Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh... we hope you guys are enjoying singing(at the top of your lungs) all of the Christmas songs as much as we are! We are thrilled that the Christmas season has finally arrived...bringing with it all the joys of drinking hot cocoa, chopping down the perfect tree, and filling our homes with lights and tinsel. There are a couple of obvious signs when the Christmas season has finally commenced... 1) Delilah begins to spin her Christmas tunes and 2) neighbors begin to exchange their spider webs and pumpkin decorations for icicle lights and 12 foot nutcrackers.
Decking out the exterior of your home has become a tradition for many people during the holiday season- so we thought it appropriate to focus on just that. This week we are sharing some 'How To" ideas for creating the best Christmas wreath. We could not decide on just one wreath design.... so we are sharing four ideas that will hopefully inspire you to create your own door decor this season!
The Blushing Bottle Brush Tree wreath is literally the prettiest and easiest wreath to create! The necessary items needed are minimal and the time spent creating this wreath was a breeze.
What you need:
- Bottle Brush Trees- These can be found at any craft supplies store during the Christmas season. They come in all sizes and colors!
- Large Metallic Garland- I got this exact garland at Hobby Lobby- they have so many fun colors... but we could not pass up this blush pink color!
- Round Styrofoam Wreath Ring- These are usually in the floral section and come in so many sizes. We got the 14" ring, but buy whatever size best fits your door!
- Paper Mache' House- This little house was the perfect size and added the personality this wreath needed. Also, the roof of the house lifts off, giving us the perfect place to add Christmas lights!
- Extras- Clear or white glitter, paint to match the garland, and lots of hot glue!
- First give your little house a good paint job... make sure to paint the inside and the outside.
- While the house is drying, move on to creating the main part of the wreath. To create the wreath, you will simply need to hot glue one end of the garland to the styrofoam wreath and continue to wrap the remainder of the garland around the styrofoam. Make sure and wrap the garland tight enough so that none of the styrofoam is seen. Once you have made it all the way around, hot glue the other end to the styrofoam to complete the wreath.
- The last step of building this wreath is adding on the bottle brush trees and the house. I would recommend laying everything out before beginning to glue. Once you are happy with the placement of your house and trees, it is time to glue each one of them on to the wreath.
- After everything is glued on, throw on the glitter, make sure and cover each tree and your house with loads of glitter- this will make it look like a perfectly little pink winter wonderland!
The Silver Bells wreath is our most traditional Christmas wreath... and we sure do love how naturally beautiful this look is!
What you need:
- Natural Branch Wreath- Can be found at most craft stores in their floral department.
- Bells- We loved the shape of these particular bells, but feel free to replace the bells with red ribbon if you are looking to add another color.
- Eucalyptus Plant- We only used about four branches of Eucalyptus. This plant is not only beautiful, but its scent will fill the air!
- Pittosporum Green- This beautful plant adds the bright green color and gives the greenery fullness.
- Eucalyptus Silver Bells- This precious plant, in my opinion, steals the show!
- Silver Kochia- This plant looks just like it is covered in snow... so how could we not use this in our Christmas wreath!
- Grab some tree trimmings from your tree... These will make for a great filler as your begin to create your all natural wreath.
- Decide where you want the focal point of your wreath. I tend to lean more towards asymmetrical design- so I chose to place my greenery to the top left of the wreath. If you prefer more symmetrical design, try adding your greenery to either the top center or bottom center of your wreath.
- Think of each piece of greenery as a new layer. I started with my tree trimming, placing them on to my wreath to create the foundation. I then added the largest leafed plant- the Pittosporum. This gives the greenery the most color and depth.
- Step back and take a look at what you have laid out. If you feel good about it, it is time to add in the pretty pieces of greenery- the Eucalyptus, the Kochia, and the Eucalyptus Silver Bells. These need to be strategically placed, place these pieces near the center of your greenery. Continue cutting each piece shorter as you layer on top of one another.
- After all of your greenery is laid out, look for any holes and fill them in. Make sure that the greenery moves with the branches of the wreath so that it feels cohesive overall. If everything is in place and feels good, then it is time to wire everything in place!
The Merry Metallic wreath is our up-cycled wreath. It might look pretty simple, but it sure does add a statement to any front door!
What you need:
- An old wreath- I am sure you have several old wreaths somewhere in your attic!
- Ornaments- Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White.
- White spray paint- I used a matte finish.
- Clear or White glitter- get the biggest bottle of glitter you can find!
- Now that you have found your old wreath, it is time to find its new purpose! Spray paint your wreath white, it will most likely take several coats of spray paint. Make sure to spray your wreath from every angle, getting every branch covered well.
- After the last coat of spray paint, add all the glitter! I did several coats of paint and glitter, alternating each coat, this creates the flocking look to your wreath.
- After your wreath has dried, hot glue each ornament on. For this particular wreath I chose to do an ombre look, I added a section of gold ornaments, then rose gold, next the silver, and lastly the white ornaments.
- Stand and stare in owe of your old wreath made new!
The Tinsel and Tassel wreath is probably the most non-traditional wreath. This fun door decor might not be your average wreath shape, but it is a nice new way to give your Christmas decor a fresh look!
What you need:
- Wooden Dowel Rod- These can be found in all different sizes, this one is a 3/4" diameter.
- White yarn- I used exactly one entire roll of yarn.
- Gold and white tassels and trim- These can be found in the upholstery fabric section of Hobby Lobby. I would suggest going crazy! Pick out the prettiest trim in various sizes. I purchased one yard of each trim piece.
- Cut your yarn into 2' long pieces and tie each piece on to the dowel rod.
- After all of your yarn is tied on, make a plan for your tassels and trim pieces. Before gluing the trim pieces on, I laid the trim out to see what order I preferred them in.
- After figuring out the exact order, start gluing the trim pieces on to the yarn. To do this most efficiently, lay the rod with the yarn on a flat surface, making sure all of the yarn pieces are untangled and exactly flat. Once this is done, hot glue your first layer of trim directly to the yarn.
- Continue gluing each layer of trim onto the yarn until you have used all of your trim pieces. This door hanging adds the perfect amount of Christmas spirit to any front door, and can also be used as interior wall decor for the rest of the year!
Merry Christmas and Happy Wreath Crafting! - Abby