Creating a festive wall display with wreaths is a poignant way to decorate any space with seasonal colors and textures. This DIY project can serve as a versatile centerpiece for seasonal celebrations, whether you create your own wreaths or use beautiful pre-made Christmas wreaths in a creative arrangement.
Transform any space into a seasonal display by strategically choosing types of wreaths, experimenting with arrangements, using innovative hanging techniques in the perfect location, and creating a wall display that seamlessly blends your personal style with a festive aesthetic.
Our experts explain the seven steps to customize your wall display with wreaths.
How to make a wall display with wreaths
“Wreaths are a classic Christmas decoration and a particularly great choice if you’re looking to create a more traditional look,” says Millie Hirst, section editor at Homes & Gardens. “They can also create a nice balance if you have other, more contemporary or colorful decor.”
Millie Hurst is the section editor for Houses and gardensHe oversees the solutions section, which provides readers with practical tips for their homes. Millie has written about and tried countless cleaning and DIY hacks in the six years since becoming a journalist, working in both London and New York.
1. Choose your wreaths
“Start by choosing wreaths of different sizes, shapes and textures,” recommends Elijah Mondot, founder and CEO of HeftyBerry, a wreath shop. “This will add visual interest and dimension to your wall display.”
“You can use store-bought wreaths or make your own using materials like raffia, embroidery hoops, or seasonal foliage.”
You can choose wreaths that are synonymous with the season or choose wreaths that complement the color scheme and style of your room. For example, with a rustic-themed interior, wreaths with preserved leaves and branches can be excellent, while for a more modern, minimalistic look, you may want to choose metal wreaths with delicate embellishments.
Choosing different types of wreaths can add depth to your display, in different sizes, styles and shapes, including round, square or oval wreaths.
Fresh Israeli ruscus + olive leaf wreath
Fresh evergreen + dried citrus wreath
Fresh noble fir, cedarwood incense + eucalyptus wreath
Elijah Mondot is the founder and CEO of HeftyBerry, a wreath, interior decor, and home and garden design store.
2. Consider the size of the layers
“To add an extra dimension to your wall display, you can combine wreaths of different sizes,” says Ilia Mundut. “Start with the largest wreath as a base layer, then add medium-sized wreaths, and finally, small wreaths on top. This volume layering technique creates a cascading effect and adds ‘Visually interesting.’
3. Decide on the arrangement
“Plan the layout of your wall display before hanging,” advises Bart Nanka of online plant store Mudbrick Herb Cottage, “Start with the focal point wreath and build around it.” Experiment with shapes and spaces for an organic, cohesive look.’
“You can try different layouts before finalizing the arrangement,” adds Ilia Mundut.
To plan your arrangement, you can place your wreaths on a flat surface to determine the best arrangement on the wall, or try my personal favorite hack of temporarily gluing pieces of paper into the desired shape and size of wreaths in spots. This will help you visualize how the screen will look, and determine the ideal spacing and arrangement.
You can create a symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement, depending on your preference. For example, you could start with a large wreath in the middle and surround it with a smaller wreath. Alternatively, you can hang them in a line for a more linear and organized setup. You can also create a Christmas theme by arranging them in the shape of a Christmas tree star.
“More is more when it comes to festive decor, so don’t be afraid to hang multiple wreaths,” Millie Hurst adds.
4. Pending sites
Next, decide where you want to hang your wreaths. “Think about the areas where you will have the biggest impact,” says Millie Hurst. “This could be on a dining room wall to create a beautiful backdrop for Christmas dinner, or as a way to add texture and interest on a far wall that can be seen in the doorway as guests enter.”
Light also plays a crucial role in how wreaths appear on the wall. Placing it close to a light source will not only improve its visibility but will also add depth to the screen. You can also think about how the different elements on the wreath reflect light, creating a luminous display, like the flickering of fire below on the metal elements of the wreath.
Ask yourself, where will your wreaths look best taking into account visual impact, light, as well as available space, and traffic flow.
5. Suspension techniques
“Apart from the traditional door hook, you can try unconventional hanging methods,” suggests Bart Nanka. “Use adhesive hooks for a damage-free display or interwoven wreaths with ribbons for a whimsical touch.” We recommend this Assorted Command Set Hooks from Amazon.
Measure the space to ensure proper placement and mark where you will install hooks or hangers.
You can use command hooks or nails to hang your wreaths, or think outside the box by using ribbon to hang them or invisible string from Amazon to create the illusion that they are floating. You may have to double the string a few times to make sure it is strong enough to hold the wreath.
Juniper forest wreath and preserved pinecone
Hang this wreath on your door or above your mantel, and let the fragrant natural greens fill your home with the delightful scent of nature.
6. Tips for hanging your wreaths
Jack David, interior decorating expert at Pcbinsider, explains how to hang wreaths for your wall display:
1. “Prepare your wreaths.”: If your wreaths don’t have built-in hangers, you’ll need to attach ribbons or hanging wires. Use floral wire or strong ribbon to create loops on the back of each wreath. Make sure it is installed securely.
2. Install hooks or hangers: Based on your measurements, install hooks or hangers on the wall. Follow the instructions provided with the specific hardware. Make sure they are level and can support the weight of your wreaths.
3. “Hang wreaths.”: Carefully hang each wreath on designated hooks or hangers. Start with the center wreath if you have an odd number of wreaths or a middle wreath for an even number. This will help you maintain a balanced look.
4. “Set and secure.”: After hanging the wreaths, step back and evaluate the arrangement. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the spacing and placement are correct. Secure any loose straps or wires.
7. Final touches
“Finally, step back to make sure everything looks as you envisioned it. Make any final adjustments to achieve the desired aesthetic,” advises Ilya Mondot.
“Remember to evaluate your wall display as you go to make sure the wreaths are evenly spaced and visually balanced. Play with different arrangements until you achieve the desired look.
‘Creating a wall display with wreaths allows you to showcase your creativity and add a festive touch to your space. Have fun experimenting with different wreath styles, sizes, and arrangements to create a unique and visually stunning display.
‘If desired, you can enhance your wall display by incorporating other decorative elements. For example, you can add greenery, ribbons, or seasonal accents like pinecones or ornaments. These additional elements can be attached to wreaths or hung separately to create a cohesive look.’
What is the best way to maintain wreaths to keep them looking good longer?
In terms of maintenance, remember that wreaths need to be handled gently due to their delicate nature. Keep live wreaths away from direct heat sources to maintain their freshness.
Depending on the materials used, you may also need to dust them periodically to ensure they retain their charm and freshness.
Bart Nanka leaves us with one last piece of advice: “Keep things fresh by rotating your wreaths with the seasons.” Spring flowers, summer vegetables, fall leaves, and winter berries put on a vibrant and ever-evolving display.