Looking for a unique Christmas centerpiece idea? This walnut Christmas wreath centerpiece is an easy Xmas wreath craft that is perfect for the start of the Christmas season decorating.
I love free things.
Do you love free things?
I really love free things.
I love crafting with free things, even better. Like this walnut wreath, I made one year for my fall decorating and turned into a Christmas wreath centerpiece. It is almost completely free. Since the walnuts came from someone’s garden and the rest of the supplies are golden oldies from my stash.
Do you know what else I love? Like really, really love?
Christmas Wreath Crafts Idea
Crafts that are easy and can be done in under two hours. Like this easy Christmas wreath craft. It ticks all those boxes. Making this wreath took less than an hour, and turning it into a Christmas season centerpiece was even quicker.
I had a two-hour deadline, and I still had time leftover for a little staging and decorating and photography session.
And if you are in the mood for some more Christmas crafts after this one, and you really like your wreaths hanging on the wall…
Then check out my DIY tobacco basket Christmas wreath. It is super pretty and really easy to make.
I put a walnut wreath on a pedestal. It is a pretty large white cake stand, and I think those two are a match made in heaven. That my walnut wreath would fit so precisely on that cake pedestal made this whole making-of-the-centerpiece so much easier.
The bounty of walnuts on this wreath gives it a fall-harvest kind of vibe, don’t you agree? I think it would look good on a Thanksgiving table too.
Who would have thought that my DIY walnut wreath could be so versatile?
It can start its life in your fall decor as a wreath hanging on the wall.
Then it gets flipped onto a cake stand with a nice big pillar in the middle to decorate your Thanksgiving table.
With a little bit of Advent crafting, it becomes a perfect Advent wreath centerpiece.
And then, you could squish in some greenery and add a mini ornament or two for an instant Christmas wreath decoration.
How to Make a Walnut Wreath
This walnut centerpiece started its life as a fall wreath.
Making a nut wreath is an easy craft that involves hot gluing a big bag of nuts onto a straw wreath. You can do it with any kind of nut you have easy access to. Just make sure the nuts hold their shape as they dry in.
Chestnuts, for example, shrink and lose their shiny exterior and become dull as they dry in. I wouldn’t spend an hour or two gluing chestnuts into a wreath for that reason.
If you don’t have a big bag of free nuts available. You can make a pinecone wreath this way too. They are also easily changed from fall wreath to Christmas wreath. See my fall to Christmas pine cone wreath story here.
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Okay, here you go. Here are my super complicated instructions for making this “works for every season and holiday” nut wreath
- Grab supplies: straw wreath, a big bag of (free) walnuts, hot glue gun, and glue sticks
- Start hot gluing the walnuts to the wreath
- Glue some more
- Realise you are burning your fingers and need finger protectors
- Glue until the whole wreath is covered
- Push little puffs of Spanish moss into the openings
- Hang on wall or mantel
✅ Whenever you are going to do a hot glue craft like this, I highly, no, strongly recommend that you use finger protectors to avoid blisters. Ask me how I know…
Here you can see the backside of the nut wreath.
Those blobs of hot glue are totally not visible from the front, but it shows you don’t have to be precise. Just glue.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath Centerpiece
There are only a few basic steps to turn your on-the-wall fall nut wreath into a Christmas centerpiece. The hardest part is finding candle holders that you can use. But I have done that work for you.
- Grab some extra supplies like candle cups for taper candles and embellishments.
- Remove moss if necessary, and replace it with tufts of greenery.
- Remove nuts in the places where you want your candles.
- Hot glue taper candle holders into place.
- Add Christmas embellishments like wood stars, beads, tiny Christmas ornaments, and the like.
- Place on a pedestal cake stand.
Wriggle and pull until you can remove a walnut from the wreath in the place where the candle will go. Fill the empty spot with a candle holder. Or leave it empty, of course.
These little cup candle holders are perfect for adding taper candles to any wreath or centerpiece.
I used three different kinds of embellishments: small wood stars from my Christmas decorations stash, mini crafts pom poms, and faux pearls from my craft stash.
The felt balls are simply pushed into the bigger holes. The faux pearls are glued on.
I didn’t use hot glue for this because it would be a mess, and I’d burn my fingers trying to hold those tiny pearls.
Instead, I used glue that is meant for adding little embellishments to craft projects that need a strong hold but also an invisible clear glue. This Glossy Accents Glue has a super fine tip for easy application and dries quick and hard. I use it a lot.
Gosh, I feel so on top of my Christmas decorating this year……….
I just realized that this Christmas wreath centerpiece would work wonderfully as an Advent wreath centerpiece too.
Go figure. And I have already planned a different kind of Advent decoration for this year.
I just need to make it….
PS I did! I think my Advent candle holders a.k.a. this year’s Advent wreath centerpiece turned out super cute.
But back to my Christmas wreath centerpiece…
So while my table is looking all nice and inviting, why don’t we just sit down and mingle a bit. I’ll serve tea and hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and you can tell me all about your Christmas decorating plans?
Got anything nice in the making? Going for a traditional look, or are you thinking outside the box this year?
I am contemplating a Bohemian, Coastal, Glam look. Sounds interesting?
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.