How Long Will a Fresh Wreath Last?

Fresh wreath decorated with white roses

Wreaths are a great decorative item that can be used to brighten up a room and welcome a new season! These decorations, which are most often associated with the Christmas season can spruce up any mantelpiece or front door. The wreath arrangements can be used throughout the holiday season to bring the beauty of the season indoors and can be the perfect gift for a special date!

If you've recently crafted or bought a wreath, you may be wondering how long fresh wreaths last. Proper care and handling can make any wreath look its best and last longer. That being said, the answer to the question of how long a wreath lasts depends on a few things and can change from wreath to wreath. If you're interested in learning more about the care and life span of various holiday wreaths, you've come to the right place.

Fresh holiday wreath being assembled

Life Span of Wreaths

The short answer to the question of how long wreaths last is up to three weeks. This lifespan depends on variables like sunlight, moisture in the air, heat, and the placement of the wreaths.

How Long Will A Fresh Wreath Last: Indoors Vs. Outdoors

If you are hanging them up indoors, your wreaths will last up to 3 weeks with proper care and handling. To keep long-lasting wreaths fresh, apply a gentle spritz of water to the back of the wreath every 2 or 3 days.

If you hang your Christmas wreath outdoors, it will last a bit longer - anywhere from 3-6 weeks throughout the holidays thanks to the cool conditions. Either way, your wreath will look its freshest and live the longest with the right care, conditions, and climates.

Cheerful Christmas wreath hanging on door

Types of Fresh, Holiday Wreaths

You can often find wreaths or garlands at a farm or home decor store. Depending on where you get your wreath, it could be made of fresh or artificial materials.

When it comes to decorating your home with fresh greenery, there are a lot of holiday and seasonal garlands to choose from. This is because wreaths can be made from a variety of materials and fresh cut flowers. Some of the frame materials that provide the basis for your wreath can include:

  • Craft Foam
  • Grapevine
  • Wires
  • Straw
  • Embroidery Hoops

These frames will provide the basis for the rest of your wreath, so make sure you have enough room to fit all of your Christmas or spring greens and decorations.

embroidery hoop frame for Christmas wreath

Supplies for a Fresh Christmas Wreath

Once you have chosen the material for your fresh Christmas wreath, you can begin to assemble the wreath and collect the other decorative items you need. Your wreath can make use of different types of greenery depending on the different seasons, holidays, and climates.

For example, Christmas wreaths can use greenery like white pine, fresh evergreen boughs, pine needles, fir branches, garland, holly, and other cuttings or stems that are used to the cooler December climate. You may even decide to pull some pine needles or branches cut directly from your evergreen or cedar Christmas tree.

Evergreens are particularly great for Christmas wreaths as they are easily recognizable and have a longer life span than fresh flowers. Evergreen also has a natural fragrance that can be used to make your home smelling like Christmas. Some other Christmas wreath decorations can include branches from cedar trees and homemade ornaments or garlands that can't fit on the tree.

Close-up of evergreen tree branch

Spring or Easter-Themed Wreaths

On the other hand, if you are creating an Easter holiday wreath, you may want to use moss, eucalyptus, lilies, tulips, Easter eggs, butterfly pins, and other spring-themed items to decorate your fresh wreath.

The Life Span of Decorations

The type of decorations can affect how long your fresh Christmas wreath lasts. If you opt for artificial and plastic decorations, your garland will last a bit longer than if you choose to use things like fresh greenery and garlands. Fragrant, live wreaths will bring a natural freshness to your home.

Once you have the wreath completed, you can look at hanging it up. Most people hang up their Christmas garlands on their front door or in their living room. Wherever you decide to hang it, you should try to keep it out of direct sunlight and continue to take care of it properly.

Twigs and pinecones for fresh Christmas wreath

How to Keep Your Seasonal and Christmas Wreaths Alive Longer

So now you have your wreath and you've hung it up, either indoors or outdoors, and you're ready to let it welcome your guests. Regardless of what type of Christmas or festive garland  you decide to purchase or create yourself, there are a few things you can do to make sure your wreath looks its best and lasts throughout the holidays. Proper care and handling can be the difference that ensures your wreath is long-lasting and fresh.

Whatever types of plants, trees, or decorations you decide to use, these tips can help you keep your wreath looking fresh and bright.

Crafting a spring wreath from fresh flowers

Use Faux Flowers or Buy Fresh

One of the easiest ways to keep your wreaths around longer is to use fake flowers. While using fake flowers and greenery loses the freshness of live flowers, it allows the wreath to stay hung up and looking bright. Many artificial flowers and cuttings are dyed with vibrant colours and can catch any guest's attention when they enter your home.

Another option you can consider is to use flowers that are extremely fresh. Using flowers and evergreen cuttings that are freshly cut can help your wreath or garland last throughout the holidays. You may need to talk to local retailers or visit a farm to find out how long ago your pieces were cut in order to get a good sense of how fresh they are. You may also consider growing your own plants (or evergreen tree) that you can cut yourself and use for your all of your garlands. Flowers like tulips and lilies can be easily accessible and can make any garden pop out.

Rehydrate Your Greenery

Another way that you can make your live wreaths last longer is to rehydrate your greenery before you make your wreath. While dried greens can be used to create wreaths, most people opt for fresh flowers and greenery. If this is the case, you may find that rehydrating your cuttings can help the plants maintain their moisture and make them look better.

To rehydrate your fresh flowers, evergreens, and boughs, soak the cut greenery in water and keep it submerged for at least 24 hours.  This process works best when you can completely immerse the greenery in the water. However, if that is not possible, make sure that the tips and the stems get soaked for 24 hours.

Rehydrating your greens can make quite the difference when it comes time to decorate your wreath arrangements. Brightening up the stems of fresh-cut flowers and greenery with some water can make them look fresher, especially indoors.