How to Make a Wreath without a Wreath Form

Last Updated on January 8, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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I really wanted a Christmas wreath to hang on our inside front door.  You may remember I made a grapevine wreath earlier this year.  I wanted something more festive for the holidays.

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How to Make a Wreath without a Wreath Form

So, I thought about buying a wreath locally made from pine boughs but I really didn’t want to invest all that money in something that I was going to have to throw in the garbage.  I decided that I would make a wreath myself.  

When I went shopping for supplies, I noticed that wreath forms were fairly expensive.  The frugal girl inside of me decided I needed to figure out how to make a wreath without a wreath form. So, my first question was “What can I use as a base for a wreath.”

Since I needed to figure out DIY wreath rings that might work, I started to look through what I already had on hand.  I didn’t want to take apart my grapevine wreath and turn it into a Christmas wreath.

I briefly thought about using a clothes hanger bent into a circle but since our clothes hangers are plastic, I didn’t have a metal clothes hanger handy.

But, I remembered that I had several embroidery hoops in my craft box and I decided that would work well.  Here’s another fun Christmas craft project using an embroidery hoop from Olive Jude. I can’t wait to try it this year.

a close up view of an evergreen wreath with a pine cone and jingle bells

How do I make a door wreath?

This wreath without a form would work fine on your door provided it’s protected by a storm or it’s inside like in an apartment. You don’t want to expose the wreath to the wind, snow, and rain or it will be destroyed.

If you need something outside, I would recommend something natural like a natural Christmas wreath. They are really quite easy to make and they’ll stand up to snow and rain.

This apple grapevine wreath is another option.

Supplies to make a wreath

  • Lace or fabric to wrap it. I used red lace.
  • Decorations
  • Hot glue gun and glue to attach the decorations
  • Ribbon to hang the wreath

Directions to make this project

These directions to make a wreath without a wreath form are fairly simple. if you have something else at home that is about the same size and dimensions as the embroidery hoop, you can try using that as well.

You will need to experiment with the directions until it works for what you have on hand.

embroidery hoop wrapped with lace

  • Wrap the embroidery hoop in lace or fabric until it is mostly covered. Try to get a coordinating or matching color to go with the tulle or your color theme.

the base for this craft project

  • Continue until you cover the entire embroidery hoop in the fabric. 

How to make a wreath without a wreath form

  • Cut strips of tulle about one inch wide and about six inches in length.  That is the size that worked for my five-inch diameter embroidery hoop. If yours is a different diameter, you’ll have to experiment.

the form covered with white tulle

  • Starting at the top of the wreath, tie sets of three strips around the wreath until it is covered.

How to make a wreath without a wreath form

  • Adjust the strips so that the tulle is facing forward and covering the hoop. Cut off anything that is out of balance and fluff it carefully.

How to make a wreath without a wreath form

  • Using the hot glue gun, attach whatever decorations you have to make it festive. I used gold spray painted pine cones and a small plastic set of holly leaves with berries.
  • Carefully attach a ribbon to hang.

My thoughts

I think this wreath without a wreath form came out pretty well for a first experiment. If I make this again, I will probably add more tulle and maybe a few more decorations to cover up the bare spots on the wreath.

But, if you’re looking for an easy Christmas craft, this is definitely something that a beginner can do. 

If you do end up buying a wreath, check out these easy tips to take care of fresh evergreen wreaths. You can always hang this type of wreath outside and make a wreath without a wreath form following these directions for inside.

If you’d like to try something with a wreath form, this Americana Wreath is an easy craft.

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How to Make a Wreath without a Wreath Form

How to make a wreath without a wreath form

Have you ever tried to make a wreath without a wreath form? Check out these tips to make a wreath without a form. Try one today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Lace or fabric to wrap it. I used red lace.
  • Tulle. I used white tulle.
  • Decorations
  • Hot glue gun and glue to attach the decorations
  • Ribbon to hang the wreath

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Wrap the embroidery hoop in lace or fabric until it is mostly covered. Try to get a coordinating or matching color to go with the tulle or your color theme.
  2. Continue until you cover the entire embroidery hoop in the fabric. 
  3. Cut strips of tulle about one inch wide and about six inches in length.  That is the size that worked for my five-inch diameter embroidery hoop. If yours is a different diameter, you’ll have to experiment.
  4. Starting at the top of the wreath, tie sets of three strips around the wreath until it is covered.
  5. Adjust the strips so that the tulle is facing forward and covering the hoop. Cut off anything that is out of balance and fluff it carefully.
  6. Using the hot glue gun, attach whatever decorations you have to make it festive. I used gold spray painted pine cones and a small plastic set of holly leaves with berries.
  7. Carefully attach a ribbon to hang.

Notes

You can add more tulle if you want a wreath that is more full.

Did you make this project?

If you make this, tag me on Instagram so I can see (@ellenblogs)

35 thoughts on “How to Make a Wreath without a Wreath Form”

  1. What a beautiful wreath!  Thank you for sharing this fun craft.  I'll definitely have to make a wreath with an embroidery hoop.
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  2. This is a great idea! I have a handful of embroidery hoops lying aruond here that I don't use...I think I'm going to use this idea!
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  3. Beautiful!  My kiddos made a wreath out of their hand prints for family for Christmas.  We used a paper plate to help form the right shape.  I realize that probably wouldn't work for this project.
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  4. That is so adorable. I am loving the Tulle wreaths so much more these days than the traditional ones. They are just so cute!
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  5. What a fantastic idea! Honestly, I never understood spending so much money on flowers or wreaths when they just end up dying and you throw them away. That's money down the drain in my opinion!
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  6. What a pretty Christmas wreath! I could probably make one of these white a white tulle and then change the accessories with each season to make it work!
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  7. What a clever idea. I've taken an old wire hanger and stretched it out to a circle then I cut and tied pieces of light and dark green garbage bags (and even those that our local newspaper comes in) and tied them around the hanger like you did here. It was a fun and inexpensive wreath that people asked me how I made!
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  8. What a cute wreath! I make our wreaths and I have been looking for a way to do them without spending a ton of money on a new wreath form.
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  9. I love it Ellen!! I have so many of those sitting around, I could finally use them for good.  Idea for next year!! Pinned & tweeted!
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  10. I always wonder why wreath forms are so expensive. Great idea to use the hoop! I also wanted to make a wreath this year and used a wire coat hanger to make the ornament wreath I'll link up above. 
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  11. You're a genius! I really wanted to make a Christmas wreath this year but the wreath forms were all $10 and up - and so were regular wreaths. LOL So I just skipped it. I never thought about using a hoop!
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  12. It's those wreath forms that can be expensive. I do have some old embroidery hoops though. I absolutely love this idea and your wreath turned out super cute.
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