9 December 2021
There are upsides and downsides to everything. That includes Christmas wreaths. If you are in a quandary about whether to go artificial or fresh, start with where will it hang. If it will be displayed on an exterior door in a climate that is cool and damp, a fresh wreath will thrive. For indoors, a toasty temperature will mean the fresh wreath won’t stay fresh too long. The needles will fall and the branches become dry and crack. Also if it is hung in a spot that is likely to be jostled, the more delicate the arrangement, the more likely it will suffer from breakage.
Wreaths don’t necessarily need to be round. Styrofoam comes in different shapes, or start with a coat hanger that you can manipulate into any form you want.
Bundt Pan – Start by lining the pan with Styrofoam using hot glue and then more hot glue to place ornaments inside. Finish with a bow.
Pom Poms – Get rid of bits of unused yarn by making pom poms and glue them to a store-bought Styrofoam circle.
Magnolia Leaves – Go exotic using purchased magnolia leaves, some painted gold, some silver, some plain.
Felt – Tie strips of felt around a form. Easy and fun for kids.
Baskets – Use a shallow basket as your base and use greenery, pine cones, berries, or whatever you have.
Thread – Start with spools of thread on a form and supplement with twine, ribbon, and rickrack.
Bundle – Just join greenery, magnolia leaves, dried oranges, pine cones and tie it at the top with ribbon.
Gift Bows – Use all those leftover stick-on Christmas bows to make a unique display for the season.
Christmas Lights – Go to the thrift store and buy strings of vintage tree light bulbs. They don’t need to work. Just glue them around a form.
Corks – For the wine lover, use bottle corks and supplement with small ornaments or jingle bells.
Herbs – Use dried sage, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves. This is especially fun if you gardened last year and are wondering how you will use all those leftover dried herbs.
Of course, the classic display for a holiday wreath is on your front door, or in a prominent window. They are also fun to place around indoors. Keep an open mind and see where your imagination takes you.
Door – Don’t stop at a single wreath on your door. Make it a vertical trio secured by ribbons.
Bedroom – Mount it on the wall over the bed, on the headboard, or suspended from the overhead light fixture. Be sure to avoid anything that will flake off or drop, like glitter or dried grasses.
In a Frame – Mount it inside a picture frame or on a chalkboard. Go solo or add a few other elements depending on the size of wreath and frame.
Dining Area – Wreaths don’t need to hang. Use one as a centerpiece. Or, place it on the back of a chair.
Railings – Put it or them along the railing instead of a garland. Suspend it from the newel post.
Mirror – Place it on or over a mirror. Juxtapose a square wreath on an oval mirror for a different effect.
Outdoors – Put it on your fence or a gate. Will it work on a rural mailbox post?