How to Hang a Wreath the Right Way

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Buying a pretty wreath is only half the battle. From there, you’ll need to figure out how to hang a wreath on front doors and walls.

Luckily, it’s an easy task. The key is to make sure you’re supporting the wreath’s weight. You’ll also need to take into account the location of where you’re placing the wreath.

Despite the fact that there are a few things you’ll need to consider, it’s a simple job to secure a wreath. To learn everything you need to know, check out our guide below.

Wreath Weight

The biggest factor in hanging your wreath is how much the wreath weighs.

Usually, size has a lot to do with how much something weighs, but that’s not the case with wreaths. Size can influence weight, but it’s the materials that really determine how heavy a wreath is.

Having a wire frame is one example of this principle. A wire frame will make the wreath heavy regardless of size. However, a larger one will obviously weigh more.

The contents of the wreath also matter. Silk flowers and dried flowers are all light, so a floral wreath will probably weigh less. The same is true for dried twigs. and certain fabric wreaths. Even in a larger wreath, these items aren’t going to weigh a lot.

Plastic foliage and thicker branches is where wreaths tend to pick up their weight. Plastic foliage especially, can make even a small wreath hefty. And even when branches are dried, they tend to weigh a lot.

You also have to consider wreaths made of unique materials. Things like metal can either be very lightweight or very heavy. So you’ll need to watch out for that.

Another potential issue is fresh wreaths. Fresh floral and foliage wreaths tend to be heavier than their dried and artificial counterparts. Fresh evergreen wreaths, the sort you get around Christmas time, are exceptionally weighty.

And of course, you also have to factor in any decorations.

Overall, there are a lot of things that can contribute to the weight of a wreath, not just size. Take all of these things into consideration when deciding how to hang your choice.

Hanging Methods

When hanging your wreath, you have two main options: hanging it by the back, or supporting the top.

In order to hang your wreath by the back, you first need to determine how your wreath was made. Most wreaths have a wire frame that the flowers and foliage are affixed to. That frame is your best option for this particular method

If your wreath has a frame, you’ll want to make sure that you secure that onto whatever hooks, nails, or hangers you’re using. It’s the same method you would use to hang up picture frame or shelves.

If your wreath doesn’t have a hook, then you’ll need to hang it by the base, or by a loop. The base of most frameless wreaths is branches or twigs. To hang the wreath, you can secure this over the nail or hook that you are using. Some options also have a loop attached that you can hang it by.

Your other option, is to hang the wreath from the center. With this, you’re resting the top of the frame or wreath, directly onto the hook or nail. So rather than securing it from the back like a picture frame, you’re resting it directly on what’s sticking out from the wall.

This method works best with light wreaths, or wreaths that are fairly thin. That’s because you’ll have to fit the full width of the wreath over whatever you’re using.

Hanging Materials

In terms of what you use to hang the wreath, there are several options. Here are all of the main ones:

  • Wreath hanger
  • Nails
  • Adhesive hooks
  • String or wire loops

Which one you choose really depends on how much the wreath weighs, and where you intend to hang it.

Here is a breakdown of the features of each method:

Wreath Hangers

Wreath hangers are long strips of metal with a hooked edge on the bottom and top, facing opposite directions. These options are designed specifically for hanging things on doors. The top of the hanger hooks onto the top of the door, while the bottom supports the wreath.

These also come in different colors, so that you can match them. You can go holiday themed, or simply buy one that matches your wreath or your door. There are a lot of options, to suit just about any décor need.


For hanging wreaths on walls, nails are one of the easiest and most secure options. You can use one, or several to support the weight of the wreath. And all you have to do is make sure that the wreath frame is secure on the nail. Or that there is enough of the nail sticking out to support the wreath resting on top of them.

Nails are one of the most secure options, because they can support a lot of weight. Even with heavier wreaths, two or three nails should be enough.

The main downside to nails is that they cause damage. They’re going to leave a hole in whatever surface you put them in. That’s one of the reasons why most rental agreements say that you can’t use them.

Nails are also limited to surfaces that can support them, such as wood and drywall.

Adhesive Hooks

An alternative to hangers and nails is adhesive hooks. These hooks are a great option because they’re easy to install and remove. They also don’t damage the surface they’re placed on.

This means you can use them on any surface, including glass and metal. You can also use them to hang things if you’re renting. And there are even outdoor adhesive hooks, if you want to place things on the exterior of your home.

These are also better choice if you tend to use seasonal wreaths. With these options, you can remove your wreath, and then store it easily. And when the appropriate season comes back around, just hang it again!

The main downside to these is that they don’t work for heavier wreaths. Given the fact that they rely on adhesive, they can’t support as much weight as other options. However, they’re still an excellent option for lighter wreaths.

String or Wire Loops

Another option you have is to tie a loop to your wreath. You can tie wire or string to the frame in order to hang your wreath like an ornament. You can also tie the loop around the width of the top of the wreath, for added support.

There are also some cases where the wreath will come with a loop already installed.

You can hang these with any of the aforementioned methods, but that’s just to start. Anything that will support the weight of the wreath becomes an option. So don’t be afraid to leave your wreath dangling somewhere on display.

How to Hang a Wreath on a Front Door

If you’re hanging a wreath on an exterior door, such a front door, a wreath hanger is your best option.

Adhesive hooks are one way to hang a wreath, but these aren’t really designed to hang really heavy objects. They have lighter weight limits, so they’re not always a feasible option.

Furthermore, the adhesive may have issues when exposed to the elements. All the rain and strong winds will place additional pressure on the adhesive, which can wear it down.

There are outdoor adhesive hooks, but again, certain wreaths may be too heavy. That’s why hangers are a good choice.

However, that’s not to say that wreath hangers are without issue.

One downside to using wreath hangers is that they can damage door frames. If the wreath hanger bends at the top, it can dig into the door or into the insulation stripping.

One way to prevent this by purchasing a quality wreath hanger.

This is also a better choice for heavy wreaths. Heavier, larger wreaths are more likely to bend hangers by pulling them downwards. A quality option will be less likely to bend, or at least it won’t bend as severely.

The best way to ensure a quality hanger is to look at the weight limit. This will tell you how sturdy the hanger is. The thickness is equally important. A hanger made of thin metal can be bent easily by hand, whereas a thick one can withstand more pressure.

You will likely have to pay more for a quality hanger, but it’s worth the extra cost. If you have a heavy wreath, you’ll definitely need one. You can also use a combination of methods, to make sure the weight is supported.

For lighter wreaths, a cheaper option is fine. Adhesive hooks can also work for lighter wreaths, just make sure they’re the outdoor variety.

As previously mentioned, the important factor is the weight of your wreath. Consider that first, and choose an appropriate hanging option from there.

Displaying Your Wreath

When it comes to hanging a wreath, there are plenty of easy ways to do so. You can hang them up using nails, as a sort of straightforward method. But there are lots of ways to hang them without nails as well.

If you’re not particularly handy, or if you can’t damage your home’s walls or doors, adhesive hooks are a great alternative. You can also tie loops on a wreath to hang it from any object or location.

Either way, learning how to hang a wreath is easy, and sure to provide you with some great decor.

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