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How to Transition Fall Wreaths to Christmas

I am not a huge fan of Holiday specific decor. I prefer creating or purchasing items that can be used for multiple seasons. Let’s talk about How to Transition Fall Wreaths to Christmas.

Think of your wreaths like you do your wardrobe (ie CPW cost per wear). It is silly to spend a fortune on a wreath (or any other decor) that you will use once and toss. I have rounded up some wreaths in all price ranges that can be “retrofitted” so that they can be used through the Christmas holidays. Let’s talk about How to Transition Fall Wreaths to Christmas.

This mussel shell wreath from Etsy is a little pricey but it needs nothing more than a simple ribbon change to go from Fall to Winter. I think this wreath suits the minimalist. Drape a big thick ribbon over the bottom in a fall color now, and change out the ribbon for Christmas. The best part is it will last for years if taken proper care of.


This wood curl wreath could easily be enjoyed now and spray painted green once the Christmas holidays approach. It too will last for years if taken proper care of. I put mine in garbage bags and hang them on the wall of the garage. You can also buy wreath storage bags on Amazon here.


This metal oak and acorn wreath from Terrain is pretty in its simplicity. A pretty ribbon would make a simple change, or you could tuck in fresh greens when Christmas rolls around.


This simple wheat wreath from Amazon will be beautiful gracing your front door as is to transition it to Christmas spray with gold paint and add a pretty ribbon.


These gorgeous moss wreaths are pricey but will last for years. I have a similar one that hung on the door at the lakehouse for years, and then I added a few mini pumpkins and I hung it on my door in Salinas. You can see it in my post Natural Collected Fall Home Tour here. I think I will zhush it up and hang it on my side door this year. I may attempt to replicate this wreath if I can find the time. It would be easy to make.

mixed moss wreath

This is a simpler, not quite as pricey version. It would be super simple to make with a styrofoam base, a glue gun, and moss from your local craft store.


I have a pinecone wreath that I made over 20 years ago (at least). It loses a pine cone or two but they are easily replaced and can last for years. Again, all that is needed is a simple ribbon. I have brown doors now so mine may have to find a home indoors this year.


Manzanita holds its color for several years. You could add some mini pumpkins now or just a simple ribbon. When Christmas rolls around you could add some pomegranates or spray paint it gold.


This wreath is really pricey but would last indefinitely. It would also be simple to make if your husband is a hunter, or you will live somewhere where you can gather naturally shed antlers.


Magnolia ages gracefully and can easily transition from fall to Christmas with nothing more than a simple ribbon.


This feather wreath can stand alone now and later it could be added to a fresh wreath base with wire for Christmas.


This fresh bay wreath if kept out of the sun will last through the holidays. Should it wilt, it could be spruced up with a can of gold paint for Christmas.


This simple twig wreath could be dressed up with fall fruits now and something more Christmasy later.


This metal ginkgo wreath from Terrain will last forever. It could be wired to a larger fresh green wreath for Christmas or you could tuck a few greens in it for a simpler look. All you need is a little florists wire that you can buy on Amazon here.


A preserved boxwood wreath may seem pricey now, but they last indefinitely. A ribbon in a simple fall color now and later a pretty gold ribbon is all that is needed.



I hope this post How to Transition Fall Wreaths to Christmas has served as some inspiration for you. Of course, you can purchase or make a wreath out of faux florals and it will last for years to come as well. If you prefer a more natural look these wreaths might be a good option or serve as inspiration to make your own. Try to consider cost per use as opposed to the overall cost. Hopefully, I can get my act together and show you how to transition a couple of these.

Reader Interactions


  1. Kameela says

    Thank you Cindy. Great options. I usually make my own with foraged bits and bobs but I’m tempted to get one of these. Not sure which one

  2. Karen B. says

    I love the options. The terrain metal acorn wreath is one of my favorites. I’ve got last year’s wreaths for the season this year, but I’ll keep some of my favorites from your list for the future.
    Karen B.

  3. Barb L says

    I love wreaths, and you do not disappoint! Love the varieties, and the possibilities are endless. The mussel shell wreath is so interesting.

  4. Judie Olivero says

    Great post! I love wreaths – love changing them, love decorating them, love ’em, love ’em, love ’em. Thanks.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Judie

      I need to up my wreath game that’s for sure now that I have double doors!

  5. Gray says

    I love wreaths – these are so pretty!!! What a great post with resources. The oyster one would be perfect for our house on the bay.
    I have a variety of seasonal wreaths made of silk botanicals, and some have dried items added. Those typically do not last as long as the silks, and all of it eventually fades. I also have some really realistic faux pumpkins from Park Hill that I brought home from my store.
    For Christmas, I always make my own fresh wreath at a wreath workshop, at a wonderful nursery an hour away. They turn out so pretty and lush and they help you if you are having trouble. I leave it up until the end of January or so, compost the greens and save the metal frame.
    I do have one of those metal and velvet wreaths from Terrain in my front foyer. I leave it up year round.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Gray

      I love making wreaths if I can find the time and the supplies. We are definitely lacking in the supply department here. We have the worst Michaels I have ever been in and that’s it nothing else! I just noticed a hobby lobby opened in San Luis so I will have to check that out!

  6. JoannA says

    I have a pine cone wreath I made many, many years ago. I added a touch of gold to tips and a new ribbon edged in gold a couple of years ago to give it new life. Now it stands out a bit more. I much prefer a natural wreath compared to all the faux ones on the market now.

    • EVA Popovich says

      I’ve been making wreaths for years. In Sonoma County, we had plenty of materials, bay tree branches, wine rings that we tied dried peppers onto, many branchhes from the garden or found on long fall walks. in Florida I am a little more limited in materials, but I did make magnolia wreaths one year. I’m ready for a challenge, so will be looking around for more materials.

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