Give a standard evergreen wreath a sweet touch. Start with a boxwood wreath, purchased or made by inserting boxwood sprigs into a damp floral foam wreath base. Add hypericum berries and hydrangea blooms from a flower shop and candy and berries from a crafts store. Hang the wreath with the ribbon used to form a bow.
Go from naturally neutral to bright and merry by spray-painting a purchased or homemade pinecone wreath (hot-glue and wire pinecones onto a foam ring). When dry, use floral wire to attach sticks of berries and pine, and wrap with ribbon. Embroidered fabric hangs behind ours, but a table runner works, too.
To make this pretty red-and-white decoration, hot-glue small candy canes to cover a 12-inch white foam wreath form. Hot-glue tiny ball ornaments on randomly. Wire on a big bow. Display inside.
Wrap floral foam with bands of winter colors, using your favorite materials for a creative wreath.
To start, cover a 10- to 12-inch ring of floral foam with white cotton batting. Add materials you have on hand or find at crafts stores--we used snowflake ornaments, ribbon, pinecones and branches, mittens, icicle garland and silver-painted leaves and berries.
Traditional colors and a mix of fresh greens show off the natural materials in this wreath. Lush and abundant, it starts with bittersweet vine for the base.
Take a nature hike to find natural additions to tuck in, such as cedar, blue juniper, pine and deep green yew. Purchased pear ornaments and a faux nest from the crafts store mix up the wreath's scale and texture. Two bows--one in traditional Christmas plaid and the other a sumptuous golden satin--add festive sparkle. Wire or hot-glue everything in place.
Inexpensive cookie cutters create a fun and easy-to-make door decoration.
Arrange cookie cutters inside a shape drawn on paper. Each cutter should have contact points with another. Join contact points with a paper clip or wire, and spray paint if you like. Top with a ribbon.
Add a special touch to an evergreen wreath with "Merry Christmas" handwritten on a burlap bow.
White foam snowballs, soft feathers, crystalline snowflake ornaments and ice-blue ribbons reflect the cool beauty of a Midwest winter.
Begin with a hard white foam circle (ours was 21 inches wide). Use a white feather boa to cover the foam, attaching it with U-shape pieces of wire. Add ice-blue satin bows, and tuck in snowflake ornaments. To finish, spray hard white foam balls with artificial snow to resemble snowballs, and place them into the wreath with florist's picks.
To make this festive wreath, pictured on the cover of our November/December 2013 issue, start by wiring a loop of picture-hanging wire around the top of a 12-inch white foam wreath form. Hot-glue round peppermint candies to cover inside and outside edges. Hot-glue small candy canes to cover front, alternating hook ends to fill better. Hot-glue more round candies on top of canes. Use polyurethane spray to seal.
A handful of large candy canes hot-glued at the base gives you a place to wire on a red-and-white striped bow. Display indoors.
An 18-inch wire star form serves as the foundation for this beautiful nut-studded wreath. Wrap wire form with 12 yards of 9-inch-wide woven ribbon and hot-glue in place. Glue mixed nuts to the form, then glue fresh, fragrant bay leaves around the perimeter behind the nuts.
Show off the natural beauty of moss on a contemporary square wreath crafted from floral foam. Add sparkle with mini-ornaments.
To add Christmas cheer to an evergreen wreath, wire on a vintage or new Santa figurine and an assortment of colorful ornaments.
Create this pretty wreath with curling ribbon. Just cut equal-length strips of ribbon, tie them tightly around an embroidery hoop and curl away!
On this slide and the 3 following ones are four ways to spruce up a plain evergreen wreath. Here: Weave sprigs of lighter green leaves and berries, such as seeded eucalyptus, into the wreath.
Accent traditional wreaths with yarn and ribbons, or do something completely different using cookie cutters.
With a large needle, string colorful gundrops on fishing line to create a long garland. Wind around an evergreen wreath, securing with floral wire.
Spray one side of whole star anise (look for this at gourmet markets) with spray adhesive, then dip into a bowl of very fine glitter. Let dry, then wire onto an evergreen wreath.
Accordion-fold lengths of ¼- to 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbon, then tie tightly at the center with ribbon or floral wire. Snip along the folds with scissors, fan out and wire each to an evergreen wreath.
Handfuls of fresh curly willow branches and red dogwood provide a perch for cardinals and groupings of red-hue ornaments. A bright vintage ribbon droops gracefully at the bottom.
