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Pre-made wreath frames can be expensive for anyone who is just starting out or only makes wreaths for a hobby. Learn the process I use to easily make your own work wreath frame to save yourself some cash!

Hey, y’all! Do you make your own work wreath frames or do you buy them pre-made?

When I first started making wreaths and building my business, I made my own wreath frames. That saved me a little bit of money compared to buying pre-made frames. And, saving every little bit that you can helps, right?

I will say right away that if your time is more valuable to you than saving a little bit of money is, go ahead and buy your work wreath frames pre-made. However, if you saving money on every wreath you make is more valuable to you or your business.

If you have a wreath-making business and work to grow it, there will likely come a time when you transition from saving every penny you can to saving every minute you can so that you can create more wreaths and make more profit.

For anyone who is currently in a place where saving money is more important than saving time, I have great news! Making your own wreath frame takes a little time, but it’s an easy process.

Tonight, I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make your own wreath frame or work wreath! This is the exact same process I used for a long time until it became more important to save my time.

How to Make Your Own Wreath Frame

How To Make Your Own Wreath Frame

All wreath forms measure 5-inches from wire to wire, no matter what size the frame itself is. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own work wreath:

measuring wire to wire on a wreath frame

DIY Wreath Frame Video Tutorial

We’ve all seen our share of YouTube tutorials on DIY wreath frames, but honestly, they’re confusing as all get out. So, we wanted to share the easiest way to do it. Watch the full video tutorial below.

Instructions To Make Your Wire Wreath Frame

Did you miss a step or two or just prefer to follow directions? Here are the written instructions to make your own frame.

NOTE: The wires on every wire wreath frame (no matter the size) measure 5 inches apart. You’ll be amazed at how simple this process is for having perfectly placed wires on your wreath frame.

  1. A pipe cleaner is 12 inches long. The measurement between a raised frame from the middle ring to the top ring or the middle ring to the bottom ring is one inch.
  2. If you wrap your pipe cleaner anywhere you want, start from the middle ring and wrap it around the top ring. Twist it off, and you now have five inches of pipe cleaner right here because we took two total inches (one inch off twice) going around both the middle and top rings.
  3. Use the length of the excess pipe cleaner to measure where the next pipe cleaner should go. This should be 5-inches, which is perfect.
  4. When you get to the last pipe cleaner, they should all measure out equally at 5-inches apart.
  5. Repeat the same process for the bottom ring. This time, I’ll wrap it around the middle and bottom wreath frame rings.

To quickly recap, wrap your pipe cleaner around the middle ring, then the top ring, and fold it over to measure out 5 inches. Where it touches the metal, that’s where your next twist tie goes. Wrap it around the middle and bottom rings, fold it over to measure, and add the next pipe cleaner.

How to Secure Pipe Cleaners to Wreath Form

How do I secure pipe cleaners to the wreath form?

This is a good question because the last thing you want is for those pipe cleaners to come loose!

Here’s how to secure all the twist ties in place.

  1. I always go back to every single one and put a dab of hot glue on the top of the twist tie.
  2. I make sure that it touches each side of the wire and goes over it.
  3. Then, repeat the same thing on the bottom.

You want to make sure that your hot glue touches the wire on the other side, this nail stem, and also touches the other side. This is what keeps it in place and secure.

Do you always make your own wreath frames?

This technique works on every single wreath frame, no matter what size it is.

Now, I personally don’t make my own wreath frames anymore. It’s quicker just to purchase them already made. When you’re working on wreaths to sell, I recommend making it easy on yourself and using pre-made working frames.

However, if you’re making wreaths for your own front door (or just starting your business), this is a quick and easy way to make sure that your wreath frame matches whatever wreath that you want to make. Plus, the savings can really add up!

You can find all of these supplies at DecoExchange. If you are interested in more info on learning how to make wreaths, where to buy supplies, and being in a community of like-minded crafters, check out our Creative Coaching Subscription Group.

Use This DIY Wreath Frame Technique To Save Money

Whether you want to save money or perhaps you could only find the wire frame without the pipe cleaners, give this method a try and let me know how it goes!

And, while you’re here, don’t forget to check out some of our favorite wire wreath frame designs!

If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.

We would love to see your beautiful wreaths! Please share with us over at the How To Make Wreaths Facebook Group.

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Use this technique to save money for your homemade wreaths. It's a simple process and the savings really add up!


  • The distance between wires on a wreath frame is always 5 inches. A pipe cleaner is 12 inches, while the distance between one wreath ring to the adjacent one is 1 inch.
  • Always start from the middle wreath ring. Wrap your pipe cleaner around two rings (either the middle and top or the middle and bottom). Twist it off.
  • You now have 5 inches of excess pipe cleaner to use to measure where to place the next wire. Continue measuring and adding pipe cleaners every 5 inches.
  • Once you get to the end, you should have pie cleaners perfectly spaced out every 5 inches all the way around your frame!
  • If you did this first with the middle ring and top ring, repeat the same process but wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle and bottom rings.

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