Christmas Door Decorating Ideas
This woodsy design, studded with fruit and plants, blends faux and real. From the crafts store, purchase a 16-inch grapevine wreath and artificial Granny Smith apples. Use a hot glue gun to affix the apples, spacing them equally around the ring. Select an assortment of seasonal flora from the florist or the forest — pinecones, fragrant eucalyptus, and juniper — and weave them into the grapevine, filling in the areas between the apples.
Bold and Beautiful
This radiant wreath shows your true colors — and all it takes is a few boxes of glass Christmas tree ornaments. Choose bright hues and a variety of sizes and attach with floral wire.
Everyone's favorite Christmas confection provides a cheery welcome on the outside of a house.
Instructions: Draw a candy cane shape onto a large piece of paper. Cut it out and trace the shape onto a two-inch-thick piece of Styrofoam. Cut out the Styrofoam using a serrated knife. Wrap a piece of white felt four inches wider than the candy cane around the shape (use straight pins to attach it to the back). Tightly wrap a wire around the top of your candy cane and create a loop for a hanger on the back. Spread out an assortment of peppermint candies and broken candy canes on newspaper in a well-ventilated area, like a garage. Spray the pieces with polyurethane, making sure to coat all sides of the candy well; let dry. Use a glue gun to tightly apply the candy to the front and sides of the wreath, then give the whole thing two more coats of polyurethane. Finish by wiring on sprigs of pine and a bow.
Take It from Him
Turn Dad's old ties into door decor. You'll need a 14-inch wire wreath form from a crafts shop and 19 ties. Cut all ties but one into 15-inch lengths. Position the narrow end of first cut tie, front side up, on a section of the wreath. Wrap tie around form until pointed end is positioned as shown, hiding the rolled tie; secure with pins. Repeat, overlapping ties slightly. Flip wreath over; sew rolled-up ties to the backs of points. Pin on the uncut, bowed tie.
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Recycle holiday greeting cards into holly leaves for this one-of-a-kind decoration. Using a holly leaf stencil, trace onto old cards and cut out holly shapes. With a glue gun, glue a toothpick onto the backside of each of the leaves to form a 1-inch pick at the "bottom" of each leaf. Take a 10-inch Styrofoam wreath and insert these leaf picks around the shape until it is completely covered, fanning and overlapping them as shown. Cut out more holly leaves as needed to cover the wreath with regifted greetings.
Christmas Ball Wreath
A shimmery stunner takes Christmas ornaments off the tree and onto the wall. Buy a straw wreath about 22 inches in diameter from the crafts store. Using 1/2 yard of white felt cut into 3-inch-wide strips, wrap each piece around the wreath, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Take assorted Christmas balls and attach to the felt with a low-temperature glue gun, using the smallest balls to fill in holes and gaps. This is also a great way to use older ornaments that may not look good from all angles. You can also add small stars, snowflakes, or other ornaments to give your wreath a unique look. Hang with wire, wrapped securely around "top" of wreath. (Note: You'll need to add the wire before you cover the wreath completely with ornaments.)
Everything's Coming Up Roses
For a wreath that bursts with fresh fragrance, glue dried red roses, white berries, and bay leaves onto a straw wreath form — making it as lush and full as possible.
Start by fashioning small fans out of tissue paper. (To form circular shapes, just glue together two fans.) When you have enough circles, glue them to a Styrofoam wreath form and adorn it with faux pearls.
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Hang a wreath against a mirror for dramatic effect. To create this traditional fruit-and-greenery wreath, glue dried pomegranates to a straw wreath form. Then fill in the gaps with sheet moss.
Pop Out the Cork
Add pop to a dining room with wine corks wired to tiny red jingle bells. Take about 22 corks of the same size and 22 small (3/8 of an inch) red bells bought from a crafts store. Drill a small hole (just big enough to fit your wire through) 1/4 of an inch from the top of each cork and another 1/4 of an inch from the bottom. It is very important to make sure all the drilled holes at the top line up with the holes at the bottom. Using long, green floral wire, push the wire though all the bottom holes of the corks. Leave enough wire at both ends when finished for tying closed later. Cut another long piece of floral wire to string the tops of the corks together, alternating with the bells. Tie ends of wire at the top and bottom, twisting to close and make a wreath shape. Hang with length of ribbon.