Christmas Wreaths and Garlands (Front Door Decorations)
It’s Christmas once again and your front door decorations should be up anytime from now. But why should you pay special attention to your front door?
Well, your entrance door is the first point of entry into your home, and when friends, family, neighbours, and acquaintances pay you a visit this Christmas, you want to welcome them warmly into your home with a major decoration that put’s a smile on their faces even before you open your front door.
Wreaths, garlands, and the like, placed strategically at your entrance is a sign of the merriment within your home. It makes your guest feel merry, warm and invited.
It doesn't matter how grand the Christmas decorations may be on the inside of your home, your door displays must be beautiful, dazzling and most importantly welcoming, in the spirit of the yuletide season.
It’s not really that hard to choose the right type of door display that suits your front door, both in beauty, and size/scale. You don’t want to choose an over-sized Christmas wreath for an entrance door that’s narrow and low, neither do you want a scraggy looking garland for a huge entrance door that’s not only wide but also high.
If you haven’t got yours yet and plan to go shopping for one set, here are a few tips that you may find helpful. These tips will basically tell you they types of displays you may want to check out.
Ribbons as Decorative Front Door Display
A very popular way to decorate an entrance door in a festive manner is to use wide ribbons to wrap the door, just like you’ll wrap and tie one on a beautifully wrapped gift.
They are mostly made of fabric; examples are the lush red velvet ones which are favourites among many homeowners that choose this style.
Other favoured ribbon fabrics for this type of festive décor is taffeta and satin.
The ribbon can either be secured to the door lipped edges, or it can be wrapped completely around the front door. In this case, the door display will not only show nicely on the exterior, it will also serve as a compliment to the interior.
Wrapping a front door with ribbons is a smart way of brightening up an otherwise dull door.
If you are on a tight budget, you can use strong coloured paper that won’t easily tear off with frequent use.
Remember to leave the door’s keyhole and doorknob clear.
Decorating Ideas for Your Entrance Door
Let’s say you have a red door and you wonder what colour garlands will work best. Opt to use predominantly green garlands with a bit of red, and some gold.
Add a gold knocker on the door for a great aesthetic effect.
Though you may feel red is the main colour of the season, with a red door, garlands with predominantly red colour splashes will be too overbearing and won’t look so great.
If you have a white entrance door, as you’ll find in many homes, your front door garlands can consist of all the Christmas colours.
It will stand out nicely and distinctly from the door.
You may prefer the country home effect and drape the entrance door with pine garlands and coordinate the look with a wreath.
Adding bows at the corners will serve as a focal point.
How to Decorate Plain Garlands
Christmas door wreaths are beautiful and loved by all.
You will find a large variety of these front door displays that range from shell wreaths, to pine cone wreaths with its rustic appeal, and those made with ball-shaped ornaments, or jingling bells which are quite modern and very whimsical.
Poinsettia plants also make great accents to Christmas front door decorations and can be woven into wreaths (and even garlands). They can be added to match your door display as a potted plant for your entrance stairway, veranda, or porch.
And if you have a loved one serving overseas, adding a patriotic touch to a wreath by weaving a miniature flag into the boughs makes lovely and touching Christmas entrance door display.
Seasonal Entrance Door Swags
Swags as Christmas door displays is another great festive decoration idea. Seasonal swags can be used in the place of wreaths, and still give that wonderful festive effect.
The swag should be made slightly longer than the door’s width, however, it must not overwhelm the door in any way whatsoever, and so, the right scale is the key to a great effect.
Swags are available in all kinds of different seasonal colours and designs. For example, you can try the simple twig and bow designs for an awesome rustic look.
- Traditional Christmas Card Messages
Make your loved ones feel extra-special, really loved, and greatly appreciated this Christmas. Send them beautiful messages that relay your warm hugs . . . your greetings straight from the heart.
- Vintage Christmas Greeting Cards
A vintage Christmas card is a good reminder of a distant past that was merry and beautiful at Christmas, a glorious era when giving was much more important than receiving.
Themed Door Display at Xmas
Creating a theme or telling a Christmas story is another favorite of front door displays for festive seasons. Santa Claus themes with reindeer and a sleigh depicting North Pole themes are also very appropriate for themed décor, including gingerbread and candy-land themes.
Decorating with candy canes, ornaments, bells, seasonal holiday door hangers and stockings are great ideas as well.
But remember, any which way you may choose to decorate and create your front door display, make sure it is very welcoming. Make your neighbours feel like paying you a visit on seeing your dazzling and soul uplifting front door displays.
And if you live in snowy areas, make sure you keep all pathways clear and free of snow and ice.
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