Dried lotus pods become creative holiday decorations on this inventive wreath. Hot-glue green sheet moss to a 9-inch foam wreath form, then glue about two dozen lotus pods to the wreath, clustering several pods in groups. Glue fresh bay leaves, fresh lemon leaves and arvorvitae sprigs in the moss around the pods.
Hang a lantern in the center of an evergreen wreath and top with an eyecatching bow. Add a battery-powered candle inside the lantern for a soft night glow.
Hand-painted red-and-white foam balls embellish this evergreen wreath. Get a similar look by using any of your favorite ornaments; use florist's picks to place the balls in the wreath.
If you want to make balls like those shown, paint the balls with patching plaster, gesso and then sealer. Sand between coats with 100-grit, 150-grit and then 400-grit paper (use a foam sheet as a drying rack). Finish with acrylic paint and varnish, then sand with 400-grit paper.
Add your own touch to an evergreen wreath by crafting pieces of "candy" from felt or other material you have at home. Tie with red twine or ribbon.
Gather the vintage materials for this sparkling wreath from your family jewelry box, flea markets or vintage stores.
Choose jewelry in one color, or base your design on clear pieces with just a dash of red and green for holiday dazzle. Wrap a wreath form in pretty ribbon or fabric, then hot-glue or pin jewelry pieces in place. Finish with a luxurious satin bow.
Fresh cranberries and branches of redtwig dogwood create a festive, natural-looking wreath.
Wire red-twig dogwood branches into a circle, letting some stems stick out. Pop fresh cranberries on the tips. Thread cranberries on a long string, looping it around the wreath. Finishing touches: silver ball ornaments and greenery.
Fill out a store-bought grapevine wreath with materials from your yard, a crafts store and florist's shop. Midwest Living® featured this wreath on the December 2004 cover.
Tuck in fresh greens, wired pinecones, dried flowers, leaves, pods and half a dozen fresh roses in water-filled floral tubes. Add a quick accent by spray-painting pinecones in a coordinating color and piling them nearby in various pretty vases or planters.
This wreath, which appeared on the December 2005 cover of Midwest Living®, contains an ornament vase so fresh flowers can be changed throughout the season.
Start with a 14-inch floral foam wreath frame (we used Oasis brand) submerged in water to hydrate. Fill with short sprigs of fresh greens, flowers and filler. Add 1-inch Christmas balls wired to floral picks. Wire an ornament (with top cap removed) or an inverted tree topper to the bottom of the wreath. Fill with water and add flowers of your choice.
These lush boxwood wreaths stand out because of their shape and materials.
The colors are expected—reds, golds and greens—but the square shape gives the wreaths a surprising update. Artichokes and guava stand out on the wreath, as well as the dramatic bow.
Dress up a 9-inch square boxwood wreath with Seckle pears, seeded eucalyptus and faux berry sprigs.
To make this wreath, cut wooden skewers to 5-inch lengths and push a skewer in the bottom of each pear. Place hot glue on skewers and push into wreath. Insert sprigs of seeded eucalyptus and faux berries around pears and secure with hot glue.
Sugar cookies make a cheerful decoration on this wreath, which appeared on the December 1999 Midwest Living® cover.
Shape cookies like stars and tie to a boxwood holiday wreath with organdy ribbon. We don't recommend eating the cookies after they've been on the wreath, but do sample some fresh and save the extras--they're delicious!
Star cookie wreath 
Add an easy-to-make wreath to your outdoor decor with this simple, starry design.
Add a spray of chenille stems and precut wood stars to an evergreen circle. Wrap a length of bead garland loosely around the bottom.
This charmer, hung with a simple ribbon, bursts with color.
Create this wreath by hot-gluing artificial berry picks into a plastic-foam ring. The more berries you use, the fuller the wreath.
Purchase the ingredients for this wreath on your weekly trek to the supermarket. Stock up on an assortment of greens: variations in color, shape, and texture lend richness to the finished cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. Our wreath includes artichokes, asparagus, peppers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, grapes, tomatilloes, and miniature limes -- all attached with long pins or florist's picks.
Make this lovely wreath, featured on the December 2003 cover of Midwest Living®, with juniper, cranberries and two varieties of fresh roses.
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Create a homemade wreath with pinecones and bright orange kumquats. Starting with the larger pinecones and kumquats, hot-glue the items in a pattern along a wire form wreath. Top with a bow and fill the mantel with small pine branches to complement the wreath.
Wreaths with fresh fruit are an American colonial tradition.
Use a 12-inch metal ring for a base, 18 to 20 kumquats, several sprigs of medium-size broadleaf greens and 26-gauge wire to attach the fruit and leaves.