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When the snow starts to fly it is always warm and welcoming to see merry Christmas wreaths on front doors. Here are some tips on making the entrance to your home sparkle this season:

Start with a plain evergreen wreath, bought from the grocery store, your local nursery or at a Christmas tree stand. Alternatively, you can buy a foam ring from a craft store and cover it in artificial greenery.
The first decoration you place should be the bow.  It is usually the largest item added to the wreath, so location is important.  When choosing ribbon for your wreath, wired ribbon is best.  It is easy to shape and also to re-shape if you need.

Purchase your decorations in three different sizes – large, medium, and small.  The large decorations are the ornaments, the medium decorations are usually pine cones or baubles of a similar size, and the smallest decorations are “fillers” such as berry or glitter sprigs.  They fill in the gaps.

Once you have attached the bow to your wreath, add your larger decorations with hot glue.  You will need a lot of hot glue for making a wreath.  Next, place the medium size decorations on your wreath, and lastly fill in the gaps with little fillers.

Hang your wreath, or lean it against the wall and take several steps back. Take a really good look.  Are there some spots missing?  If so, no worries.  Grab more fillers and your glue gun, and top up the empty areas.

1512-wreathWHY THE WREATH?

Door wreaths are a festive expression of the season, but they are also woven with symbolism. In classical times wreaths were symbols of joy and victory. The circle signified perfection and unity. Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century used wreaths to prepare for the Advent season, or the ‘Coming of Christ,’ which begins four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent wreath was made of evergreen branches to represent everlasting life brought through Jesus. The circular shape represented God, with no beginning or end. Today, wreaths are made of pine and fir boughs, as well as a wide variety of decorative items. Now more secular in nature, door wreaths have been adopted by most Canadians as a purely decorative way to celebrate the holidays.

Most of all, have fun creating your wreath, and watch out for hot glue burns.  I speak from experience.