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How to Make a Christmas Wreath Kit

How to Make a Christmas Wreath Kit

Do you have someone in your family who is spending their first Christmas away from home? Why not put together and mail them a Christmas Wreath Kit complete with everything they need to make a wreath to hang on their apartment door.

The last year our middle daughter was in university, she had to work right up until the day before Christmas and then was off for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. But she had to be back at work bright and early on the 27th. We were living in Rome, Georgia at the time and she was attending university in Toronto, Ontario. Flying her home for Christmas that year just wasn’t feasible.

I knew that being that far away from home for the first time for a major holiday was going to be challenging for her. So I planned a series of pre-Christmas packages to arrive as surprises for her that year. One of those surprises was a box with all the things she needed to make a wreath to hang on her door.

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It’s Day 1 and we are sharing DIY Wreath Ideas!

 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out all the other DIY Christmas Ideas I’ve shared click the links below:

Day 1: You are here. 🙂

Day 2: Quilted Hourglass Candle Mat Tutorial

Day 3: Ring in the Holly Days Advent Calendar Tutorial

Day 4: Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial

Day 5: Delicious Mini Puff Pastry Cone Appetizers

Day 6: Dresden Charm Ornament Tutorial

Day 7: How to Make a Christmas Floral Arrangment

Day 8: How to Make a Mason Jar Embroidery Kit

Day 9: Christmas Furoshiki (Japanese Fabric Wrapping)

Day 10: Poke and Push Fabric Christmas Trees Tutorial

Day 11: Mini Spiced Orange Buttercream Bundt Cakes

Day 12: DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas


With that many wreath making ideas coming your way I wanted to find a unique take on the DIY wreath ideas theme, so I’ve decided to show you how to make a DIY Christmas Wreath Kit for you to give to someone on your list who is spending their first Christmas away from home.

Or perhaps someone on your list are newly weds and this is their first Christmas decorating their own place together and need a new wreath that they could hang in their new home.

Christmas wreath kits are so simple to put together. All the materials needed can be found at your local craft or dollar store.

 

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath Kit

Materials needed:

 

Begin by getting your box ready. You’re going to want a nice clean box with no markings on it as they can use it to store the wreath (and other decorations) after Christmas.

If you’re lucky enough to find a box the right size, you’re good to go. If not, you may need to do what I did and purchase a box and cut it down.

I got this one at our local Staples.

Large shipping box that needs to be downsized to hold the DIY Christmas Wreath Kit

Simply follow the directions to cut it down.

Photo diagram for downsizing the shipping box

Gather your wreath making materials.

3 Items needed to make the DIY Wreath Kit

Add the artificial pine wreath to the bottom of the mailing box.

Wreath form in bottom of the shipping box

On a recent trip to Joann Fabrics I came across this adorable hedgehog and knew it would be perfect to add to a wreath.

The 2 bird picks were bought at Michaels.

Small Hedgehog and 2 bird picks for the DIY Wreath Making Kit

Try to include a variety of different picks so the recipient has lots to choose from when making their wreath.

A variety of Christmas picks with pinecones and berries

Add some pine cones. You can pre-wire them if you like. These ones have received a light spray painting of white.

Pinecones spray painted white to add to the DIY Wreath kit

There are sooo many different pretty wire ribbons to choose from that you’re sure to find something that will suit the recipient’s taste perfectly.

A package of plastic Christmas baubles is another fun addition to any Christmas wreath making kit.

And of course, a spool of floral wire to wire the picks and other decorations to the wreath.

Wired ribbon, Christmas baubles and floral wire for the DIY Christmas Wreath Kit

Adding a set of mini LED battery operated lights is optional. These are for indoor use only, so take that into consideration as to whether to include it in the kit.

If the wreath will likely be hung on an exterior door rather than an apartment door, it might be best to leave them out or make sure to purchase ones that can be used outside.

Set of 10 Star Mini Christmas Lights to add to the DIY Christmas Wreath Kit

And don’t forget to add a Command Hook™ for hanging the wreath. That way the hook can be removed after Christmas… especially important if the person you’re giving the Christmas wreath kit to is in a rental such as an apartment.

Command Hook Wreath Hook

Wrap all the pieces in paper and add to the box. While nothing above is breakable… this is after all a pre-Christmas gift so let them have the fun of unwrapping all the wreath making materials.

You could even include their Christmas gifts as well. But make sure to mark those as “Do not Open until Christmas.”

Wreath and wreath decorations packaged up ready to mail

Mail your Wreath Making Kit off knowing you’re giving someone you love an extra special first Christmas away from home.

