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3 Easy Holiday Wreaths

Ornaments, ribbons, and candy -- there's something for everyone in this trio of unique wreaths. Plus, they'll last the whole season through.

Two-tone striped ribbon plays off the candy cane's iconic colors and pattern.

What You'll Need

  • Plastic-foam wreath form
  • White satin ribbon
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Mini candy canes
  • Small ornaments
  • Red and striped ribbons

Time to make this wreath: Two hours


  1. Wrap a plastic-foam wreath with white satin ribbon.
  2. Then layer on the candy canes every which way, hot-gluing them in place.
  3. Hot-glue on bright red ornaments and fashion a bow from three lengths of ribbon shaped into progressively smaller circles.
  4. Stack the circles, staple at the center, wrap with another piece of ribbon, and hot-glue a pair of tails to the back.

A variation on the theme: Float white ornaments on a frothy sea of turquoise ribbon.

What You'll Need

  • Plastic-foam wreath form
  • Velvet, satin, and taffeta ribbon in shades of blue
  • Floral wire
  • Floral picks
  • White ornaments
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Time to make this wreath: Four hours


  1. Cut lengths of velvet, satin, and taffeta ribbons. Fold them into loops, and wire several loops onto a floral pick.
  2. Cover the surface of a plastic-foam wreath with ribbons, alternating ribbon types, shades, and heights for optimal interest.
  3. Nestle pearly white ornaments between the loops and hot-glue them in place.
  4. Make the bow by layering velvet ribbon loops onto a longer piece of ribbon and gluing them in place.
  5. Wire the whole assembly to a pick and anchor it to the wreath bottom.

Lily grass is a fresh, contemporary alternative to spruce or pine boughs.

What You'll Need

  • Floral-foam wreath form
  • Chicken wire
  • Lily grass
  • Floral pins
  • Silver floral wire
  • Silver ornaments
  • Banana leaf

Time to make this wreath: Three hours


  1. Soak a floral-foam wreath form overnight. Then wrap it with chicken wire.
  2. Wrap thin silver wire around bunches of lily grass.
  3. Stick one end of each bundle into the wet foam, then wind the grass around the wreath, securing as needed with floral pins.
  4. Twist and overlap the bundles for a loosely braided effect.
  5. Wire small silver ornaments in place, then shape a billowy bow from loops of lily grass cinched with a banana leaf. Wire the bow to the wreath bottom.

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