Holiday Wreaths 18 Ways

By House Method Editors

The House Method editors share their favorite ways to decorate, adorn, and embellish holiday wreaths. Find inspiration in all shapes and sizes, from traditional to monochromatic to yule log wreaths, mossy rings draped with ribbon, eucalyptus wreaths, wreaths of red hot chili peppers, and swag adorned with clementines, cauliflower and okra—the possibilities are endless.

A traditional Christmas yuletide decoration of fresh leaves, berries and fruits hanging on a Victorian (19th Century) period door
Christmas wreath of  evergreen and red holly berries against a vintage wooden door.

The classic holiday wreath

The classic holiday wreath is typically made of one or two types of evergreen, like these in Fraser fir, and jam packed with natural holiday goodies like clementines, pinecones, cherries, cinnamon sticks, bittersweet, and even a little spruce for color contrast. Finish with a bright red ribbon.

A festive Holly Wreath hangs on a door at Christmas Yuletide

The classic holly wreath

The holly wreath is timeless, lovely, and inexpensive. Chances are, you can find holly in your own back yard (or maybe your neighbor’s yard). Holly’s dark green leaves and popping red berries go with just about any decor, any color door, any mantel.

The double holiday wreath

If you’re lucky enough to have double doors, try dual wreaths with matching bright red ribbons. Accent with pinecones or whole cinnamon sticks, but take care to not overdo it with flair. With double wreaths, the simpler the better: no need to overwhelm the entry. If your doors are narrow, miniature wreaths work well.

Gold colored Christmas wreath hanging on a green front door

The mossy wreath

We love this sleek take on the traditional holiday wreath. The nonchalant red and gold ribbon, the dangling gold ornament. It’s all so holiday, yet so very unique. We love this style for the inventive traditionalist.

Christmas wreath of  evergreen and red holly berries against a vintage wooden door.

The bittersweet wreath

American bittersweet is a deciduous perennial vine that grows in wooded, rocky areas. In spring, it blooms with yellow flowers and in the fall bursts with vibrant red berries. Wind it around a wreath frame to add a surge of festive color.

The boxwood wreath

Boxwood is one of those classic, hardy bushes. Boxwoods are plentiful in most of the United States (save the very warmest regions), and make inexpensive and lush holiday wreaths. Boxwood is also rather dense, so adding accoutrement and picks will be rather easy.

If you like the softness of boxwood branches, you can also try bay leaves. Floral designer Susan Fogwell suggests using lemons to accent holiday bay leaf wreaths.

The yule log wreath

This craggy ring of broken yule log bits provides the perfect cold-weather accent. Pair with a bright ribbon or hang it on a colorful door to balance the monochromatic scheme.

A heart shaped festive door decoration with cranberries and star anise hanging from a lion door knocker
A Berry heart shaped Yule Wreath on a fornt door in London

The heart-shaped wreath

The holidays are, after all, a time for expressing love, and we love the simplicity of these heart-shaped wreaths. Try bittersweet and pinecones with juniper accents (right) or go with classic holiday flavors like cranberry and star anise.

The miniature wreath

We love this well-adorned miniature wreath paired with a stately lion’s head door knocker. Use non-traditional materials like dried moss and grasses and embellish with whole cinnamon bundles and cherries.

An evergreen spruce and holly Christmas Wreath, decorated with  pine cones, red glass baubles and ribbons.

The spruce and holly wreath

This classic combination of spruce and juniper is a timeless and traditional Christmas favorite. Choose Silver Queen holly for its signature creamy yellow edges. Add sparkle with red baubles and a neutral ribbon—or two.

Mixing materials, colors, and textures like these is the perfect way to build a festive wreath. Interior designer Laurence Carr suggests using elements from your own garden. I suggest starting by cutting long, full sprigs from trees and bushes in your own yard, working them around a wire or wicker frame. Then, add sprigs of fragrant eucalyptus, lavender, and even rosemary for a surprising, multi-sensory experience. If you wish to add some color, choose a matte spray paint in the color palette of your choice and give the piece a light dusting. I prefer just a small whisper of eggshell on the outside edges of the wreath.

The untidy wreath

Not all wreaths need be perfectly trimmed. Let a little hang out, like these wreaths of holly and fir branches. Their nonchalance carries with it a warm elegance.

Outdoor Christmas wreath made of dried red hot chili peppers hanging at black entrance door

The chili pepper wreath

Go totally off book. This chili pepper wreath is a perfect reason to get inventive with non-traditional wreath materials.

Floral red outdoor Christmas wreath is hanging at entrance door

The eucalyptus wreath

In keeping with non-traditional materials, this wreath is made from red Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus leaves. Carry this one from Thanksgiving through the winter holidays.

A wreath of golden berries decorates a front door at Christmas

The golden wreath

Monochrome is perfect for creating a tasteful holiday theme, and the contrast between the golden berries and black door is striking. Accent with greenery or even pops of red for flair.

Floral designer Susan Fogwell uses other elements in hers: I create gold or silver wreaths by spraying dried hydrangea and beach leaves and weaving in looped festive-colored ribbon.

Porch decorated for the Christmas holiday.

The Williamsburg wreath

Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg is classic and dripping with natural materials like apples, pears, and oranges, and wild combinations like cauliflower and okra—seen in this Williamsburg-inspired wreath.

Beautiful fresh made Christmas wreath.
A Christmas door decoration made from pine cones and dried fruits and vegetables

Natural swag

If you want an alternative to the traditional holiday wreath, try some swag, which can be hung above a doorway, on a horizontal railing, or even just on a wall. Stuff them full of Christmas goodies like dried oranges, pomegranates, pinecones, and rosemary.


Colonial style Christmas wreath.

Colonial Swag

If you’re inspired by both Williamsburg-esque decoration and the celebratory pop of swag, combine them both for a statement piece like this one, embellished with apples, pears, pineapple, boxwood, and magnolia.

A traditional Christmas wreath decorates the door of a house in londonUK

The holly and laurel wreath

Drape a traditional holly wreath in yellow-speckled laurel leaves and sprigs of Fraser fir. A simple way to update a timeless classic.

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