How To Make Your Window Wreath Pop
Holiday decorations have evolved, from simple looks to imaginative themes and displays. Through it all, the classic wreath continues to be a celebrated statement piece for the exterior of many homes. Decorating windows with wreaths takes skill, time, and planning out the result you want to achieve. Consistent design is the key to a great display and can be accomplished by tastefully repeating colors and shapes. Make sure to look through inspiration images and plan your design before you go to the store or order anything online.
3 Easy Wreath Tips
1. Fluff the evergreens. Fluffing, yes fluffing, simply requires taking a little time to care for the evergreen sprigs. It makes a world of difference in the final result.
2. Incorporate a contrasting color. That beautiful yuletide red is sure to make the window wreath pop!
3. Add lights. Work lights into your winter display for a lovely evening look. Battery-operated lights are a new option but can be a little pricey. If you have extra time, the corded lights can work just as well with a little forethought and patience.
Read on to see the different wreath applications you can be inspired by, from classic to modern and colorful to basic. I've provided tips to help your wreaths stand out, along with playful variations you can do to make your home reflect you and your family.
Red Ribbon Wreaths
The classic red bow is something I believe all of us can relate to, so here is a great example of how to gracefully put together this holiday statement on the windows that you show to your neighborhood.
See the photo gallery above to see how other people have incorporated red ribbon into their wreaths and homes. My personal belief is that the more red ribbon you have, the more elegant and eye-catching the overall design will be.
Nancy Alexander demonstrates how to craft an inexpensive wreath with a layered ribbon in the video above. She uses a wire ribbon with gold edging and a ribbon with a plaid design. The result is simply amazing. It's a long video but trust me, it's worth every minute. Here is a summary of Nancy's tips:
- Unroll the entire roll of ribbon.
- Plan your streamers.
- Plan your layers.
- The second bow tie should be 1.5" longer than the first.
- Add a loop for the top of the bow.
- Pipe cleaners hold well and are easier on your hands.
- Position the bows to your preference.
- Cut off the excess pipe cleaner to prevent scratching your door.
- Fluff the branches to hold the ribbon more securely.
- If you get a nice quality ribbon, it will hold up well and is worth the investment.
- Place the wreath in a protected area.
- Cut the end of the ribbon in a "v" design or at an angle.
- Add in two sheer bows to expand the visual appeal.
- A common mistake is failing to tie the bows tight enough.
How to Add a Wreath on a Window
How to Hang Your Wreath on the Door
Wreath Design Variations
A classic round wreath is a popular option, but you can try to think outside the box and consider other design ideas for your exterior décor. A few options are:
- Pine swag
- Green glass ornaments and coordinating green ribbon
- Pinecone wreath with cranberries
Whatever your choice may be, your options are limited only by your imagination. See a few examples of alternative designs you can experiment with below!
How to Make a Teardrop Wreath
Speaking of unusual options, consider the elegant teardrop wreath. This shape can be done on a small or large scale depending on how much space you have and the visual impact you want the decoration to have.
A dramatic 5-foot teardrop wreath is fantastic for the front door or sidelights. See how to make one with the video above!
Wreaths on Windows
We've covered a lot of wreath territory, from how to design one with bows or other elements to how to try alternative shapes and materials. The main goal is to inspire you to design something that pleases you and your family.
Are exterior decorations a form of self-indulgence? Perhaps. On the other hand, perhaps they are simply another way to celebrate the structure we call home.
Happy holidays! May all your holiday wreath dreams come true!
Share Your Thoughts and Preferences
© 2013 Ken Kline
Fay Favored from USA on August 17, 2018:
Pretty ideas for decorating the outside of the house.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 29, 2017:
Ken, great tips on how to decorate your home or building with a pine wreath for the holiday season. Very handy this time of year.
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 2016:
The holidays are always magical, being able to add some great decor ideas is what makes a family tradition. I still remember my Grandmother's wreaths.
The wreaths are more than a decor item to me - they are a family tradition just as much or perhaps more so than the tree which is present focused. Celebrating the doors and entrances is akin to celebrating new seasons/opportunities in our lives.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 12, 2015:
Kevin, this was a fantastic hub on how to spruce up your home with a decorative wealth. I loved the options and the photos for this hub to be creative for your windows or other places to put it. I might consider doing it this year.
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on February 05, 2014:
Fascinating information - thank you for sharing. I always love hearing from you. The one place in the world I wish to return to and take my family with is Australia - amazing country.
I finally did this on our home this year - see I had a specific purpose with this hub - will have to add in the photos sometime soon.
Thank you so much for stopping by and voting - very much appreciate it.
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 01, 2014:
Interesting reading, especially the fluffing! Where I live, in Australia, we couldn't do this, because hooligans would pinch all the wreaths. But nevermind, I enjoyed reading your hub and love the photos! Rated and voted useful. x
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on January 12, 2014:
Hi Nell Rose,
Well I finally did it and add the wreaths to my windows! I will have to add the photos! I tried adding lights to the wreath but so far the wreath tangling with the lights has won over my patience - maybe next year I can add the lights too! But I must admit I do like my wreaths on my french doors - the bright red ribbon is very festive.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I always enjoy seeing you again.
MG Singh from UAE on December 07, 2013:
Lovely ideas that can be used all over the world
Nell Rose from England on December 07, 2013:
Hi, I love this! this has really inspired me to have a go and make one! I always wanted to, but have just cheated and bought the nearest that I see in the shops, voted up and shared! nell
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on October 04, 2013:
I love greenery and then at Christmas time, I can think of no other decoration more delightful than evergreen wreaths - inside and out.
I normally like to keep my windows clear and let the outside in but the evergreen wreaths on the window have caught my desire.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 17, 2013:
Great hub! Wonderful ideas and very appealing pictures. Thank you.