 

How to Assemble the Christmas Wreath Kit

As they’ve probably never made a wreath before, I thought I’d show you how I would go about using the material in the above Wreath Making Kit. You may even want to add a note directing them to this or one of the other DIY Wreath Tutorials in Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.

Begin by wrapping the wired ribbon around the wreath.

Showing first step how to make a wreath - Wreath with ribbon

Next add the mini LED lights.

Ribbons and stars added to the wreath

The hedgehog didn’t come with anything to attach it to the wreath, so I took apart one of the picks and inserted that into the bottom of the hedgehog.

Adding a pick to the hedgehog

Cut about 18″ of floral wire, fold in half and wrap around the pick.

Adding a wire to the pick for the hedgehog

Attach the hedgehog to the wreath by twisting the wire around the frame of the wreath, not the greenery.

When I get to this stage of making a wreath, I like to hang it on a door or wall so that I can see where to position the various picks. Then I take it down to secure the wires to the frame.

There’s a lot of hanging it up and taking it down but I find that when I do that, I can step back and make sure the the wreath is looking the way I want it to.

Hedgehog attached to the bottom center of the wreath

Add extra wire to the picks in the same manner as above.

Floral wire added to the bird picks for the Christmas wreath

Add the bird picks to the wreath on either side at the top.

Bird pick added and secured to the wreath

This one looks like he’s looking down at the hedgehog.

Second bird pick added to the other side of the wreath

Once the main elements have been added to the wreath, it can be filled in with the pinecones or Christmas baubles.

Hedgehog and 2 birds on the wreath

When the wreath is decorated to your liking, stand back a few feet and see if there are any changes you’d like to make.

For this one, I decided that I didn’t like how I’d made the hanging loop, so I untied it and re-positioned it slightly at the top of the wreath.

Untying the ribbon bow to change position

Then I brought the two ends of the ribbon to the back of the wreath and tied a knot.

Knot tied in the ribbon on the back of the wreath

Thread the ends of the ribbon through the wire frame and about 6 inches from the top of the wreath, knot again and tie a simple bow.

Ends of the ribbon threaded through to the front

If you’ve added mini lights, you’ll need to secure the battery pack to the wreath.

Cut a generous length of floral wire and half way along the wire, tape it to the back of the battery pack.

Floral wire taped to the back of the battery pack

Wrap the wire around the battery pack like you would if you were adding ribbon to a package. Twist the ends of the wire.

Now I know that doing it this way is going to make it a pain to change those batteries but every other way I tried to attach the battery pack resulted in it falling out of the wreath.

Wire wrapped around battery pack for the lights

Secure the battery pack to the wire frame of the wreath. You can also twist some of the greenery around it to help conceal it from showing through on the front.

Battery pack for the lights secured to wreath

The Christmas wreath is now ready to hang on your door to welcome guests this holiday season.

Finished Hedgehog Wreath

And once evening comes, the lights will add an extra bit of holiday cheer to the night.

Hedgehog wreath with stars lit

As you can see from my example above… not all the materials were used to make the wreath.

I like to add lots of extras so that the person receiving the Christmas wreath kit has different elements to choose from to make a wreath that is unique to their tastes. The extra materials can then also be used to decorate their first Christmas tree.

Now it’s time to check out what the other bloggers have put together for you.

 

 

Scroll down for many more DIY Wreath Ideas for your holiday season!

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Collage photo of Hedgehog wreath made from the DIY Christmas Wreath Kit lit and unlit

8 Comments

  • Kate
    November 19, 2018 7:54 am

    This was timely – I’d recently purchased a wreath and still hadn’t come up with a good idea for it but now my creative juices are flowing. I thank you.

  • Beverly
    November 19, 2018 9:22 am

    What a wonderful idea for a gift! It’s a thoughtful way to send some joy along. The wreath looks great!

  • Heather
    November 19, 2018 10:29 am

    I love this idea! I never thought about sending someone a wreath kits. Your wreath is beautiful and that hedgehog is simply adorable.

  • Addie
    November 19, 2018 2:04 pm

    Pretty wreath. That little hedgehog is adorable…..I think I just might have to go down to my local Joanne’s and check that out!!!! I would like him on my desk…..year round!!!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    November 19, 2018 2:53 pm

    This is a great idea. The little hedgehog is adorable. Who wouldn’t love a gift like this?

  • Emily
    November 24, 2018 1:36 pm

    What a wonderful idea to send a wreath kit! It turned out beautiful. #12DaysofChristmas2018

  • Sam – Raggedy Bits
    November 30, 2018 5:38 am

    This is such an awesome idea!! And that lil hedgehog is just the cutest! He’s perfect to welcome family and friends into your home!!

  • Cherryl
    November 30, 2018 9:45 pm

    This is such a unique and thoughtful idea! And the wreath is very pretty!

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