Celebrating the Holiday with an Organic Christmas Wreath DIY

Dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cranberries and pine cones give this fresh cedar garland wreath all the organic feels. This was a fairly easy and inexpensive project. Come on in, and let me show you how you can put together this organic Christmas wreath DIY in an afternoon.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

The base is a fresh cedar garland I picked up at a local grocery store, which is also readily available at most tree farms and home improvements stores. Layered organic elements dress up the wreath, crowned with pretty ribbons. Viola!

Today I am joined by some blogging friends to share all things Christmas. Thank you to our host Carol from Bluesky at Home for bringing us together. If you’re coming here from visiting Kristin @ White Arrows Home, welcome. Isn’t Kristin’s table design lovely?!?! Gets you in the mood for all the Holiday festivities! You can find all the other bloggers at the bottom of this post to get more Christmas ideas and inspiration.

Now let’s talk about the organic Christmas wreath.

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pieces of an organic Christmas wreath

Here is a list of the materials used to created this organic Christmas wreath. The elements can certainly be altered to items that speak to you.

  • Fresh cedar garland {usually 5-6 feet long}
  • Wispy branch wreath form
  • Dried orange slices {process below}
  • Star anise
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Small pine cones
  • Assorted ribbons
organic Christmas wreath DIY

At the end of the season I will discard the cedar garland and cranberries. Everything else can be saved for a later further use. I already have an idea for the wispy branch wreath form for a project next spring.

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the process for the organic Christmas wreath DIY

Start by attaching the greenery garland to the wispy wreath form using floral wire. My garland came zip tied in a circle form. I just kept the basic shape and used the floral wire to secure it to the wispy wreath form plus coral any unruly branches. Once I had it secured, I cut away the zip ties.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

Next lay out all organic elements on the wreath to arrange placement and general composition. Once you are happy with the placement and composition, simply hot glue all the pieces together and to the wreath.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

Once the glue has dried, attach a pretty ribbon. I used a mix of three thin ribbons in the cream, tan and black color palette. I tied all three ribbons in a knot in the middle with long strands. A small piece of twine attaches the ribbon to the wreath. All you have to do now, is hang the wreath and enjoy.

wreath with dried orange slices

styling the organic Christmas wreath

The organic Christmas wreath hangs on our front door. This is the first time our Dutch door has dressed up for the Christmas season. If you are new around here, you can read all about the door we had installed earlier in the year here {a new Dutch door front entry}.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

I usually hang a fresh wreath from the Christmas tree lot, which are really pretty and natural. But this year I wanted something special in honor of the Dutch door. Dutch doors give me cottage vibes, so I thought an organic homemade wreath was the perfect crown for our Christmas entry.

organic wreath

details about the organic Christmas wreath DIY

The star anise, pine cones and cranberries I just used as they are. Bundle the cinnamon sticks together in groups of three, tied together with a piece of twine.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

The orange slices I dried in the oven. Simply slice oranges evenly. I used a mandolin for this step but it’s not necessary. On a parchment lined cookie sheet the orange slices are arranged individually on cookie racks. Bake at 200 degrees for 4 to 5 hours.

dried orange slies

When done, remove the orange slices from the oven and allow to come to room temperature. They can be stored in a Ziploc bag for different projects.

dried orange slices

I love the organic feels the orange slices provide on this wreath. The orange slices can be used in so many other ways for seasonal decor. I love them in garlands and used as ornaments as well.

organic Christmas wreath DIY

Nature is such a great foil and one of my favorite ways to decorate. The possibilities are endless.

more Christmas inspiration

Here are some other DIY and craft ideas for the holiday season, providing more Christmas inspiration.

glitter old-fashioned Christmas light bulb ornament DIY
pine cone wreath DIY
Christmas Inspiration

You can also be inspired by my Pinterest Boards {for the art of craftiness} and {winter wonderland}.

Next on the blog hop is Laura from Everyday Edits, please stop by since she has more holiday inspiration. Listed below are all the blogger participants full of Christmas inspiration. Make sure to visit them all since there is a variety of Holiday goodness.

get the organic Christmas wreath look

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.”

Natalie Angiier

shared @ between naps on the porch

the Christmas – celebrate the holiday blog hop


  1. I love everything about your wreath Mary Jo! I tend to go nuts over real greenery and dried orange slices, which I look forward to every Christmas! Pinning!

    1. Thanks so much Michelle. I’m glad you liked it. XO- MJ

  2. rbgranholm says:

    I can smell this through the screen 🙂 It’s SO pretty MJ…I love all of the organic elements you used. What a way to make your home smell AND look like Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I love organic decor! XO- MJ

  3. stephanie says:

    MaryJo, your wreath looks beautiful and I’m sure it smells amazing. Everything about it is lovely.

    1. Thanks Stephanie. I appreciate your sweet comment. XO- MJ

  4. EsmeSalon says:

    What a lovely wreath to make for Christmas and I am sure it must smell awesome with the orange or lemon and the other additions
    I visited you via A MORNING CUP OF JOE 163
    I linked up this week with = 41+42+43. Come and join us Mon – Saturday at SeniorSalonPitStop as well as #WordlessWednesday #Photography Wednesday – Saturday. You will find the info under BLOGGING

    1. Thanks so much! I will
      Make sure to visit. Thanks for the invite! XO- MJ

      1. EsmeSalon says:

        Hope to see you next week MaryJo

    2. MaryJo this wreath is beautiful, I love how it turned out 🙂 pinning! Hugs xx Tanya

      1. Thanks so much Tanya. It was a fav of mine too. I’m trying to figure out what to do this year. XO- MJ

  5. Kim says:

    Your wreath is so lovely, MaryJo! I love using dried oranges for Christmas!

    1. Thanks Kim. I know, they’re so gray and pretty. Thanks for the visit friend. XO- MJ

  6. sonatahomedesign says:

    I can almost smell this through my laptop screen! This wreath has all the Christmas scents that I love and it looks beautiful hanging on your door!

  7. Such a lovely post Mary Jo. I’m guessing this had to smell so good while making it and with it hanging up. Great tutorial!

  8. helenfern says:

    I love this wreath – going to give it a try! Visiting from the Sunday Sunshine blog party.

  9. MaryJo, I love the organic natural look of this wreath. I bet it smells heavenly and fresh. Thanks for your clear instructions and sharing the process on Celebrate the Holiday.

    1. Thanks Carol! I’m so glad you liked it. XO- MJ

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