7 Ways To Embellish a Wreath

Wreaths are beautiful displayed any time of year.  I’m currently enjoying two white wreaths in our home; the coffee filter wreath and the fur wreath I made a few years ago.  {They are both SO inexpensive and easy to make!}. But, every now and then I want to pretty up my wreaths here are a few quick ideas.

1. Ribbon

Any color and combination, any kind of ribbon~shop the house first and experiment.

2. Wintry twigs and branches, simply tuck them in or secure with a few pins.

3. Get kitschy with it.

I found some vintage {that’s fancy talk for old, dusty and plastic} reindeer at the thrift for 40 cents each.  After a quick spray paint he looks thrilled to hang out in my fur wreath.  Look around your home, a few toy trains, blocks, or wooden letters can easily tuck into a wreath.

4. Pretend Candles.

I found a set of four taper style candles at Pier 1 {6.99?} they run on two double A batteries and last longer than you would think.  I’m looking for more places to use these around the house.

5. Bottle Brush Trees

When I went shopping with Eddie Ross I saw some of these for $10 and up.  I found these a few years ago at Walmart for $1 each.  Anyone know if they have them this year?

6. Flowers

These are from the Pleated Poppy, I just opened the pin and stuck it into the wreath.

7. Add an ornament.

Or a tassel.  I love my fluffy green tassel attached with a ribbon but a big gold ornament would look pretty as well.

How do you embellish your wreath?

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Comments

  1. Love the reindeer idea and the bottle brush is toooo cute!

  2. Um, do I have a wreath?
    Note to self: get wreath, embellish.

  3. Oh I just posted on how I copied your fur wreath! And now you make things even more complicated – I even have to embellish it!?!
    Love the trees and the reindeer… being norwegian…

  4. they have bottle brush trees as jo ann this year. white and green with snow. i think they’re regular 1.99 but they always have something marked down and you can usually find a coupon!

  5. Good tips. I have what was once a beautiful wreath with a big red cardinal in the center, but it’s so faded that it’s time to send him away. :s Now I have some new ideas. I like the ribbon the best!

  6. They do have the bottle brush trees at WalMart this year from $1 up to $2.98.

  7. These are great ideas!

  8. Great ideas! I would be proud to get the coffee filter wreath accomplished, let alone embellish it! :)

    Living A Bona Fide Life

  9. Oh, that reindeer is just perfect! I love it. I am no good at embellishing wreaths. I did a nice one using a couple of dollar-store garlands wrapped around a grapevine wreath, but I think that was a fluke.

  10. LOVE the painted reindeer idea…he looks fabulous.
    And the bottle brushes? clever with a capital C!

  11. I love this idea. What simple ways to make the same object extraordinary. Genius. I try to embellish with found objects. At Christmas, I use ornaments and ribbon, in the Fall-feathers from my husband’s hunting trips.

  12. Something from nature! Pine cones, red berries (you know the ones on your bushes), pine branches, etc…

  13. you are so crafty….. love the ideas and inspiration. thank you.

  14. Oh, this fur wreath is lovely! I’m going to check out your older post right now! I like the deer and the candle. You have such a beautiful touch!

  15. They way that blue bow is tied on my wreath in the photo is starting to remind me of
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harland_Sanders.jpg

  16. I can’t believe my luck! I wanted to make a fur wreath in the worst way and here’s a fabulous tutorial to show me how. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous idea. I love it!

  17. Love this post! It’s awesome when someone can give you a fresh take on anything. Makes me want a wreath to play with. =)

  18. The black reindeer is the best!

  19. I am a BIG ribbon gal…and I love all the cheap glittery holiday picks available now. There are so many color options that I can put in a glittered green one for Christmas, then pull it off and put on a sparkly blue for January, hot pink for February, etc.

    Oh, and jumbo buttons are fun, too!

  20. I love this idea! I can’t believe I just got rid of an old straw wreath because I did not know what to do with it!

  21. I am so excited that you posted how to make that fur wreath! I’ve been drooling over it since your last post that included it. I was sure it was store bought. I have the coffee filter wreath up in natural and need a contrast. I am already envisioning that white wreath all winter long. Yippee! Craft rush! Thank you!!

  22. I love the flowers! They are just sooo sweet!

  23. Great ideas. I like the deer on yours best.

  24. That fur wreathe is so adorable! I just embellished a wreathe today with a little bit of lights and an ornament

  25. Can I just say I have a huge crush on your fur wreath. I’m totally going to make one!

  26. Inspiring…love the contrast of the reindeer on the white fur.

  27. all of the above! my wreath is here.
    http://littlelovables.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-wreath-surgery.html

    though I adore the simplicity of yours, still thinking I need to get out my glue gun and make the fur wreath this year.

  28. oh, hobby lobby has bottle brush trees, and adorable pink ones dusted in snow too for 50% off!

  29. mmmm. I love the trees. pure winter whiteness!

    I always love wreaths hanging from a simple wide satin ribbon – nice and long. Apple green this year :)

  30. LOVE how classy your reindeer looks. I’ve been telling myself I have to try the coffee filter wreath&now I want the fur one,too. I have time right? It doesnt have to be done for Cmas…. oh,and i’m a ribbon-gal. On sale out of season you name it. And kitschy gets me goin’. Thrifted some old fake fruit,sprayed with spray adhesive(how did I live without that stuff?) and dunked in different glitter colors. Tied on an old wreath with a nifty new cheeep bow and Ta-Da. ;) Oh! Anothr fave-clear spray acrylic to make darn near anything weatherproof(or at least “resistant”). That way I can put really purty wreaths&garlands on gates&fences&trellises&…everything. :-/ Not sure whether i’m more tickled with repurposing or “cheep”. Thanks for the gr8 ideas & linkbacks to “how”! All good wishes! -s-

  31. Love all these looks! Especially the last one! I also like the simplicity of the candle.

  32. I love, love, love that wreath. Thank you for linking to the tutorial – I thought you’d bought it! Question, though: how do you keep it clean? Do you dust it? Vacuum it? Shake it? Do tell!

  33. My favorite is the single candle — pure and elegant! Fun post!

  34. Keri Barrie says:

    Where did you get the beautiful blue ribbon? Did you buy it this year?

  35. Keri Barrie says:

    oh by the way I LOVED ALL your ideas!!!!

  36. For most of us, that is the status statement: “When I went shopping with Eddie Ross”! This is a beautiful post. I have to look up the fur wreath.

  37. I thought that was real fur! I was imagining using up tacky old fur stoles from the thrift shop and trimming them with pheasant feathers. I’m going to buy some of this on Saturday. Thanks!

  38. Love the fur wreath…I specially like the contrast of the black reindeer against the white fur wreath!!! Very minimal but the impact is awesome!!!

  39. Is there any end to your talent?!

  40. Please tell me where you got the white fur that has a higher nap to it. I went to a local fabric store, JoAnns and Hobby Lobby, and none of them have your beautiful white lush fur fabric! All they had was white fur that is not really “furry.” IYKWIM

  41. Love these simple, beautiful ideas! For some reason, the reindeer has won my heart :)

  42. Faux fur wreath….COOLEST. WREATH. EVER. :) Seriously love this & all the embellishment ideas too. Now I’m planning my next holiday decor and eyeballing other things around the house that might hold still long enough to get covered with fur too!

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