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It might be the most wonderful time of the year but it can also be surprisingly stressful if you're of a certain inclination. I'm talking about those of us who really like to make an extra effort at Christmas of course, those of us who could not possibly be satisfied with a knee-high Christmas tree and a plastic Santa on the front lawn. Christmas is the perfect excuse for us to ‘go all out' and let our freak flags fly with elaborate decorations that really embody the warm, inclusive nature of the season and what says Christmas more than a colorful door wreath?
The wreath is the classic decoration that is as synonymous with Christmas as mistletoe and mulled wine. It's also the first thing your guests will see before entering your home and as we all know how important first impressions can be, so it's vital that your wreath makes the right impression. You could have a veritable Santa's grotto waiting behind the door, but if your wreath isn't up to scratch it all counts for nought.
As beautiful and inviting as ‘traditional' wreaths (the pine leaves, the bells, baubles and red ribbons) can be however, as a Christmas ‘enthusiast' surely you'll want your own wreath to have a little something more about it? Something that reflects your personality, your passion for the season and your creative flair? Here we'll be examining 5 original, creative Christmas wreath design ideas that will really make the entrance to your very own winter wonderland stand out this holiday season.
Cinnamon Stick Wreath
The smell of cinnamon is one of the most ‘Christmassy' smells in the bastion of great ‘Christmassy' smells so why not utilize the source and make a wreath from cinnamon sticks? The rustic, natural golden brown color of cinnamon is incredibly attractive and obviously the smell is a nice added bonus. Try finishing the wreath off with a subtle, decorative bow but make sure all the the sticks are secure as if one stick comes apart from the rest it could have a domino effect and cause the rest to do likewise.
If you're particularly skilled at knitting or sewing, putting your skills to use on a Christmas wreath surely wouldn't be much of a stretch? Making a fabric wreath couldn't be simpler if you already have the basics down. Simply start with a cardboard ring and wrap small sections of knitted or sewn fabric around it. You could really let your creative spirit shine here and the wreath can of course be as eclectic or subtle as you desire. Fabric will generally be more durable than other materials as well so (unless we have a particularly bad Winter) you might be able to use it more than one Christmas.
Christmas Card Wreath
If you've been particularly popular this year and don't have anywhere else to put them, Christmas cards can prove surprisingly quirky building material for your wreath. Take a ring of thick, durable string or pipe cleaners and attach a ring of clothes pegs. On the end of each peg, attach a christmas card facing outwards and when you've connected enough you'll have a beautiful wheel of Christmas cheer. Top the wreath off with a subtle bow and only hang it in decent weather as heavy winds or rain could really damage the cards.
A nice unconventional one to end on. We all know how the song goes, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, and whilst nuts might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Christmas, there is an unmistakable connection. Biding a collection of nuts together using glue as a bonding tool, try making a circular wreath of walnuts and chestnuts. The textures and colors unmistakably scream ‘Christmas' and with the whole thing set off by a red bow, the contrast between the soft brown and the bright reds will be genuinely delightful.
Nobody said you had to be creative of course as for some it just isn't Christmas without an old fashioned pine wreath decorated in golds and reds. Christmas is (after all) a season built on classic tradition.