DIY Paper Straw Christmas Wreath

Now that Thanksgiving is past, it's time to look forward to Christmas. The first thing I decided to do to get ready for the holiday was to make a new wreath. I decided to make a paper straw Christmas wreath to decorate my front door.

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY

Last week I went to a craft warehouse and bought quite a few craft supplies that I thought would be useful. I saw these Christmas themed paper straws and immediately knew they would be fun to use to make a wreath. After all the cooking for Thanksgiving, I relaxed by making my wreath.

If you follow this tutorial, you should be able to put together this wreath in about half an hour. It's easy to make and is a thrifty project too. All of the supplies together cost about $7.

Supplies Needed

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY supplies

Foam wreath form - I bought this at the Dollar Store
Paper straws - I used almost 75 paper straws
Christmas fabric - you only need 4 inches
Ribbon - a piece for hanging your wreath
Wired ribbon (optional) - 1 spool to make a bow
hot glue gun and hot glue sticks


christmas holiday wreath decor DIY fabric

1. Most fabric stores don't sell less than 5 inches of fabric. You only need 4 inches for this, but if you buy extra you can use it for another project. You will need to cut the fabric into 2 strips that are 2 inches wide (they will be about 42 inches long). You will wrap the fabric around the foam wreath, slightly overlapping each time you wrap around. Use a bit of hot glue at the beginning and end.

2. Next I arranged my straws how I wanted to add them to my wreath. I trimmed about 1 1/2 inches from every other paper straw. My straws were in a pattern of red-green-red, so I trimmed every green one.

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY fabric straws

3. Next you will need to attach the straws to the fabric covered wreath, adding the straws to what will be the back of the wreath. I used a hot glue gun for this project. There are low temp glue guns, but the low temp glue doesn't hold as well. I applied a small amount of glue to the end of the straw, then placed the straw on the wreath. I held the straw there for about 5-10 seconds to make sure that it was firmly attached. Work all the way around your wreath.

4. Cut a length of your ribbon you will use to hang your wreath. My piece of ribbon was 16 inches and it was looped over in half. I used the hot glue gun to attach it to the back of the wreath.

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY straws

 There you have your wreath. I like how this looks, but if you want, you can add a bow to it.

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY straws bow

To make a bow, you will need a spool of wire edged ribbon. I use 2.5 inch wide ribbon and my spool was 9 feet long. I used the whole spool of ribbon to make my bow. I used a bit of floral wire to attach the bow to the wreath.

christmas holiday wreath decor DIY straws bow

Now my door is ready for the Christmas season. We even had some snow yesterday so it was the perfect time to put up my Christmas wreath.

What is your favorite way to decorate for Christmas?


  1. This is so cute. I love the different variations you can do from different fabric and straws!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I had a hard time choosing which fabric to buy because there are so many cute holiday ones. I'm glad you liked how it turned out!

  2. Love this wreath! I have so many paper straws that I plan to use for crafts. The kids don't like them in their drinks, but they don't mind crafting with them.

  3. Do they make the paper straws in red white and blue? I think I saw some at Target. Also, could you use ribbon to wrap around the wreath?

    1. Great questions! You can use ribbon to wrap the wreath. Craft stores have a great selection of the wide ribbon (2-4 inch wide) that would work perfectly. As for the paper straws, I have red and white stripe at Jo-Ann's (they were out today when I stopped to buy some). I'm sure you could find them at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores as well. It sounds like you have a beautiful patriotic one planned!

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    1. Thank you! It adds some brightness to our door.

  5. you should be able to put together this wreath in about half an hour. It's easy to make and is a thrifty project too.

  6. This would make an excellent project for elementary school kids.

  7. Such a fun and festive wreath! I love those straws!


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