How to Make A Wreath (Asymmetrical Design)

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.

Unique holiday wreath made of red berries, pink flowers, and greenery.

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.

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

White and green floral asymmetrical wreath - white anemones and ranunculus.

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).

Woman making asymmetrical holiday wreath shaped like a triangle.

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.

Adding floral stems to a white flower that needs support in a holiday wreath

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.

Gold triangle wreath with white anemones and greenery.

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…

Diagram image of where to hang nails for asymmetrical wreath.

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?

Closeup of holiday wreath with red berries and pink flowers in asymmetrical design

DIY holiday wreath being held up with olive branches, white flowers, and red berries

Geometric shaped wreaths in gold with fresh florals and greenery

Various holiday wreaths in different asymmetrical designs, with fresh florals

Closeup of unique Christmas wreath with red berries and pink and red flowers

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.

Notes

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).
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Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Are you making any wreaths for the holidays this year? Any fresh flowers in the mix?

58 comments | Click here to reply

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.

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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?

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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

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

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

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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

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!

Sorry!

Sarah

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

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
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