Yesterday afternoon, after blitzing through a phenomenal to-do list like a boss, I treated myself to some festive R&R, listening to Christmas tunes on Spotify whilst making a quick festive holly wreath for our front door.
The front of our house is a bit of a disaster – filthy white paint, no plants or decor, we’ve done nothing really – because for now we are focusing on getting the inside spruced up, and it was looking very sad compared to the festive offerings of our neighbours, so something had to be done, but I didn’t want to spend lots of money and I certainly didn’t have much time. TKMaxx came to the rescue, with this very basic branch wreath and a couple of berry candle decorations. Together they cost me a whopping £4.50. I added a command hook and some burlap I already had, and picked a few holly branches from the woods around our house, and in just 20 minutes I had a quick festive holly wreath that rivalled the expensive ones I’ve seen in florists! (At least, I am pleased with it anyway).
Calling this a DIY or anything of the sort is a bit silly really, it was so simple that even children could manage it, if holly were not a horrendously prickly substance which should never really be allowed near small people (or me for that matter – warning, this might hurt a bit!).
How To Make A Quick Festive Holly Wreath
To the branch base, I added short stems of holly, and wove them into the branches so they were firmly stuck in place. I started at the top and worked my way around until it was fully surrounded.
Once I had done this, I turned the wreath over and added the burlap hanger. I cut a long strip just under two inches wide, and tied each end to either side of the back of the wreath. If you are hanging it on a fixture on your door, measure the length you will need to get this the right height. I was hooking it over a command hook on the back of the door, so it didn’t matter about the length too much.
Then I took one of the berry candle holders apart, so that I had individual stems of berries on wire. I left the other intact, and placed it in the centre of the wreath, securing it in place with two of the individual stems, wrapping them around the wood. Then I added more berries wherever I thought they were needed, both to the wood and to the holly branches themselves for a more authentic holly berry look.
The candle holders were tied with red and white striped ribbons, which I decided to use as well, and tied these in bows onto the branches. And then I was done.
Since our ugly PVC front door has no door furniture on which to hang wreaths, I stuck a command hook upside-down on the inside of the door at the very top. Then I looped the top of the burlap over it and hung it down on the outside. A great solution which is hardly noticeable when not in use (since our door is white(ish)).
I love how welcoming and cosy our front door now looks with this quick festive holly wreath on it, and how easy this was to put together. I ended up having time to get started on making a couple of presents too. I am definitely in the mood for Christmas now, bring on the (rest of) the Christmas shopping. (Because I’ve done less than half, oops).
How do you get in the mood for the festive season? I highly recommend making decorations as a great way! If you’re stuck for ideas, you can always try my DIY tree decorations.