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DIY Christmas Nativity Wreath

While scrolling through my Pinterest feed I came across this beautiful nativity wreath for sale. It was an Etsy listing and it costed $100.

I don’t like paying full price for anything, especially expensive wreath. So, I decided that I would make my own and see how much I ended up spending. (I did the same thing with this boxwood wreath.)

I was able to find everything I needed for this wreath at my local Wal-Mart and Dollar General, which is always a win in my book! (Yay for not having to drive to the nearest craft store!)

Even better than not having to find anything special at a craft store, was that the whole wreath cost me less than $25! Yay for saving more than 75% off retail price.

Here’s how to make this super easy Christmas nativity wreath.

Step 1: Gather Nativity Wreath Supplies

  • blue burlap ($10)
  • brown burlap ($8)
  • scissors
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • battery operated string lights ($4)
  • nativity scene ($3)
  • wreath form
Supplies for DIY Nativity wreath.
(Nativity wreath supplies)

I already had a lot of these supplies on hand – the wreath form, scissors, wire, wire cutters, and string lights. (However, I included the cost of the lights above because they came from the Target dollar spot and were super cute and cheap!)

I was able to pick up both kinds of burlap at my local Wal-Mart and the nativity scene was from Dollar General.

Step 2: Add Brown Burlap

I started the nativity wreath off by adding the brown burlap first.

Since there are dozens of burlap wreath tutorials on-line, I’m not going to get into the exact technique used to make the fluffy burlap loops. However, I will direct you to this YouTube video, because I actually pull it up every time I put together a new burlap wreath.

I added brown burlap to 3 of the sections on the wreath form, which left 5 sections open for blue burlap.

Step 2 of making a Christmas wreath is to add brown burlap to the wreath form.
(The brown burlap or ‘sand’ of the nativity wreath.)

Step 3: Add Blue Burlap

Next, I added blue burlap to the remaining 5 sections of the wreath form.

I followed the same technique that I used to add the brown burlap to the wreath form. Make sure you tie the burlap off using the floral wire.

Add the blue burlap to the wreath form.
(After adding the blue burlap or ‘sky’ of the nativity wreath.)

Step 4: Add the Lights

Next, I added string lights to my wreath. To add the lights, I first had to secure the battery pack to the back of the wreath.

I wrapped one piece of floral wire around the battery pack and both sides of the wire wreath form before tying it off. Just make sure that you pull the wire as tight as you can to make sure that the battery pack is as close to the wire form as possible.

(The battery pack secured on the back of the wreath.)

After securing the battery pack to the back of the wreath, I wove the lights through the burlap on the front of the wreath. This actually took me few tries to get just right.

I didn’t secure the lights in any way to the front of the wreath. I just wove them through the burlap loops. Some of them were hidden behind the burlap, but they still glow through the fabric and look really pretty!

(Love the stars in the sky!)

Step 5: Add the Nativity Scene

The final step to this DIY Nativity Wreath was to add the nativity scene. I wrapped floral wire around both sides of the nativity and secured them to the metal wreath form.

Luckily, I was able to hide the floral wire behind the animals of my nativity scene. I pulled the wire as tight as possible to make sure that the nativity scene won’t flop around with the opening and closing of the door.

Step 5: Add the Nativity scene to the wreath.
(This nativity scene from Dollar General is perfect for this DIY wreath!)

And that’s it – your DIY Nativity Wreath is done!

This is one of my favorite Christmas wreaths that I’ve ever made. I love the thought of having our faith right on the front door of our home during the holidays.

Plus, the fact that it was cheap and easy makes it all the better!

Merry Christmas, y’all!

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