Wanna learn how to make a wreath that looks unique, but is also easy to recreate? This DIY wreath idea, with fresh florals and asymmetrical design is a modern take on a once traditional Christmas decoration.
How to make a wreath in under 30 minutes! It’s easy and the results are so cool, imo.
I’ve been making DIY holiday wreath for years now (ever since this holiday wreath workshop I hosted) and have been seeing them pop up more and more each year since.
Holiday wreaths are probably one of my fave things to make during Christmas time because they look amazing and smell good too.
So, today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a wreath with an asymmetrical design, using fresh flowers and greenery. I’ve also included a must-have material for keeping fresh flowers alive longer for your wreaths that you’ve probably never heard of. AND a diagram for hanging that will keep your asymmetrical design in place for the long haul.
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).
How to Make a Wreath
Step 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.
Step 2: Build up the greenery.
You can do this by 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.
Step 3: Move to the other side.
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.
Step 4: Add flowers.
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.
Step 5: Attach florals to the wreath.
Wrap the wire end of the corsage stem around the hoop and attached branches.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5.
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.
One thing to note about fresh Christmas wreaths like this one is that the flowers will eventually wilt. Usually within 2 to 5 days – sometimes longer.
But you can switch them out for new ones or leave your wreath as just greenery for the rest of the season (which lasts much longer than fresh flowers).
How do you hang an asymmetrical wreath?
Now that this tutorial is several years old (originally created in 2016), I’ve been asked many times how to keep an asymmetrical wreath like this hanging properly, so that the heavy side doesn’t swing down to the bottom. Here’s how I did it…
I hang the wreath from a small nail and then situate the design asymmetrically how I would like it to be and then I add two more small nails too the right and left sides so that the bottom of the wreath basically sits on those nails and doesn’t move.
If you use small ones like I do you won’t see them at all. And it works really well. But if you have something super heavy, you may need a third nail to keep everything from shifting.
Additionally, nail placement might depend on how symmetrical your wreath is. Here’s a quick diagram of different wreaths and where I would typically put the nails when hanging…
More Holiday Projects to Try
I almost can’t even count the number of other holiday projects I’ve shared here over the years. So many Christmas DIYs to try. Here are a handful of my favorites that you might like, if you enjoyed this wreath project.
- Like wreaths? Check out the giant wreath I made last year (it’s over 3 ft tall).
- DIY tree skirt ideas – two different was to turn a canvas drop cloth, of all things, into something really cool for the holidays. Super affordable and I love how they both turned out.
- These mason jar lanterns are much cuter (and less cottage-y) than you might think. I love the polka dots and frosted glass with the twinkle lights and greenery mixed in. Very Christmasy vibes.
- And last but not least, this quilted Christmas stocking DIY is a modern twist on a classic crafting technique. Do you like the quilted trend in fashion and home popping up again this year?
DIY Wreath (An Asymmetrical Christmas Wreath Idea)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wrap the wire end of the corsage stem around the hoop and attached branches.
- 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.
How do you hang an asymmetrical wreath?Now that this tutorial is several years old (originally created in 2016), I've been asked many times how to keep an asymmetrical wreath like this hanging properly, so that the heavy side doesn't swing down to the bottom. Here's how I did it... I hang the wreath from a small nail and then situate the design asymmetrically how I would like it to be and then I add two more small nails too the right and left sides so that the bottom of the wreath basically sits on those nails and doesn't move. If you use small ones like I do you won't see them at all. And it works really well. But if you have something super heavy, you may need a third nail to keep everything from shifting. Additionally, nail placement might depend on how symmetrical your wreath is. I included a quick photo diagram of different wreaths I made and where I would typically put the nails when hanging (scroll up a few images from the bottom to view).
Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you making any wreaths for the holidays this year? Any fresh flowers in the mix?
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Hi Aubree and Lynn. I wrote the instructions way back, but I guess it was deleted before posting and I didn’t realize. BUT I’ve update the post with exactly how I hung them to keep the asymmetrical design, along with a diagram that shows where I would put the nails, etc. Let me know f you have any other questions though.Brittni
Yes lovely to have asymmetry, though there seems to be a critical bit of info missing, how to hang so weight & gravity do not disturb asymmetry. I do see “I’ve been asked many times how to keep an asymmetrical wreath like this hanging properly, so that the heavy side doesn’t swing down to the bottom. Here’s how I did it…”
Please reply with the detail of how it is done.
I was so excited that you were going to share how to keep these wreaths hanging properly and not on an angle…but that’s where your post cuts off! So disappointing, haha.Aubree
These are Absolutely Stunning!Kindred Kai
Thank you so much for sharing!
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Hi Cheryl. A couple others recently asked that same question, so I’m going to add this info to the post itself. But here it is in the comments as well: If you’re having trouble getting the wreath to stay but bc of the asymmetrical weight, I’d recommend adding a small finishing nail OR command hook toward the bottom of the weighted portion of your arrangement. That should keep it in place and won’t be seen bc your flowers and greenery will cover it. Let me know if that makes sense and/or if you have any other questions.Brittni
I love these asymmetrical wreaths, but what I can’t figure out is how do you hang them? The heavy flower side always pulls this side down to the bottom and the empty wire side to the top. How do you balance the weight?Cheryl
Hi Laurie and Emma. If you’re having trouble getting the wreath to stay but bc of the asymmetrical weight, I’d recommend adding a small finishing nail OR command hook toward the bottom of the weighted portion of your arrangement. That should keep it in place and won’t be seen bc your flowers and greenery will cover it. Let me know if that makes sense and/or if you have any other questions.Brittni
How do you hang the wire wreath with floral work on the side and keep it from spinning????Laurie
So beautiful! I’d love to know how you get an asymmetrical wreath to hang straight. Mine keeps swinging round.Emma Sweeting
Hi Paula. I don’t have any photos of the back of the wreaths unfortunately… Since they’re one sided, I didn’t think it’d be necessary to show the back. Do you have a specific question that I can help answer that you were wondering about for the back?Brittni
Can you show photos of the back of these wreaths?Paula
These are so incredibly stunning! Absolutely love this post, thank you for sharing!!
