Earlier this week, I showed how I made this full, fluffy Christmas/winter wreath out of two thinner wreaths. Not only did it add fullness to the wreath, but it added more texture. You can read all about it and see a video tutorial on how I did it HERE. The two wreaths I used were THIS ONE and THIS ONE.
I really loved the wreath without any additional decoration, but I thought it would be fun to customize it further. I used things I already had on hand – sprigs of faux greenery, dried orange slices, and a blue and white checked ribbon. You can see how to dry and decorate with orange slices HERE.
I bought the ribbon from Hobby Lobby last year and I wasn’t able to find it online, but here are a few nice alternatives…
The sprigs of greenery were ones I already had that were mixed into garlands and swags last year. I tend to buy bundles of faux greenery that I like when they are on sale and then I’ll clip them and mix them in where I need that color or texture. Most of the greenery, in fact, is not even Christmas/winter greenery. I used magnolia leaves, lavender stems (no flowers), a feathery fern, and some juniper.
Here is a video showing how I added the sprigs, oranges, and ribbons…
A few tips for customizing your own wreath –
- For a wreath this size (24″), I would suggest using 5-7 of each element. For example, five bundles of sprigs or seven dried oranges.
- Tie the decorations in place with florist wire. It’s not as messy as hot glue and the elements can be removed and changed around as your aesthetic evolves.
- Use elements that will play off of each other. Just set them out together in the store or on a table at home and see what works. Do you want elements that are shiny, matte, natural, colorful, prickly, smooth, etc. Find a combination that looks good to your design eye. For me, I enjoyed how all of these worked together.
Of course, I have to pan out to show you the paint samples on my front door. That’s just how things are going in our house right now! While I like the current color, it’s ready for something new and definitely for some gloss! I like a glossy front door.
I loved the wreath on the front door, around my new brass rabbit door knocker, but it was too fluffy for my storm door to close!
So, I ended up hanging it on the mirror in my foyer, and that works just as well.
I hope this gives you some inspiration to customize your own wreaths as well as garlands, swags, and other Christmas decorations. It really is a great way to elevate the look of less expensive greens and to allow your look to evolve. I enjoy paying with my greenery each year and coming up with slightly new arrangements with the same old stuff