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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Hocus Pocus' roses, in luscious red tinged in yellow, mingle with fresh juniper in this sweetly fragrant floral wreath. Matte and glossy ornaments feature two shades of red and provide a charming counterpoint to the bright green lilygrass wound throughout.
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!
Ivy dresses up a variety of holiday decorations, such as this wreath featured on the December 2000 cover of Midwest Living®.
Eight Manda's Crested ivy plants, accented with ribbon and jewel-tone ornaments, adorn a 21-inch topiary wreath. Manda's Crested ivy is easy to grow indoors; the plants have star-shape leaves that grow curly, full and bushy, ideal for a wreath or hanging basket.
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.