7 Easy, Affordable Wreaths for Any Season
The year-round passion for decorative door wreaths continues unabated. Adopt these fast, easy and affordable strategies, and you can indulge this passion without investing an inordinate amount of time or breaking the bank.
Keep things as simple and straightforward as possible. Invest in a handful of wreath forms for maximum versatility. Good options include wire frames, forms made of foam or wood, and plain grapevine, straw or wicker wreaths. Limit the range of colors and materials you use in any single wreath, but go for total coverage to boost the impact. For long-lasting wreaths that last year after year, opt for artificial materials.
Select colors and decorative elements that reflect the season, holiday or special occasion you’re celebrating, then experiment with these options:
- Adhesive Tape. Cover a foam or wood frame with solid-colored adhesive duct or washi tape. Limit yourself to one or two colors. Create a striped effect or section the wreath into thirds or fifths to create blocks of alternating color. Try red and white stripes for Christmas, orange and black bands for Halloween, or pastel colors for a baby shower.
- Blossoms. Cover all visible portions of the wreath form with tightly packed flower blossoms. Stick to one color and one type of flower such as red roses, yellow rose buds, hydrangeas, daffodils, and skip the greenery. Done right, this approach creates a lush, high-end look.
- Buttons. Raid your button stash, buy some at a garage sale or purchase quantities at a craft or fabric store. Glue buttons to a flat wood form or string them on invisible fishline or metallic cord and wrap them around the form until the visible surface is fully covered.
- Feathers. Working around the wreath form, apply feathers in overlapping layers until the entire form is coated. For a full, sumptuous look, position the feathers closely together and leave little space between the layers. For a lighter, airier look, space layers an inch or two apart.
- Fruits. Substitute fruit for blossoms, but follow the basic strategy. Select one color and cover the entire wreath form with one fruit, closely packed together. Try apples, lemons, limes, mandarin oranges, pears, persimmons or petite gourds.
- Greenery. Opt for a single type of greenery, and again, completely cover the wreath frame or base. Good options include boxwood, eucalyptus, holly, ivy, lavender leaves or magnolia leaves.
- Metal. Wrap decorative metallic mesh, ribbon, tape or strips of aluminum foil around the wreath in overlapping layers until the form is entirely covered.
For a clean, uncluttered look hang your wreath as-is, or dial up the effect by adding a large, lavish bow and suspending the wreath from a matching loop of ribbon.