OK So it’s only 37 days until Christmas….
….. and surprisingly my tree and decorations are not up yet! *shock horror* I know right?! How dare I, Miss I love Christmas and start getting ready for it earlier every year! But we are about to move house (in a short 11 days) and I thought it best not to put everything up and then have to pull it all down again….. I mean I did consider it…. but the look my hubby gave me kind of said it all.
So I have resigned myself to the fact that this year my decorations and beautiful tree won’t be going up until December 1st, you know, like the rest of the world! But this hasn’t stopped me from getting as organised as possible.
Now I suggest turning away if you’re not mentally ready for this! I know a lot of you are “I’ll start once December rolls around” people! but once you embrace the early Xmas prep idea you may just come to like it…. or even love it!
So far I have bought or ordered all but 2 presents and I’m going to do those today! My wrapping paper and cards are ready to go, my Christmas baking list is prepped (you’ll have to stay tuned for some awesome gluten free recipes that are about to drop!!) and I’ve even written out a shopping list for some of the things I’ll need to buy in bulk. Pretty amazing huh!
The other thing I really wanted to do to kick off my decorating preparation was to organize my door wreath. A couple of years ago I decided to decorate my own and I really enjoyed it. This year I thought it was time for a bit of a revamp. It’s not too hard to do and you can use decorations you already have laying around home. Why not check out Pinterest for some theme or style ideas!!
Here we go….!
What you’ll need:
A bare leafy wreath (you can purchase these from any good Christmas retailer!)
Pipe cleaners (you can use any colour, however green will blend in nicely)
Ribbon/Bells/Baubles (or any assorted decorations you like)
5m of Fairy Lights with Battery Pack
Oh and of course Christmas Carols to listen to while you do it all!
- Decide on your theme and colour. Think outside the box and check out Google or Pinterest for some great ideas! There really is no limit on what you can create. Some basic colour combos are:
– Red, Silver & White
– Red & Gold
– Burgundy & Browns
– Purple & Silver
– Burlap & Red
Now you can go on the hunt for decorations! Raid your old decs from previous years or hit up a specialty Christmas store or even dollar store’s like Red Dot. Don’t limit yourself to just baubles either!
Keep in mind your climate and the location of the wreath too. Will it be exposed to hot afternoon sun? Or snow? I’m in Western Australia so it’ll be a hot one again this year, luckily my porch gives my wreath quite a bit of protection so I’m not too worried. Baubles can fade a little over time in the sun, so keep this is mind when making your selection.
- Grab your bare wreath and lay it out somewhere flat where you’ll be able to step back and assess your work regularly. I like to work standing at the kitchen table or on the floor. Ensure you have all your decorations and bits and pieces laid out ready to go so you don’t go searching for things as you need them.
- I had to strip my old wreath first. So I carefully removed all of the old decorations by un-winding the pipe cleaner and putting them aside to be reused.
- Fluff up your wreath! You want it looking as festive as possible so spend some time separating the fronds and pulling them out of the the middle.
- This step is optional. I decided to add Fairy lights to my wreath this year and now is the time to do it. How long a length you will need is dependent on what size a wreath you chose. My wreath is approx 60cm in diameter (or 2ft) and I used a 5 meter strand of lights.
Starting at the top and towards the back start wrapping your lights around the wreath. Push the lights into the wreath ensuring the bulb is facing out to give you the best glow. Once you’ve finished wrapping it all the way around tuck the battery pack into the back of the wreath ensuring it’s in an easy to reach spot. Don’t worry about final light placement just yet, you can re-adjust once you’ve finished decorating.
- Now you can start playing. This step is really all about just trying things on and seeing how they look! Place baubles onto the wreath, tuck them into places, wrap ribbon loosely around! You can pop standing ornaments or even a Santa clause in the middle! Just don’t attach anything just yet. It’s all about experimenting with the look.
- Remember to step back regularly and look at the whole picture. Keep in mind the height at which you’re going to hang it from too! Standing over the wreath means you place things in straight but if you’re like me (short!) then your wreath will actually hang above eye level, so I like to angle my decorations down slightly just so I get the full effect.
- Once you’re happy with the overall layout you can start attaching each piece. This is as simple as cutting each pipe cleaner in half and feeding one end through the top of your bauble or decoration and twisting it close. Then, using the anchor points on the back of your wreath for bigger/heavier items or just using the leaves for lighter pieces, you can push the decoration in and twist the pipe cleaner around.
- Push your decorations in deep, hang them loosely, do whatever you think looks good! This is all about your vision!
- Now it’s time to assess. I like to hang up my wreath and do my final touches. To hang your wreath you could go with a basic wreath door hanger like this one here or using a 3M hook on the inside of your door and a length of sturdy ribbon draped over the door.
Once it’s hanging you can get a good idea of how it will sit and if you need to change anything up, like the angle or location of a bauble. Now is also the time to turn that battery pack on and assess the light placement and how they work with your decorations.
- Now that you’re finally happy you can do what I’ve done…. popped it in the spare room until December 1st! Or you can hang it out early and taunt your neighbours with how organized you are!!
So there you have it! A fairly simple walk-through on how to decorate a Christmas Wreath! If you really are stuck for ideas on what decorations to use there are plenty of YouTube videos or Pinterest images out there to get you started.
Will you be decorating your own wreath this festive season?!