Cranberry Wreath DIY

Friendsgiving 2015 Decorating is my absolute favorite part of any party! I LOVE preparing a color scheme and party set up… down to every little detail. This year we made these fun wreaths with real cranberries. I love festive handmade wreaths and taking the time to make something crafty really put us in the holiday spirit.

They’re really pretty and they last for days (we made ours about three days before the party and it looked totally fresh).

Steps Supplies:
-raw cranberries
-hot glue gun
styrofoam wreath
-red fabric
wreath hanger

1.) Cut your red fabric into 3″ wide strips.

2.) Wrap the fabric all the way around the Styrofoam wreath until the wreath is covered (the red fabric underneath will camouflage any spaces between the cranberries).

3.) Use the hot glue gun to attach cranberries to the fabric (as close together as you can!) until the entire top is covered.

4.) Fill in the inside and outside edges of the wreath as well until all the sides are covered. You may want to turn the wreath upside down for this part—it’s easier to get to the sides that way. Glue the ribbon to your wreath hanger, add a bow, and you’re ready to hang your cranberry creation!

Cranberry WreathFriendsgiving 2015 I hope you have fun putting these together!

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman.

  • Has anyone tried spraying or coating something like this with shellac, polyurethane or other protective coating to make it last longer? Any opinion on whether that would work or not? I’m pretty enamored with this wreath, but want it to last longer as the creation of it looks time consuming.

  • This wreath is beautiful! Love that you used cranberries!

  • If frosting were used, the wreath could be put out for the birds and other small creatures this fall and winter.

  • Cute! So much better than paying $30-40 for a cranberry wreath at the store.
    Abbie E.

  • I love how clean and crisp these look! Would never think of something like this. Beautiful.

  • Such a cute idea! How long does this wreath last? I’d love to have it for Thanksgiving but I don’t want it to be looking bad by the time the actual day comes!

  • Now I’m thinking. Maybe I could make one using walnuts too.
    Of course the cranberries are much prettier. But walnuts can give it a rustic air. Maybe golden walnuts. Hmmmm. More ideas popping up!

    And it may last longer. 🙂

    xo girls! 🙂

  • OMG! Thats the most amazing wreath of all times!
    I’m in love with it!
    I need one for my door!!!
    I liked the idea of using toothpicks, because I love cranberries and they are also very expensive here in Brazil!
    Anyway I NEED TO TRY. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Wow this looks so beautiful – really perfect for this season – so thank you for the inspiration!!

    Love Katie

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  • Maybe a circular bundt style cake decorated with cranberries all over to get the same look in a delicious dessert. All you’d need to do is use small dabs of icing – a red base so it doesn’t show through any gaps, and stick them onto your cake once you’ve iced it.

  • LOVE this! Looks so delicious and glossy, I’d have to remember not to eat them. I love the gradient of reds! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  • That wreath is beautiful! And the giveaway sounds awesome! Going to have to start planning my cranberry pic.

    ♥ Heather

  • These cranberry wreaths are so gorgeous, and they look so yummy too. I might try what another commenter suggested above, and make my own with toothpicks so that I can eat the cranberries afterwards. haha! Thanks for sharing!


  • What an interesting and unusual idea to make a festive wreath, it’s very modern but immediately puts in the mood for Christmas, well done !

  • Honestly, this looks so nice! How come you always have such great ideas!
    Love them!

    ani from ani hearts

  • This looks amazing! I wonder how long the cranberries will last, although they’re almost too delicious to use just as decoration!

  • I love this!! Definitely making them for my pantry doors!


  • It could totally be done with fake berries! I haven’t sourced them, but there’s always a way. :))
    xx- Elsie

  • Looking perfect, maybe 3 days. But I’ve had it up about two weeks now (it’s still up in my dining room- haha) and it still looks good, but there are a few brown ones if you look REAL close.
    xx- Elsie

  • Looking perfect, maybe 3 days. But I’ve had it up about two weeks now (it’s still up in my dining room- haha) and it still looks good, but there are a few brown ones if you look REAL close.
    xx- Elsie

  • Totally! It would just be much more time consuming, but that could work!
    They’re very easy to find here, but I can understand if they weren’t. :))
    xx- Elsie

  • hhahaha I love the 1st post 🙂 This is a very good idea for Christmas!! and Lisa, you can maybe buy fake cheaper ones, and eat the real berries!

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  • How long do you think the wreath would last before the cranberries spoiled?

  • It looks terribly pretty, but I’m wondering if there isn’t a way to do this and still be able to eat the cranberries? Maybe with toothpicks? And at the end of the party you just slice the wreath and each guest takes a slice home?
    It’s just that I hate wasting food, plus cranberries, if I manage to find any fresh ones, are horribly expensive in France…

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