Last Minute Wreaths and Ornaments


This year, a long walk in the woods inspired me to make my own Christmas wreaths.  After collecting the pine cones and greenery, I knew I had to do something.


Since Mister Jack grew up in the woods, he volunteered to show me how to make a wreath out of cedar or pine.  It turned out to be an easy project.  If you’re pressed for time, you can create a wreath as you watch a Christmas movie or your favorite evening program on TV.  It’s that easy.

Last Minute Wreath


evergreen branches like cedar and pine

pine cones

wire coat hanger

fishing line


gardening snips (optional)


  1. Bend coat hanger to form a circle.
  2. Use the branches of evergreen to cover the coat hanger.  Continue in a circle as you tightly tie the branches to the coat hanger with fishing line.  Hide end pieces by burying it into the greenery.
  3. Continue to add branches until the wreath is the desired width.  Use gardening snips for minor pruning (optional).
  4. Add pine cones or other decorations by tying them to the wreath with fishing line.
  5. When wreath is completed, cut off any visible fishing line and discard.
  6. Hang wreath or use as a table centerpiece.







Clear glass ornaments have been available in craft stores for years.

Last Minute Ornaments


clear glass ornaments for decorating

any outdoor greenery


  1. Take the cap off the ornament.
  2. Stick greenery into ornament.
  3. Replace cap.
  4. Ornament is ready as a decoration or gift.



  1. ChgoJohn · December 23, 2013

    Great ideas, Arlene, though there are few places to find evergreen branches here. All have price tags attached, unfortunately, though they’re still cheaper than buying already-made wreaths. I especially like the greenery in the glass orbs. That’s a very nice and unique touch.

    • Arlene Poma · December 23, 2013

      Thank you, John! I enjoyed playing with the greenery.

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