DIY Holiday Wreath

From Drab to Fab

By CHT Media Created: November 30, 2012 Last Updated: November 30, 2012
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A grapevine wreath decorated for the holiday season. (CHT Media)

A grapevine wreath decorated for the holiday season. (CHT Media)

Dear Marc:
I am a holiday buff! I decorate our home in November and my wife starts baking holiday goodies at the first sight of snow. The first decoration that goes up is a wreath. I have an old one that is starting to look ratty. I always wanted to create a designer wreath like the ones I see in magazines. Help!

Dear Clarence:
‘Tis the season to decorate! The holidays are a special time when we “deck out” our homes for family gatherings. The silver is polished, the refrigerator is stocked with eggnog and fruit cake, and we scour the malls trying to find a special gift for each and every loved one.

However, as we unpack decorations we haven’t set our eyes on for the past 12 months, we sometimes come to the realization that last year’s decorations have passed their “style expiry date.” Tinsel… need I say more?

Sometimes it’s not the entire look that is dated, but rather a single piece such as a wreath. Now, being one who likes to have something unique and different, I customize my own wreaths. So grab a cup of cocoa and let’s try this simple, cost effective weekend project!

Birds and berry wreath

-- Grapevine wreath
-- Small, silver-painted branches
-- Glue gun with glue sticks
-- Feathers
-- Ornamental bird
-- Strand of artificial berries
-- One-inch ribbon

Step 1: Wrap the ribbon around the entire wreath. Glue the start and end points using the glue gun to keep the ribbon in place. In the same manner, wrap the strand of berries to the lower half of the wreath.

Step 2: Wrap branches around the wreath and glue them in place.

Step 3:
Glue feathers on the bottom ledge of the inner wreath to create a “nest.” Glue an ornamental bird on top of the feathers.

Step 4: Hang your new wreath and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the editor-in-chief of Canadian Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline, and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine visit

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