How to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays With Evergreen Wreaths
How To Make Your Window Wreath Pop
Holiday decorations have evolved, from simple looks to imaginative themes and displays. Through it all, the classic wreath continues to be a celebrated statement piece for the exterior of many homes. Decorating windows with wreaths takes skill, time, and planning out the result you want to achieve. Consistent design is the key to a great display and can be accomplished by repeating colors and shapes in a tasteful manner. Make sure to look through inspiration images and plan your design before you go to the store or order anything online.
3 Easy Wreath Tips
1. Fluff the evergreens. Fluffing, yes fluffing, simply requires taking a little time to care for the evergreen sprigs. It makes a world of difference in the final result.
2. Incorporate a contrasting color. That beautiful yuletide red is sure to make the window wreath pop!
3. Add lights. Work lights into your winter display for a lovely evening look. Battery-operated lights are a new option but can be a little pricey. If you have extra time, the corded lights can work just as well with a little forethought and patience.
Read on to see the different wreath applications you can be inspired by, from classic to modern and colorful to basic. I've provided tips to help your wreaths stand out, along with playful variations you can do to make your home reflect you and your family.
Red Ribbon Wreaths
The classic red bow is something I believe all of us can relate to, so here is a great example of how to gracefully put together this holiday statement on the windows that you show to your neighborhood.
See the photo gallery above to see how other people have incorporated red ribbon into their wreaths and homes. My personal belief is that the more red ribbon you have, the more elegant and eye-catching the overall design will be.
Nancy Alexander demonstrates how to craft an inexpensive wreath with layered ribbon in the video above. She uses a wire ribbon with gold edging and a ribbon with a plaid design. The end result is simply amazing. It's a long video but trust me, it's worth every minute. Here is a summary of Nancy's tips:
- Unroll the entire roll of ribbon.
- Plan your streamers.
- Plan your layers.
- The second bow tie should be 1.5" longer than the first.
- Add a loop for the top of the bow.
- Pipe cleaners hold well and are easier on your hands.
- Position the bows to your preference.
- Cut off the excess pipe cleaner to prevent scratching your door.
- Fluff the branches to hold the ribbon more securely.
- If you get a nice quality ribbon, it will hold up well and is worth the investment.
- Place the wreath in a protected area.
- Cut the end of the ribbon in a "v" design or at an angle.
- Add in two sheer bows to expand the visual appeal.
- A common mistake is failing to tie the bows tight enough.
How to Add a Wreath on a Window
How to Hang Your Wreath on the Door
Wreath Design Variations
A classic round wreath is a popular option, but you can try to think outside the box and consider other design ideas for your exterior décor. A few options are:
- Pine swag
- Green glass ornaments and coordinating green ribbon
- Pinecone wreath with cranberries
Whatever your choice may be, your options are limited only by your imagination. See a few examples of alternative designs you can experiment with below!
How to Make a Teardrop Wreath
Speaking of unusual options, consider the elegant teardrop wreath. This shape can be done on a small or large scale depending on how much space you have and the visual impact you want the decoration to have.
A dramatic 5-foot teardrop wreath is fantastic for the front door or side lights. See how to make one with the video above!
Wreaths on Windows
We've covered a lot of wreath territory, from how to design one with bows or other elements to how to try alternative shapes and materials. The main goal is to inspire you to design something that pleases you and your family.
Are exterior decorations a form of self-indulgence? Perhaps. On the other hand, perhaps they are simply another way to celebrate the structure we call home.
Happy holidays! May all your holiday wreath dreams come true!