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Craft a charming country-style wreath, the perfect finishing touch for your Thanksgiving or Christmas decor.
Put some sparkle in your outdoor decorations with this small, sparkly wreath. Add a spray of silver chenille stems and precut wood stars to an evergreen circle. Wrap a length of bead garland loosely around the bottom, and add stars with holes drilled into them for hanging. Wire the chenille stems into the greenery.
Fresh or dried, Boxwood sprigs make a classic wreath that looks good year-round. Make the wreath yourself, or buy it fresh and let it dry to sage green perfection. Garnish with simple ribbons or bows of your choice.
Vintage pieces like this picnic container are a natural with fresh holiday greens. We've used ours as an impromptu mailbox, but it could also display an armful of holly or small wrapped gifts.
A fresh green apple wreath looks even more vibrant when hung on the side of a red barn. When made of fresh fruit, the wreath can be extremely heavy and perishable. However, artificial fruit can be substituted to make a long-lasting version with faux greenery.
Holly wreaths make a definite holiday statement. Artificial berry clusters were added to this one since the real berries tend to dry and drop off.
A bevy of red berries wired to a grapevine wreath form create a burst of holiday color. Choose any size wreath and any color of faux berries from the crafts store to make this cheery decoration.
Faux berry wreaths are a great look for country interiors. Yet they can also be used as a base for ornaments, bows, and other decorations. We've added twigs, dried flowers, holiday ornaments, and sheer ribbon bows to create a vision in white.
Four interesting lichen-covered branches are wired together to make a rustic square wreath that's simply garnished with reindeer moss and a few sprigs of holly.
A cabin window is transformed into an elegantly pretty holiday scene with this wreath. First, spray paint a wreath form with gold paint or wind it with golden ribbon. Next wire on a swag of silk leaves and flowers at the top and a tiny nosegay at the bottom. Or simply use hot glue to attach the decorations directly to the wreath.
This homeowner's passion is fabric -- a hobby that's been incorporated into her holiday wreath as well. Three fabric candy canes and red plaid bows are important enough to be the only decorations for this artificial pine wreath.
Red berries are a natural for the holidays. This moss-covered wreath form is unadorned save for a proliferation of berry branches that frost it in country style.
Go country by adding a cowhide leather bow, toy sheriff's stars, and little boot and spurs to a 15-inch wire circle.
Even an artificial berry wreath like this one will look better with fresh leaf sprigs stuck in here and there. The complementary contrast of red and green makes each color more vibrant.
A moss-covered base plays host to a variety of tiny plants and herbs in a living wreath you can make any time of year.
A close look reveals that this snowflake was created from the tips of fresh evergreen branches. Wired together in the center, the shape gets a snowy look from a shot of canned artificial snow and clear glitter applied before hanging.
A pair of artificial birds perch happily on this tiny twig wreath. The only other embellishment are sprigs of white berries.