Ideas for your homemade festive wreath

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13 Dec 2012

Instead of going out and buying the same old traditional Christmas wreath, why not add a personal touch to your front door and make one yourself?

Making a Christmas wreath is a great way to get your family in the festive spirit, and it is an easy way to keep the children quiet for a while.

There are hundreds of ideas for festive wreaths on the Internet, and many of them you can make using things you will already have lying around the house, and it is a great project to do with your children to get them in the festive spirit.

You can create a whimsical wreath on a pine base and adorn the centre with a metal or foam snowman or reindeer face. You can then surround them with assorted Christmas ornaments, pine cones, snowmen, assorted glitter sprays and cardboard snowflakes. Add the finishing touch by placing ribbon bows or poly mesh bows on opposite ends of the wreath.

Tip: Use a variety of coloured ribbons, like gold, red, green and white, and add texture by having a variety of patterns on the ribbon.

You can accent a wreath by using decorative ants, glitter accent pieces, red sequin ribbon, red and white polka dotted ribbon, and red ornaments.

Recycle old wine corks into a fashionable, eco-friendly wreath by spraying them a variety of colours -glue them to a circular cardboard cutout and add a few flowers for elegance.

You simply hot glue the coloured bows onto a circular cardboard cutout. As seen at design improvised, you can use gift bows stuck onto a circular frame to create a stunning wreath. If you are the kind of person who collects bows from gifts, they are perfect for this project, so it won't cost you much.

If you have a habit of buying every Christmas bauble you see, you will probably have more than enough to put together a bauble wreath. You can opt to use a cardboard, pine or styrofoam wreath, and simply glue the baubles on, adding a few ribbons to cover up any open spaces.

Wine corks are also perfect for DIY projects, as you can do so much with them. You can use them to make a rustic looking wreath, and add a bit of colour by spray painting the corks different colours or gluing other baubles onto it.

If you don't have that many corks, there are other designs that you could consider, like this one spotted on Etsy.

One of the most affordable options for making your own wreath is to use freshly cut herbs, foliage and flowers from the garden. Rosemary and lavender not only look good, they smell great and will impart their scent to your home every time to door opens.

Tip: Add a bit of a personal touch by sticking a few unique bits in there, such as red chillies or bits of candy.

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