Who dictated that Christmas wreaths have to go on the front door? Bring the Christmas wreath inside this year so it can spread more holiday spirit to family members than to guests. The front door is the perfect place for that Christmas wall hanging, a felt Santa or even a string of bells (3M’s removable and non-damaging Command™ Adhesive holds any object up to five pounds). The areas below can serve as new showcases for what can be an expensive and even central aspect of your Christmas décor, the Christmas wreath.
Over your chandelier, facing up, winter wreaths take on an old English look. This could require cutting a narrow channel through the wreath so that it can pass over the chandelier’s wiring. The gap can easily be filled with additional greenery. Make sure light fixtures can’t touch anything flammable in the wreath: pine needles, dried flowers, etc.
Looped over wall sconces and pressed flat against the wall, particularly if the sconces stand on either side of a bed, cabinet or bookshelf. This combination of light and greenery appears very natural. Again, the Command™ Adhesive helps to secure wreaths in the right place.
Cabinet doors. Small wreaths could adorn a line of cabinet doors or the backs of several barstools. In this endeavor, again Command™ Adhesive can help make sure wreaths stay where they’re supposed to. Ribbon, too, can be passed through the wreaths’ centers and up and over the cabinet door where they’re taped or tacked to the doors’ inside faces.
Mirrors double the greenery and other colors in holiday wreaths hanging in front. Mirrors with accessible back sides are the easiest to adorn. Just pass a wide ribbon through the center of the wreath, consider a wrap or two around it and put the two, lose ribbon ends over the back. Duct tape them there. For a framed mirror, simply tack or nail the ribbon to the top frame where no one will see the hole. Always use several tacks or nails to reduce risk of ribbon tearing.
An old-fashioned, empty square frame contrasts with the colorful flowers, picks and sprigs in the Christmas wreath. You can pass a ribbon through the center of the wreath and tie a nice bow at the top of the frame. Another option is to use “microfilament” fishing wire to fasten the wreath to the frame’s hangers on the back of either side. With no back, wall color shows through. This strategy makes it look like the wreath is floating in mid-frame. Hang the frame in a central location against a wall with coordinating colors. Decorators consider this a classy look.
As a candy dish or decorative centerpiece. Lay the wreath flat on a table. Place a bowl or decorative plate in the opening. Fill with cookies, brownies or candies. Stack ornaments of coordinating colors in the middle. The sleek ornaments contrast well with the wreath’s busy branches.
Sliding glass door leading to back yard. Guests got to see the wreath when it hung on the door outside. On the sliding glass door, you and your family finally get to enjoy it. Use a double magnetic window hanger to secure the wreath to the window.
As an adornment to a pillar candle in a hurricane glass. As with the candy dish alternative, lay the wreath flat and place an appropriately-sized plate in the opening. Place pillar candle and hurricane vase on top. Your Christmas centerpiece has arrived. That was easy!
Outside: over the lamps on either side of the garage door (if safe). Wired to the grill of the car (dispensing Christmas greetings in traffic!). Hanging from the garage door frame; in front of the garage (usually for very large wreaths.) Several wreaths along the front porch railing are as pretty as those across every upstairs window. The shed and the garage could even use a holiday wreath to feel included.
On vinyl siding: For a long time, homeowners couldn’t risk hanging a wreath on vinyl siding because of the damage from nails. Now there are vinyl siding hooks, flat metal hangers that slide in between the vinyl slats. Each vinyl siding hook holds up to 12 lbs.
Rearrange Tried-and-True so It Looks New
“Are there are more Christmas decorating boxes every year?” spouse asks on the way down the ladder.
Uh-oh. Spouse is onto your Christmas buying ways, so . . . rather than buying new ornaments and wreaths this year, try using the same pieces in different areas. The Christmas scenes you usually arrange on a piano could go on a kitchen counter or coffee table. Wreaths can wander inside to cheer family members with the season’s spirit. Mixing up where your Christmas décor goes can help you feel it’s all new. As Americans cut expenses in these recession-conscious days, a little re-arranging rather than buying will be the new Christmas vogue. A new spot for an old wreath can help you resist temptation in the holiday décor aisles.