Learn how to enhance a basic inexpensive evergreen wreath for the holidays! These wreath decoration ideas will take your holiday decor to the next level, whether you’re working with a fresh or faux evergreen wreath.

These sweet and simple tricks will take even the most basic of wreaths and turn it into a total showstopper.

Indoors or out, these wreath decoration ideas are simple enough for a beginner!

Fresh greenery added to a basic Christmas wreath for an upgraded Christmas wreath decorating idea
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I love creating. There’s something particularly gratifying by making something with your own two hands and having it grace your home or gifting it to a friend.

I am so excited to share how to spruce up a basic Christmas wreath today with a few Christmas wreath decorations!

Christmas wreaths are easily accessible and inexpensive at stores like Trader Joe’s, Home Depot and Lowe’s, but they often feel a little flat and lackluster because they’re stacked for shipment and somewhat sparse to keep the price point low.

I wanted to share just how easy it is to add Christmas wreath decorations today. In fact, I’ve added pretty items to many holiday wreaths over the years, so I’ve got so many fun ideas!

A faux Christmas wreath with clementine oranges

Christmas Wreath Decoration Ideas

Adding in a few snips of greenery makes a basic Christmas wreath feel a lot more special. It’s amazing what a few minutes can do!

I started enhancing my wreaths because those I really love are $75-200 (Williams Sonoma and other high end stores overwhelm me with their beautiful designs).

Updating an existing evergreen wreath is easy and inexpensive – a pre-made wreath form is usually $12-$15 and half the work is already done for you.

You can use any flowers, fruits, pine cones, ornaments, or additional greenery. For one of the examples in this post, I chose thistle and eucalyptus since I had a little extra lying around from a flower arrangement and they tend to look beautiful for an extended period of time.

I’ve also added simple clementine oranges to a faux Christmas wreath to help elevate it beyond the basic. I’m excited to share these simple ideas and techniques with you today!

Fresh greenery added to a basic Christmas wreath for an upgraded Christmas wreath decorating idea

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh Fruit – Or any of the ideas below! Add greenery, ornaments, pine cones and more!
  • Greenery – Or fresh-to-dry floral elements. We used eucalyptus, thistle and more evergreen stems to fill out our fresh wreath (pictured below).
  • Skewers – Small wooden skewers work well, or you can add wire to any elements you’d like to add to your wreath.
Clementine oranges next to wooden picks.

How to Add Fruit Decorations

  1. If you’re adding fresh fruit, you’ll need to insert a skewer or a wire. For a skewer, just insert one end of the skewer 3/4 of the way into the fruit, as pictured. If you’re using a wire, thread it through the center of fruit (or pine cones, etc), pulling the wire out on both sides of fruit. A clementine on a pick for a Christmas wreath decoration
  2. Insert into holes of wreath or near leaves, at an angle to attach snugly to the frame of the wreath. With a wire, you’ll attach both ends of the wire on the back of the wreath to add the decorative elements tightly against the wreath. A clementine orange on a pick, being added to a Christmas wreath.

How to Add Greenery Stems to a Wreath

  1. Trim stems of greenery leaving 1-2″ of stem to insert into the wreath. For eucalyptus, 6-8″ overall.
  2. Work your way around the wreath inserting stems in the same direction as existing stems, tucking them under the evergreen until they feel secure. Keep in mind you can readjust spacing any time. That’s the best part – you get easy do-overs!
  3. Trim flower stems or thistle to 4″ tucking them in at varying widths to stagger, again, in the same direction as existing stems. Insert them until almost flush.
Fresh greenery added to a basic Christmas wreath for an upgraded Christmas wreath decorating idea

Tips

  • If you choose a fresh evergreen wreath, don’t skip this post about How to Keep Fresh Greenery Alive for Longer.
  • Get help with choosing your fresh greens in this comprehensive guide: Christmas Greens and Greenery Garlands.
  • An indoor wreath doesn’t require quite as many techniques for adding and securing additional decorations. Often, you can tuck extra greenery or picks directly into the wreath base without any further efforts to attach.
  • Many fruit options will dry beautifully on a wreath. However, it’s an easy and inexpensive option to change out weekly through a holiday season, too.
A faux Christmas wreath with clementine oranges

More Christmas Wreath Decoration Ideas

  • Fresh fruit – think oranges, pomegranates, and more
  • Dried fruit – these hold up so well and there are so many beautiful options!
  • Pinecones
  • Berries – fresh or faux
  • Greenery – We love Eucalyptus because it’s beautiful as it dries, too, but there are so many beautiful options.
  • Ribbon – Don’t forget a pretty bow!
  • Feathers
  • Ornaments
  • Fresh Flowers – it’s best to use fresh elements that will dry beautifully. This can be berries, fresh to dry hydrangea, thistle, eucalyptus or salal… the list goes on!
A Christmas wreath placed over a wooden bench in the entryway of a home

Where to Hang Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths can create an instant holiday feel in any area of your home. One of my favorite holiday tricks is to simply remove a piece of art work and replace it with a fresh wreath.

By using the same nail, we aren’t adding any holes to our drywall and the whole space feels infused with the warmth of the holidays.

Use a wreath anywhere!

A Christmas wreath placed over a wooden bench in the entryway of a home

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Christmas Wreath Decorations

Christmas Wreath Decorations – learn how to enhance a basic inexpensive evergreen wreath for the holidays!
Prep: 4 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients  

  • 4-5 stems greenery {eucalyptus}
  • flowers or 1 stem of thistle
  • 1 basic wreath

Instructions 

  • Trim stems of greenery leaving 1-2″ of stem to insert into the wreath. For eucalyptus, 6-8″ overall.
  • Work your way around the wreath inserting stems in the same direction as existing stems, tucking them under the evergreen until they feel secure. Keep in mind you can readjust spacing any time. That’s the best part – you get easy do-overs!
  • Trim flower stems or thistle to 4″ tucking them in at varying widths to stagger, again, in the same direction as existing stems. Insert them until almost flush.

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