Welcome Home Wreath

By Kate Riley December 3, 2009

I am so fond of wreaths at Christmastime, aren’t you?  For me, decorating my front door wreath is just as important as the tree.  My favorite front door wreaths are vibrant, festive, and most importantly, welcoming.   When I came across two very different wreaths in my stash of Christmas decor it struck me that they might look marvelous if combined.  

believe christmas wreath

I have a ‘spend less, spend more’ goal this December, meaning I seek spend less at the retail stores, and spend more time with my loved ones. 

Creating this wreath in about an hour with what I already had at home allowed me to do both.

Thankfully, it came together in one afternoon and cost me practically nothing!  Cha-ching!  I only spent $1 dollar on the “Believe” message in the middle – a sparkly embellishment that I found in the dollar bin at the local Michaels craft store.

I already had these two wreaths, one fir and one berry wreath. 

two plain wreaths

I attached them together with some floral wire, then added another 5 foot piece of garland to the back to give the fir wreath some extra poof.   

add extra garland

I’m big on mixing faux with real greenery, so I injected some pieces of cedar for color and texture.

add cedar


Attach a few silver glass balls . . .

add ornaments


Insert more berries around the fringe . . .

insert berries


mixed greens


. . .and add a seasonal message. 

believe sign


Then I hung it on my trusty 3M hook – highly recommended !

3M hook

Voila !

A welcoming wreath, in one hour. 

front door christmas wreath

‘Spend less, spend more’ ? 

Mission accomplished today. 

Now for some hot chocolate and another Christmas movie. . .


  1. I do like the way that you combine the faux and real greenery. I need to update my front door wreath and I really like this idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Love your wreath. I am on a spend less mission also and revamped my fall wreath for Christmas with the addition of a few decorations I already had. I love yours with the berry wreath added to the other one and your Believe sign is perfect. Hope to see you at he “Holiday Cloche Party” tomorrow. I will have Mr. Linky up tonight. Hugs, Marty

  3. I’m really impressed with this one and heading to the Goodwill for a fake wreath to add to my berry one!Thanks for the inspiration!P.S. the real greenery finishes it beautifully.

  4. I love your wreath! I also am a “use-what-you-have-instead-of-buying-more” kind of girl. I will use your wreath as inspiration for next year! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work. I love reading your blog :)

  5. I need some more info on those great-looking hooks! My hub doesn’t like the over-the-door hangers, and I have a painted metal front door, so I can’t hammer a nail in it. This hook looks like a possibility. Does it leave marks or take off paint? How strong and stable is it? Thanks!

  6. This turned out perfectly. I also love to shop the house and change up things I have for the next year. I love the way this turned out.


  7. I just came across your blog and I am absolutely in love with your projects especially this one! I’ll definitely have to try something like this to our plain wreath this weekend.

  8. Beautiful. You are so talented! Everything I see that you do is simply gorgeous! I still can’t stop thinking about your pink mantel…I’m in love with it.

  9. That is so incredibly gorgeous! Way to see the forest through the trees :O) I am also a fan of those hooks. My almost four year old son was swinging from it the other day. They are remarkably strong!

  10. That looks great, Kate! I like a nice substantial wreath like that on a front door. I like that you mixed in real with the fake and combining the two individual wreaths adds nice dimension. Love this!

  11. Dear Kate,
    I’m new to your blog and just love it! I am also a renovator and bit of a do it yourself girl. The wreath post is very pretty–you might enjoy my post yesterday on wreaths in Southampton NY with a Peace theme. Cheers!

  12. i have been trying hooks that stick to glass for a few years now and have found nothing that can handle much weight – therefore i have a very piddly wreath. thanks for the 3M tip. i may be creating a new wreath this year!

  13. THAT wreath is absolutely FABULOUS! I love your Christmas motto, I think I’ll borrow it if that’s okay. AND I have a leaded glass door and ever since we purchased it, I haven’t put a wreath on but I totally had a SMACK MY FOREHEAD MOMENT when I saw your 3M hook. DUH! I never thought of that! THANKS!

  14. Kate, simply gorgeous…..I absolutely LOVE it….

  15. I absolutely love your wreath-what a welcoming touch to your home. Wow! Always inspired by your amazing talent. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Very nice. i love wreaths too. i have several on the house now for Christmas. I hate the one on my front door and have been complaining about it for days. You have inspired me to revamp it. If I remember to take pictures I will link to you.

  17. Anyone lucky enough to visit your home will feel very cherished and special begining right on your door step.

    I am still cranking out ornaments and treasures for your party. Please stop by and see my Anthropologie inspired tree topper that I glue gunned to glory.

  18. After seeing this wreath, I looked around my house and yard with new eyes. I grabbed a tacky $2 green wreath, cut branches off the leyland cyprus trees in the backyard. found some holly berries and pinecones and spent an hour making a beautiful wreath. Thank you for the inspiration.

  19. Wow.. both this years and last years wreaths are so beautiful, I don’t know which one I like best.. maybe the more traditional green & red.. what a clever lady !

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