For a textural approach, wrap twine, in assorted colors and thicknesses, around a foam wreath form. Use glue to attach the end of the twine to the back of the wreath, and embellish with felt holly leaves and berries.
Reinvent empty frames as illuminated sculptures with the addition of colored lights. For indoor use, standard vintage-style lights can be used to wrap wall-hung frames, placed near outlets. To help disguise extension cords, consider grouping several frames vertically, tucking the cord behind each frame, then into outlets near the bottom of the wall. For outdoor use, such as a repurposed wreath alternative placed on a front door, it's best to use battery-operated lights.
Try a new kind of holiday wreath this year. Use all-natural materials found around the kitchen and yard to form an icy decorative element for an outdoor space. To make this wreath you'll need: a Bundt cake pan; tree cuttings; berries; pine fronds; dried flowers; ribbon; a freezer; water; a penny nail; and a hammer.
Large columns and a dentil-molding pediment frame a grand entry to this home. A beadboard-style wood door adds a touch of vintage style, while the ornate door handle provides much elegance. A traditional evergreen and pinecone wreath is the perfect final touch.
A wreath with real cotton is illuminated by vintage lanterns on an Atlanta front door. Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan with Trinity Mercantile & Design Co. in Decatur, Ga., used cotton and magnolia leaves as natural elements in the front entryway and throughout the home for their MIssissippi-themed holiday decor.
Instead of the basic round wreath, try a square version this holiday season. Add organic texture and bold green flair to the wreath form by covering it with moss. Punch up the contrast with faux cranberries or small glass ornaments.
Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath. Just wrap sections of rope with fine-gauge wire, working it between the rope's twists, then shape into letters to spell out a favorite holiday sentiment.
Designer Marian Parsons creates a stunning holiday wreath from Christmas fruits and natural embellishments. "Adding fresh fruit and collected pinecones to an artificial wreath lends a more natural look," she says. "When hung outside, cold weather will keep fruit fresh for a couple of weeks."