We’re going to tell you a secret: A Christmas wreath is the most important holiday decoration in your Christmas decorating kit. (Not including your beautifully decorated Christmas tree, of course.) We love our DIY wreaths and Christmas door decorations as much as we love the Christmas lights scattered around our front porch, but nothing adds that extra touch of Christmas magic like a wreath. . Fresh or artificial greenery is one of the easiest ways to add a festive touch to your home in December, and when you keep them until January, no one will blink because garlands are just so beautiful! The best part is that they are usually cheaper than wreaths, especially if you make your own.
When it comes to Christmas wreaths, there are so many different ways to style them. You can hang a string of garlands on your holiday mantel for a totally classic style. Or, you can go all out and decorate the hall, porch, windows and doors with garlands to make a stunning first impression for all your Christmas party guests. If you want to take the out-of-the-box approach and skip the greenery altogether, we’ve also rounded up some fun and kid-approved DIYs, like a candy wreath. No matter how you decorate this year, remember to have fun with these ideas and make them your own.
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This project is something you can do with your kids! Tie lollipops in heart or cane shapes and tie on colorful yarn or rope to make a truly edible garland.
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Don’t just swag, wrap a fresh wreath around the outer post for a very pleasant welcome.
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Want to make your own wreath? Bundle 12″ long fresh cedar and vine branches and use green wire to secure them together. Repeat until you have enough time to get around the door frame. Use the green thread to tie the bundles together in an overlapping fashion. Hang on doorways with nails or hooks and add berries or pine cones.
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To string your own, all you need is a navel and blood orange, parchment paper, two cookie sheets, jute or natural twine, skewers or nails, and a decorative hook. Read on for full instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
2. Slice oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch slices (four oranges make a six-foot wreath).
3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pat the orange slices dry with a paper towel and place them in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
4. Bake for about 3 hours or until dry. (To make sure the slices are dry and flat, turn them over at the center mark.) Remove from the oven.
5. Use a fork or nail to poke two holes in the top of each orange slice.
6. Run twine through each hole to evenly space the oranges on the wreath. Tie each end with a loop and hang from the hook.
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If your living room decor is mostly white, choose an oversized wreath with neutral tones to create a dramatic focal point on your mantel.
A fresh pine and cedar wreath sits in this all-white kitchen.
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This craft uses real fruit! The Bridger family made this wreath as a tribute to the neighboring orchard. To recreate it, use a fork to poke a hole in the apple, near the center, then thread the wire through the fruit and secure the wire to the wreath. Bridgers works with Fraser firs.
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In our opinion, every room could use a little bit of Christmas cheer! Christine and Gabe Bridger make sure every room is filled with holiday decor—even their bathroom. Here, they line the long mirrors with a simple string of greenery.
Has your family stopped wearing old gloves? Take inspiration from Michigan homeowner Christine Bridger, who sources vintage pieces online and at flea markets year-round, and uses a large needle to thread the yarn through the top of the hand warmer. (Fix with knots if desired.)
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This stunning centerpiece for a Christmas table starts with a gorgeous lighted garland and ends with a fun bottlebrush tree and charming house.
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Cookie Tree Candy Wreath Ideas
For an extra sweet Christmas wreath, decorate a stack of old-fashioned cookie jars with a candy belt.
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Hang your favorite greens, twinkling lights, and pine cones to create a lush, sparkling arrangement that you can then add to cabins, cabinets, entertainment centers, mantels, and more.
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Vintage state flags add color and personal style to this entry wreath.
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Decorate your mantel with greenery—try cedar, boxwood, and holly—for a mixed-texture fragrance. Nestlé’s artificial bird’s nest incorporates greenery to bring the outdoors indoors.
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Sweeten the garland of the stairs with a welcome gift! Treat overnight guests by hanging coffee mugs filled with candy and hot cocoa mix from a garland of railings.
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A cozy living room is made even more cosy, with an evergreen wreath on the mantelpiece adorned with sparkling English. Feed bag stockings add to the rustic farmhouse vibe.
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Combine your favorite greenery with sweet and spicy gingerbread decorations for an aromatic display. Decorate your kitchen cabinets, pantry, bookshelves and more with your homemade garland.
Mirror Christmas Wreath Ideas
Add fragrant greenery to your bathroom to add color and Christmas aroma.
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Get inspired by these Midwestern farmhouse owners to add some Christmas flair to your drab furniture. They pulled up a wreath in the center of the linen hut and decorated it with pretty baubles.
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Fireplace Advent Calendar Garland
Let your guests play Santa for a day! Instead of candy, fill an Advent calendar bag with your guest’s name and let St. Nick choose the day’s activities, from caroling to making cookies.
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A 36-foot Orford Harbor cedar skewer hangs from this bunk bed for a festive look. For a loose, casual effect, leave the wreath up to a foot on the floor.
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Layered Christmas Wreath
Use a pretty star wreath to complement the one hanging from the mantel.
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Snowy Christmas Wreath Ideas
Santa’s Sleigh Garland
Add a festive touch to any room in your home with a delicate wreath. Jumping reindeer drag Santa’s sleigh through a child’s bedroom in this adorable display.
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Two-inch thick twine with a mercury glass flip-top trim lends a nautical look to the classic garland.
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Artificial Christmas Wreath
Twist a pine cone wreath with mixed berries for a rustic Christmas decoration.
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Ross stuffed his holiday decorations with gold garlands to help unify his mantelpiece.
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Classic Christmas Wreath
Rather than tying their wreaths together, the Beekman Boys, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge draped it to add a dramatic accent to their living room.
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Fresh white flowers and greenery create a surprising chill effect, minus the cold. White dove ornaments are combined with amaryllis, carnations and orchids on Tannenbaum sprayed white.
Simple Garland Ideas for the Kitchen
Bring holiday cheer to your kitchen with manicured rosemary plants, evergreen branches, and bold decorations.
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Stout Sugar Pine Cone Swag secures the mixed cone garland above the fireplace. Make it yourself using a variable speed drill and braided painting thread. Place the inverted cone into the urn to create the pine cone trimming area.
A garland around the door frame beckons guests into the dining room. This theme is echoed in the room, above the fireplace and on the fruit-dappled mantel.
The garland doesn’t just have to be made of evergreens – the boxwood here adds a Christmas vibe to this living room window.
For a pretty tablecloth, all you need is a garland.
Christmas Wreath Curb Appeal
A mix of fresh green garlands ensures this lovely house will stand out during the holiday season.
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