By Katina Brady
The holidays are the perfect time of year to liven up the home with decorations, including, of course, the tree! Handmade Christmas wreaths are a wonderful way to bring the spirit of the season into the home and welcome visitors when they arrive at the door. Best of all, there are so many ideas on how to do it yourself, that it is sure to be unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.
Red, green, white and gold are colours often associated with this part of the year. The vibrant red of poinsettia flowers as they bloom adds a brilliant pop of colour to the greenery of the trees, holly and mistletoe, as well as the snow of winter. Gold is often seen as well because of the grandeur of the season, and it is a colour associated with royalty.
You don’t have to worry about sticking to any particular set of colours for decorating. It has become quite trendy to use different colour schemes at this time of the year for whatever suits your personal aesthetic. That means that you can pretty much do whatever you like. This is really great for those areas in the world where Christmas in a traditional sense doesn’t happen. For example, tropical countries will never experience snowfall and so certain aspects of the holidays don’t apply to them.
Once you have gathered together everything you need for such a project, it is not difficult to make the perfect wreath. You will need a wreath base as a foundation to build upon. You can make one yourself by cutting a doughnut shape out of wood, cardboard or even foam. However, why not save some time doing this altogether by purchasing a blank base from an art store? There are many different kinds available depending on the way you want your finished product to look.
Use a grapevine base, to make a wreath using plants and flowers. It is a good way to weave the chosen flora however you want. Keep it seasonal by using things like juniper, eucalyptus or pine cones. Larger decorations can be attached with a hot glue gun wherever there is an empty space between the greenery.
A great way to recycle old Christmas tree decorations in order to make room for a new set of ornaments on the tree is to turn the old ornaments into a new wreath. Any base can be used for this type of project as it will be completely covered anyway. Baubles and balls of different sizes are perfect to create something sparkly, fun and colourful. It becomes even more interesting if different patterns are on the baubles, or by weaving wired ribbon in and out of the loops on the baubles to create even more volume.
Fabric or paper can also be used to decorate a wreath. Using different colours, or even just one key colour, gather up folded strips of fabric to create volume and then they can be strategically glued onto the form. Burlap is a great choice for a project like this and a huge red bow can be added at the top before hanging.
You can use whiter paper with black text on it to create something monochromatic. Think about using sheet music, perhaps of Christmas carols for the season. Create bows and loops with strips of the paper and add colour with holly, or a red ribbon to hang it.