$2 outdoor Holiday wreaths {tutorial}

I’ve got these great windows in front of my house that are just screaming for wreaths with big red bows. Since I needed 4 wreaths (3 windows and the front door) I didn’t want to spend a fortune so I headed to my home-away-from-home; the Dollar Tree.

For $9 I outfitted all three windows, plus a wreath on the door and a garland swag. It was so cheap and easy!

(Please don’t look too closely at our undecorated porch and lack of shrubs. Trust me, it drives me batty.)

Here’s how you can make $2 wreaths for the front of your house too!

First off, the gear:

I bought 5 garlands and 4 red bows from Dollar Tree. They usually have actual wreaths that you can use, but they were sold out both times I went, so I improvised with the garland. I think the garland actually made for a fuller nicer wreath though.


Start by unwrapping your garland. Create a circle the size you want your wreath to be. I just eye-balled the first wreath, then used it as a template for the other 3 so they would all the the same size.

Now just wrap your long garland around and around and around the circle to create a thick full wreath.

So easy!

Now it’s time for the bow.

Take your bow off the cardboard it is attached to and gently fluff out the loops a little so it doesn’t look so flat.

Wrap the wire pipe cleaner that comes attached to the bow around your wreath. It really can’t get easier than this.

That’s it! Can you believe how easy that was? And now you have a $2 wreath.

When you are finished making your wreaths, now you get to hang them!

I like using Command strips and hooks because they hold really well but are very easy to remove once the holiday season is over.

Hook the garland wreath on the hook. I just hung the wreath directly on it.

Doesn’t my house look so cute now? And it was seriously only NINE dollars. Can’t beat that.

As for the garland around the front door…

I folded the garland in half to find the center and stapled it to the center of my door frame with a heavy duty stapler. Then I stapled each corner, halfway down the garland on either side, and the bottom. I used a total of 7 staples.

Have fun making cheap Holiday crafts!

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  1. I’ve always been a big fan of the wreaths on multiple windows. Unfortunately, most of my windows sit on the side and back of the house (we only have one HUGE one in the front so that would have to be one heck of a wreath…LOL). Looks great & love that you did it inexpensively!

  2. Great tutorial – they look great and so easy 🙂

  3. Heather & Biwwy says:

    Ummm… You could have made me some while you were here Thanksgiving! RUDE! 😉 I think dollar tree is in my budget this year. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I love this idea! The wreaths turned out gorgeous!

  5. Wow,…I can hardly believe those are dollar store wreaths. I like your idea about using the garland even better than buying a dollar store wreath. I think you’re right – much fuller and prettier.

  6. ROCK ON! Looks great!

  7. Huh. That would be an inexpensive way to decorate our balcony for Christmas. I wanted to, but I didn’t want to shell out big money. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Ahh! the command hooks are BRILLIANT! Total slap-my-forehead/why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment!

  9. Allison! you are seriously BRILLIANT! I am so making these!
    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! AND about the annoying blogger…I just need to let you know that your blog is AMAZING and so are you…I love reading your because you are so REAL!


  10. Command hooks to hang wreaths — genius!

  11. Great tutorial. It looks easy to do, im doing this.

  12. I am so glad you showed how you hung them up! I got some great wreaths 90% off last year after Christmas but I was wondering how to hang them on a window.

  13. This is a great idea. You can’t have too many Christmas touches as far as I’m concerned. I just love that you never know what you’ll find at the dollar store!

  14. Thank you so much for this post!!! I made 2 of them today & will get the supplies to make 2 more tomorrow!!! I blogged about it here & gave you credit for the fabulous idea: http://misti-acardaday.blogspot.com/2011/12/card-plus.html

  15. I love command strips, I use them on everything, from mirrors to mantels at Christmas! Girlfriend, you need to go to Costco and get the poinsettias they have, 4 for $20 and they are big! That will finish off your holiday porch decoration fast. Great tutorial, you are always so creative.

  16. Hey friend!

    So I need you to know, after you said you hung them with the command hooks, I went and got some today and they work perfectly for hanging mine on our windows!

    We were having RIDICULOUS winds here in California, and before I had them on fishing wire nailed above the window. They were swinging all over the place, so that didn’t work. But the hooks worked GREAT!

    Thanks for mentioning them! 🙂


  17. SUCH a great idea!! I would never have guessed that wreath was from wrapped around garland!!! Wow, wow, wow!!!

  18. very cute and simple to do. those are the projects we need!!!

  19. You sure can’t beat that for the price. They turned out so cute Allison. I am having a blast with the Dollar tree this year. I am sure enjoying our party too for more ideas. Thanks for joining us……I don’t see our button or link though, maybe I missed it:) Have fun!~

  20. Great idea! I’ve been doing this for some time now, except I added a battery light taper candle from the dollar tree in the center of the wreath, wired the base to the back side of the wreath, and I think it adds the true Victorian element of the initial wreath idea. Great blog!

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