What are among your favorite Christmas traditions? I’m sharing one of ours today, as well as how I make the most of our Christmas tree and how to make a small wreath with tree trimmings. Create a Christmas decoration out of these tree cuttings! This post includes affiliate links, which when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but provide this site with a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Visiting the Christmas tree farm is one of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions. We bundle up, hike up the mountain, and pick out the perfect tree. Once we locate a few Christmas tree contenders, we narrow them down to our top two favorites. Then we take a vote. The tree with the most votes is the one that accompanies us home and adorns our room for the Christmas season.
For those who have never visited a Christmas tree farm, the employees cut the tree directly off the ground. There’s no shaping the bottom or removing the straggling or low hanging branches. We do that once we bring the tree home. A few years ago, I purchased a tree collar to use in lieu of a traditional tree skirt. Since using the collar, we have to remove a few more branches from the bottom of the tree than we did before. Typically, I have used these to create Christmas tree swags for the front porch. This year, I decided to try my hand at making a small wreath with the tree trimmings.
How to Make a Small Wreath from Tree Trimmings
Important note: This is a small wreath that uses minimal materials. It will have a rustic shape and look. There is not a wire wreath support like you will find in many commercially sold wreaths. I wanted to mention that to set the expectations that the finished product will depend on the strength and shape of the tree trimming branches.
The supply list is fairly minimal.
- Tree trimmings
- Green floral wire
- Small wire cutters
- Small branch trimmers
- Optional: bow
- Optional: Gardening gloves. The combination of the tree needles and the floral wire can be damaging to hands, especially those affected by dry winter skin.
Steps to Create
Start with a branch that has full needles on one end and a sturdy branch portion on the other end.
Lay another similar branch on top of this one, but in the opposite direction so that it now looks “full” on both ends.
Cut approximately 4 inches of floral wire. Wrap it around the branches to secure them in place.
Continue with steps 2 and 3 to connect branches to one another to create a wreath shape. Use your judgement and eyeball the fullness of the wreath. The fullness will also, of course, be dependent on how many branches you have available and their fullness. Use the floral wire to secure all branches in place, but try not to overdo it with the floral wire.
Once the wreath shape has been created and is complete, overlap the ends and secure with floral wire.
Add a bow, securing it with floral wire.
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