Christmas Craft Project: Make a Holiday Hankie Wreath that won’t Damage Family Heirlooms

By Brittni • posted on 08/30/2023

I have a few handkerchiefs that I’ve collected over the years, but I never know what to do with them because I feel like they are kind of hard to display. So for Christmas this year, I’ve decided to show off a couple of my favorite hankies in a holiday diy wreath project that is just too easy not to replicate in your own home. The best part is, none of your family heirlooms or your prized fabrics will be damaged in the process – because once the season is over your can simply remove the materials and they are basically as good as new. Interested? Good…

This is what you need to make your own holiday hankie wreath:

1. syrofoam wreath 2. old and antique hankies 3. straight pins 4. ribbon (optional) *NO GLUE REQUIRED. How great is that?

This is how you make it:

1. Grab your materials and take a cozy seat by the fireplace. You can do this project pretty much anywhere because there is no messy glue or tedious sewing. 

2. Layout your pieces around your wreath to figure what patterns and colors would be best next to each other, etc.

3. Start with the hankie (or ribbon – I decided to use a little vintage ribbon to bring in another texture) that will be the undermost layer. Fold your first handkerchief in half to form a triangle (seems to work best that way).

4. Using a small straight pin, secure the tip of your hankie to the back of your styrofoam wreath and then begin wrapping it around and around.

5. Secure the other loose end to the wreath with another straight pin.

6. Move on to your next hankie and repeat steps 4 and 5 until the entire wreath has been covered.

7. Create a small bow using some extra ribbon or an additional hankie and attach with another straight pin and you are all set.

**Once the holidays have come to an end, you can easily remove the pins, unwrap your hankies, and put them back in your drawers for safe keeping. No damage and you can use them again next year.

Here’s a step by step in pictures…

And here’s the finished wreath….

What do you think? Pretty easy huh? If you decide to make one of these little guys on your own, please share a link to your finished project in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with.

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My kids and I love doing crafts. It is our bonding time. Well make planty of this for our Christmas tree.


Thanks Marta. Using newspaper as the base for the structure sounds like a great idea. Let me know how it turns out. Have a great weekend.


Beautiful wreath! I love every diy that uses fabric.

I think I’m going to do something similar to this but I’m using newspaper to make the structure. Let’s cross fingers 🙂

Marta Costa

Thanks you too. Take care!



Natalia Veneziani

great idea and picts!

ciao from italy!


Thanks! A runner would be a great way to approach this project. How fun.


I like this. I have a runner I would love to use for something like this.

Seriously Sassy Mama
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