call me crazy for breaking this out so early! hey, at least i'm not trying to talk about xmas tree decorating!! :) i've been in a wreath-y mood lately, and i love just a little holiday decor out for thanksgiving... i feel like it kicks off the season right :) a little wreath love on the door is a good way to just dip your toe into the pool of holiday decor, without having to dive in :)
[ok, enough with the random metaphors...]
i love adorning and styling my holiday wreath each year. i guess i could just pack it away, with all the pieces on it, and save myself some time, but the truth is, i like to keep it fresh & different each year.
here's what you need to spruce up a faux evergreen wreath, holiday-style:
--a faux evergreen wreath :)
--ribbon or tulle (between 2 and 3 yds, depending on the size of your wreath)
--ribbon or tulle for a bow (can be the same as above or different from the ribbon or tulle above)
i usually start with a basic circular faux evergreen wreath. mine always gets smooshed from being packed away, but they’re a bit flat when you first buy them too. i like to fluff it, so that it is more full, and looks more realistic.
once it’s fruffed, I begin with a basic ribbon or tulle. just wrap it around, spacing it so that you have plenty of room to add interest between ribbon pieces. for this wreath, i used gold tulle. i should also note that i didn’t buy anything new for my wreath—i just raided my christmas tree decorations. i like to do this because then my wreath and my tree coordinate, and i have a running holiday color scheme / theme throughout my home.
don’t worry about the ends yet… just make sure they’re not hanging out. as i go, i usually adjust the branches, so that the tulle [or ribbon] is nestled in nicely…i might even make some of the braches arc over the tulle a little.
once you’ve got the tulle on, start thinking about ornaments. i used two types of ornaments from my christmas tree stash. i like having a little variety (the glossy / shiny ornaments vs. the glittery ones; the small vs. large; cranberry vs. gold, etc), but i try to not let it become schizophrenic. i still like things to coordinate well :)
i didn’t just attach them right up front… i set them in the wreath to see how i might want to arrange them first. notice how i tried to group them in certain places [i.e. the upper left with two shiny and one glittery, or the lower left, with two glittery], to give it a litte interest, so that it’s not just evenly spaced and boring. i like my wreaths to look a little random, but well-balanced, if that makes sense.
once i know who i’m putting where [they’re not just inanimate objects anymore… we’ve given them homes, they’re now our friends], i’ll go ahead and start attaching. i just use the ornament hooks. lucky for me, i have an overhang over my door, so i don’t get much rain or wind. if you do, you may want to use something a little more substantial, like fine-gauge wire. if you need to tack down the ends of your tulle or ribbon, do that while you’ve got the hooks/wire out.
and the last part is the bow. i chose a ribbon with some wire in it so that i can fruf my bow a little, and have it stay lovely all season long. i nestled it in the wreath at the top, just a little off center, to add character :)
doesn’t she look lovely?
i love it :) it's super easy, and each year, i can make it a little different by using a different grouping of ornaments, or a different bow or ribbon... and i feel so posh, like i've got custom holiday decor each each, when really, i just get to change it up a bit with the stuff i've already got :)
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