How to Make Asymmetrical Holiday Wreaths

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

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.

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

DIY asymmetrical holiday wreaths with white anemones and ranunculus. #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

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…

Materials

***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.

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

Instructions

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.

How to make an asymmetrical holiday wreath. #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath

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.

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath #flowers #flowerpower

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.

DIY holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #holidayflowers #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath #flowers

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath #holidayflowers #flowers

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths (click through for the tutorial). #wreath #holiday #christmas #christmasdiy #diy #holidaywreath #flowers #holidayberries #holidayflowers

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?

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47 comments | Click here to reply

All these are so pretty! I love the triangle shape x

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Jessica | December 13th, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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 | December 13th, 2016 at 4:48 pm

I’ve never even thought to do this! These are gorgeous- thanks for the DIY! x
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Greta | December 13th, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Wow, they are absolutely beautiful!
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Michelle | December 14th, 2016 at 3:17 am

These are just divine!! Such a gorgeous touch of festive beauty : )

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Gemma | December 14th, 2016 at 6:09 am

Thanks so much Greta, Michelle, and Gemma. 🙂

Brittni | December 14th, 2016 at 10:22 am

These wreaths look AMAZING!! I recently made a festive wreath but yours look so much better 😉 I better keep practicing!

Rachael xx.
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Rachael | December 14th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Aw, thanks Rachael. I’m sure you’re look great too.

Brittni | December 14th, 2016 at 2:33 pm

This looks so cute!

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Annabelle | December 15th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

m a g n i f i q u e…
I l i k e !

Yiza | December 19th, 2016 at 3:07 am

m a g n i f i q u e…
I l i k e !

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Yiza | December 19th, 2016 at 3:08 am

These are so so pretty!

Beka Johnson | December 20th, 2016 at 2:59 am

Wow! What beautiful and creative wreaths!

Linda | December 20th, 2016 at 4:57 pm

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My friend and I were admiring (and hoping to make) your smaller wreaths – we were wondering where you got the wired shapes?!

Bee | December 21st, 2016 at 11:04 pm

So Beautiful! Can you tell me where you found the triangle and square ‘hoops’?

Amanda | December 23rd, 2016 at 1:09 pm

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 | December 28th, 2016 at 8:39 am

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 | December 29th, 2016 at 5:53 pm

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 | January 1st, 2017 at 12:50 am

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 | January 12th, 2017 at 4:13 pm

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 | January 12th, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Where did you get the geometric frames? I would love to try this, but I can’t find the square and the triangle.

Thanks!

Sarah | February 9th, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Nevermind! I just saw the other post!

Sorry!

Sarah | February 9th, 2017 at 9:51 pm

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 | February 9th, 2017 at 10:30 pm

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

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Alexis | March 31st, 2017 at 3:24 pm

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 | March 31st, 2017 at 10:05 pm

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 | April 10th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

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!

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Noelle | August 8th, 2017 at 1:27 pm

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 | November 19th, 2017 at 9:40 pm

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

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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 | November 25th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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.

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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 | November 19th, 2018 at 6:05 pm

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 | November 21st, 2018 at 9:14 am

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 | November 27th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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

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These are so incredibly stunning! Absolutely love this post, thank you for sharing!!

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Peppermint Dolly | December 5th, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Can you show photos of the back of these wreaths?

Paula | December 5th, 2018 at 6:16 pm

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

Brittni | December 5th, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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