Monday, December 9, 2013

Creative Wreaths To Celebrate The Season

No need to be tied to traditional plain pine wreaths this season when there is a wealth of products and ideas for fun, whimsical, stunning alternatives. Take a look!

These simple but effective wreaths are made from everyday household edibles. I love how the jumbo and small marshmallows evoke snow, and the popcorn is reminiscent of childhoods spent by the fire, stringing popcorn to hang from the tree!

Another beautiful food wreath is this stunning piece made from brussels sprouts. Here on the coast in Northern California, the sprouts are everywhere since they are grown in the fields a little below us, and this is their season.

Natural elements are still a welcome ingredient in seasonal wreaths and here are some great ideas for using natural items in a sort of non-traditional way. Dried lotus pods, reindeer moss (on a square frame!), and a mix of pine cones and apples bring interesting texture while still evoking warm associations with the holidays.

Apropos of my last post about theme trees for the holidays, this seaside themed wreath is a gorgeous mix of white dune grasses, and pale blue and white shells and starfish. Imagine a coordinating tree studded with starfish and blue, green, and white lights...

via Pier 1

These next four are for you Modernists out there.. you know who you are...

You can learn how to make this marvelous clear glass ornament wreath at Curbly, here.

via Curbly

This minimal copper construction is based on the classic Finnish Himmeli holiday mobiles (from the German word himmel, or sky), hung from ceilings and made from straw.


It can't get easier: this wreath consists of pretty paper crimped, fan-folded, and gathered together in a wreath shape!

And finally, for the Steampunk in all of us, this creative wreath is composed of gears of all shapes and sizes!

And what post about wreaths would be complete without an idea from Martha Stewart. Click here to learn how to bake these simple gingerbread men and string them together for a fragrant holiday decoration!

Happy designing and happy holidays!

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