Outdoor Christmas wreaths
let you get crafty on the fly. So let's
ring in the holidays and haul out the holly!
other outdoor Christmas display that's more reflective of your own personal
style and taste.
Best of all...you don't have
to look any further than your yard (or your neighbor's) to find what
you need to make a wreath that's both natural and rustic, yet
And whether you make you own
or have yours made, outdoor Christmas wreaths make every welcome
So if you're looking for a little fragrant
and festive holiday cheer in the form of winter's landscape,
an outdoor Christmas wreath is guaranteed to deliver.
Nothing says Happy Holidays! like a festive touch of
And the best outdoor Christmas wreaths come
from plants that don't bail on us as winter sets in and that are
already in our yards.
want to always use fresh cuttings.
Look to plants growing in your winter landscape
like holly, southern Magnolia, snowberry, pyracantha, callicarpa,
and boxwood. And conifers like firs, pines, and spruce.
Really anything goes if it
produces berries or cones and livens up your outdoor Christmas decorations.
Use any of this greenery to dress up
your wreaths, mistletoe kissing balls, pine bough swags and garland
-- especially if their berries are left in tact.
Then there's the
ever-popular poinsettia. Added to a wreath and accented with
inexpensive berry stems adds color, texture and dollop of interest.
But why stop with
poinsettias? Be a little fearless and use outdoor LED Christmas lights in combination with carnations, mums, baby's
breath, and roses.
All these are pretty inexpensive at your
neighborhood grocer and t
hey come in every color
On the other hand, fresh cuttings do
So don't write off artificial greens as
hopelessly unattractive, because they're really pretty nifty, too.
Artificial has come a long way. And what
you can get today is much more creative and realistic
than you may think.
So if you're strapped for
time, artificial greens get the job done.
Another up side to faux --
they can come pre-lit with traditional outdoor led Christmas
lights or fiber optic lights that fade and move along the shape
of the wreath.
can be reused year after year.
It can also be disassembled
and perpetually re-purposed for other craft
And tiny embellishments you add
yourself really warm up artificial greens.
This way, you get to be a
little crafty while the artificial greenery gets prettier. Me thinks
that's a win/win!
But don't get the idea that
artificial greens and real greenery are mutually exclusive. They
So cheat a little and mix it
up! You'll be surprised how a little hybrid combo fools the eye.
Try adding artificial berries to a
live wreath, or get an artificial wreath and accent it with live
Or better yet, insert fresh-cut greens and
pinecones in an artifical wreath. Real pine dresses it up and you
get the fragrance, too.
And remember, your outdoor Christmas decorating efforts should start at the approach to your
home -- not at the door.
Trim your outdoor Christmas trees,
your fences, and your gates, your lampposts, and your dog and cat
houses with wreaths, garland and ribbons and LED outdoor Christmas lights.
All these little touches gently lead holiday visitors to the
warm confines of your home by way of a fanciful display of cheery
and festive outdoor Christmas decorations where the journey
crescendos at your welcoming and festive outdoor Christmas wreath
hung on the door!
I can get so carried away
A wreath on the door, on a
staircase, in your windows, on a gate, or on a light post is always
a wonderful touch. Especially with a little garland lending its
And if you add holiday
berries or even artifical fruit to your outdoor Christmas decorations, you'll take that cozy, homey holiday feeling
right on out to the curb.
And while we're on the topic of fruit, mistletoe attached to your outdoor
Christmas wreath with faux berries, or lemons, or oranges with a
sprinkling of cranberries and limes adds a dash of instant color
that's sure to tickle the eye.
So show off a little!
Don't be afraid to incorporate
whimsy into your outdoor Christmas display.
The holiday season is full of good
times and celebrations.
And it's all the excuse I need to
play with Christmas