Make your own vibrant red Christmas berry wreath with a styrofoam form, a bit of ribbon, a few berry branches and some hot glue.

(This article was originally posted in November 2013, but the links back to it are sketchy at best.  Because it’s one of my favourite Christmas projects, I decided it was worth reposting again.  Photos were also from 2013, so please forgive the graininess.)

I love this Christmas berry wreath.

I mean, I reeeeeeeeaaaaally love it.

My Mom made one a few years ago and I’ve been waiting for her to get tired of it and throw it out.

No such luck.

BUT she did have the supplies stockpiled away to make more….

She just never got around to it.

Which means I GOT IT!  Wahooo!

I did have to pick up a couple of foam wreath rings, but the rest of the materials for this berry wreath were provided by “Nana”.

styrofoam wreath forms and red berries


Start by wrapping your styrofoam wreath forms with ribbon.  This is so that the green doesn’t show through the gaps in the berries, and to give the hot glue something to adhere to.  (The styrofoam melts). Wrap your ribbon around and around the wreath until it is completely covered and then add an extra length of ribbon to the top for hanging.  Hot glue it in place.

wrap your foam wreath form with red ribbon

It took 22 mini stems of berries to make one red berry wreath.  I cut each berry off of the stem with small wire cutters and set them aside until I had enough to complete my Christmas wreath.

cut berries off of stems and set aside

Once these are ready, you can begin gluing.

I started at the outside edge so that the berries would be flat in line with the back of the wreath.  Continue to fill row on row placing the next berries in the gaps from the row before.  Be careful, more than a few burns from the hot glue were had in the making of these berry wreaths.

attaching berries to the wreath form


When you’re done, you will notice some small gaps that the larger berries didn’t fill.  I bought one stem of a smaller-type-berry to fill those spaces in.

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If you look closely you’ll see them.

You won’t when it’s hung.

Whaddaya think?!


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I ended up making three Christmas berry wreaths and have used them someplace or another every year since.  The vibrant red against my black front door is so striking, but it’s also an eye-catcher against my new white backsplash.

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I’ve hung them in windows, set them on table tops and filled the centres with candles; they are my go-to Christmas decor and I made them myself!

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Berry wreath cost breakdown

  • 23 stems of berries at $1.29 = $28.38. (less the Michael’s 40% off coupon = $17.03
  • Foam wreath form (less 40% coupon) = $5.99
  • Ribbon = $4.50
  • Total for 1 wreath = $27.52

AND it took less than two hours to make

Did I mention that I LOVE this wreath?

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Have a great one!

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