Christmas Wreath Alternatives

Nothing sets the scene for festive cheer quite like a beautiful wreath hanging on your door. But if you don’t have access to fresh foliage, or are just looking for something a bit different - then these easy-to-make garlands will run rings around any mass-produced wreaths.

Best of all, they can all be made in an afternoon and with items you already have lying around the house. Blogger Penelope Quinn shows us some inspiring alternatives!


What you’ll need:


A circular piece of wire (even a coat hanger will do)
Florist wire
Wire Clippers


Ribbon Wreath


To make this simple ‘shabby chic’ wreath, just buy a few different types of ribbon (you could even use off cuts from material you have lying around from other projects) then just tie the ribbon in haphazard fashion. The beauty of this one is you can match the ribbon to the rest of your colour scheme!


Scented Wreaths


If you have a bit more time and patience, try this beautiful lavender wreath from . This will ensure your guests get a whiff of something beautiful before your guests enter your house. Just pick a variety of herbs including lavender and rosemary, fashion around your wreath using the florist wire. Tie a red or green ribbon on it to give it that festive feel. For more information, get to


Photo Frame Wreath


If you really want to break the mould, this is a great alternative. Just remove the glass from an old frame, spray paint a festive colour, tie a few baubles to a ribbon, and then hang. This is a cute idea for apartments that can be whipped up in a heartbeat and there’s no mess!


Bauble Wreath


To make this beautiful bauble wreath, just fashion a coat hanger into a circle; untwist the end of the hanger, and then string one ornament at a time. Use a few smaller baubles to fill in the gaps. For more info, get to

For more information on Penelope Quinn, get to her blog

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