How to Make Fresh Pine Wreaths from Scratch

This wreath did not cost me anything to make and I love the way it turned out!

Putting together all of my front door porch decor for Christmas only cost me $10, which makes me happy too. I love free decor and finding new uses for things I already have.

I used pine branches to make this wreath. My neighbors had already trimmed their pine trees and were getting ready to throw away the branches. That made me decide not to trim my own. When I asked, they were happy to give them to me.

I used all the pine branches I got from them to make this wreath and front porch decoration.

I gathered pine cones from under my trees to use in both the wreath and the display.

As soon as Christmas is over, I always put away the things I didn’t use to decorate. I found some ornaments and C3 battery string lights in this bin to use on this wreath.

To make the wreath match the Christmas decorations on the front door, I chose to use small red ornaments that I had left over from my Santa-themed tree. I also used the same ornaments on this Kid’s Christmas Tablescape. I originally bought them at a garage sale for $1. 00 a package and this is my third time using them!.

The wreath form was bought at Dollar Tree. I buy a few every time I see them and put them in my craft supplies so I can use them to make wreaths. I was able to use one that I picked up a while ago.

This wreath didn’t cost me anything because I already had most of the materials and got the rest from outside.

Making your own fresh pine wreath is an easy and fun holiday craft The smell of fresh pine brings that perfect Christmas aroma into your home. With a few simple supplies, you can create a beautiful handmade wreath to display on your front door or over the mantle

Supplies Needed

To make a fresh pine wreath you will need

  • Fresh pine branches or clippings. I was able to get free pine branches from a neighbor who had trimmed their pine trees. You can also get clippings from your own pine trees or ask at a Christmas tree farm.

  • Wreath form. I got a round metal wreath form at Dollar Tree. They often have them in various sizes.

  • Floral wire. You’ll need 22 gauge wire.

  • Wire cutters

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

  • Pruning shears or scissors

  • Gloves to protect your hands

  • Mini Christmas ornaments, pine cones, and other decorations (optional)

  • Battery operated string lights (optional)

  • Hairspray

  • Wreath hanger

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to make a gorgeous fresh pine wreath:

Gather and Prepare Materials

  1. Collect pine branches. You’ll need about 7 branches that are around 1.5 feet long. Make sure they are fresh, fragrant, and have pliable needles.

  2. Cut the branches into various shorter lengths ranging from 4 inches up to around 1 foot using pruning shears. The varying lengths will help the wreath look full and natural.

  3. Lay out your materials – wreath form, wire, glue gun, clippings, and any decorations you plan to add.

Construct the Wreath Frame

  1. Take a small bunch of pine clippings and layer them together. Wrap floral wire around the base a few times to hold the bunch together.

  2. Place the wired pine bunch against your wreath form. Wrap the wire around the form and branches 2-3 times to secure it.

  3. Continue adding small bunches of pine clippings all the way around the wreath form, wrapping each one tightly with wire and securing it to the base. Make sure the bunches overlap to cover any gaps.

  4. When you reach the end, tuck the final branches underneath the first bunch. Wrap everything together neatly with wire.

  5. Use hot glue to adhere any areas on the wreath that need extra security. Let cool completely.

Add Decorations and Finish the Wreath

  1. Flip the wreath over and shape the excess wire into a loop for hanging. Trim off any excess wire.

  2. Add any decorations like pine cones, ornaments, or lights. I like to cluster a few large pine cones around the base for an organic look. Use hot glue to attach decorations.

  3. Lightly spray the finished wreath with hairspray to help hold everything in place. Let dry.

  4. Attach a wreath hanger to the back and hang your beautiful handmade creation!

Tips and Tricks

  • Wear gloves when handling pine branches to avoid sap and scratches.

  • Use a hot glue gun to attach any decorations. It bonds instantly for a secure hold.

  • Make sure your wreath form fits the diameter of your door or wall space. They come in sizes from 12 inches up to 36 inches.

  • For lights, use battery-operated string lights so you don’t have to worry about wires. Secure them with floral wire.

  • Spritz with hairspray after adding any delicate decorations like berries or glittered pine cones. It helps them stay put.

  • Hang your wreath on an over-the-door wreath hanger. It allows the wreath to lie flat and be displayed properly.

  • Store extra clippings in plastic bags in the refrigerator to stay fresh for arrangements like centerpieces or garlands.

Get Creative with Design

The great thing about handmade wreaths is you can customize them however you like. Here are some ideas:

  • Go minimal with just pine clippings, pine cones, and red berries for an organic look.

  • Make a themed wreath with specific ornament colors like red and gold for Christmas or pink and white for Valentine’s Day.

  • Accent with pops of metallic like gold pine cones or silver beads for some shimmer.

  • Use greenery like eucalyptus or cedar along with the pine for variation in texture and color.

  • Wrap faux fur, burlap, or wide ribbon around the wreath form before adding pine for a unique base.

  • Use clip-on candle holders to attach votive candles for a gorgeous glow.

  • Glue on cinnamon sticks, dried citrus slices, or sprigs of fresh rosemary for lovely scent.

So grab some pine boughs and wire and let your creativity fly! A fragrant, hand-crafted wreath makes a thoughtful gift or stunning holiday display.

Supply List for How to Make a Wreath Out of Real Pine Branches

You can get pine branches by cutting branches off of pine trees (laughs). Before you trim your pine trees, please learn how to do this correctly. or ask a neighbor or a Christmas tree lot for free branches—they usually have extras lying around.

Pine cones. I picked mine up from my yard under our pine trees.

door wreath hanger (this is the one I use and love it)

gloves (Wearing gloves helps to guard against sap and scratches).

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How long do fresh pine wreaths last?

Fresh wreaths last between three and eight weeks, depending on the storage conditions. Refrigerated or outdoors in the cold, your wreath will last the longest. Indoors or outdoors in warm weather, your wreath will last the shortest. A well-hydrated and waxed wreath lasts longer while a hot and dry wreath decays faster.

Can you use pine for a wreath?

This image shows a variety of evergreens you can use to make your wreath. They are pine, arborvitae, blue spruce, juniper and spruce branches. Gather your evergreens and cut them into similar sized pieces from which you will make bundles. You will want about 7-8 branches to complete your 14″ wreath.

How do you make a pine wreath?

Link to pine wreath video is here. Unless you want a huge pine wreath, use the 12-inch form because it will end up being twice the size of your expectation after you finish. Take a hand full of pine leaves (cut at 6-inch or at a length of your desire) and bundle them together. Lay the bundle slightly diagonally on the wreath form.

What is a DIY pinecone wreath?

A DIY pinecone wreath is a great decor project, and offers many creative variations. Like many of our favorite pine cone crafts here, this DIY pinecone wreath is really fun and easy to make!

How do you make a Christmas wreath?

Step 1: Gather materials and greenery to make fresh Christmas wreath. A 12 to 18 inch wire wreath frame and some natural jute twine. Evergreen branches: different kinds of conifers with foliage color variations such as bright green, blue green, yellow green, etc. Spruce, cedar and boxwood are longer lasting than pine and fir. Pin it!

How do you make a wreath with greenery?

Cut it in pieces about 6-7 inches long. Gather those pieces in medium-sized bundles. 5) Attach the bundles of greenery to a wire wreath form (available in several sizes at craft stores for about $3 each) using a package of green wire ($2 at a craft store). Use the same wire continuously until the wreath is finished.

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