How to Make the Cutest Mini-Wreaths You’ve Ever Seen

Several years ago I began making simple mini-wreaths that can be attached to all sorts of vintage and antiques and sold for good money

In this article, I’m going to show you how I make them, but you can discover how to use them 18 different ways in this post.

Farmhouse Style Mini WreathI made these little darlings one January, fooling around after the holidays with some left-over crafting materials.

You can watch this video, which takes you step-by-step through the process of making them, or simply read the post below (or do both, LOL).

Materials to Make Mini-Wreaths


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  • Pine pipe cleaners (or garland)
  • 1/2″ Antique white cotton seam binding (this is the closest I could find to my antique seam binding)
  • Manila card stock (to create the salutation: Merry Christmas)
  • Aging spray (strong coffee + a pinch of alum)
  • Your computer

pipe-cleaner-type-garland-for-wreaths-1024x683You can find the pine garland in 12″ pipe cleaner lengths or by the yard on rolls, depending on where you look for it.

vintage-seam-binding-1024x683I used vintage cotton seam-binding for the bows because it helps create the farmhouse look I’m after since it’s antique white and has no glossy finish whatsoever.

Step 1: Cut & Shape Your Mini-Wreath

shape-green-garland-into-circle-1024x951I had purchased a package of the pine pipe cleaners but hadn’t found a use for them. Like I said, I started fooling around with them. I realized that if I cut them in half (6″), I could shape them into cute mini-wreaths.

Step 2: Hot Glue Your Mini-Wreath Together

gluing-green-garland-to-make-wreath-1024x683Hot glue the two ends together. I chose to decorate them simply in the hopes of giving them a vintage, farmhouse look.

Step 3: Create Your Merry Christmas Salutation

aged-merry-christmas-1024x683Method 1: Print out a page of these “merry christmas” banners (from the Member Library) on manila cardstock. On three pages you’ll find two sizes and two colors (red and brown).

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Age the page with “aging spray” (strong coffee made with instant coffee in a small spray bottle). Lightly spritz the page and let it dry before cutting the words out.

Method 2: Type up multiple “merry christmas” banners on a computer page and print them out on manila cardstock. I used a vintage typewriter style font in 12-point size. Follow aging instructions above. 

I created red, black, and brown versions, but I like the red the best and tend to use them on all of my wreaths. I also like the look of all lower-case letters. Fiddle around with different looks and see which YOU like best for your wreaths 🙂

Step 4: Make Bows

antique white cotton bowsMake small bows using your vintage or antique white seam binding or ribbon.

Step 5: Put It All Together

mini-wreaths-on-red-plaid-1024x684Now it’s time to put it all together by gluing on your bow and “merry christmas” salutation. It will take you about 30 seconds!

You can also tie a piece of plain antique white baker’s string to the top to allow you to hang it from your tree or from a cabinet knob.

three-mini-wreaths-1024x478As an alternative to the cardstock “merry christmases” you can also make little banners like you see here. I use Christmas rubber stamps and some antique white paper to create them.

I enjoy making the wreaths so much, the next thing I knew I was decorating everything in sight with them! In fact, you’ll find a number of ways to decorate with them in this post: creative ways to use mini-wreaths.

vintage funnel christmas treeThis funnel Christmas tree is one of the first creations that I attached a mini-wreath to; it’s available at the Shaker craft fair going on right now. You can see in the background, I tacked wreaths onto rusty hearts to create a unique ornament. 

roll-of-garland-for-wreaths-1024x1024Over the summer, I found a couple of rolls of garland almost identical to the pipe cleaner variety. Now I can create oodles more wreaths.

red-tinsel-garland-1024x912I also bought this roll of red tinsel at Target’s after Christmas sale and discovered that it makes nice wreaths, too. I admit, I’ve gone a little wreath crazy, but they are selling well at the craft fair, so I guess others enjoy them as much as I do.

mini-wreath-against-birch-log-1024x898Have you started working on any Christmas projects yet? Normally, this would be a bit early for me, but because of the craft fair, I start developing ideas in January. I can’t wait to share more of them with you as we lead up to Christmas.

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  1. Very cute! Does the coffee spritz give it much of a coffee scent? Or does it dissipate? They look very nice added to the other goodies.

  2. Really cute Diana and just perfect for decorating packages. Would even make pretty napkin rings.

  3. These are adorable Diana. Thanks for this idea. I can see these hanging from my mantle.


    PS Amen to your mini sermon.

  4. Love these, Diana! They are so cute. Simply adorable. I would love to see some of the wreaths you made from the red tinsel. Your mini sermon was a blessing to me today too.

  5. Hi Diana, I have worked with that garland for years. And, it is amazing what you can do with it. Whenever I see some in thrift stores or on sale, I grab a roll, no matter what color it is. Thanks for th cute tutorial, I’m sure lots of little wreaths will come into being, because of your post, Sandi

  6. No, I haven’t started on any Christmas projects yet. Yes, I know I’m way behind but your projects have encouraged me to get started.

  7. Diana, I love how you call our God “the One-Who-Made-You”!! Thank you for your thoughts in your post. Where did you find your antique white baker’s twine? Have fun creating!!

  8. I can’t figure out which I love more… the wreaths or the tree. BOTH! Gorgeous!

    I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 354. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  9. Diana these really are the cutes wreaths ever! Everything looks cuter when it is in mini size! I also love your aging juice, very clever idea. Pinning to use this for the future.

  10. OMG! Thank you SO much — I’m wreath crazy too now! THis year I will be decorating every utensil, star, watering can, etc. I can find! And the little tags….perfect instructions!
    You are most generous to share your knowledge and encouragement..thank you so much!

  11. I have had the best time making these out of plain old fat green pipe cleaners, your pine pipe cleaners, a leaf garland, and fat curly green pipe cleaners. They are cute on backgrounds of the upholstery webbing with a jute hanger and little bow or ribbon. They can be very rustic or farmhouse, depending on the trim used.

    1. I’m so glad you love them as much as I do Kathy! I love them with the jute webbing–so glad you discovered that. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m able to inspire a fellow crafter 🙂

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