A Christmas wreath is a stunning addition to your home, making your guests feel warm, welcome and Christmassy before they even cross your threshold.
While it’s easy enough to buy a wreath for your door, true originality comes from those homemade wreaths which have been made to complement the style and colour of the door. While there are multiple ways to put a wreath together, we would generally recommend that you begin with a wreath frame.
The advantage of a modern wreath is that you can style it however you like – there are no rules here. Create it from green clothes pegs, felt, styrofoam balls, sheet music, fake fruit, glitter, or this excellent, simple example using bells and ribbons.
Omitting fresh greenery means that the wreath can be used over and over, and even modified over years.
Another advantage to modern wreaths is that you’re not obliged to use the traditional colours of red, green, gold, white and silver – meaning you can match the wreath to your door. For example, if you have a Lagoon Blue Insulated Timber Doorset, you can complement it with silver and white lights and an icicle design. A black or grey door is an excellent blank canvas – purple Christmas wreath? Why not!
But remember: nothing says modern elegance like minimalism.
If you’d like to go with a more traditional-looking wreath but still want it to stand out among the usual plastic examples, you’ll find it’s easy to make exactly what you want.
A traditional wreath should contain just a few accent colours, and preferably natural elements. Some incredible designs have been made incorporating star anise, moss, mistletoe and poinsettia, and you can also use dried oranges, pine cones and cinnamon sticks to create a wonderful aroma when visitors approach the door.
Before making your traditional wreath, think carefully about the style of your door and whether it’ll match. If your door is a non-festive colour such as Hive Yellow, use midway colours to make the transition to green and red less jarring, such as incorporating gold rather than silver.
While the method of making will change depending on the materials you use, you are likely to need a wreath base – made of foam or metal – as well as florist’s wire or strong twine and craft glue.
Whether you choose a beautiful traditional piece that captures the spirit of Christmas, or you make a statement with your own modern piece, a homemade Christmas wreath can really make visitors feel at home in your house before they even walk through the door!