Homemade Holiday Wreaths for Your Front Door
Thanksgiving and Christmas Decorative Wreaths
Decorations on the front door are the very first impressions you give to guests during the holidays. There are many people who hang a simple wreath or pine branches even prior to Thanksgiving weekend. It's easy to create a mood and feeling with anything from a few branches of greens tied with a bow to a very ornately ornamented wreath. To make your own wreath, you will encounter the forms and all the fixings in a well-supplied garden center. Here are some ideas you may pick up on.
Simple Pine and Ribbon Wreath
Tie a few pine branches collectively with wire and wrap with wide, taffeta ribbon, kook for ribbon that has wired edges. Deep hunter green or burgundy ribbon edged with gold is recommended. Create a fat bow. The wire edges would maintain the shape of the bow intact. Cut the ends of the ribbons a bit long to have two streamers. Ruffle them into soft wavelets suspended down over the pine needles. You might like to add a couple of small golden glass balls scattered on the pine branches for an adorable, elegant door decoration.
A Welcome Garland
Dried flowers of all kinds are available at garden centers and can occasionally be found in the supermarket. It's easy to handcraft a garland from pink straw flowers, cockscomb, wheat, lemon leaves, bay leaves, lavender, rosebuds, and moss. Place this to the front door or hang it over the fireplace mantel. To create a garland you will need: heavy grade string cut to wanted length of garland, florist's tie wire, florist's picks, green florist's tape, clippers, sprigs of greenery, and decorative add-ons like berries, pinecones, pods, and dried fruit.
1. Cut a bundle of greens about ten inches long. Hold them against the twine then wrap with florist's tape.
2. Keep on adding and wrapping greens so every bunch overlaps the previous stems.
3. Tie some wire to the pinecones and attach. Use the picks to fix berries and small bunches of dried flowers. Push the picks below the green tape.
Just a Bundle
Utilize long cinnamon sticks and pink pepperberry to produce a bundle the size of a small log. Enwrap jute around the center to keep them together, then hang on the door for a fragrant and simple decor.
Bundle branches of winterberry and white pine and tie them together using raffia or a red ribbon having gold edges.
For the Cook
To make this simple door decoration, gather a bunch of fragrant sprigs of rosemary, bay leaves, and pepper berries and tie using raffia for hanging. If you don't have an overhang or your front door is not protected, think about using this decoration to hang in your kitchen instead.
Fruit and Fancy
Begin with a balsam fir wreath. Add bits and pieces of bark, twigs, nuts, slices of fruit, and leaves. You'll encounter these in craft stores and garden centers, if not around your own home. Fasten them using florist's wire or a hot glue gun. Add up a red plaid flannel bow for a unique touch.
For the Birds
Make use of a straw ring form to form the base of your wreath. You will require florist's wire and clippers to bind twigs and branches, a raffia bow, artificial birds, small birdhouse, bundles of birdseed clothed in gauze, and a bird's nest inserted into the twigs and branches. Fill up with birdseed if you wish to attract the birds.
In New England, the hydrangea bushes are terrific for wreath-making. Dependent on the soil, the blossoms could be deep or pale blue, pale pink, yellowish green, or deep cranberry. These round fat bunches of blossoms are fixed to a straw or foam wreath form using florist pins so they are close together and blanket the form. This is an indoor wreath because moisture would ruin it. Supply a bow in a color to match the flowers and you will have one of the prettiest presentations for your windows or hall.
You could use any shells for this one, but deep blue mussel shells attain the prettiest simple wreath. Use a flat Styrofoam or Bristol board wreath frame and hot-glue the mussel shells in concentric circles around the wreath. Supply a simple bow fashioned from netting, or leave as is.
If you have a brass knocker on your front door, utilize it as part of your wreath decoration. Wire petite golden balls to an evergreen wreath and put it on the door having the knocker in the center.
It's easy to individualize a wreath using wooden letters. These are available in craft stores together with different wooden shapes like candy canes, trees, stockings, stars, and hearts. Paint them using bright colors and hot-glue them around a wreath frame. The letters may spell out your family name or the names of your kids.
Spray-paint bay leaves with gold, then mix them with unpainted leaves to produce a green and gilded wreath. Using a hot glue gun, put a layer of alternating leaves on a grapevine wreath frame, overlapping as you glue the leaves into place. Use gold-mesh French wire ribbon to create a bow for the top and leave the ends of the ribbons to stream down over the wreath. The gold and green of the leaves somewhat shimmers.
Create a wreath exclusively from ribbons for your entryway. You will need a ten-inch heavy wire or brass ring and a fifty-yard spool of half-inch ornamental ribbon. Cut the ribbon into ten-inch lengths and tie-up each length into a bow on the ring. Fill the ring with bows pressed together so the wreath is quite full. Continue tying bows on the ring till you can no longer fit any more and the wreath is pleasingly fatten up.
Begin using a fir wreath from the garden shop and make it more interesting through wiring boughs of eucalyptus, long needle pines, and cedar all over. Add a wired white organdy bow to finely top if off.