Ring in the holidays with a personalized Christmas wreath on your front door or over your mantle. Creating a one-of-a kind decoration that reflects your taste is easy to do: Simply start with a basic, battery-lit wreath and add your own babbles. Ornaments, ribbon, pinecones, berries, fruit, cookie cutters, toys and wrapped candy are all great additions to customize your creation. Here are six ways to transform your wreath from basic to glamorous.
Balls of Fun
Ball ornaments create a glamorous wreath. These blue and silver balls evoke winter snow and ice.
You’ll need: Wire, wire cutters and a variety of ornaments made of glass or plastic. They can be all the same size or varied, as pictured.
1. Working on a flat surface covered with paper or cardboard to protect it from scratches, lay down your wreath and arrange the ornaments on top of it. Rearrange until you are satisfied with their placement. (Helpful hint: Take a picture of the desired arrangement with your phone, so you can easily refer to it if you lose track of where you want things.) Set the ornaments aside.
2. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire for each ornament. Thread the wire through the loop on the top of an ornament. Give the wire a twist to tighten it to the loop. Thread the wire through the wreath so the ornament is positioned in the right spot. Twist the wire on the back of the wreath to hold the ornament in place.
3. Repeat with the remaining balls. Refer to your photo as needed. Once all the ornaments are attached, turn the wreath over and snip off excess wire, tucking in any ends so there are no strays sticking out to scratch your wall or door.
Bows in festive colors give a whimsical and dainty touch to a wreath, and you can make it in no time.
You’ll need: Scissors, ruler and ribbon.
Cut one 16-inch piece of ribbon to make a sample bow. Tie it bow-style on a piece of your wreath’s greenery. Adjust the length depending on your taste. Cut more pieces of ribbon to your desired size and tie them on the wreath.
Gather up the bounty of the season and use pinecones to fill-out your wreath. Choose pine cones that are open rather than ones tightly closed.
You’ll need: Pinecones, wire and wire cutters.
How to: Follow the directions for the ball ornament wreath, except cut 12-inch pieces of wire. Run your wire around the bottom of the cone, just above the last row of petals. Give the wire a twist to tighten it on the cone. Place it on the wreath and continue to follow the ball wreath directions until all cones are in place.
A Berry Merry Christmas
Red berries are the festive touch to bring some color to your wreath. Select some sprigs of artificial berries. For a natural look, choose more than one shade of red.
You’ll need: Stems of artificial berries, wire cutters, glue gun and glue sticks.
1. Working on a flat surface covered with paper or cardboard to protect it from hot glue, lay down your wreath and arrange your berries. Push each stem into the wreath at an angle so that the stem is hidden inside the greenery. If the stem is too long, snip it shorter with your wire cutters. (Remember to not cut off the stem completely, because you will need some stem to attach it to the wreath.) Rearrange until you are satisfied with the look.
2. Remove just one stem of berries from where you have positioned it. Apply hot glue to the stem and push the stem back into place on the wreath. Be careful not to get hot glue on your hands.
3. Repeat with the remaining stems. Allow the wreath’s glue to cool for about 10 minutes before lifting. Pick up your wreath and give it a gentle shake to see if all the berries are glued well into place. If any are loose, add another dab of glue to that spot with your glue gun.
4. Allow glue to cool, hang and enjoy.
Did you know a wreath can be a great place to show off your favorite collection? From cookie cutters to miniature nutcrackers, candy canes or a set of 12-days of Christmas ornaments, ideas abound.
You’ll need: Wire, wire cutters and your collection of items.
How to: Follow the directions for the ornament balls wreath, but use your collection of items.
It’s easy to get the traditional Williamsburg look for the holidays by adding fruits and berries to your wreath. Wreaths with artificial fruit will last for years, but if you wish to use real fruit, you will need to snip it off and add fresh fruit next year. For more traditional decorating ideas, check out this article from Ancestry on past, present and future Christmas decor.
You’ll need: Stems of artificial berries, artificial or real fruit, pinecones, wire cutters, glue gun and glue sticks.
1. Working on a flat surface covered with paper or cardboard to protect it from hot glue and scratches, lay down your wreath and arrange your large pieces of fruit and pinecones.
2. One by one, attach them to the wreath. Attach the pinecones following the directions on the pinecone wreath. For artificial fruit, add a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the fruit and press and hold on the wreath. Be careful not to get glue on your hands. Allow glue to cool before lifting the wreath.
3. For fresh fruit, thread a piece of wire through the bottom third of the piece of fruit. Give the wire a twist and attach to the wreath like you do the pinecones.
4. Complete the wreath by adding berries as accents to the fruit. (Follow the instructions for the berry wreath.)
Lea Schneider writes about holiday crafts and organization for The Home Depot, which stocks a wide selection of holiday decorating items.