December 17, 2019
Give visitors, guests and trolling carolers a warm welcome this holiday season, starting with the way you decorate your front door! Everything’s a palette during Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah and New Year’s. It really is the most wonderful time of the year and we’re pulling out all the stops to show you how to create a seasonal mood, starting at the entrance to your home!
Traditional Wreaths of Wood and Greenery
Wreaths are an easy go-to, starting with the basic ring of greenery or grapevines. Take a look at some of these Pinterest photos and videos for inspiration, then head to Hobby Lobby for a Lamb’s Ear, pine, magnolia leaves, boxwood, Eucalyptus or mini cedar wreath and grab your glue gun!
You’ll get some ideas from this gallery of images from Country Living, and come away with your own plan of attack to start arranging pinecones, ornaments, lights, ribbons and berries. And don’t hesitate to add extra sprigs and fronds, tucked in at opportune spaces!
Nothing could be simpler than this boxwood wreath with three red bows cradling three brass jingle bells from Woman’s Day. Find 20 more of the magazine’s ideas for your front, side or back door.
Wreaths are a common holiday door décor, but so are swags and garland. Burlap ribbon has a decidedly rustic feel but looks quite gussied up when glitter is applied!
Check out this Magnolia and Burlap swag, that begins with cedar, magnolia leaves, dried oranges and pinecones. Country Living offers 80 wreath, garland and swag ideas – for indoors and out – and over windows, too!
Non-Traditional Festive Wreaths for Your Front Door
If you want to veer off the traditional greenery or twig and branch wreath path, check out the wreath of bows from Design Improvised. Blogger Haeley took red, burgundy, tan, white and green bows of various sizes and glued them to a straw wreath (14 inches). Her photo tutorial is easy to follow and the entire effect is stunningly inexpensive. The wreath cost her just about $15.
Blogger Kelly at Studio DIY took shiny pink, turquoise, silver and gold ornaments, (plus a couple of pink flamingos!) and created a non-traditional bauble wreath. Some of the ornaments are odd-shaped, and we think there are a few colored lightbulbs peeking out from in between the balls! If you have the time, take Kelly’s Holiday Home Tour to see what she’s done to adorn her living space.
If you’ve ever worked with yarn and just like the feel of strands between your fingers, you’ll like the feel of wool yarn’s second cousin — felt — as you twirl these 200 “roses” for your fabulous felt wreath! From Woman’s Day – along with 20 more do-them-yourself wreaths – you can follow suggested color palettes, or create your own!
Kate at Censational Style is a renovator, decorator, and world-traveling designer. This wrapping paper wreath she made to hang in front of the glass doors of a (also holiday decorated) china cabinet is time consuming, but super easy to make. Kate says all you have to do is pick your paper, find a Styrofoam ring, and start rolling tubes of paper to glue to it!
Not surprisingly, DIY Network decorates more than the front door! From among the 10 front porch vignettes, we especially like the gift-box topiary and swags with skates!
No Time to DIY?
Amazon calls this poly-burlap Christmas tree a wreath — handmade and trimmed with red and gold ornaments and topped with a red bow. It makes decorating your front door a snap for $30 (and free Prime delivery if you’re a member), so you can have this hanging before the end of the week!
When you need instant door décor, 1800Flowers has a gorgeous poinsettia wreath that sports faux, velvet-like poinsettias with glittering edges and is equally quick to receive.
Holiday Doors in Southshore
Oh, how we love our front doors. And porches. And front yards in the master-planned community of Southshore, Drive by and explore the different floor plans and the models crafted by Richmond American Homes, Century Communities and Toll Brothers. Life at the Lake is surrounded by open space, but close to everything you could want or need, find the new home of your dreams here in either a ranch or two-story model, priced from the $300s.