How to Generate Christmas Decorating Ideas
When it comes to holiday traditions and decorations, Christmas wreaths are as important to igniting and maintaining the Christmas spirit as your Xmas tree. They just go hand-in-hand with Christmas. No holiday decorating scheme is complete without some type of wreath. If you don’t feel confident enough to come up with your own Christmas wreath ideas, you might opt to purchase a holiday wreath that’s ready-made, but making a wreath doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. It just takes a little resourcefulness.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daryl_mitchell/3086603258/
Children never seem to run out of imagination. They live in fantastic make-believe worlds that continuously generate creative ideas. As we age, however, we tend to slip from the creative world of our subconscious mind into a world of responsibility and structure.
Suddenly, making a living and keeping everything running smoothly takes priority. That leaves little time for imagination and creativity. Those traits can even begin to feel childish and superficial if we have too much on our plate. For that reason, many people turn to artificial Christmas wreaths, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
That’s what the Christmas holidays attempt to teach us. They remind us of how important it is to not lose ourselves in the hassle of living. Being creative isn’t an endowed trait. We all have a subconscious mind, and therefore, a creative instinct. If we didn't, we wouldn't be able to set goals and follow through with them. It’s just that some people tend to utilize their creative powers more than others.
If you’d like to venture into the world of creativity and learn how to bring that side of yourself to life, there’s no better way to do that then with a homemade Christmas wreath.
Christmas Wreath Ideas Begin with a Wreath’s Form
Like any creative project, you have to begin at the foundation. For a Christmas wreath, that would be the wire, Styrofoam, cardboard, or straw circle you build on. Craft stores sell a wide variety of wreath forms you can use, including non-traditional squares and stars, but you can also make your own.
You don’t have to limit yourself to what your local craft store or an online craft supply website sells. However, some forms are stronger than others, so you do need to have a rough idea of what type of wreath you want to make, and how large it will be, in order to choose the right frame.
If you want to make a homemade fabric wreath, you would need something strong like straw or Styrofoam.
If you’d rather keep your holiday project less time consuming, or you're short on funds, you could use a plate or oblong tray and cut out your own wreath form from cardboard or bend a wire coat hanger into a circle for a nice wire wreath frame. You could even use a Styrofoam paper plate for a smaller wreath, an old hula-hoop, a dehydrator tray, bicycle tire, or anything else that comes in the shape you want your wreath to be. You don’t have to go with tradition. You could use a large plastic coat hanger or an old photo frame to do something completely different.
The trick is to become aware. Look at your environment. What do you have in your attic or closet? What do your local stores offer in the way of circles or squares? Even a straw basket could be turned on its side and then decorated as a wreath. Don’t limit yourself to craft stores, online suppliers, or the craft isle of your local dollar store.
Imagination and creativity doesn’t just happen. It begins with an image we create in our mind. Creativity results when your subconscious mind brings to the surface of your awareness the things you have seen, heard, or experienced in your life. So, if you’re serious about igniting your creativity, it’s a good idea to look at what’s available and allow your subconscious mind to tweak it or file it away for future use.
Covering the Wreath Form
Once you have a wreath form to work with, the next step is to decide how you want to cover up the frame. If you’re making a fabric wreath with a straw frame or using a wire circle as your base, you can skip this step because your wreath will cover up the frame just fine.
You can also skip this step if whatever you plan to use as the wreath itself won’t allow your frame to show. If you’re using cardboard or something that you need to hide, you’ll want to cover it up. But this step doesn’t have to be fancy because you’re still creating the foundation for your Christmas wreath. It’s perfectly fine to use simple materials for this step:
- yarn that you wrap around the wreath form
- cupcake papers you’ve flattened out
- Christmas wrapping paper or colorful tissue paper
- red, green, or Christmas print fabric
- red or green felt or foil
- strings of red or green plastic beads
- an old string of pearls
- fancy ribbons, braiding, or lace
- red or green construction paper
- white quit batting
- cotton balls, layers of cotton, or pompoms
- snowflakes cut from stiff paper
- Christmas garland
You could even do something with several pairs of Christmas socks if you cut them into tubes by removing the toes and heels. Slash the wreath form at the top and slip the socks onto the frame, bunching them up attractively to look gathered like curtains. Old sheets or dresses, the kids’ faded denim jeans, an old scarf, or even a pair of nylons can be wrapped around the frame to cover up the form if funds are tight. A simple felt-covered wreath would also look nice.
Making a Christmas Wreath Special
Generating Christmas wreath ideas is as simple as becoming aware of the possibilities. Absolutely anything can be used to create and make a wreath. In the following video, they even used the pages from an old book.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath From Old Book Pages
Simple food items such as large marshmallows, baby candy canes, peppermint candies, gumdrops, M&Ms, nuts that are still in their shells, and even foil-wrapped mints, mini chocolate bars, or red and green-wrapped chocolate kisses can easily make your Christmas wreath special.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23276140@N08/3118535440/
So can seashells, fabric roses, Christmas greenery, pinecones, balloons, costume jewelry, or mini Christmas tree ornaments. Questions you might want to ask yourself are:
- What are you particularly fond of?
