I’ve been making asymmetrical DIY wreaths for the holidays for the last few years (ever since this holiday wreath workshop I hosted) and have been seeing them pop up more and more each year since. They’re probably one of my fave things to make during Christmas time because they’re so easy and look amazing (and smell good too).
So, today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths using fresh flowers and greenry. Including a must-have material for keeping fresh flowers alive longer for your wreaths that you’ve probably never heard of. Intrigued? Click through for the tutorial.
All of the wreaths in the photos have fresh flowers and greenery from Flower Muse (they sell fresh flowers and greens straight from flower farms around the world… I use ’em all the time for events and DIY projects). I made the small little wreaths as examples for a wreath workshop I did with Malorie (who is incredibly talented with flowers). AND the wreath with lots of pepperberries (at the very top of the post) was actually a student wreath – shout out to Ashley for killing it on her wreath design.
Here’s how to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths…
- 12 inch gold macrame hoops (or 18 inch if you want something larger)***
- thin gauge floral wire
- wire cutters or sharp scissors
- corsage stems (this is that secret material that will keep flowers fresh longer)
- greenery and fresh flowers (specific types mentioned below)
***Note about the brass geo shapes: I have had a lot of questions about where the thicker brass geometric shapes are from that you see in some of the photos. I bought them in Austin years ago and I have tried (endlessly) to find a link to them online for everyone, but sadly there isn’t one. The brand is 340 and they’re actually meant to be towel holders – mentioned them in this post.
As an alternative, if you don’t want to use a macrame hoop, you can make your own similar shapes at home too, using a heavy gauge wire. I shared a similar project right here on Instagram and also shared a video for it in my IG highlights (it’s the highlight labeled Christmas Stuff). OR as another option, I found these triangle towel holders on Amazon that could be a cool option too.
1. Start with greenery. In the example wreaths, there was a variety of greenery used…variegated pittosporum, olive branch, and green bush ivy in the small geometric wreaths // olive branch, pepperberry, and silver dollar eucalyptus in the larger wreaths.
2. Build up the greenery, starting in the outermost edges that you want to cover and working your way in, adding branches all in the same direction. Use 3 inch long pieces of floral wire to secure each branch or stem, by wrapping it around the stem and hoop several times. With each branch or stem you add, cover up the wire from the one before it.
3. Then, when you’ve reached the middle, start fresh on the other side, again at the outermost edge you want to cover and repeat step 2 with that side.
4. Once you’ve added all of the greenery you’d like, it’s time for flowers. For the small wreaths, white anemones, white ranunculus, and cream garden roses – patience were used. For the large wreaths, dusty pink garden roses – romantic antike and red ranunculus were used.
For larger blooms with hearty stems, like garden roses, start by trimming off the stem completely and then sticking a corsage stem in through the bottom, as shown in the photo, after you’ve dipped the tip in water for 10 seconds.
For hollow stems, like ranunculus and anemones, you can either give the corsage stems a whirl OR insert floral wire through the stem (first cut the stem down to just a few inches), then twist around the hoop to secure.
5. Wrap the wire end of the corsage stem around the hoop and attached branches.
6. Continue step 4 and 5 until you’ve reached the desired look. And it’s ready to hang, over a nail on the wall, your front door, etc.
When the flowers eventually wilt (usually within 2 to 5 days – sometimes longer), you can switch them out for new ones or leave your wreath as just greenery for the rest of the season.
Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff
For even more DIY wreath ideas, check out the giant DIY holiday wreath I made last year (it’s over 3 ft tall).
Are you making any wreaths for the holidays this year? Any fresh flowers in the mix?