How to Make Asymmetrical Holiday Wreaths

Make a DIY wreath like this one with fresh florals and greenery, for a unique, modern look for a once traditional Christmas decoration.Make an asymmetrical holiday wreath with fresh pepper berry and ranunculus (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.

A white wreath with fresh garden roses, ranunculus, and olive branch greenery.

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

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.

Make an asymmetrical holiday wreath with fresh pepper berry and ranunculus.

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

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, 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: 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

Step 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.

Step 5: Wrap the wire end of the corsage stem around the hoop and attached branches.

Step 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

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).

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

DIY Wreath (An Asymmetrical Christmas Wreath Idea)

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. 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.
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: christmas wreath, christmas wreath ideas, diy wreath, wreath making
Cost: $15

Ingredients

  • 12 inch gold macrame hoops  or 18 inch if you want something larger***
  • thin gauge floral wire
  • wire cutters or sharp scissors
  • shears
  • corsage stems this is that secret material that will keep flowers fresh longer
  • greenery and fresh flowers specific types mentioned below

Instructions

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

Jessica — NinetyCo

Jessica

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

I’ve never even thought to do this! These are gorgeous- thanks for the DIY! x

Greta

Wow, they are absolutely beautiful!
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Michelle

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

Gemma
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Gemma

Thanks so much Greta, Michelle, and Gemma. 🙂

Brittni

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

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

Brittni

This looks so cute!

x Annabelle
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Annabelle

m a g n i f i q u e…
I l i k e !

Yiza

m a g n i f i q u e…
I l i k e !

Yiza

Yiza

These are so so pretty!

Beka Johnson

Wow! What beautiful and creative wreaths!

Linda

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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

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

Amanda

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

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 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

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 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

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

Nevermind! I just saw the other post!

Sorry!

Sarah

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

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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where did you find the cute triangle one?

Alexis

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

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

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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Absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely going to make a wreath. Love this post!

Noelle

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

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

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

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

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 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

Can you show photos of the back of these wreaths?

Paula

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

So beautiful! I’d love to know how you get an asymmetrical wreath to hang straight. Mine keeps swinging round.

Emma Sweeting

How do you hang the wire wreath with floral work on the side and keep it from spinning????

Laurie

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

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 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

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