How is it possible that this is Thanksgiving week? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was passing out Halloween candy!
I woke up two days ago and realized that various family obligations, as well as a nasty cold, had completely obliterated the first two weeks of November. If you find yourself in a similar predicament and are in need of some fast and furious decorating mojo before you host Thanksgiving, let’s talk turkey about the endless versatility of the humble wreath!
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I pulled down Halloween decor on November 1, and let my early fall decor stand as I embarked on days filled with the details of moving the Wildman’s mom to a new apartment following a stay in the hospital after breaking her hip. Phone calls, shopping for appropriate furniture and packing up her old apartment consumed most of my time. On the day after the actual move, I got hit full throttle by a bad cold that turned into bronchitis so the fact that our dining room table remained completely devoid of anything resembling Thanksgiving decor was the last thing on my mind!
What do you do when you wake up and find yourself in need of some fast and furious decor help? Start with a wreath of course!
After all, wreaths are not just for your front door! Wreaths can provide a perfect base for table centerpieces. Just lay one down and fill the middle with a focal piece (or pieces) of your choice. I ran to the basement and pulled down this rusty gentleman from his roost among the rafters, plopped him in the middle of this huge fall floral wreath that my cousin had just bestowed on me in preparation for her move to Florida. That’s it–mission accomplished!
What? You don’t have a rusty Tom Turkey to complete the scene? No worries! Just shop your home!
Take a look around your house and fill the middle of the wreath with other oversized decor items or several smaller scale items. Perhaps a large wooden lantern holding a candle, or maybe you have a giant pumpkin on the porch that can be brought in to fill in the middle of the wreath.
It is no surprise to those of you who have been hanging around with me very long that I have a fondness for decorating with wreaths. Why do I like them so much? That’s easy! They can solve a myriad of design dilemmas by providing needed color, dimension, and even structural support!
Let’s take a peek at some of my favorite wreaths and how these marvels have worked their decorating magic throughout the year here at the cottage by the creek!
This wreath is a true workhorse around here! In October it provided a separation of color between the shabbied buffet and the white pumpkin throne presided over by the Skeleton King. Using wreaths on flat surfaces either as platforms or to provide a punch of color is just as effective on a smaller scale also. Consider using smaller versions of this same type of wreath as candle rings or as a makeshift nest for little birds come springtime.
Yep, this boxwood wreath really got a workout this year! Spring found it hanging from one of the coat hooks on the repurposed headboard that resides above the dining room buffet. It got layered over the cute rabbit wall decor that I found at Target that would have gotten lost on its own.
Attach pieces like this separately so you can pop out one component and replace it with something else easily. No need to take down the entire display! For instance, in February the wreath hung in the same place adorned with ribbon, old buttons, and vintage Valentines tied to the coat hook that supported it. Once Valentines Day had passed I removed the cards and left the ribbon and buttons in place for the remainder of the month when I was ready to replace them with the rabbit for the spring season. Easy peasy!
Last Christmas, Mr. Moose wore the wreath threaded with my favorite string lights as a part of the mantle display!
This is a wreath that I made last year (tutorial found here) and it has also found itself playing a starring role quite often! While it did a stint hanging over the dining room buffet earlier in the year, it is currently playing a starring role in the entry.
This brings us to the practice of using wreaths in nontraditional places.
Summer found this beauty layered over the antique church window framed mirror in the entry. It could be suspended from the top of the mirror frame with ribbon or, if you don’t want the distraction of the ribbon or the frame of your mirror makes this difficult, simply attach a Command Hook to the mirror itself and hang your wreath!
Following my rule of attaching embellishments separately, the chalkboard banner is wired around the wreathes decorative bow. Untwist the wire, and voila . . .
The book page wreath moved straight into fall. One less item to swap out when decorating for the new season!
These options may be more holiday-specific or are embellished in a way that shows your unique decorating personality. While these wreaths may not lend themselves to being displayed for multiple seasons, they can go a long way in taking the stress out of seasonal decorating. The fall wreath hosting Tom Turkey would fall into this category. It’s prime time to shine is anywhere from September through November.
This cornhusk wreath is much the same. It serves me very well from late summer through Thanksgiving. While I sometimes wire on more permanent adornments such as vines, fruits or rusty die cut embellishments, this year I let it stand on its own merits. The dried lavender heart wreath is not attached. Another of my favorite fast decorating tricks is to hang one wreath inside of another. Both are hanging on the same hook. I could change the entire look of the cornhusk wreath simply by replacing the lavender wreath with one that would carry me into the next season! See! Fast and easy!
These more uniquely decorated wreaths are also great for layering over more neutral decor to add color and dimension to an area that may seem a little bland otherwise!
Do you see why I am so obsessed with the humble wreath! Hopefully, the decorating wheels are turning in your head and you are starting to see those wreaths you have lying around your house in a whole new light! The best news of all is that it is the perfect time to find new ways to use wreaths that you already own as you decorate for Christmas!
From the cottage by the creek, I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! I am so very grateful for each one of you, my friends!
Hugs ’til next time!
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