It’s not out of the ordinary to attend a holiday party and see traditional red-and-green décor or a white winter wonderland theme carried throughout the setting. But more and more people are now “coloring outside the lines” by incorporating pinks, purples, oranges, turquoises and other unexpected hues into their Christmas embellishments.
If you, too, want to splash your home with color this holiday season, below are a few design tips and a full slideshow of vibrant wreaths, garlands, stockings and centerpieces. With such bright surroundings, anyone who enters your home a Scrooge is sure to leave with a smile!
This shimmery ornament wreath will stun guests from the moment they step on your front porch. First head to the craft store to pick up an inexpensive 22-inch straw wreath and ½ a yard of white felt. Wrap the wreath with 3-inch-wide felt strips, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Attach colorful Christmas balls to the felt with a low-temperature glue gun, using the smallest balls to fill in holes and gaps. Before covering the entire wreath, add a wire for hanging purposes and for even more flair, affix small stars, snowflakes, or other unique adornments.
Encourage your neighbors and holiday guests to be eco-friendly with this one-of-a-kind wreath made of recycled greeting cards. Trace around a holly leaf stencil (or whatever stencil design you prefer) onto old cards and cut out the shapes. Hot glue a toothpick onto the backside of the cut-outs to form a 1-inch pick at each of their bases. Insert these leaf picks around a 10-inch Styrofoam wreath until it is completely covered, fanning and overlapping them as shown. Step back in satisfaction – you’ve created a wonderful Christmas craft at almost no cost to you or Mother Earth.
Just a few simple steps can turn 14-inch wire wreath and 19 neckties into an eye-catching creation. Gather old ties from a family member’s closet or a second-hand store, then cut all but one into 15-inch lengths. Position the narrow end of first cut tie, front side up, on a section of the wreath and wrap it until pointed end is positioned as shown, hiding the rolled tie. Secure with pins and repeat, overlapping ties slightly. Flip the wreath over to sew rolled-up ties to the backs of points. Finally, pin on the uncut, bowed tie and voila. Even though Dad may not have helped decorate, he can still feel like he made a worthwhile contribution!