Think this year you need to dig out great Aunt Sally’s chipped pinecone wreath or purchase yet another cookie-cutter holly-and-berry door decorator? Does the idea of one more plaid ribbon door hanger with six strategic jingle bells sound about as exciting as a bowl of cold oatmeal?
How about calling the gang over to make your own special wreaths using dried cranberries, raffia, silk flowers and pearls from the hobby store, pompoms, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, a little “frost” (white spray paint and glitter) and more! Or what about personalizing them with family photos, favorite objects, or making themed wreaths for kitchen, bath, and office? These ideas for unique wreaths you won’t find in any store and that you can make together, display, or give as gifts, will have friends and family thinking it’s the best Christmas ever!
Using bases made of stretched wire coat hangers, grapevine or smilax wreath forms, Styrofoam or a multitude of other bases (search online or visit your local craft store for ideas), personalizing an exciting holiday wreath is limited only by your imagination.
For College Station, Texas, stay-at-home mom Sue Stromberg, a gift for a best friend who loves to garden made the holiday wreath idea easy. Starting with wide white velvet ribbon which she wrapped and secured to a Styrofoam wreath form with a hot glue gun, Stromberg bought and glued a variety of silk flowers in red, green, and white, as well as festive silver-colored preserved roses which she augmented with glitter. A burst of greenery at the sides gave the wreath dimension, and a delighted friend’s reaction made the effort worthwhile, said Stromberg, who didn’t consider herself the most craft-savvy person on her block. In fact it worked out so well, her friend asked for some pointers which turned into a group wreath-making event – over fresh holiday treats and cocoa, of course!
In Tampa, Florida, recent Michigan transplants Ann and Don Carpenter wanted to thank their new neighbors for making their transition so easy. Hosting a wreath party, in addition to wreath forms and hot glue guns, the Carpenters set out mounds of greenery, spools of ribbon in red, green, and white, bows, fabric, pinecones, loose jingle bells in different sizes, floral wire, dried fruit, candy canes, and cans of silver, gold, and white spray paint. They encouraged each party guest to bring something to personalize their wreath: family photos; old Christmas cards that held particular significance (why hide them away when you can display them on a wreath?); an ornament that might also look great on a wreath instead of the tree this year.
“Our new neighbors had a terrific time, saying they’d never done anything like this before,” said Ann. “Though none of us was an expert, we got to explore our ‘inner Christmas Picassos’ and take home the results!”
Whether you’re searching for a creative wreath for your home or gift-giving ideas for others, wreath-making can bring out your own inner Christmas art virtuoso. Online tutorials abound and chances are your local crafts store can provide materials and instruction ideas. Adding friends to the mix makes for a fun, inspiring, maybe even unforgettable, holiday party!