Christmas Door Decoration

How to make an easy, inexpensive, Christmas Door Decoration with supplies you collect from outdoors.

Age: Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 2 out of 5



  • medium gauge wire
  • gloves
  • pruners
  • wire cutters
  • pliers
  • wired ribbon
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • silver spray paint
  • newspaper
  • Glitter snow or snow-tex
  • seed heads from plants example: yarrow, delphinium, poppies
  • 4 or 5 spruce boughs approx. 20-24 inches long
  • cedar boughs
  • 3 dogwood branches
  • medium spruce or pine cones

If you have a yard with spruce and cedar trees and a flower garden you should be able collect most of your supplies to make your Christmas door decoration.

Don't have access to trees and plants? Sometimes the Christmas tree lots will give away branches that they have trimmed off. If you can't collect any seed heads or pods from plants, you can substitute with store bought products.

Collect about 4 to 5 spruce boughs and some spruce or pine  cones. Cut the spruce boughs to 20-24 inches long with a good pair of pruners. You may want to wear gloves for this. Spruce boughs can be hard on the hands. 

Cut some cedar boughs and 3 dogwood branches.

Check out the flower garden to find interesting seed heads. Hopefully you haven't done a bunch of fall clean up and got rid of everything!

I am a lazy gardener and I don't do fall clean up, so I have lots to choose from.  There are many different plants that have nice seed heads or pods that can be used.

Spray paint these silver.


This holiday swag will last for quite a while outside, in cooler weather. If you are concerned about it drying out, the boughs can be put into an oasis floral foam that has been soaked in water. These directions are without this step. Where I live, it isn't necessary because of cold, freezing, miserable outside temperatures. (The frozen north.)

About 4 inches down from the cut end, wire 3 spruce boughs together.

Make sure they are all facing the same direction and have them lying fairly flat.

Wire on a cedar bough.

Add a wire loop on the back for hanging.


Fold a ribbon over on itself making it about 9 inches long. Wrap around 3 times so the bow will have 5 loops.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 24 inches long and wrap around the center and tie in the back. Pull loops apart.
Glue at the top to cover the branches.

Run the ribbon tails down the front of the Christmas door decoration.


Pine or spruce cones and seed heads should be added in sets of twos or threes.

Glue or wire on 3 spruce cones randomly. Cut a spruce cone in half lengthwise and glue it on next to the ribbon center.


Add 3 dogwood branches.

Add more cedar pieces in any thin spots and also at the top to hide the branches. Everything should be put on facing downward. (except for a few small cedar boughs around the very top.)


When you have everything added and it is all filled out, put glitter snow or snow tex on randomly. Yes, I am using my fingers. You can use a small paint brush if you like.

Let it dry. 


Now, you can hang your Christmas door decoration, using an over the door wreath hanger.

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