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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.
Here's another way to accent a store-bought Christmas wreath: Tuck in bits of berries and more greenery to create an overstuffed yet beautiful Christmas accent. If the wreath is casually created, a loose hand with the additions maintains the vibe, as does a pretty, drapey, lovely, yet perfectly imperfect, bow.
Give your wreath a retro vibe with a few brightly colored elements. Purchase a pinecone wreath, or buy a foam form and attach pinecones. Spray paint wreath evenly with white paint. Add bright colored accents—a few pinecones painted in a bright hue, miniature holiday ornaments—and hang with a ribbon.
A collection of nature’s seasonal bounty—pinecones, seeds, shells, sticks, berries, and nuts—provides the materials for this texturally diverse wreath. To make, purchase a foam wreath form, and hot glue miscellaneous items around the wreath, varying placement and color for visual interest.
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Simple materials get a textural upgrade, thanks to a little dose of white paint, applied in varying depths to reference a dusting of snow. Spray-paint different sizes of pinecones white; let dry. Use 8-inch pieces of floral wire to attach pinecones to a wire wreath form. Hot-glue red jingle bells to the wreath, placing most of them on the white pinecones to help the color pop.
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 soft neutral. Hot glue to a wreath form until the form is covered, and add an accent as desired.
Many wreath groupings make an impact by repeating the same wreath materials. Here, a few little tweaks create dramatic elegance on this front door. An elegant ribbon in an unusual color choice dresses up the top wreath, which is simple greenery accented with a few pinecones. In the middle, a starburst mirror provides an unusual “wreath,” while the greenery repeats—albeit with less accent—at the bottom. The result is a complementary collection that adds visual interest to a traditional Christmas décor piece.
Instead of tossing those grown-out or worn-out sweaters, put them to new use in a festive, fun twist on a classic Christmas wreath. Cut sections of the sweater to create visual interest and wrap around the wreath; whip stitch in back to sew sides together. Print out a leaf shape and cut multiple copies from stiff craft felt. Glue or stitch onto the wreath and add miniature accents, such as small buttons or bells.
A pretty collection of greens and bright colors puts the focus on seasonal selections. To create, purchase a wire wreath form. Use florist’s wire to attach 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.
Simple, colorful-by-nature materials set this wreath apart. To make, tie small bundles of loose greenery and dried flowers together using florist's wire. One by one, attach the bundles to a thin wire wreath form. Fill in until the wreath feels complete without any gaps.
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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 out of the top of the glued-together hoop. Use floral 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!
Take a break from DIY and order a fresh balsam fir wreath for your holidays. Shipping is free! Adorned with colorful berries, live variegated boxwood greens, and a matching bow, each wreath is carefully made by hand using freshly harvested balsam fir.
This boxwood beauty is Frosty-approved. 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 wreath. Lay out two pieces of ribbon in an X-shape. Wrap a small length of florist's 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 florist's wire, then hang with a ribbon in an unexpected color, such as dusty pink or mint green.
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 the 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 florist's wire, attach silver-sprayed pinecones to an evergreen wreath. Add a mix of medium and large silver glass ornaments, using florist's 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 florist's 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!
Awe 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 florist's foam circle. Be sure to cover the entire wreath so no piece of the foam is showing.
Like the classic song rings, everyone wishes for silver and gold at Christmastime. A purchased pinecone wreath and silver spray paint create the wintry backdrop for dazzling gold-dipped accessories: ornaments, walnuts, and 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.
Dried stems and branches provide a simple, small wreath that you could make in multiple. Start with a small grapevine wreath form and fill in the front with 2-3 inch olive branches. Next, add thistle and gold eucalyptus stems in the same manner. Finish with a band of jute string wrapped around the wreath a few times.
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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 florist's picks, then use pearl gold and mist blue glitter sprays to give the wreath's 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 showstopping statement for any home. 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 ordinary holiday wreaths 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.
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 florist's foam circle, then showcase the finished wreath above a mantel or fireplace where it can really sparkle.
This pinecone wreath will shimmer and pop with color after a few simple additions. To make, coat a store-bought pinecone wreath with gray spray paint. Spray with spray snow, then silver glitter, allowing drying time between coats. Arrange three cardinal figurines and nine round red ornaments among the pinecones, adhering with hot glue to keep them in place.
You don't need to be a savvy scrapbooker to make this festive doorknob wreath. Scraps of scrapbook paper or cardstock and a round die-cut machine are all you need. Simply cut around the patterns and designs on the paper and glue the circles together in a wreath shape. Add red pom-poms for a three-dimensional touch.
Vegetables and fruits combine in an unexpected fashion to make an elegant green wreath. Gather a variety of green vegetables and fruits (we used Brussels sprouts, grapes, artichokes, limes, and asparagus). Arrange them on a foam wreath and attach with wire, long pins, and florist's picks. Fill in gaps by wiring on greenery and small ornaments. A velvety bow on top adds flair.
Editor's Tip: This wreath is best displayed outdoors to keep the fruit fresh longer. If you want the wreath to last the season, use artificial fruit and vegetables.
This DIY branch wreath couldn't be easier. Cut a faux boxwood branch into separate pieces. Next, use florist's wire to connect the pieces in a single line and shape it into a round wreath form, going as large or small as you want. Attach the ends together using more florist's wire, manipulate the round shape in your hands until it looks symmetrical; hang when complete.
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If your gardening thumb isn't quite as green as you'd like, you're in luck! This DIY holiday wreath doesn't require any major upkeep. Start by gathering a pile of tiny wood slices -- these can be cut from branches in your own yard or purchased at the crafts store. Hot-glue them layer by layer to create a loose rosette shape. Next, using a moss covered wreath form as your base, glue on ribbon, faux (or live, if you prefer) succulents, and your DIY rosettes.
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A purchased grapevine wreath gets holiday-ready in this nifty craft. The wreath provides the form for you to add gold-glitter eucalyptus branches and large and small red berry stems. Tuck and wire in the stems (starting from the inside of the wreath) for a fresh way to welcome Christmas guests.
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