Brass french horn Christmas wreath

Give a decorative brass French horn modern appeal by turning it into a wreath, with the addition of some faux Christmas stems and berries.

Brass French horn wreath hanging on door

French horn wreath: Materials and supplies

To make this wreath you’ll need:

  • Vintage brass French horn
  • Wired pine bough
  • Two small eucalyptus stems
  • Two small stems of white berries
  • Wide ribbon (to hang the wreath from)
  • Glue sticks and glue gun

I made my wreath with a 12-inch French horn that I found at a thrift store for $5.99.

decorative brass French horn, brass bugle, brass Christmas horn

If you’re willing to hunt, you can still find old horns like this one at secondhand stores, but be warned: They’re nowhere near as plentiful — and rarely as cheap — as they were just a few years ago. You might have better luck finding one at an antique store or on an online marketplace like ebay or Etsy.

Faux Christmas stems and branches frosted with white glitter

The stems I used all came from Joanns. The big pine bough (originally $12.99) was on sale for $5.19. The eucalyptus and holly picks (originally $1.99) were on sale for 79 cents each. All three varieties were frosted with white glitter that looked like snow.

Trim and separate the greenery

Bloom Room Holiday Christmas Frosted Glitter Pinecone & Pine Bush 21"

To get the evergreen bough down to a usable size, you’ll want to clip the individual branches apart using a wire cutters.

holly and berry picks attached at the stem by a green plastic band

Then separate the smaller picks into individual stems if needed. Mine were joined together by a little plastic band that I had to slide off.

faux holly and berry stems

(I ended up not using the holly leaves or pine stems on the picks pictured above, but I did use the clumps of white berries.)

Assemble the wreath

Once you have all the stems separated and trimmed down to usable sizes, start dry fitting the pine branches on the bottom of the French horn.

vintage brass horn with evergreen boughs attached

If your branches have a wire base like mind did, you should be able to shape them to follow the curve of the horn.

vintage French horn with faux evergreen branches attached

When you’re happy with the placement of the branches, attach them with hot glue.

adding frosted eucalyptus to the French horn wreath

Next, add in eucalyptus stems and berries, again following the curve of the French horn.

frosted evergreen stems

Now would be a good time to marvel at how real your faux greenery looks. Every year I buy a few more stems for one project or another, and every year I’m gobsmacked by how much better the new batch looks compared to the old ones I have.

Finishing touches

Making a wreath from a vintage brass horn. Christmas wreath.

When you’re done ogling your faux greenery, glue a mass of berries into the empty spot in between the branches.

French horn wreath with pine boughs and white berries

Then add a few more eucalyptus branches and random berries to fill in any bare spots and foof the wreath up.

roll of 2-inch-wide velvet ribbon

To finish off your French horn wreath, cut a 2- to 3-foot length of ribbon, depending on how far you want your wreath to hang down.

vintage brass French horn wreath hanging from a red velvet ribbon

Then loop the ribbon through the French horn and fold the ends over the the door you’re going to hang your wreath off of.

Hang your french horn wreath

I secured the ribbon in place with a piece of duct tape on the top of the door where it was out of sight.

French horn wreath hanging on partially open door

If you’re going be opening and closing your door a lot, duct taping the ribbon might not be the preferred method for hanging. You might want to use a nail or a wreath hanger instead. My wreath is on an interior door that rarely gets used, so I’m confident the tape will hold up just fine.

For loyal readers who might be wondering, the door I hung my wreath on goes into the guest room/office that I have been (very slowly) making over over the last few month. You can glimpse the faux brick wall that I put in (with a little help from my husband) in the photo above. I’ll post more about the makeover after the new year!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a merry Christmas! And as always, thanks for reading!

Lisa

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