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Home Décor Ideas - Evergreen Holiday Wreaths on Windows

Updated on November 21, 2015

Holiday decorations have evolved over the years from the simple to the sublime and yet the classic wreath continues to be the celebrated foundation piece for our home's exterior. The evergreen wreath on the exterior is classic. In recent years, there is a new trend emerging, one which at first took me back. Like all items of change, I was not at first enamored with this new "look". Now after searching and reviewing and comparing, I have to admit I am now a full fledge fan. Stay tune and seek different applications of wreaths on the windows from classic to modern to colorful to basic. And don't leave without sharing your opinion. After all, learning what others find aesthetically pleasing is an important pathway to growing closer. As we learn more about others, we re-define ourselves and learn who we really are.

One of the movies that caught me off guard many years ago was the 29 Bridesmaid Dresses. In this movie, an important point was made that the young lady didn't know how she liked her eggs. Long story short, she found herself and figured out how she liked her eggs.

So this brings me full circle back to our wreath (pun intended - sorry I just had too!) and learning what we really find pleasing.

Our exterior decorations a self indulgence? Perhaps. Or on the other hand, perhaps exterior decorations are simply another method to celebrate the structure that we call home.

Exterior Wreath on Windows - Various Architectural Styles

Quintessential Classic Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Quintessential Classic Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source
Cape Cod with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Cape Cod with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source
Classic Victorian Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Classic Victorian Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window
Classic Colonial Two Story with Evergreen Holiday Wreath on the Window | Source

Christmas Wreaths on Windows Exterior Decorations

Classic Two Story with Lighted at Night with Christmas Wreaths on Windows Exterior Decorations
Classic Two Story with Lighted at Night with Christmas Wreaths on Windows Exterior Decorations | Source

Wreath on Windows at Night - Various Architectural Styles

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Christmas decorations glow at night on charming cape cod complete with wreaths on the windows and garland and a front fence lite for the holidaysHoliday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at NightHoliday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night on a Bay WindowHoliday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Colonial Two Story Showcased Lighted at Night on Double Hung WindowsHoliday Wreaths on Windows on Basic Ranch Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night
Christmas decorations glow at night on charming cape cod complete with wreaths on the windows and garland and a front fence lite for the holidays
Christmas decorations glow at night on charming cape cod complete with wreaths on the windows and garland and a front fence lite for the holidays | Source
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night | Source
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night on a Bay Window
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night on a Bay Window | Source
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Colonial Two Story Showcased Lighted at Night on Double Hung Windows
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Classic Colonial Two Story Showcased Lighted at Night on Double Hung Windows | Source
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Basic Ranch Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night
Holiday Wreaths on Windows on Basic Ranch Victorian Showcased Lighted at Night | Source

Wreath Tips - Adding Two Ribbons

Ribbon Tips from Nancy Alexander

In this video, Nancy shows how to craft a very inexpensive wreath with a layered ribbon using wire ribbon with gold edging and a plaid design. The end result is simply amazing. I know it is a long video but trust me, it is worth every minute. Here is a summary of Nancy's tips:

  • Unroll the entire roll of ribbon
  • Plan your streamers
  • Plan your layers
  • Second bow tie is 1 1/2 inches longer
  • Add a loop for the top of the bow
  • Pipe cleaners hold well and are easier on your hands
  • Position to your preference - Nancy prefers her bows to the left not centered.
  • Cut off pipe cleaner so not to scratch your door
  • Fluff branches to hold ribbon
  • If you get nice ribbon it will hold up
  • Place in a protected area - not fully exposed to the rain
  • Cut the end of the ribbon in a v design or angle - your personal preference
  • Then she adds in two green sheer bows to expand the visual delight

Common failure: did not tie bows tight enough

How To Do a Wreath on a Window

Decorating with a wreath on your front exterior windows takes some skill, some time and some analysis of where you wish to end.

The classic red bow is something I believe all of us can relate to so here is an exceptional example of how to gracefully pull together this major holiday statement on the on your home - on the windows that you show to the world.

Check out the various options from the red ribbon from the top to the tassels blowing in the wind. My personal preference, the more red ribbon - the more elegant and eyecatching the overall design becomes.

Tips on Preparing Your Holiday Wreath for Your Window

#1 Fluffing, yes, fluffing, simply taking the time to care for the sprigs of green in the same manner that mother nature presents greenery makes a world of difference.

#2 Adding in contrasting color - that beautiful yuletide red will be sure to make the window wreaths pop.

#3 Lights - add lights for nighttime glamor.

The battery operated lights are a new option but a little pricey. If you have the time to arrange the cords, the corded lights will work just as well with a little forethought and allot of patience.

Consistency in your design is the key. In decorating, repeating the colors, the shapes adds the congruency that can set your exterior design apart. Check out the many great ideas and plan your design long before you go to the store or order on line.

