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Vintage Christmas Lights DIY Holiday Wreath

Do you love bright and cheery colour at Christmas time? Then this DIY Christmas wreath made with vintage style classic Christmas lights just might be the perfect way to adorn your front door this holiday season.  

Christmas truly is a time of nostalgia and often our decor choices reflect back to those sights and sounds that we held dear as young children during this most memorable of seasons. There is something about the look of classic, vintage style Christmas lights that makes me feel as though I’ve just swallowed a warm mug-full of cinnamon flavoured peace and joy. They transport me back to the Christmas’ of my childhood when our tree seemed so laden with bulky lights that it might tip over at any moment. Even though classic Christmas lights have long since been replaced by modern and LED lights (with all the colour options and flashing patterns you can imagine) there is still a soft spot in my heart for the lights of my childhood. I was inspired to use the classic vintage style Christmas lights that you can still purchase at stores today to create this cheery colourful DIY Christmas Wreath.

Vintage Christmas Lights DIY Holiday Wreath poster.

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I adore the nostalgic feel of my DIY Christmas wreath this year and think that the colourful cheer and glow case by these vintage style Christmas lights is the perfect thing for a holiday season that I hope will be full of the glow and warmth that we all need about now.

Although I’m keeping things very calm and neutral inside our small cabin this Christmas, I am excited to add some fun classic colour to our Christmas porch. Even though it’s a tiny space, there’s no reason it can’t bring a smile to our faces every time we come home this next month leading up to the holidays.  I’ve purchased a really cute and colourful Christmas mat from Michaels that I know will look great with this bright and festive DIY wreath.

A colourful wreath hanging on the door.

If you were following along last year, you might remember that I used these vintage style looking Christmas lights to make the cutest little DIY Christmas light ornaments….

DIY Christmas Light Tree Ornaments graphic.

As well as a pretty little DIY Christmas light string garland…

The Christmas light garland hanging above the bench with white faux fur.

I loved both of these DIY holiday projects so much!  So even though I’m going neutral inside, when the time arrived to think about this year’s holiday wreath these lights popped right back into my head.  I’m so glad that I let my instincts guide me, as I’m really thrilled with how this DIY Christmas wreath turned out.

Classic Christmas Lights DIY Holiday Wreath with the wreath hanging on a wooden board.

To make this wreath, all you need is:

  • grapevine wreath form
  • 2 floral/greenery pics that you are willing to deconstruct (I used slightly flocked pine bough ones with pine cones and berries attached) – check your dollar store or Michaels craft store
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • twine
  • classic style Christmas lights (I found mine at Walmart but last year purchased them at a different big box store)

Christmas lights and a hot glue gun.

I started by wrapping the metal bases of the lights in twine to give them a cuter look, attaching the twine with hot glue. This is the same thing I did when I made my Christmas light ornaments…

Glueing twine around a Christmas light.

Once the light bases were all wrapped and glued with twine, I simply glued the lights directly onto the grapevine wreath form in a varied pattern, changing direction and overlapping as I went.

The Christmas lights glued to the grapevine wreath.

After I’d glued on all of the lights, I deconstructed my holiday greenery pics and tucked the bits of flocked pine boughs as well as the various red berries and pine cones into the wreath form and around the lights wherever it felt like it needed filling.   All of the pieces were still attached to some wire from being inside their greenery pick, but if they weren’t you should be able to glue them into place instead.

Up close picture of the lights on the holiday wreath.


The wreath hanging on the wall by a plaid ribbon.

Flocked greenery, red berries and lights on the wreath.

The multi coloured light wreath hanging on the wall.

There is some flocked greenery on the wreath.

The grapevine wreath all decorated for Christmas.

I really love how it came out.  I was feeling really uninspired about getting our porch and front entry decorated for the holidays, but now that I have this wreath done as well as a cute doormat, I think that I’ll finally getting be going on that area this weekend!

Holiday colours of red, green and blue on the wreath.

There are pine cones on the wreath beside the bulbs.

Today I’m joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their DIY wreath ideas.  Be sure to check out their posts by clicking on the links below each image.  I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration for a holiday wreath or two to create this holiday season!

16 Gorgeous DIY Christmas Wreaths

Colorful Embroidery Hoop Ornament Wreath // Tatertots & Jello

Vintage Christmas Lights DIY Holiday Wreath // The Happy Housie

DIY Winter Wreath Ideas Roundup // Happy Happy Nester

Boxwood Christmas Wreath // Jennifer Maune

Full & Gorgeous Christmas Wreath Hack // The DIY Mommy

DIY Christmas Wreath // My 100 Year Old Home

Natural Holiday Wreaths // Finding Lovely 

Colonial Christmas Wreath // A Blue Nest

Minimalist Christmas Wreath // Modern Glam

DIY Holiday Wreath Multi-Greenery with Bells // Zevy Joy

Dollar Store Wreath Makeover // Craftberry Bush

DIY Easy Garland Wreath // My Sweet Savannah

Make an Easy Embroidery Hoop Wreath // Jennifer Rizzo

Winter Split Wood Bead Wreath // Lolly Jane

DIY Paper Bag Wreath for the Holidays // Twelve On Main

Dried Orange Wreath // Hallstrom Home

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15 DIY Christmas Wreaths poster.



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