Rustic Star Anise Christmas Wreath

Christmas, DIY, Interiors

All you need is some brown wire, star anise, and a couple of tools to craft this rustic star anise Christmas wreath. Use these wreaths to deck your halls, decorate a garland, or trim your tree. This is an easy DIY with beautiful results. 

star anise wreath on christmas garland

Rustic Christmas Wreath with Star Anise

I was inspired to make these little rustic Christmas wreaths as I saw something similar in a magazine a few years back. They’ve been on my mind ever since. With my focus being a handmade holiday this year, I knew this was the perfect time to put this wreath together. 

I originally thought I would just make one or two of these wreaths as decor, but I loved them so much that I decided to make more and use them as ornaments for my Christmas tree. Because they looked so good on my tree, I made even more wreaths to use on my mantel decor! They are such a fun natural touch that I suppose I just wanted to use these wreaths in every possible way. 

star anise wreath on christmas tree.
close up of mantel garland with diy paper chain and anise star wreath.

Many of you LOVED how these looked on my mantel (which you can see HERE if you missed it), so I’m super excited to be able to bring you this really easy craft. And if you love crafting, you’ll also love the paper chain I made for my mantel decor. You’ll see it in this post. It’s made from leftover wallpaper! I love it! 

star anise wreath on christmas tree.

My Christmas tree still needs a few finishing touches so I haven’t shared that yet. (Stay tuned as it will be coming soon.) Nonetheless, I did include a few pictures of how these wreaths look on my tree. 

With that, let’s get into the tutorial. I’ll walk you through the supply list first, including links to all the things I used, and then I’ll share the tutorial. 

anise wreath on garland.

Supplies:

Before we start making these rustic Christmas wreaths, let’s gather up some supplies. 

anise wreath making supplies.
  • brown wire – You can find the wire I used HERE. It’s easy to work with. 
  • wire cutters – Any will do. If you need a pair, try THESE.
  • star anise – I bought THIS big bag. No matter where you buy them, you’re going to get broken pieces. Maybe if you had a local spot to buy them, you might be able to pick the best bunch. 
  • hot glue gun – I recommend THIS one
  • hot glue sticks – I like THESE glue sticks
  • ribbon – All of the ribbons I used were from JOANN.

Ready to craft these star anise wreaths? Let’s get to it. 

anise wreath on cabinet knob.

How to Make this Rustic Christmas Wreath:

I’ll walk you through the full tutorial here including any tips and tricks. There is an abbreviated tutorial and supply list on a printable card at the end of this post. 

  1. Begin by forming your wire into a ring. The size of the ring can be whatever you’d like. Most of mine were four or eight inches in diameter. I did do some larger ones too. 
  2. Continue to wrap the wire (without cutting) in circles until you go around about three times. (For the large rings I did four.)  Keep the wire loose and natural. None of the rings should look exactly the same. 
  3. Use your wire cutters to cut the wire when you’re finished wrapping. 
  4. Take a minute to work with your wreath shape and adjust the rings until it looks pleasing to you. To get it to lay flat, set the wreath on your work surface and press down with your hand. 
  5. Next, select a few star anise. I tried to find whole ones, but use what you love. 
gluing star anise to wreath.
  1. Use your hot glue gun to glue the star anise to your wire wreath in a random pattern. There is no right or wrong here. I kept it very organic. I wanted it to look like Mother Nature could have made it herself. Glue some anise to your inner rings, and some to your outer rings; also, glue some close together, and some far apart. 
  2. Additionally, I like to make sure there is a star anise on either end of the wire. This will give a more finished look and help to hold the wreath together. 
  3. Hold the star anise in place until the glue begins to harden. 
  4. Once all of your star anise are in place, turn the wreath over and add a bit of glue to the back of any of the star anise that feel loose or not secure. 
star anise wreaths.
  1. Allow the glue to harden,and then add a piece of ribbon (if you’d like) to hang. 
  2. On my mantel garland, I opted for no ribbon but used ribbon to hang as ornaments on my tree. 

And with that your rustic star anise Christmas wreaths are complete! 

Aren’t they sweet? 

large diy anise wreath on mantel.
anise wreath hanging on copper pan.

As you can see, I had fun taking photos of these all around my house. I think this wreath would also make a beautiful topper for a gift. 

Project Variations: 

Here are some other things you may want to try:

  • Use a different colored wire like gold or copper.
  • Add additional elements like cinnamon sticks, bits of pine, small pinecones, etc.
  • Try different colors of ribbon or add a bow. 

Let this tutorial be a jumping-off point to create something YOU love!

star anise wreath on mantel garland.

Hang Your Wreath and Enjoy!

As always, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this rustic star anise Christmas wreath. I had a blast making them and I hope you do too! These are a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to deck your halls in a handmade way! 

Happy crafting! 

star anise wreath on christmas tree.

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Rustic Star Anise Christmas Wreath

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Course: Home Decor Craft
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, holiday, wreath
Servings: 1
All you need is some brown wire, star anise, and a couple of tools to craft this rustic star anise Christmas wreath. Use these wreaths to deck your halls, decorate a garland, or trim your tree. This is an easy DIY with beautiful results.

Instructions

  • Begin by forming your wire into a ring. The size of the ring can be whatever you’d like.
  • Continue to wrap the wire (without cutting) in circles until you go around about 3 times. Keep the wire loose and natural looking.
  • Use your wire cutters to cut the wire when you’re finished wrapping.
  • Take a minute to work with your wreath shape and adjust it until it looks pleasing to you.
  • Select a few star anise to add to your wreath.
  • Use your hot glue gun to glue the star anise to your wire wreath in a random design. Make sure to cover the two ends of your wire with star anise as well.
  • Hold the star anise in place until the glue begins to harden.
  • Once all of your star anise are in place, turn the wreath over and add a bit of glue to the back of any of the star anise that feel loose or not secure.
  • Allow the glue to harden, and then add a piece of ribbon (if you’d like) to hang.

Notes

The exact supplies I used are linked in the blog post.

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  • Brenda at

    Adorable! Already bought the supplies. What a wonderful idea!

  • Rebecca at

    I’ve been waiting for this tutorial! Thank you! So, so, so cute and crazy-easy. Thanks for the supply list too!

  • Linda F at

    Copying this one too Michael! ( I copied your feather wreath) Going to make smaller ones as ornaments to give to my staff for Xmas.

  • Liz at

    you are truly and amazing talent! you put Martha to shame!

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