How to make a Fresh Lemon Wreath

Transform your front door into a vibrant welcome with our step-by-step guide on crafting a stunning DIY lemon wreath. The pop of color will add the perfect touch to your front porch for the summer months. 

Lemons extend beyond mere ingredients for a refreshing glass of ice-cold lemonade or enhancing the flavor of baked cookies; they also serve as delightful and uncomplicated decorative elements.

Project Overview

  • Working Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $20 to $45
  • Yield: One wreath

Take advantage of the abundance of citrus fruits on lemon trees during the season by crafting a budget-friendly lemon wreath. This simple DIY project reflects the changing seasons, infusing your home with lively colors and a joyful atmosphere as it adorns your door. Embrace the simplicity of this craft—gather some lemons and embark on a crafting adventure!

A fresh lemon diy wreath hanging on the door

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Supply List for DIY Lemon Wreath

Supplies to make a fresh lemon wreath
  • You can typically pick up these supplies at the Dollar Store, Hobby Lobby, or any local craft store.
  • 1-18 ” grapevine wreath to use as a wreath base
  • Two sprigs of faux Curly Willow 
  • Two sprigs of lemon leaves  
  • Faux greenery of your choice
  • 8-10 fresh lemons. You can use any lemons, but choose the ones with the thickest skins. You may also use faux lemons if you choose. You will have to hot glue them on instead of wiring them on. 
  • Three yds. of 2.5″ wired ribbon 

Tools Needed

Directions to make a Summer Wreath with Lemons

  • Glue your curly willow into the wreath in opposite directions on the left-hand side of the wreath. Two branches are facing up, and two are facing down.
  • Add the trailing greenery, one piece going in each direction. The third piece can be added later if you feel it’s needed.
  • Add the lemon leaf sprigs, one going in each direction, just like the hanging greenery.
Grapevine wreath with curly will ow
Grape Vine wreath with curly willow and swaying greenery for fresh lemon wreath
Grapevine wreath to make a fresh lemon wreath

How to make a bow in less then a minute

Create a bow: Make a small loop with the ribbon and hold tight with your fingers. Now, create a loop to the right of the small loop. 

Next, repeat this process on the opposite side, with your loops increasing each time. Continue making more loops by going back and forth until your bow is the size you want. 

Using wire, put it through the small loop of the ribbon and twist it tight to hold the bow together tightly. Now add a piece of ribbon about 45″ long and fold it in half. Wire it to the bow.  

Attach the bow with the wire to the left side between the greenery sets. 

You can watch how I make a bow in less than a minute below in the YouTube video.

bow on fresh lemon wreath
Bow for fresh lemon wreath

How do you attach lemons to a wreath?

  • To attach the lemons to the wreath, insert a piece of wire through the lemon and wrap the wire around the wreath and twist tight.
  • Repeat inserting the wires into the lemons and attaching them to the wreath until you like the look, around 8-10 lemons total.
  • I use an individual piece of wire for each lemon, which makes it easy to replace the lemons. The lemons last several weeks, but if you want the wreath up longer than that, you will need to replace them.
  • Remove the spent lemon and replace it with a new lemon.
  • You can also use faux lemons if you do not want to use real lemons. I would attach them with hot glue.
fresh lemon with wire through it
Fresh lemons on fresh lemon wreath

How to shine your dull and dirty leaves and fruit

Tip from Wendy’s Craft Room: Do you remember that little trick I said I would share? Here it is! Leaf Shine is gold!

The leaves on the left are dull and dirty. I use leaf shine which makes your leaves look vibrant and fresh. This is my favorite product. I use it on my live plants, topiaries, and patio planters. They always look they’re very best. Can you believe the difference?

fresh lemon leaves
Fresh lemon leaves

How to Style your Lemon Wreath

Spruce up any space with a wreath! The front door is usually considered the best place to hang a wreath. Whether indoors or outdoors, it’s sure to add a welcoming atmosphere.

You can also lay a wreath on a table and use it as a centerpiece. Place a candle in the center for some added ambiance.

Fresh Lemon wreath on the front door
Fresh Lemon wreath hanging on the front door

Hang the wreath upside down over a table for a fun look. I had created several wreaths for a baby shower and hung them in a tent.

how to hang a wreath upside down
wreaths hanging in a tent over tables

Hang your wreath inside the house

With all the beautiful possibilities for showcasing your wreath, it’s no wonder why people have unique ideas about where to hang them – whether on a door, wall, or window. Get creative and make this special decoration stand out!

