Find Christmas in nature. Wire in a woodland creature as the main ornament, such as this owl. Radiate out from that focal point with berry and branch picks – this arrangement gives the wreath an interesting asymmetrical look. Then add pinecones and a few ornaments, including birds. Create a Christmas bow and wire it to the wreath frame right below the owl. Charming!
Love vintage? Make this dense, sparkly wreath by first spray-painting a plain artificial wreath silver – completely cover it for a tinsel effect. Wire a bottom layer of assorted ornaments to the wreath frame. Then hot-glue more ornaments on top of it to fill it out. The bright colors and tinsel effect give this wreath a retro feel.
Make a personalized monogram wreath this year. Cut a letter out of heavy cardboard and spray-paint it green. Punch holes around the cutout’s perimeter, shape garland on the front to form the letter, and attach it with wire through the holes. Add ornaments, then hang by wire threaded through holes punched through the top.
The gorgeous red plaid bow on this bright, ornament-studded wreath makes it a showstopper. After loading the wreath with plaid Christmas balls, make the bow using our super-easy method and insert into the wreath.
Hang with Flair
Make this unique oversize ornament door decoration from an 18-inch pine round, a galvanized vent cap, wire and paint. This stylish “wreath” will stand out in your neighborhood.
When embellishing an undecorated store-bought wreath, consider a simple pattern. Evenly spaced same-color ornament balls circling a large lighted wreath give the decoration a graphic look that suits an exterior window or gable.
The warm glow of copper gives this graphic reindeer three-dimensional presence on a door or wall. For Christmas, decorate the easy-to-assemble deer with a red ball nose and a perched bird ornament or loop the antlers with a small green wreath. After the holidays, remove the ornaments, and the deer becomes all-season wall art.
Just Add Frost
A one-color decorating scheme has a frosty, simple look. Sparkly florist picks, oversize snowflake ornaments, shimmery same-color balls and an oversize bow mimic frost on greenery.
Spice up a plain wreath with fruit and foliage—clove-studded oranges along with lemons and limes brighten dark greenery. Push wire through the fruit and wrap the wire around the wreath frame. Tuck juniper, magnolia leaves, boxwood and berry picks around the edges for more dimension, then add shimmering Christmas ornaments for a little sparkle. For another take on the theme with step-by-step instructions, see our Fruit Wreath project.
Have fun with unexpected wreath materials. Double up vinyl tubing to form a circle, and then wrap with torn strips of drop cloth. Glue the ends of the drop cloth to secure in place. Add sock monkey ornaments or other personal flourishes, metallic balls and greenery for whimsical accents.
Simplicity makes a statement: Attach one sentimental or otherwise special ornament to a wreath by slipping its hanger through a bow. Both the ornament and the greenery get the attention.
Go asymmetrical. Clustering ornament balls to one side and tucking three larger bird ornaments opposite them places emphasis on the bright colors. The shape and dimension of the bird ornaments balances the cluster of ball ornaments.
Here’s a beginner wreath idea that’s so easy to make and customize. Position wooden shims around a cylindrical object, such as a paint can, glue a layer of shims on top of them set so you can still see the shims you placed around the can, and let dry. Then paint the color of your choice and add any flourish, like this simple bow.
Wreathed in Memories
Create a wreath that shows off your connection to family and friends. Display Christmas cards on a wreath. Use clothespins to attach them, tuck a few ornaments into the greenery, then hang the wreath with a removable plastic hook.
Give a classic style an up-to-date holiday twist. Start with a lighted artificial wreath and add poinsettia and holly shapes cut from aluminum flashing. Cut the flashing into leaf and petal shapes and paint them white and red. “Berries” are made from cedar balls painted white and hot-glued onto the flashing.
A Flowery Touch
Tiny flowers add fine detail to this paperwhite wreath and delight guests with natural beauty and a pleasant aroma. Balance the flowers with a variety of greenery and colorful ornaments to suit your decor.
Make a green wreath sparkle. Embellish a lighted wreath with red balls, silvery picks, snowflakes and crystal garland, then use wide ribbon to hang it in a window where it can dazzle.
Think beyond doors and walls when displaying your wreaths. Build this simple wreath stand and display your wreaths just about anywhere. Foyers, dining rooms, guest rooms and more can benefit from the Christmas cheer of a wreath. Add a matching tabletop Christmas card holder to complete the display.
Making Your Own Custom Wreath
There are dozens of ways to customize a wreath that fits your home and makes a personal statement. Whether you try one of these designs or want to create your own, remember to:
- Coordinate colors
- Choose a theme
- Add accessories
See How to Make a Wreath for more tips and instructions.
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