Exciting Exteriors

Remember your home's exterior when decorating for the holidays. With these inspiring photos and tips, your doors, windows, and fences will beam with seasonal spirit.
Fruitful Abundance

Adding fresh fruit to a wreath base or swag of greenery imparts bright color and a feeling of welcoming abundance.

A Fresh Array

Holiday Fruit Door Wreath Pineapples symbolize hospitality.

Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to create a "fruitful" wreath like the one shown here. Pick different colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Use floral wire to attach the fruit to a wreath base or a swag made of simple seasonal greens. Pineapples and oranges have a long tradition as holiday gifts, as their exotic origins signified abundance (and their vitamin C content contributed to good health).

Because fresh produce can be heavy, don't overload your wreath. And be sure to use a sturdy nail or hook to support the finished project.

Natural Influences

Pomegranates provide cheery
red color.

A wreath like this one has natural appeal for the holidays. Here, a foam base is covered with thin sheets of birch bark, then balls of grapevine, birch, and branch shavings were attached, along with pinecones, pomegranates, and fresh greens. Gold ribbon, miniature ornaments, and a rope garland add the finishing touches.

Go Grape

Dried Flower and Berry Willow Wreath Flowers are a perfect match
for a grapevine wreath.

A grapevine wreath lasts forever and can be decorated for any season. Add dried flowers singly or massed for a touch of color. Raffia, cord, and household twine provide attractive homespun alternatives to the customary colored ribbon. Miniature wreaths decorated with individual flower buds make pretty candleholders.

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