Not the craftiest person around? Love to put your own personal stamp on your holiday decor, but feel you are lacking in the art department? You can easily create your own unique Christmas decoration by taking a simple balsam wreath and then adding a few bits of flair and creativity. This article will offer several ways in which you can craft a one of a kind wreath for less than twenty dollars.
Use Miniature Christmas Balls. Lay your balsam wreath on a table covered with newspaper or old towels. Arrange groupings of tiny holiday balls at several points of the wreath. Give each ball a shot of hot glue from a gun and then affix them to the wreath. You may need to hold each ball for a minute or so to ensure a firm hold. If the glue does not want to hold the balls in place due to the weight, use floral wire to attach groupings of holiday balls. Thread the wire through the top of the balls and then tie off in the back of the wreath. Select colors that match your overall decor scheme or mix up silver and gold, or red and purple for a very striking door hanger.
Go Country Classic with Bows. If you love a home decorated for the holidays in a country theme, leave the ornaments aside and dress up your wreath with a festive bow or two. Choose a pretty gingham or raffia bow and attach it to the bottom of the wreath. The simple beauty of this decoration will really give your home a touch of holiday warmth and coziness.
Go Bold with Tinsel. If the holidays are all about glitz and sparkle for you, reflect this feeling with a balsam wreath draped in tinsel. After hanging it on your door, use a light hand to scatter tinsel over it. Step back and admire your handiwork. If you still feel as though your decoration needs a little more flash, add more. You should be left with a gorgeous holiday decoration that represents it’s creator.
Make a Nature Wreath. There is no lovelier way to dress up a plain balsam wreath than with items found right in your own backyard. Use floral wire to attach miniature pine cones to the greenery. An interesting stick formation can be cleaned off and then spray painted gold or silver. Small bunches of red berries can be tucked in the wreath too. Your finished creation can reflect all the simple joys of the season.
Give Your Wreath Some Sweetness. Miniature candy canes or bunches of peppermints will give your decoration a splash of color. Use a hot glue gun to make little groups of peppermints and then affix to the wreath. Hang a tiny candy cane in one inch intervals around the wreath. The red and white against the deep green will truly look beautiful and very festive.
Visit the Craft Store for Odds and Ends. The random bins at arts and craft stores can truly be a treasure trove for holiday crafts. Miniature wooden nutcrackers, tiny wrapped presents and plastic cardinals can all be purchased for pennies. For a truly unique and eclectic looking Christmas decoration, simply pick up any items that appeal to you and then try out different combinations of arrangements on the wreath. By letting go of any plan whatsoever and simply opening your mind to all possibilities, you will surely end up with a lovely holiday wreath that is truly your own.