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Large hessian bow wrapped like a present around the front door with pinecones and baubles hanging from the centre.
These two door décor options will transform your home this Christmas.

Festive front door projects

A Christmas wreath is the traditional front door decoration for the festive season, but why not mix things up a bit this year? We’re sharing two crafty D.I.Y. door décor projects that are easy to create, cost less than $100 to make, and – best of all – will gift some holiday cheer to your neighbourhood!

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Create a rustic bow for your front door

Wrap up your front door in a festive bow using hessian, secured with a cable tie at the back. Once you’ve created the bow for the door, you can decorate it with pinecones, Christmas ornaments or even some battery-operated wire lights for extra sparkle.

To make the bow, you’ll need about 9m of hessian and then follow these instructions:

1. Cut the hessian

Use scissors to cut a 1500mm x 1800m piece of hessian, then fold lengthways three times into a piece 500mm x 1800mm.

Tip: Keep the hessian double thickness (as it comes on the roll).

Hand with red nail polish and red sweater holding piece of hessian.

2. Tie your Christmas bow

Working in thirds, fold the ends under, crossing them to form the tails of the bow.

Tip: If you’re using twinkle lights, now is the time to position them in the layers of hessian.

Arms with sweater on, folding hessian sack in half.

3. Secure the door bow in place

Gather layers of hessian in the centre. If you’re using lights, make sure the switch/battery pack is accessible at the back. Secure the bow with a cable tie between the tails.

Hands with red nail polish using black zip tie to gather hessian.

4. Hide the cable tie

Cut a piece of hessian to 200mm long and 100mm wide and fold it over lengthways. Wrap it around the bow centre, tying it off at the back and trimming to size.

Hands tying long piece of string around centre of hessian bow.

Create a Christmas bouquet

A simple bunch of flowers or foliage, bound together and attached to your front door, is a stunning variation on the traditional Christmas wreath or flower garland. It’s also easier (and more cost-effective) to make. Choose native plants or similar hardy foliage that will continue to look fresh, even in the summer heat.

A bunch of native plants hanging to an open front door.

1. Gather your greenery

Assemble a bunch of hardy foliage and flowers. Choose a few different types – we used silver gum, olive and sago flowers. Secure with tie wire.

2. Add festive decorations

String small bell ornaments onto twine and attach it to the wire. Tie a ribbon over the base of the bouquet to hide the wire, leaving the long ends draping down.

3. Hang on the front door

Hook the wire over a small cup hook screwed into the front door. Alternatively, you can use a small adhesive hook, which can be removed after the festive season.

A bunch of native plants hanging on a front door.

Ready to decorate your tree?

Try these tips and D.I.Y. ideas to decorate your Christmas tree with festive flair.


Photo Credit: Sue Stubbs, Brigid Arnott

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.