As the crisp cool days of autumn signal the leaves to change and ripen all the pumpkin vines for picking, I set out to collect a harvest of sunflowers, berries , pumpkins , fall leaves and wild vines to make my annual holiday wreath.
(image- Holly McCraig)
I typically begin with a simple circular dried wild vine. You can find these at any hobby store or florist. You can also build a wreath from compressed hay or styrofoam.
If you only want to use dried fall leaves or silk leaves you can simply hot glue them onto this compressed hay wreath. (image – simonladybug flickr)
Wild Berries add so much color to a wreath!
(image – Sweet Morsel Flickr)
Holiday Wreaths have become a beautiful tradition to welcome guests into our homes. Wreaths have a long history dating back to the ancient cultures of Rome and Greece. The Greeks called them diadems , meaning “a thing bound around” . They worn bans of fabric to symbolize royalty . The Romans wore oak leaf garlands around their heads to exhibit honor. It has been suggested they would hang such wreaths of honor on the walls of their homes. No one knows when the transition to the door wreath came about , but it has now become a wonderful holiday tradition !
The warm inviting colors of a holiday wreath become a cheerful welcome to visitors on a chilly autumn day!
Just by mixing a couple elements with a leaf garland and berries makes for a very dramatic statement on the white barn door.
(image – absolute equine flickr)
I love the simplicity of this berry vine wreath on the blue door!
This window wreath is a creative way to highlight your interior fall decorations!
Sunflowers add a whimsical element to any fall wreath!
Dried flowers and dried corn look great on this eggplant painted door!
(image – katy flickr)
This homemade wreath made from leaves in the yard add a very personal welcoming touch!
(image – david yung flickr)
Feathers can be used to add a bit of texture and sophistication!
(image- Jenna Designs )
This wreath is contemporary and original ! Polaroid fall photos glued on to a styrofoam fabric covered wreath mold.
(image – Kathy Beymer)
I especially love the drama of the vibrant fall colors on this black front door!
(image – NC Brian flickr)
Holiday Wreaths are not just for the front door they look fabulous over the fireplace mantel !
If you want to add drama to your fall table settings place a wreath around the chandelier !
A wreath can be monochromatic like this yellow masterpiece!
(image – mezzaluna )
These deep purple berries make the fall leaves pop on this rustic wreath!
Keep in mind the color of your door , window or shutter when making a wreath. This is a nice example of mixing colors with the teal shutter.
Whatever you make , enjoy the process!
(image – Suzanne Duda)
And remember its your welcoming sign to your home!!! Enjoy!