Fresh Lemon wreath hanging on a door inside of the house
Fresh lemon wreath hanging on the wall in the living room


Why do we hang wreaths on our doors?

Wreaths are much more than decorations for holiday cheer – their fascinating history dates back to ancient times when they represented mourning and acts of homage. In today’s culture, these symbols have taken on an extra layer of significance: bringing joyousness during festive periods and remembrance throughout more challenging moments.

Throughout Christianity’s history, the intricate symbol has been used to signify Christ’s suffering and ultimate triumph over death – much like His crown of thorns on the cross. So hang this timeless statement on your front door or anywhere else to share its powerful reminder daily.

What is the signiFicance of a Lemon wreatH?

A vibrant lemon-colored wreath on the front door is an ancient symbol of good luck, optimism, and abundance. Let this gorgeous decoration bring the joy of the season into your home!

Now that you know how to make a fresh lemon wreath, you can enjoy this decoration all season long! You can make this wreath quickly with just a few supplies and simple steps. And if you have a lemon tree in your backyard, this is the perfect project for you! You can replenish those lemons all season long. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.

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  1. Wendy, your wreath is gorgeous! There is something about lemons that just feel like sunshine. I would love to share this on my newsletter.

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thank you Renae. The bright cheery colors of lemons make me so happy. I agree they do feel like a bit of warm sunshine. Thank you for sharing my wreath. I appreciate it!

  2. This is a beautiful project! I also love the background and history of wreaths that you shared – very interesting!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan; I adore fresh lemons and always have a plethora of them, and I need to find creative ways to use them.

  3. Wendy
    This is one of my favorites. I wish I had fresh lemons readily available for decor. I’ll share a link next Sunday on DRA.

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel; I updated an old post. But it’s still one of my favorites.

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Hi Mary! Yes, I think it would be a gorgeous addition to your dutch doors! I can’t wait to see your wreath.

  4. I love the punch of color that yellow lemons have! This wreath is beautiful and would look amazing on any front door!

  5. Wendy,
    This is such a great idea. I love the idea of fresh lemons. Can’t wait to share a link my friend.

    1. Thank you so much, friend. I enjoy the fresh lemons even though you have to change them every 6 weeks or so.

  6. Wendy, I love this idea. We are in the midst of citrus season here so what a wonderful thing to do with a bumper crop of lemons. I hope to share this on my Saturday Meanderings this week~if you don’t mind.

    1. Thank you so very much! It would be best if you replaced the lemons every few weeks, but when you have a lemon tree, it is well worth it.
      Than you so much for the feature.

  7. This is such a cute wreath! Lemons are so cheerful!

  8. Who doesn’t love the cheery look of fresh lemons! Love this post Wendy and that wreath is beautiful! XO

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! Lemons are always so fresh after the holidays.

  9. Leslie Watkins says:

    So pretty, Wendy. I have had lemon wreaths for years with faux lemons. Thanks for sharing the symbolism. Loved it.

    1. Thank you so much, Leslie. there is something so refreshing about lemons and I too loved the symbolism behind them.

  10. Wendy, how refreshing! I love lemons and this wreath is beautiful.

  11. How did you attach your wreath to the glass on your white door?

  12. It looks great Wendy! Love it hanging from a chandelier. Thanks for the leaf shine tip!!! I had no idea there was such a thing!

    1. That leaf shine is truly my go-to all summer long. It makes those plants look like they are so healthy and happy!

  13. What a beautiful and colorful wreath! I love the ideas of using fresh lemons and after they lose their color on the wreath I bet you could still cut and simmer them for potpourri. Thanks for sharing this adorable DIY!

    1. Thank you, Stacie. I replace them every few weeks until there are no more lemons on the tree. Thank you for stopping by.

    1. Thank you! I totally agree that lemons make everything better.

      1. It does not have a very long life span before lemons start to go bad though and then how do you remove lemons to replace without destroying wreath?

        1. Hi Louise, I wired each lemon on individually so you could easily replace them. I found the lemons to last about 3 weeks.
          If you have a tree, this is helpful. :)) You could easily use faux lemons so you don’t have to replace them.

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