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Hi Shiann. I just updated the post to explain where I found the smaller geometric bases and have a few suggestions. It’s under the materials section. Hope that helps!Brittni
Could you kindly share where you found the small geometric hoops? I love those three shapes! I can’t find any anywhere! Thank you so much!Shiann Chambers
Hi Sandy. So sorry to hear that. If the pieces at sliding down, they’re either too bottom heavy or the wire wrapping them around the hoop is not tight enough. Maybe start with a handful of base pieces that are either just leaves or tree trimmings and get the wire wrapped around those pieces very tight and in multiple places before adding flowers. If you’ve already tried all that and it still didn’t work, I’d recommend trying floral tape, which is another great resource for securing florals and greenery to things like hoops. I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes if you try it again. 🙂Brittni
Hi. I tried making these last year and it was a total bust for me!!! I could not keep the bunches I gathered to stay put on the brass ring to save my life! They just all turned down angling toward the floor. How do you get them to stay put? I think they are so,so pretty.Sandee
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Hi Arielle. If you aren’t using nails, like I suggested for Teresa, I have another suggestion that I think would work… what if you add a little rope (that has some texture to it to grip) threaded through the wreath and then tie that onto the door hanger as well to keep it in place? You could also use a few beads of hot glue, which you can pop off after the holidays are over.Brittni
Hi! I used your tutorial to make a wreath and I love it! I too am having trouble hanging it so it doesn’t slide since it’s heavier to the right. I’m not posting it with nails though. I’m hanging it on a door hanger. Any other suggestions for keeping it positioned how I want it?Arielle
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Hi Teresa. Yes! I do have a suggestion. Once you have your wreath hung from a nail on top, spin the wreath around so the asymmetrical design is where you want it. Then, add another nail underneath the wreath (close to the bottom, but slightly off to one side (where the asymmetrical design will cover it up). That should hold it in place – if it’s really heavy or still won’t stay, use a third nail to create a bit of a triangle and the wreath won’t move at all. Hope that helps!Brittni
I’m having trouble hanging my wreath straight. With all the design on one side, it slides to the heavier side. Any ideas?Teresa W
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These are absolutely beautiful! I am curious how long these wreaths last? I want to make some wreaths this summer/fall, but I’m not sure if the fresh or fake flowers are the way to go. Thanks!Hannah H.
We are moving this spring and I also love to make wreaths. I so love these ideas:>) I can’t wait to get moved, settled and start making wreaths. THANK-YOU:>)Terri
Hi Alexis. I bought the triangle shape when I was in Austin for a little shop that I really love. I believe I included a link to it on this post: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2016/11/29/prop-shop-7-things-bought-austin/Brittni
where did you find the cute triangle one?Alexis
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Glad you found the link Sarah.
Amanda – I wish the store I bought them from sold them online. That would be great! 🙁 But I was thinking about this the other day…If you feel comfortable welding, you could pretty easily make your own with brass tubes OR even threading metal wire through brass tubes (kind of like a Himmeli) to form a triangle or square. The tubes I’m referring to are available on Amazon: http://rstyle.me/n/ceuiszmvmw . Hope that helps!Brittni
If anyone has found square and triangle shapes online somewhere, please share! I don’t live in or around Austin so have no opportunity to check out the store and I didn’t find them for sale on their website.Amanda
Nevermind! I just saw the other post!
Where did you get the geometric frames? I would love to try this, but I can’t find the square and the triangle.
Hi Amanda. I bought the triangle and square shapes when I was in Austin. More info on this post: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2016/11/29/prop-shop-7-things-bought-austin/Brittni
Love these and have desperately been trying to find the macrame shapes other than the circle linked in your instructions. Did you order a triangle and square or make them some how from the circle?Amanda
Hi Bee, Amanda, Kristine, and Lacie. I bought the geometric shape pieces a while back in Austin. More info on this post: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2016/11/29/prop-shop-7-things-bought-austin/Brittni
These are beautiful! I’m looking to do something similar in my daughter’s nursery. Where did you buy the square and triangle bases? I have been unsuccessful in my search for them.Lacie
Hi! These wreaths are the cutest! I’ve never made one before, and would love to try your tutorial. Where can I find the square and triangle shapes you used? Thank you!Kristine
So Beautiful! Can you tell me where you found the triangle and square ‘hoops’?Amanda
My friend and I were admiring (and hoping to make) your smaller wreaths – we were wondering where you got the wired shapes?!Bee
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Wow! What beautiful and creative wreaths!Linda
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This looks so cute!
Aw, thanks Rachael. I’m sure you’re look great too.Brittni
These wreaths look AMAZING!! I recently made a festive wreath but yours look so much better 😉 I better keep practicing!
Thanks so much Greta, Michelle, and Gemma. 🙂Brittni
These are just divine!! Such a gorgeous touch of festive beauty : )
Wow, they are absolutely beautiful!Michelle
I’ve never even thought to do this! These are gorgeous- thanks for the DIY! xGreta
Thanks Jessica. 🙂 I like the triangle one too…it’s nice to have a couple of shapes outside of a circle for wreaths this year.Brittni
All these are so pretty! I love the triangle shape x
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