Minimal Christmas: foliage wreath step by step

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It’s the end of November, the perfect time to decorate for the holidays!
As you can tell, I’m fully in Christmas mood and – after the sustainable gift guide I shared last week – it’s now time to think about decorating!
This year in particular, I’m all about minimal Christmas decor. I want my decorations to feel relaxed and reflect the overall minimalist style of my home.

One of the essentials when decorating for Christmas is definitely a wreath. I didn’t want a standard wreath though, so I came up with this DIY minimal foliage wreath, that incorporates all the elements of my dream contemporary-minimal home:

  • Clean lines
  • Neutral tones
  • Geometric shapes
  • Asymmetry

And looking at the final result, I think this thin triangular wreath with an asymmetric foliage arrangement ticks all the boxes for a minimal Christmas!

So let’s build this super easy wreath together!

You’ll need:

Flatlay of what is needed to make this DIY foliage minimal wreath.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.
  • Wooden sticks.
    I’ve used skewers because – being thin and straight – they were perfect to give the geometric clean shape I was looking for.
  • Foliage.
    Rosemary is what I had at hand (and I love its fresh smell so much!), but this can totally become an eucalyptus, sage, pine or laurel wreath as well!
  • Floral wire.
    To tie the foliage to the wreath and make the attachment points go invisible.
  • Glue.
  • String (optional, to hang the wreath).
    I have chosen a black satin string to go with my contemporary minimal vibe.
  • A Christmas ornament of your choice (not in the photo as I decided to add it at a later stage).


As I wanted my wreath to be bigger than the skewers, I glued together two of them to create a longer side for my triangle. This step also came in handy for another reason. By gluing the flat tips of the skewers together, I ended up with a stick with both ends pointed (much better to achieve a clean final look!)
This step is optional though and you can totally omit it if your sticks are long enough for the wreath you want to obtain.

Glue the sticks together, forming a triangle.
Note that I’ve let the ends of the sticks cross a little, to add an interesting detail to the corners of the triangle.

The base of the wreath is done.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.

Place the foliage on the wreath and adjust it until you like the look.
To stick with my minimal Christmas vibe, I’ve used just a few twigs of rosemary, but you can definitely make it fuller if you prefer!

When you’re happy with how the foliage looks, attach each twig to the wreath with wire.
Make sure to secure the twigs tightly and position the wire in spots where the twigs look full (so the foliage will hide the wire completely).

Always using wire, tie the ornament to the corner of the wreath with foliage.
This is the cherry on the cake to create a focal point and add a festive touch. And it can also help tie in your Christmas colour scheme!

That’s pretty much it!
If you want to hang your wreath, finish off by looping a string to the top of it. I finally decided to have mine lean on the living room cabinet, and I love how effortless this looks!

The wreath done.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign.


While I was writing this post, I got some ideas of variations that can be made to this DIY. This wreath project is actually really versatile for different Christmas styles...and also after the holidays!

  • For a more rustic look
    Use natural branches instead of skewers and tie them together with a rustic string. You may also want to use the same string to tie the foliage to the wreath, which will add even more texture.
  • For a less minimal Christmas style
    Layer different types of foliage (eucalyptus and pine for instance) to get a fuller wreath. Also – if you prefer – you can continue all the way around with foliage and cover the sticks entirely!
  • Make this a Christmas tree ornament!
    This DIY is easy to scale up or down. So, if you make a smaller triangle, you’ll definitely be able to hang it on your Christmas tree!
  • For a winter wreath that lasts after Christmas
    Omit the ornament, or choose a less Christmassy one (actually a snowflake works quite well for an all-winter-long wreath)

This wreath is definitely adding to the minimal decor I was planning for the holidays! I love how calming and – well – minimal, it looks!
What is also great is that it lends itself to a million and one variations according to your style! If you give it a try, I'd love to see your interpretation of it! So, feel free to tag me on your photos @dfordesignstyle !

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