A homemade vintage wreath personalizes a front door.

How to Make a Vintage Front Door Wreath

by Josh Arnold

No matter what holiday or season you're celebrating, a vintage front door wreath welcomes friends and family to your home and gives your house a festive look. Using antique or vintage pieces to decorate the wreath creates a warm, nostalgic feel, whether you're ringing in Christmas or welcoming spring. Use your personal collection to design the wreath, or visit a flea market or secondhand shop to gather the goods. Many wreath ideas begin with a simple foam, straw or twig ring, and you can customize from there.

Choose a round wreath base that fits your design ideas, such as a straw form for an autumn-inspired look or a green foam form for winter holiday decor. Pick a wreath base size -- typically these range from 6 inches to 18 inches in diameter -- to accommodate your needs.

Gather your desired decor pieces, such as antique glass ball Christmas ornaments; small vintage toys; colorful, old-fashioned buttons; or pastel-hued paper or faux flowers, which will create a nostalgic spring or Easter wreath. Prepare the items by dusting them off if they were in storage, or snipping excess stems off faux blooms with scissors. Remove the metal tops from ornaments.

Spread newspaper over a flat surface to protect it from glue. Plug a glue gun in and allow it to heat up. Insert a glue stick into the gun.

Lay the wreath base, face up, on the newspaper. Cover the wreath base by wrapping it with about 6 feet of 2-inch-wide ribbon in a coordinating color, such as red for a holiday wreath, if you desire. Wrap the ribbon around the base tightly, overlapping the edges. Cut the excess ribbon and affix the end to the base using hot glue.

Plan your wreath by positioning items before you glue. Place the decor pieces on the wreath in any arrangement you desire, such as small ornaments around the inside of the base and larger ones around the outside perimeter. Or put larger objects on the base first and fill gaps with smaller pieces. Group similar items, such as pink flowers and yellow flowers, in clusters around the wreath, if you prefer. Once you decide on your design, begin hot gluing the vintage decor pieces onto the wreath base. Hold small objects with tongs so you don't burn your fingers with the hot glue.

Allow the glue to thoroughly cool. Loop a matching piece of vintage-inspired ribbon, such as silk or satin, through the wreath and tie it into a bow for hanging. Choose a short or long length of ribbon, depending on how high or low you want the wreath to hang on the front door.

Items you will need

  • Foam, straw or twig wreath base
  • Vintage decor items
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Roll of 2-inch-wide ribbon
  • Tongs (optional)


  • Use a wreath hanger so you don't damage your door.

About the Author

Josh Arnold has been a residential and commercial carpenter for 15 years and likes to share his knowledge and experience through writing. He is a certified journeyman carpenter and took college-accredited courses through the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters training center. As a Los Angeles-based union carpenter, Arnold builds everything from highrises to bridges, parking structures and homes.

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