Do you have a wreath on your front door? They offer such a warm welcome to guests, so I love to use wreaths for every season and every holiday.
The history of wreaths, as we know them today, actually dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. Handmade wreaths (akin to today’s boho flower crowns) were worn as headdresses and signaled a person’s occupation, rank, achievements, and status. The most famous of these were the laurel wreaths, which were used to crown victors of the ancient Greco-Roman Olympic Games.
Today, however, you don’t need to become an Olympian to enjoy a beautiful wreath! Since fall is just around the corner, I will soon be adding a burst of fiery fall foliage to my entranceway. But, there are many, many more ideas to add a finishing touch to your front door. Here are just a few of my favorite wreaths for every season!
Twig or grapevine wreaths. These are so easy to make! Simply purchase a prefab grapevine wreath and adorn with faux fall leaves, small pumpkins and a bow. Easily complete in 15 minutes.
Burlap wreath. I have long admired this style on Pinterest! Although these look complicated to make, they are actually quite simple and take under 10 minutes to create. They require only some inexpensive wide burlap ribbon and a wire wreath frame. Many tutorials are available on YouTube.
Monogram wreath. Wooden monograms are available at your local craft supply store or support an artist on Etsy. Add to any boxwood, twig, or green wreath and you instantly have a sleek, sophisticated and very personal wreath.
Boxwood wreath. This traditional material really stands the test of time. Freeze dried boxwood is pricey, but there are many faux versions available today that are incredibly realistic. Add a giant red bow for a classic look.
Themed wreath. Adding themed items to a lush evergreen wreath creates instant interest and a conversation starter for guests. Ideas to try include a battalion of tiny nutcrackers, vintage toys, travel souvenirs, and even diminutive children’s books. The only limit is your imagination!
All White. After the holidays, I often get the post-holiday blues. So, employing an all white decorating scheme lifts my spirits a bit when January rolls around. A white wreath in flocked evergreen looks festive, and is something of a visual “palate cleanser” after the exuberant colors of the holidays.
Snowman Wreath. A simple combination of three wreaths in ascending sizes, complete with hat and scarf always makes me smile.
Egg Wreath. Although you could make one, these are an inexpensive purchase at a craft store. And, what better way to herald spring than with a wreath bursting with eggs in soft pastels such as pale pink, mint green and robin’s egg blue?
Spring Flower Wreath. Using a twig or grapevine wreath as a base, twine garland of bright spring flowers (available at any craft store or even the Dollar Store). Top with a bow, or leave as a simple circle. No time? No problem. Commercial Silk International offers some of the most gorgeous spring wreaths I’ve seen.
Birdhouse Wreath. I have a weakness for birdhouses or all shapes and sizes. And, a rustic twig wreath that gently nestles a birdhouse at its center is a charming addition to a country farmhouse… or a city condo!
Shell Wreath. Whether you live near the ocean or 1000 miles from a sandy shore, summer is the time to showcase your seashell collection. Shells wreaths require time, patience, and often a lot of shells! This is one best left to the experts. The good news is that wreaths made of seashells can last forever.
Flip Flop Wreath. Take one twig wreath, add a selection of inexpensive, colorful flip flops, and voila! Instant summer.
Jute Wrapped Nautical Wreath. All that’s required is a circular foam form and jute twine. Simply wrap the form and adhere with hot glue or craft glue. For a rustic look, stick with natural twine. For a more nautical flair, use blue and white or red and white to mimic a classic life preserver!
Want to opt for something other than a traditional circle? Here are a few more ideas for wreaths for every season and show-stopping front doors that are sure to impress guests:
- Half basket filled with summer flowers
- Oversized monogram
- Umbrella filled with spring flowers
- Crossed oars (bolt together in center)
- Ice skates filled with winter branches and pine cones
- Bunches of colorful fall corn
- Half watering can (available at craft stores) filled with spring flowers
- Rustic signage
- Children’s colorful galoshes filled with spring flowers
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