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Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.
Simple materials get a textural upgrade, thanks to a little dose of white spray paint to reference a dusting of snow. Vary the coverage of spray paint so some pinecones are fully "snow covered" and others are lightly dusted. Let dry. Use 8-inch pieces of florists wire to attach pinecones to a wire wreath form. Hot-glue red jingle bells to the wreath, placing most of them on the full-white pinecones to help the color pop.
Start with a basic fir wreath and tuck in bits of berries and more greenery to create an overstuffed yet beautiful Christmas accent. Keep it casual with unmeasured berry twigs (some long, some short), and a loose, imperfect red bow.
Handmade takes center stage in this fun and casual wreath, a perfect craft for kids to lend a helping hand. Make pom-poms in various shades of a color -- here, a range of soft neutrals. Hot-glue or use a pin to attach to a foam wreath form, and add an accent bird as a conversation point.
No-damage hanging is easy: Here are our editors' two favorite ways to attach a wreath.
A collection of nature's seasonal bounty -- pinecones, seeds, shells, sticks, berries, and nuts -- provides the materials for this textured wreath. To make, purchase a foam wreath form and hot-glue miscellaneous items around the wreath, varying placement and color for visual interest.
Editor's Tip: Assemble the wreath first with the flattest elements (like moss), ending with three-dimensional statement pieces (like pods). Hang the wreath a few times during assembly and step back to decide which piece to fill in next.
A pretty collection of greens and bright colors puts the focus on seasonal fruits. To create, purchase a wire wreath form. Use florists wire to attach real or faux apples to the wreath, inserting the wire end into the bottom of the apple and wrapping around the wreath. Add an inner layer of limes using the same method, and an outer layer of pinecones, too. Insert greenery as needed to fill in gaps and add fullness to the wreath.
Wrap a wreath form in warmth -- literally -- with the help of a knitted scarf.
A classic wreath form, the laurel, gets a fragrant twist with fresh rosemary. Hot-glue the inner and outer rings of a 14-inch wooden quilting hoop together; let dry. Cut an 8-inch section from the top of the glued-together hoop. Use floristsl wire to attach rosemary bunches to the sides of the hoop and sprigs to the front. Glue a bow to the bottom center of the wreath; dust with faux snow if desired.
Glued around a foam form, odds and ends of driftwood become a naturally beautiful wall accent. Collect pieces of wood and hot-glue around the wreath form, filling in with smaller pieces as needed to cover the form. Hang with a simple wide ribbon.
There are pretty, elegant ways to give a design boost to a classic evergreen wreath. Here, glittery holiday balls and spray-painted bay leaves supply a golden gloss. Choose a silky ribbon in a complementary color to both the wreath accents and the greenery.
This shimmering wreath mimics glistening snow. See how to make your own!
This boxwood beauty is an elegant way to break outside the circle. The chilly blue wreath starts with a purchased square boxwood wreath and finishes with mini ornaments and glittering sugar beads.
For the bows: Cut eight strips of ribbon long enough to wrap around the wreath. Lay out two pieces of ribbon in an X-shape. Wrap a small length of florists wire around the middle of each X; twist ends together in back to secure. Nestle wire into wreath. Make three more bows using the ribbon strips. Hot-glue the embellishments on to finish.
Give mini Christmas balls a little extra oomph by placing them in the center of vintage tree light reflectors. Attach the ultrashiny ornaments and additional balls to the wreath using florists wire, then hang with a ribbon in an unexpected color, such as dusty pink or mint green.
Every knock on your front door will be jollier than ever with this snazzy Santa wreath. Bedazzle a fresh or fake evergreen wreath with a vintage toy Santa, using twist ties to nestle him in. On one side, a colorful assortment of ornaments shines, while a ribbon shows off on the other.
Adorn your plain pinecone wreath with eye-popping metallic spray and a stately reindeer. To make the snowy stunner, spray-paint the pinecone wreath with a few coats of ivory spray. Once dry, hot-glue a glittered-silver reindeer to the center of the wreath. Look for materials at your local crafts store.
This season, we're sweet on citrus. Make artificial citrus fruit sparkle with a swipe of glue and a sprinkling of German glass glitter. Once dry, glue onto an 18-inch grapevine wreath. Tuck in fresh or faux citrus leaves; glue in place to secure.
The luster of silvery ornaments makes any amount of evergreen stand out. Using florists wire, attach silver-sprayed pinecones to an evergreen wreath. Add a mix of medium and large silver glass ornaments, using florists wire to secure. For elegant pops of blue or teal, tuck in small, store-bought or hand-painted ornaments.
Give your holiday wreath personal charm with family photos and hand-selected scrapbook paper. To craft, curl 1x6-inch strips of paper and wrap them tightly around a pencil, then glue the ends together. Once dry, hot-glue the paper circles onto an 8-inch florists foam circle at various angles. Play with patterns and prints to give your wreath pops of holiday color and cheer.
Craft your own Christmas wreath using yarn and an oh-so-cute bow. It's easier than you think!
Wow your holiday party crowd with a stunning, pretty-in-pink wreath. Gather an assortment of ornaments -- all of different shapes and sizes. Find pinks, silvers, and golds, then hot-glue them to an 8-inch florists foam circle. Be sure to cover the entire wreath so none of the foam shows through.
Turn pinecones silver and stud them with gold embellishments for a metallic take on your Christmas door. Start with a basic pinecone wreath and spray-paint it silver. Wire on gold accessories, such as golden nuts (you can spray-paint them yourself if you can't find prepainted) and gold ball ornaments. Hang with a thick silk gold ribbon.
Greet rosy-cheeked guests with a warm, flowery wreath. First, wrap green yarn around a wreath form (available at your local crafts store). Then, create the pretty poinsettia blooms by cutting out felt flower shapes and hot-gluing silver bells to the centers. Hang from your door with a festive red-and-green ribbon.
Dress up a plain evergreen wreath with eucalyptus sprigs, glass balls, and spray paint. To make, wire and wrap the ornaments to the wreath using florists picks, focusing the lightest, biggest ornaments at the top and the darkest, smallest ornaments at the bottom. Use pearl-gold and mist-blue glitter sprays to give the wreath trimmings some frosty elegance.
The luster of silvery pink-sprayed leaves in combination with the bright pops of red leaves make this holiday wreath a showstopper. To make, spray purchased green faux leaves with your favorite shades of shimmery pink and red. Leave some of the leaves green to balance the color. Once dry, tuck them tightly in an evergreen wreath.
A collection of perky colors gives an ordinary holiday wreath a bright makeover. Choose felt in classic shades of red and green, then add in complementary hues like orange and aqua. To make, cut the felt into 7-inch strips, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch in width. Wrap and overlap the strips around the foam wreath, pinning the ends to the back. Glue on a cute berry embellishment to finish.
To make the berries: Craft the cozy red berries using three 1x20 inch strips. Trim one long edge of each strip with pinking shears. Starting at one short end and keeping long straight edge aligned, roll each strip to make a berry. Secure to the felt using hot glue.
From sweet pinks and reds to icy blues and greens, this Christmas wreath is as colorful as they come! To make, collect ornaments of different shapes, sizes, and styles. Hot-glue them to an 8-inch florists foam circle (pointing the unattractive tops toward the wreath form), then showcase the finished wreath above a mantel or fireplace where it can really sparkle.
Let some feathered Christmas friends circle around a wreath this year. To make, coat a store-bought pinecone wreath with gray spray paint. Spray with spray snow, then silver glitter; let dry between coats. Arrange three cardinal figurines and nine round red ornaments among the pinecones, adhering with hot glue to keep them in place.