It’s that time of the year when you bring out all of the Christmas boxes and fall in love all over again with the magic of the season… until you open one only to find that old evergreen wreath haphazardly shoved in one of the boxes. It doesn’t exactly inspire any Christmas carols.
Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to buy new decor, so you browse Pottery Barn, Magnolia Market, McGee and Co., and then Restoration Hardware and drool over every lush, gorgeous greenery piece. You’ve found the. perfect. wreath. and can even envision it welcoming guests to your perfectly lit and decorated home. Then, your dreams turn into the nightmare before Christmas when you see the price tag of $75-250. You try justifying it in your mind and close the browser.
Guilty on both accounts.
I decided to revamp our Christmas decor but didn’t want to buy a new wreath when I already had a perfectly fine one at home. I just didn’t love how basic and lackluster it looked. I set out to turn it into a beauty that greeted guests + set the tone for the rest of our holiday home décor. I am loving mixtures of spruce and eucalyptus this year and knew our decor of Christmases past could be enhanced to make more of an impact.
Coming from someone who has had their fair share of Pinterest fails, I get that DIYs can be intimidating – not to mention, often time consuming. I’ll never forget the weekend my roommates in college attempted to make “easy diy arm scarves.” However, this wreath tutorial is the quickest, easiest project to turn an inexpensive, drab wreath into a lush beauty that Joanna Gaines would surely approve of.
- Evergreen wreath
- Bunches of faux eucalyptus + greenery
- Wire cutters – this makes your job much easier
- Choose your faux spruce wreath. They can be found for very inexpensive at most craft stores. Most are sparse and lackluster, but that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be gorgeous on its own because your going to jazz it up. I already had this one from previous years (currently on sale for $10 + 20% off of sale items with coupon). I recommend faux spruce as opposed to twigs or eucalyptus because the texture allows you to simply stick the added greenery in without needing to use hot glue.
- Choose the faux greenery. Bunches or sprigs of eucalyptus or lambs ear can also be found at your local craft store. I purchased this bunch of eucalyptus for $9.99, and it was enough to completely fill the wreath. Tip: For an even more organic look, try using 2-3 different types of greenery. You can also add berries or thistle.
- Put it all together. Using the wire cutters, cut each sprig of greenery at its base leaving about 3-5 inches of plain branch if possible. This allows you to tuck each branch into the wreath and the leaves to be more prominent. I bent each branch ever so slightly and inserted the stems in the same direction as existing branches. I also tucked some leaves under a spruce branch to look like the eucalyptus was always a part of the wreath. The best part about not using hot glue is that you can add/remove as needed to achieve the look you want!
- Hang your new, beautiful wreath. After I hung mine on our front door, I rearranged a few of the branches again, but this overall process took 10 minutes and cost around $10 (approximately $20 if you are purchasing your wreath new). It would also be a fun, easy project to do with kiddos!
If you make your own Magnolia-inspired wreath, share it with me by tagging @jen_ngu on Instagram! I’d LOVE to see!
Hope you enjoy decking the halls this Christmas season.