How To Do a Wreath on a Window

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Other Design Ideas

The class round wreath is ever popular but do think out of the box and consider a couple of other design ideas for your exterior décor:

  • Pine swag
  • Green glass ornaments and coordinating green ribbon
  • Pine cone wreath with cranberries

Do be careful of the artificial cranberries and their exposure to the elements. Planning ahead will add longevity to your investment in your exterior decorations.

Beyond Round Wreaths - Other Shapes and Ideas

Wreaths are commonly thought of as round but for your decorating style, let's consider some other options such as the classic swag or change up the materials and try out the rich textures of the dried wreath.

Whatever your choice, remember your options are only limited by your imagination.

How to Craft A Large Tear Drop Ribbon

Dramatic Tear Drop Wreath

Speaking of unusual options for wreaths and an alternative shape - thinking out of the box of the classic round wreath, consider the elegant tear drop wreath. This shape can be done is small or large depending upon your space and how much impact you are aiming for.

For a dramatic 5 foot tear drop wreath, fantastic for the front door or the side lights, check out the video at the right from Kevin from Trees N Trends.

Wreath on the Window - Be Creative Other Shapes Than Round Other Materials

beautiful green spray of evergreen tied with a decorative bow - great wreath for the window
beautiful green spray of evergreen tied with a decorative bow - great wreath for the window | Source
holiday berry wreath for the door
holiday berry wreath for the door | Source

Share Your Thoughts and Preferences

What is your favorite style of the wreath on the windows?

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What is your favorite presentation for the wreaths on the windows?

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Different Architectural Uses of Wreaths on Windows

Holiday decorations are great for all architectural from modern to classic colonial for residential and for commercial.

Don't forget your retail store or office - the same rules apply.

Here are some of the architectural styles that we have highlighted but remember the list is only limited by your imagination:

  • Ranches - One Story Homes
  • Cape Cod Homes
  • Two Story Victorians
  • Two Story Modern

Whatever your home's style, consider taking the classic wreath to the window and elevate your holiday exterior décor from good to great.

Wreath Pro - How to Hang Your Wreath on the Door

Hanging Wreath on Windows and On Doors

Hanging wreaths on windows and doors offer special challenges because you have a limited space to center your masterpiece. Check out this new product offering that can help you with the very best presentation.

From Wreaths to Garland

If you haven't seen the new garland hangers especially designed for exterior doorways, if you love wreaths you must check this new item out. It is great because it works on tension - no drilling, no holes. And yet it will hold your garland conveniently and in a decorative fashion around your doorway.

Wreaths on Windows Summary

We covered allot of territory on wreaths from various architectural styles and using wreaths on windows to how to design and hang to alternative shapes and materials. The main theme is to inspire you to design something that pleases you and your family.

I hope you have enjoyed the hub as much as I have to pull together. If you found this helpful or inspirational, please vote up and share.

Happy Holidays! And may all your holiday wreath design dreams come true!

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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great hub! Wonderful ideas and very appealing pictures. Thank you.

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      MsDora,

      I love greenery and then at Christmas time, I can think of no other decoration more delightful than evergreen wreaths - inside and out.

      I normally like to keep my windows clear and let the outside in but the evergreen wreaths on the window have caught my desire.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, I love this! this has really inspired me to have a go and make one! I always wanted to, but have just cheated and bought the nearest that I see in the shops, voted up and shared! nell

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Lovely ideas that can be used all over the world

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hi Nell Rose,

      Well I finally did it and add the wreaths to my windows! I will have to add the photos! I tried adding lights to the wreath but so far the wreath tangling with the lights has won over my patience - maybe next year I can add the lights too! But I must admit I do like my wreaths on my french doors - the bright red ribbon is very festive.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I always enjoy seeing you again.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Interesting reading, especially the fluffing! Where I live, in Australia, we couldn't do this, because hooligans would pinch all the wreaths. But nevermind, I enjoyed reading your hub and love the photos! Rated and voted useful. x

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Suzanne Day,

      Fascinating information - thank you for sharing. I always love hearing from you. The one place in the world I wish to return to and take my family with is Australia - amazing country.

      I finally did this on our home this year - see I had a specific purpose with this hub - will have to add in the photos sometime soon.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and voting - very much appreciate it.

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kevin, this was a fantastic hub on how to spruce up your home with a decorative wealth. I loved the options and the photos for this hub to be creative for your windows or other places to put it. I might consider doing it this year.

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      Ken Kline 7 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

      The holidays are always magical, being able to add some great decor ideas is what makes a family tradition. I still remember my Grandmother's wreaths.

      The wreaths are more than a decor item to me - they are a family tradition just as much or perhaps more so than the tree which is present focused. Celebrating the doors and entrances is akin to celebrating new seasons/opportunities in our lives.

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