Posted: December 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm
We’re fans of all holiday decor really, but when it comes to the Christmas season, one of our favorite tools for decking the halls is the humble wreath or evergreen garland. We like these because not only are they classic and sophisticated, they make our house smell amazing and sometimes, can stay put well into January (for when we aren’t quite ready to let go of the season yet). In recent years, we have become a little craftier and started making some of our own. This year, perhaps we’ll start to get a little more creative with our newfound skills, and if so, we will probably start with one of these projects.
How fun is this “JOY” wreath arrangement? We love the way they have mixed up the materials and added twinkle lights. This one would be just as great as a sign you can move around your home year to year. It doesn’t always have to be over the mantel, though we would certainly love it there. Since this project comes to us straight from the great minds at Martha Stewart, there’s an easy DIY how-to.
We love that bright crimson hue that poinsettias bring to our home every December, but we hadn’t ever considered creating a wreath from them. That color is brilliant against a door or wall in a contrasting hue, and again, this one will work deeper into the winter season when you opt for silk flowers. Here’s the tutorial.
If you’re chomping at the bit to get out of a round wreath rut, might we suggest a green bundle instead? It works similarly, hanging on a door or above a mantel, and you can bundle together whatever fragrant greenery you prefer or have available using floral wire. You can finish with whatever kind of flourish you like, but we do like the green ribbon on this one. Instructions here.
While it may not be particularly fragrant, this wreath will appeal to another of our holiday senses, making a lovely jingle sound anytime your door opens or shuts. We love how festive and fun this one would be for a holiday party, adding a little extra seasonal spirit to the air. You will need to find about 100 mini jingle bells, but certainly, now would be the time to find them in stores. DIY instructions here.
Ornament wreaths have always intimidated our limited crafting skills, we admit. But this may be the year we feel ready to take the plunge. We love the unexpected color scheme Martha Stewart chose here, and we also love how the wreath is accented by a matching garland. You can use whatever ornaments you prefer, though keep those that are less likely to shatter front of mind. Instructions here.
Do you have a favorite type or trick when it comes to holiday wreaths and garlands? If so, please share with us in the comments!