The countdown to Christmas is on, and if you’re hosting, a last-minute checklist is probably running through your head. Wrapping done? Check. Dinner ingredients purchased? Check. Halls decked? Ehhhhh….
If you’re anything like a lot of my NYC counterparts, a tree is not always a fit for your lifestyle. But somehow, a holiday home just feels incomplete without it, right? Before welcoming guests over for celebrating over the next few days, DIY one of these easy festive wreaths for an extra dose of cheer—you won’t even notice a tree is missing.
If your decor style is luxe, try a…
Gold Accented Magnolia Wreath
Magnolia leaf is a green that, to me, always screams class. It feels high-end, especially when accented by gold, and is an unexpected way to do the holidays.
To start, purchase a couple clusters of magnolia leaf branches from a local florist—they’re readily available this time of year, so you shouldn’t have to special order. Using a wire wreath form (found at any craft store and some florists), wire the branches into the shape of a circle using floral wire (you can catch more of the technique how-to, below).
Pluck a few additional leaves off a spare branch and spray paint them metallic gold, setting them aside to dry. Once they’re dry, wedge them into the wreath form in between their green and brown counterparts.
Wrap a chic, graphic black and white stripped ribbon around the back of the wreath form and secure onto the wall with a tack.
If your decor style is romantic, try…
A Seeded Eucalyptus and Berry Bough
This next wreath is perfect for anyone who favors a more soft, romantic and undone style. I love the look of a bough for it’s droopy, casual feel and this one gets a special holiday twist with a burgundy velvet ribbon.
Start by buying a bundle of seeded eucalyptus, as well as a few winter berries, like the white Sorbus that opened this post above.
Using floral wire, arrange the branches in an asymmetrical line, allowing the excess to droop over to one side. Add in the berries throughout, attaching using the floral wire.
Loop the velvet ribbon around both ends, securing in a knot. Hang with a bow!
If your decor style is traditional, try…
A Plaid and Pheasant Pine Wreath
If you choose to go the traditional route and pick up a pre-made pine wreath from a florist or tree seller, you can add a few extra cozy touches to make it special. I stuck in pheasant feathers and topped it with a red plaid ribbon for a wreath that screams sophisticated country Christmas.
Merry, merry all!