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WREATHS: A FESTIVE DECORATION YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF

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It doesn’t take much to bring a little holiday cheer into your home. A wreath is a simple way to accomplish this. You don’t have to fuss around trying to find just the right one, either. You can make one that reflects your own unique style – and it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Traditional Evergreen Wreath

If you love the traditional look, pick up a grapevine wreath at a local craft store along with some faux greenery. If you want to make it authentic, you can also use trimmings from an evergreen tree, which can easily be removed at the end of the season, when they’ve gone dry and lost their luster. Simply arrange the greens in any way you like and secure them onto the grapevine wreath with floral wire. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – the wire will make it easy for you to reposition your accent materials.

Ornament Wreath

These festive wreaths burst onto the scene several years ago and are still trending, thanks to their bold colors and modern style. All you need is a wreath form (straw, wire, or Styrofoam will work well), ornaments, a tinsel garland, a glue gun, and, depending on how you want to secure the ornaments, a few other supplies, as well. You can make an elegant monochromatic wreath, or something more funky by combining multiple colors, either randomly placed, or sectioned off like a rainbow.

Candy Cane Wreath

This is the cutest, simplest wreath you will ever see. It’s an absolute breeze to make, will barely put a dent in your pocketbook, and will brighten any room in which you hang it. You only need candy canes, ribbon, a glue gun, and a few other supplies you probably already own.

Pine Cone Wreath

This fun, natural wreath won’t run you more than a few dollars to make, since most of it is made with materials you can pick up for free from beneath a pine tree. All you need is a wreath form and glue gun and you’ve got it made. And don’t worry – if you don’t happen to have access to a pine tree, you can pick up an inexpensive bag of pine cones at most craft stores.

For more DIY holiday decorating ideas, check out the Olympus Willow Park blog.

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