- What will your holiday wreath be used for – you or a gift?
- Where will you hang it?
Christmas wreath ideas need to showcase your own personality and style, but where you intend on putting your wreath is also important. Outdoor wreaths need to be made of materials that can withstand the weather conditions of your local area. You wouldn’t want to put a food or paper wreath outdoors in a place where it tends to snow or rain a lot.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/3173363948/
But life expectancy is also an important issue. Fresh greenery will survive outside for about 3 to 4 weeks, but if you plan to hang your wreath inside the home, it will only last for 7 to 10 days.
In addition, if you cover your wreath or decorate it with something you dislike, you won’t be happy with the outcome. The same goes for Christmas presents. If you plan on giving your Christmas wreath as a gift, it needs to be something that truly reflects the person you’re giving it to. If you want to use your wreath to enhance your Christmas decorating scheme, then it needs to be something that will fit into and blend with your décor.
That doesn’t mean you can’t include an inexpensive Christmas wreath among your previous expensive treasures, as the following video that makes good use of sandwich baggies shows. It just means you need to keep your colors and style in mind when you’re attempting to generate this year’s Christmas ideas.
How to Make a Christmas Wreath Out of Sandwich Baggies
Christmas Decorating Ideas to Get You StartedCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beckman/4995864027/
A homemade fabric wreath looks beautiful, but it also takes a lot of time to make. If you don’t have that time, you can simply imitate the look with alternative materials. A fabric wreath is made by cutting material into small squares, placing a crochet hook in the center of the square, bunching the material up around the hook, and then inserting the material into a straw or Styrofoam wreath form. The wreath form holds the clustered material in place.
To capture that same look, you could do the same thing with an inexpensive cardboard frame that you cover with quilt batting to make it fluffy, and then cover the batting with some type of Christmas material or foil.
Mini cupcake papers or squares of foil, a brand-new pencil, and some hot glue is all you need. Simply place the tip of the pencil in the center of your cupcake paper or foil square, scrunch the paper or foil around the pencil, and then hot glue the cluster to the wreath frame.
The only thing to keep in mind is that with glue, you’ll have to leave spaces in between the clusters until those clusters dry thoroughly. Don’t place the clusters too closely together all at once, or you’ll end up uprooting what you’ve already glued down. The following day, you can go back and fill in the holes with additional clusters.
Covering a wire frame made from a coat hanger is much simpler. You simply cut your materials into rectangles and then tie them onto the wire frame in a knot. When you scrunch the knots together and trim the wreath to give it an even look, you wind up with a decorative, creative wreath. Materials can be fabric, plastic bags or baggies, fancy ribbons or lace, yarn, or anything that can be tied into a knot.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heatheronhertravels/5281284166/
Covered wreath forms can also be decorated with stars, butterflies, Christmas ornaments, Poinsettias, and paper or fabric flowers that you simply hot glue into place. The following video demonstrates how easy it is to make paper flowers.
How to Make Paper Flowers
You can also use snowflakes designed for a Christmas tree or make tiny boxes out of tag board or cardboard that you wrap up like a tiny present. Christmas bells, toy soldiers, or long strands of curling ribbons placed in between the other decorations can give your wreath a decorative look. You can also make good use of Christmas gift bags, felt, wrapping paper, old Christmas cards, or balls of red foil that resemble Christmas tree ornaments. If you want to get particularly creative, you can also used crocheted ornaments or wrap a wire frame with Christmas lights and strings of beads.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sally_12/320905140/
Once you have your wreath finished, you’ll also want to top it with a nice large bow. Here’s how to do that too:
How to Tie a Bow for Holiday Wreaths or Gifts
Spark Your Creativity By Watching Others
Creative ideas can sometimes blossom by looking at what others have done as well as what’s available to work with. It all circles back around to becoming aware. Awareness cannot be stressed enough. Awareness is essential for creativity. What you see or hear in your daily life is what gives your subconscious mind substance to work with.
That substance doesn’t have to be exactly the same as the substance that someone else has to work with. Our experiences, likes, dislikes, and environment are all different. I used to live in a tiny urban community. I didn’t have a crafts store I could turn too – not unless I wanted to drive an hour and a half to get there. I had a Walmart, but it wasn’t nearly as large as a typical Walmart. I also had a tiny dollar store, but that was it. Craft offerings in my area were scarce. I had to learn to find alternative ways to decorate for Christmas and other holidays.
However, our differences are what make each of our Christmas projects, traditions, and decorations unique. Learn to milk that difference and you’ll find that creativity was something you had all along.