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The Ultimate DIY Christmas Wreath Roundup

Christmas decor reassessment is underway at our place. I've grown so tired of the same tree, decorations, mantle lights and wreaths we've used year after year. Instead of buying new versions of our old stuff, I've decided to design and make our new holiday decor. Mr. Mod loves the traditional. Sorry, but he'll have to adjust to the new look of Christmas around here. First project: wreaths. As an appetizer, I've rounded up some not so ordinary DIY-able wreaths to get the creative juices flowing. You won't find these in the wreath aisle over at Hobby Lobby.

1. The ornament and yarn ball wreath pictured above stretches the definition of traditional by using un-Christmas-y colors. Refreshing and textured, this DIY project can be found over at LifeThroughTheLens.

2. Next up is the Mod Bubble Wreath tutorial posted right here on Curbly. It's so unusual, it had to make an encore appearance. Even though pricey, it has lots of individuality going for it. Since it was really created for a catalogue shoot for CB2, you know you'll be one out of, maybe 100, who has this. Mod, sleek, very unique.

3. Wouldn't my suburban neighbors flip if they saw a wreath made out of old cd's on our front door when they came to deliver their tins of baked goodies? Paul Hogan on Instructables created this recycled CD wreath with old cd's, a wood ring, hot glue and a festive ribbon. It looks like there are lignts, but theydon't appear in the tutorial.  Im liking the techie twist on an old favorite.  

4. If you thought you'd shock the neighbors with a cd wreath, think again. How about putting together an Anthropologie-inspired wreath using an old bike wheel and some spray painted flowers cut from plastic bottles? Of course you could "Christmas it up" with your own take on reds and greens. This wreath just drips with possibilities. See Victoria's full tutorial over on TheCityCradle.com.

5. For the super industrial, non traditionlist, how about making a wreath out of old signs in alternative color schemes? I know it doesn't even hint at Christmas, but artist Boris Bally did create a couple of red and green themed street sign wreaths for the industrial traditionalist, (or is that the traditional industrialist?).  I see the rivet but what kind of tool and blade would you use to cut through street signs?

6. Last year we saw a lot of square wreaths, which I still like. It feels a tiny bit irreverent to go square, but maybe that's the draw. This 19" wreath sells for $39.95 on Amazon. It may be a little tedius to DIY, but the wood curls and the orange dye are idea starters get you started on your own version.

7. Another hard surfaced, non traditional wreath is this simple ceramic ring covered in handwritten sayings called the Well...Come Ring. VERY minimal. A clay wreath with an sgrafitto surface comes with inscribed sayings. Since this one sells for $175.00 at artfulhome.com, I'd be tempted to locate my own ceramic ring, hang a Sharpie and let my guests expound their own holiday tidings. You have to love the minimal look for this to fly.

8. One of my all time favorites is this scrap wood wreath that was on Design Sponge last year. Since I'm on a wood kick and was able to get all kinds of grown up wood tools at an estate sale, I'll probably spin off this idea, but paint the scraps different colors. In fact, I may add some lights if it doesn't make it too slick. I just adore the odd shape and overlapping pieces. The project came from RockScissorPaper.

9. This could be a new permanant inside decoration. The photo wreath from CountryLiving.com leaves you wide open for several takes on the original, depending upon what you like. Right off the bat I thought about how clever it would be to collect old Christmas family photos, get multiple sets made and make everyone in the family their own "family photo wreath". I'd attach them to a wooden circle so they could hang (get it?) around for years. 

10. Well, well, what have we here? A dramatic white felt rosette wreath against a dark wall, Ahhhhhhhhh... Over on Etsy, SweetSweetCircles is selling her 15" x 15" monochromatic wreaths for $35.00. I would possibly use a different material, but I absolutely love the white against the dark background. Lots of possibilities.

11. Speaking of black and white, what about using a black and white striped shirt, sweater, or other knit vintage garment to whip up an eye popping fabric covered DIY wreath. Once you get into using vintage duds, the floodgates open.  See how easy it is to use garments to decorate wreaths. Full tutorial over on Smile and Wave

12.  Old tires are plentiful, and a reuse of a giant tire isn't such a bad idea. If it wasn't found on A Rowdy Redneck Christmas and labeled "The biggest reef I ever saw", I may think it was an environmental statement.  Notice the nice big spot light on the ground.

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

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Sue on Feb 03, 2013:

How did you attached the photos in the photo wreath? I love it and want to  make it! Thanks


ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 03, 2010:

Anon-That's what i said but the Mr. insisted that they Photoshopped it to look so perfect.I agree with you.


Anonymous on Dec 03, 2010:

I like the CD wreath, but I don't think those are lights on it. I think it's the CDs themselves reflecting the camera flash; added bonus of "twinkling" without batteries/power cord.


ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 02, 2010:

Capree--I know....(hear me sawing?)


CapreeK on Dec 02, 2010:

Awesome roundup!  I love that scrap wood wreath especially!


ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 02, 2010:

Thanks Les. I have a new (used) band saw, drill press and miter saw out in the garage. All for around $135.00. Can't wait to start cuttin' wood.


Lesley @ TheDesignFile on Dec 02, 2010:

Love some of these ideas, especially that overlapping wooden one. I really hope you make that and show it off to us. It's a great idea.


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