Why do we hang a Christmas Wreath every year as a decoration for the holidays? Centuries ago, in the dead of winter, the only sign of greenery were the evergreens that stood as a green backdrop to the snowy landscape. They were woven into a circle to demonstrate the cyclical nature of the seasons and are symbolic of life. That was the beginning of the Christmas wreath tradition.
We recently provided you with an idea on how to use smaller, DIY holiday wreaths using paper plates. Today we are giving you ways to decorate a larger Christmas wreath to show off your creativity and have some fun at the same time.
Making Large Christmas Wreath Decorations For A Door
Christmas Wreath Supplies:
- Large artificial Christmas wreath of any size, or smaller ones for children,
- Light weight non-breakable ornaments and holiday decorations
- Holiday ribbon, plant wire or decorative pipe cleaners.
Note: Keep the ornaments and ribbon size in proportion with the size of the wreath being used.
Step 1: You have several choices for using the ribbon and decorating your Christmas wreath. You can tie one large or several small bows and attach to the Christmas wreath using the plant wire or pipe cleaners. You may also wrap the ribbon at an angle around the wreath, leaving some green wreath between the ribbon.
Step 2: Cut the plant wire long enough to go around the wreath plus an inch or two and secure an ornament or other holiday decoration every couple of inches. Alternate placement of the decorations so they are not in a line. You can use a glue gun but wire secures the decorations more securely to the wreath and you don’t have to worry about burning yourself. However, if you are attaching breakable ornaments, you may want to use super glue or a glue gun to secure the ornament cap to the ornament.
Step 3: Now, it is time to add smaller items such as bells, flowers, and other holiday decor. These should go in between the ornaments or decorative items to fill in the spaces. I have seen some wreaths totally covered and others where the green of the wreath shows through and either way they look beautiful.
Step 4: Finally, use a Christmas wreath hanger to hang from your front door. Or, if you are decorating your home, use a ribbon to hang from a staircase railing.
Christmas Wreath Tips:
- Making a Christmas wreath is a great way to refresh or salvage outdated wreaths that you may already own. Carefully remove the unwanted decorations and prepare to create your masterpiece!
- Craft stores sell floral picks. They have a small artificial decoration on one end and a green stem on the other end. They come in a variety of styles and colors and work well for inserting into Styrofoam, planters, and wreaths.
- Choose colors that coordinate together or to match a room’s color scheme.
- Themed wreaths are very popular yet unique Christmas decorations. Decorate your Christmas wreath all in angels, fruits and berries, poinsettias, musical instruments, flowers, ornaments, Santas, or any hobby. There is no limit to what can be used to create a personalized wreath!
- Be sure that the depth of your Christmas wreath doesn’t exceed the distance between your door and storm door.
Remember when you hang your Christmas wreath this year that you are more than simply decorating. You are symbolically showing a celebration of life and the little things that make it special with friends and family.