You’ll love this idea to decorate an outdoor Christmas wreath with ribbon, beads, and ornaments. It’s a beautiful holiday home decor for your front door!
Update a faux evergreen wreath by adding ribbon, beads, and ornaments to make a pretty Outdoor Christmas Wreath. It’s a quick and easy holiday craft idea you can make in less than an hour. Plus today we’re also teaming up with HomeTalk.com, CountryLiving.com, and countless other bloggers to give you dozens and dozens of other ideas to decorate your home for Christmas!
I love decorating my home for Christmas, don’t you? At the end of today’s post, you’re going to find a huge list of amazing DIY decor ideas to try this year thanks to the “Home for Christmas” event being hosted by HomeTalk.com and CountryLiving.com.
Please make sure you scroll all the way to the end as you do not want to miss any of these beautiful ideas. It’s chock full of inspiration to help you decorate for the holidays.
DIY outdoor Christmas wreaths are so easy
Personally, one of my favorite things about decorating my home for Christmas is hanging an Outdoor Christmas Wreath by my front door. An Outdoor Christmas Wreath is the very FIRST thing guests see when they visit a home for Christmas. It sets the tone for the visit and gives a very warm first impression.
For years and years, I’ve hung a simple faux evergreen wreath with a red outdoor ribbon and a polka dot ornament hanging in the center:
Updating an old outdoor Christmas wreath
I initially liked the simplicity of my Outdoor Christmas Wreath. After years of use though, I thought it was starting to look a little sad and plain and really wanted to jazz it up a bit.
My outdoor wreath for summer is a burlap wreath using two different accent ribbons. I absolutely love it and thought perhaps I could use that same concept to spruce up my Outdoor Christmas Wreath. Only instead of using two ribbons, I decided to use one wide ribbon and a string of red Christmas beads.
I tucked a few extra embellishments on the side of the big red velvet bow and hung a penguin ornament from the center to finish it off. If you ever visit my home for Christmas, you’d know there are penguins EVERYWHERE. It’s only fitting I needed one outside my front door on the Outdoor Christmas Wreath too.
How to Make an Easy Outdoor Christmas Wreath
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This Outdoor Christmas Wreath is incredibly easy to make. With just a few embellishments, you can whip this craft up to decorate the door of your home for Christmas in less than an hour!
The best thing about wreath projects like this is that you can really customize them for your own tastes and preferences. I got all of my Outdoor Christmas Wreath supplies at a local craft store, but for your convenience, I’m sharing links below to where you can buy similar products on Amazon.
What You Need:
- Artificial Christmas wreath, unlit
- Red velvet outdoor Christmas bow
- 2 inch wide wired ribbon
- Red bead Christmas garland
- Twist ties
- Penguin ornament (or any ornament you choose!)
- 2 Christmas picks
Here’s how we made our easy DIY outdoor Christmas wreath.
1. Attach the red velvet outdoor bow
First, determine whether you want the red bow at the top or bottom of your wreath. Mine’s always been at the bottom so I left it there.
I like how the ends of the ribbon dangle down below giving the whole Outdoor Christmas Wreath a bigger, more dramatic appearance. Attach the bow to the frame of the Outdoor Christmas Wreath.
2. Weave the ribbon through the wreath
Next, it’s time to weave the ribbon. Flip the outdoor Christmas wreath over and tie one end of the 2-inch wide wired ribbon to the frame of the wreath near the red velvet outdoor bow.
Next, from the backside of the Outdoor Christmas Wreath, twist the ribbon to form a loop.
Then push a loop of ribbon through the wire wreath frame so it pops through on the front side.
Now twist the ribbon again and push another loop through a different spot on the wreath near where you put the first loop.
Continue to do this over and over again popping loops of ribbon through the wire wreath frame until you’ve gone all the way around the Outdoor Christmas Wreath.
Make sure you twist the ribbon each time so it changes its orientation. If your wreath frame is like mine, you’ll have four different wires on the frame with three spaces between each wire. Make sure you alternate which space you use each time too. This will give the pops of ribbon some variety when you look at it from the front.
Once you’re done, you can cut the ribbon and tie the end to the wireframe to secure it. Then fluff the ribbons with your fingers to spread them out and widen them to give a fuller appearance.
3. wrap the red bead garland around the wreath
The third step is to decorate it with the red beaded garland.
Use a twist tie to attach one end of the red bead garland to the wireframe of the wreath near where you knotted the ribbon.
Now wrap the red bead garland around and around the Outdoor Christmas Wreath. Once you’ve gone all the way around the wreath, secure the other end of the red bead garland with a twist tie. At this point, here’s what the back of your wreath will look like:
4. Add Embellishments
Now you are ready for embellishments.
Use ribbon, wire or a twist tie to attach an ornament to the top center of the Outdoor Christmas Wreath so it dangles down into the middle. Be sure to choose an ornament that can withstand outdoor conditions.
Tuck Christmas picks into either side of the red velvet ribbon. Mine have multi-colored ornaments on them which coordinate beautifully with the colors on the wired ribbon I chose.
If you’re not sure what I mean by Christmas picks, check out these examples of Christmas picks on Amazon. You can find them at any craft store around the holidays or they could also be with floral arranging supplies.
5. Hang up your wreath
You’re all done! It’s time to hang your beautiful Outdoor Christmas Wreath outside your home for Christmas.
I have a three-foot space with board and batten to the left of my front door so I choose to hang it on a nail there. If you want to hang it directly on your door, there are numerous wreath hangers you can get, including magnetic wreath hangers for steel doors and suction cup wreath hangers if you have a glass window on your front door.
Once you hang the Outdoor Christmas Wreath, you may need to fluff the branches and move them around to give the wreath a fuller, more natural appearance.
Your gorgeous new Outdoor Christmas Wreath is going to be admired by your family and friends when they visit your home for Christmas. They won’t believe you just whipped it up quickly in less than an hour.
While you’re here, be sure to check out how to make a designer Christmas wreath using magnolias and glittered pinecones or how to make a Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath using old pajama pants. If you liked this Outdoor Christmas Wreath idea, please share it with your friends or pin it for later:
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Need more ideas to inspire your “Home for Christmas”? Look no further, my friends. Today we’re sharing our Outdoor Christmas Wreath as part of the “Home for Christmas” event with HomeTalk.com and CountryLiving.com. Bloggers from around the globe are sharing their very best DIY home decor and decorating tips to help you create a beautiful Home for Christmas.
You will find dozens and dozens of the very best, most beautiful ideas and Christmas decorating trends right here at the “Home for Christmas” event. I encourage you to hop around and check out all of these incredible ideas. You can also search HomeTalk.com and other social media for the hashtag #homeforchristmas to find and share the ideas you see here.
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While you’re here be sure to check out other Christmas ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® –
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Updated November 2019.