Non-Traditional Wreaths to Make for Christmas
Wreaths are some of the most popular decorations during the Christmas season, hanging not just on doors, but on walls, stairs, lampposts, mailboxes and in store windows. Nowadays, they are made from all kind of materials and in all kid of styles – from traditional to whimsical and eclectic. You can style them in any way that best matches your décor and taste.
For those of you who want to change things up from the traditional wreath this year, I’m sharing some creative wreath ideas, found around the web.
Forest Floor Gems
Pine cones are widely used in holiday crafts, because when brought indoors, they bring a touch of the outdoors with them. They look equally lovely in both rustic and modern settings and this is one of the reasons why they are fantastic for making wreaths.
Wreaths are traditionally round, but this is not a rule, so here is an interesting idea for a unique pine cone wreath form House and Home. A heavy duty cardboard is cut out into a snowflake shape, and then pine cones are hot-glued to it. At the end, the wreath was sprinkled with glitter to give it a sparkly look.
Winter Wispy Wreath
Wispy twigs are a great material not only for making Christmas wreaths, but for fall and spring wreaths too. So, if you have a Thanksgiving or Easter twig wreath laying around that can use a makeover, you can make this gorgeous door adornment from Made in a Day. It is loaded with berries, mini pine cones and bright red cardinal birds that will add a wonderful accent of elegance to any holiday décor.
This next project is probably the farthest thing from a traditional wreath, but is definitely pretty and unique. It is also super inexpensive to make. All you need is an unused ornate frame that is too nice to toss or donate and several ornaments from your Christmas stash. The frame can be painted in any festive color you like or even wrapped in paper or fabric. Secure the Christmas ornaments to the frame with bright ribbons and in no time you will create an interesting decoration for your front door.
If you are looking for a fun, whimsical and easy-to-make piece of winter decor, have a look at this idea from She Knows. The wreath resembles Santa’s face and it is perfect for welcoming in the new season. For this craft you will need only few supplies: a styrofoam ring, white tulle and a Santa hat. Pieces of the tulle are tied around the styrofoam ring to create the beard and the hat is then secure onto the wreath with a glue gun. You can make this project even more interesting by adding a pair of faux glasses to it.
The best thing about burlap wreaths is that they are incredibly versatile and can be reused for any season or holiday. Plus, they are easy on the wallet. This one is a bit different than most burlap wreaths, because it is made with overlapping petals, which give it a very nice texture. You can learn how to make it at Find It Make It Love It.
Depending on the season or the holiday, the wreath can be embellished with a cheery Christmas bows and berries, seasonal flowers or little pumpkins and fall leaves.
Juicy Fruity Christmas
Those who always give out small homemade gifts to their neighbors at Christmas, will probably like the next idea. It is a simple, but kind of genius, fruit wreath that is made from clementines, wrapped in cellophane and tied with raffia bows. Check out the tutorial at Omiyage Blogs, if you need to. This is more of an assembling process than a craft project, so the kids can also get in on the fun by helping you with it.
In case you want to add some classic Christmassy colors to the wreath, mix the clementines with red and green apples, or even throw in some homemade cookies to the mix.
Wood Slice Creativity
Natural and rustic décor elements never really go out of style, and neither would this natural wood wreath. The wreath is crafted by gluing wood disks to a sturdy wreath form and decorated with pine cones, burlap and winter greenery. A step-by-step tutorial can be found at Finding Home Farms.
If you don't have access to a tree branch, you can get a bag of online. They come in many different sizes, so you can give your wreath even more dimension by mixing big and small pieces. pre-cut wood slices
A handmade, yarn ball wreath is another creative alternative to the traditional wreath. It can be made from foam balls in varying sizes, wrapped with yarn, and fasten together with hot glue. The best thing about this project is that it can be made in any color combination. Take a look at how to make your own snowball wreath at The Happy Housie.
The next holiday project is perfect for those who love elegant and modern ornament ball wreaths but do not love the price tags that come along with them (usually $60 and up). Plus, it is a wonderful way to recycle those boxes of old ornaments that are gathering dust in the attic.
There are two different techniques for making these wreaths: you can either hang the balls on a wire coat hanger, bent into a circle, or you can hot glue the ornaments onto a wreath form. Watch the video to learn exactly how it is made.
Toilet paper rolls are used to make many different crafts, but they can also be used to make stunning holiday decorations. Like Christmas wreaths, for example. Just gather a bunch of discarded toilet paper and paper towel rolls, cut them to create leaf shapes, arrange the pieces into a wreath shape and glue or staple them together. Then embellish your wreath with winter berries, tinsel, bells, or pine cones and you got yourself a festive and super inexpensive holiday decoration. For a step-by-step tutorial, go to Bonnin Designs.
Most people like to bake cookies for Christmas, and why not using some of them to make a holiday decorations? The nice thing about this type of wreath is that you can also give it as a gift to someone.
If you don’t have time for baking (or don’t like baking), you can buy some sugar cookies from the store, decorate them, and still create a unique Christmas wreath.
For the recipe and instructions on how to make a Cinnamon Cookie Christmas Wreath, go to Not Quite Nigella.
Another festive, and even cheaper, alternative to the traditional Christmas wreath is an Origami Star Wreath. This pretty decoration is made from six 4-inch stars, eight 3-inch stars, and eight 2-inch paper stars, glued to a spray-painted wire frame. You can print the instructions for the origami stars from High Hopes or watch the video tutorial. The origami stars are also great as Christmas tree ornaments.