Even if it is the only outdoor Christmas decoration you have, a wreath on your front door always sets a warm and welcoming tone to your family and guests. You can make your own wreath or decoration with fresh or artificial items.
Fresh wreaths and front door decorations
If you live in a part of the country where fir trees grow naturally you can go gather small fir branches to use in your wreath. If this is not available in your area then check where fresh cut Christmas trees are sold. Don’t forget nurseries and sometimes even produce markets in your area. Sometimes you may be able to take some broken branches for free or you can purchase very inexpensively.
To make a wreath you may want to buy a foam ring from either a craft store or a florists shop. Break your branches down into smaller pieces and push the ends into the foam ring. Continue to do this until you can no longer see the foam. You can also mix some holly branches in with your fir branches. If you have difficulty getting your branches to stay in the foam you can use florists wire and tape.
Cut the wire into smaller pieces and attach to the end of your fir or holly piece with green florist tape and then push the end of the wire into the foam. You can also add pine cones to your wreath using this same method. Once you have covered your foam ring you can add some splashes of color to your wreath with a variety of decorations or leave it as natural as you like and simply add a bow made from wide festive colored ribbon.
An even easier fresh front door decoration is made with three small fir branches or boughs. Make each piece slightly shorter and match the three ends together and secure with craft wire. Take two gold or silver Christmas tree balls and string a thin piece of ribbon to them and secure the end of the ribbon to the bound wire end of your boughs. Take wide ribbon and wrap it around the bound end to conceal the wire. Make a pretty bow to match your ribbon and hang on your front door. It’s so easy and inexpensive.
Artificial materials for your front door decorations
Your wreath or other front door decorations can also be made from artificial materials you purchase from a craft store such as Michaels or the craft department of Walmart. If you make your wreath or decorations from artificial materials you can carefully pack them away at the end of the season for use again and again for years to come.
Be creative with your Christmas decorations and include the kidsIf you have children or grandchildren let them help you in gathering the supplies you will need and making your decorations. Children are naturally creative and will love to participate in this craft with you. Make some hot chocolate and have lots of Christmas cookies on hand. Ask for their suggestions are what to add to your wreath. You will truly enjoy the time you spend and create wonderful memories for years to come.