take your time. If it helps, take photos of the different layouts to help you decide what looks best.
Also, just a quick note, the grapevine wreath that I used was flocked, however, this is not necessary. This was just the original condition in which I purchased the wreath form. You can use a natural grapevine wreath.
One more note. There are no “rules” for making this wreath. Here are some slight variations you can consider:
- Use acorns instead of small pine cones
- Use dried Baby’s Breath flowers instead of dried daisies
- Use dried Pampas grass instead of dried Silver Feather Maiden grass.
Step 4 – Make the Wreath
Plug in your hot glue gun and wait for it to warm up. Then start attaching the dried florals to the wreath form. I started with the larger grass fronds first, and then attached one pom pom at a time. Then I filled in more of the wreath form with the pinecones.
Once the overall form of the wreath looked balanced I attached small hydrangea bunches. The dried daisies were the last items I added since they are so delicate.
Step 5 – Enjoy your Winter Door Wreath
I love having a wreath on my front door since it translates to an inviting and cozy home. This winter wreath is a perfect gift and that fact that you made it gives it a personal touch.
Here are some images of the completed winter wreath. You can pin these images to your Pinterest boards for future reference.
I decided to add a velvet ribbon for a final finishing touch.
Other Wreath Ideas
Here are some other wreath tutorials you might like.
My friend Cindy has a great post on making a Pinecone wreath.
My friend CoCo has a great post on making an Effortless Christmas wreath.
Finally, you might like this post I wrote about creating a fall wreath.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration as well as a small decor idea that will bridge the time between Christmas and the early winter months of next year.
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