DIY Holiday Wreaths





If you've never worked with wreaths before, making one for the holidays is a great way to get started! Holiday wreaths can be as simple or as complicated as you wish in terms of materials and construction techniques, and the holidays are the one time of the year when you can go completely wild with your decorating! Virtually any idea or combination of colors can be turned into a successful holiday wreath.


Assembling materials for holiday wreaths is usually based on a color or theme, which makes the process a bit simpler. Very often, holiday decorations and flowers are displayed this way in the store, which helps shoppers coordinate their décor.


If you want to assemble your decorations by color, here are some things you might want to try:

  • Go contemporary. Very often, a holiday wreath is made for a specific location in your home. Choose a color that coordinates with that room's décor, by matching or contrasting. For instance, if your room is done in hunter green and burgundy, pick up burgundy as the matching color, and choose flowers and decorations in burgundy tones. If you're looking for a contrasting color, choose flowers and decorations in mauve or white.
  • Go traditional. Red, green, gold and silver are colors usually associated with Christmas, while orange, deep yellow and brown are associated with Thanksgiving. Choose the traditional colors that work well with your décor, either matching or contrasting with the colors of your room. For instance, if your room is done in the same hunter green and burgundy, do your Christmas decorating in green and gold.
  • Once you have chosen your colors, be strict with yourself. Assemble only ribbons, ornaments, and flowers that fit into your color scheme. Don't get distracted by anything that falls outside your palette. If red and gold are your chosen colors, don't grab for blue poinsettias. Stick to red and gold, and no matter what you put together, it will always match.

If you want to assemble decorations by theme, here are a few things to remember:

  • Pick a clearly defined theme. Angels, della robbia, fruits and berries, poinsettias, ribbon, stars, glass balls, or Santas can turn into themes for holiday decorating. Whatever you choose, be sure that you can define it in one or two words.
  • Stick with the theme. In order to make theme decorating work, it's important not to get distracted with too many off-theme decisions.

Colors and themes can work together to create sophisticated decorating schemes. Limiting your choices to red and gold angels or blue and silver stars can create a unified look to your décor that will work in any room.


More things to consider:

  • When filling your wreath, work in clusters. For a wreath that is completely covered with decorations, add groups on the face of your wreath at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock, and then fill the places in between. For an asymmetrical wreath, place elements at only three of the four of these spots, leaving one area mostly bare.
  • Remember to plan ahead. Think of where you want to hang your wreath. Will it hang on a door? Be sure that the depth of your wreath doesn't exceed the distance between your door and storm door. If you don't hang a wreath on your door every season, think about whether you want to hammer in a wreath hanger or use an over-the-door hanger. Make these decisions before you start decorating your wreath to insure that you will be able to hang it as soon as you're finished.