Welcome to Christmas in July week here at Thistlewood.

Can we still be friends if I tell you something?

Just between us?


Nothing makes me happier than a really good wreath.

What is it about wreaths? They are just a circle with a bunch of stuff on it.

I hang them everywhere. I put them on mirrors and add them to bookcases and put them inside picture frames and hang them on stands and decorate the front door with a wreath.

And somehow, someway, they just make everything a little brighter.

Especially Christmas.

So today here are seven creative think-outside-the-box wreath ideas (one of them is almost free to make) for you to pin and pull out on December 1.

Let’s go.

1. DIY twig wreath (almost free to make)

Hello back yard.

I’m looking at you.

We have tons of twigs all over our yard especially when fall storms show up.

Collect the twigs, let them dry out, spray paint them and make a wreath out of them.

You can see the DIY here.

2. DIY magnolia wreath

I’ve been making these magnolia wreaths for years.

They are so easy to make and I just keep reusing the same wreath forms every year.

If you spritz them every so often, they’ll hold up for the entire Christmas season.

You can see how to make the wreaths here.

And here’s a fun post on how I use magnolia to decorate for Christmas.

3. DIY mini pinecone wreath

This wreath can take you all the way from when the leaves start falling until Santa comes down the chimney at Christmas.

All you need is a wire wreath form and some pincones.

I made mini ones of these for the family room, but you could make larger ones by just changing the size of the wreath form.

These do keep from year to year if you pack them well.

Here’s how to make a pinecone wreath.

4. DIY dropcloth wreath

This is one of my most popular pinned wreaths.

And it’s just made out of drop cloths.

You could even dye the drop cloth if you wanted to make the wreath different colors.

Here are the easy and simple directions for the wreath.

5. Pine and magnolia wreath

Remember when we discussed Christmas trees on Monday and I mentioned adding fresh magnolia to dollar store trees?

This is a version of that.

You can update any wreath from last year in a hot minute.

Just fluff and add magnolia leaves.

Such a game changer.

6. Merry Christmas banner wreath

Make any wreath cuter with a banner like this one.

Print off Merry Christmas on your computer.

Cut into squares.

Punch holes through the top and add ribbon.

Then tie onto the front of a wreath.

7. Picture frame wreath

I saved my favorite for last.

This is a wreath of pictures. It’s the perfect wreath for Christmas because it makes the perfect gift for someone special.

The key to this wreath is finding these picture frames.

Start looking now because sometimes they are hard to find. Quick tip, look in the wedding clearance section for “place card holders” and you can sometimes find these for .50 apiece. I’ve also had good luck at the dollar store, too.

You’ll need between 30-35 picture frames for this wreath. Just make black and white copies of pictures, add them to the frames and use floral wire to attach them to a grapevine wreath.

As long as we are on the wreath discussion?

Here’s one last idea for the road.

Tie them onto the back of a chair with burlap ribbon.


I am getting so excited about Christmas writing this series.

Be sure and pin these ideas so you are ready for your Christmas decorating.

Christmas is 171 days away.

But who’s counting? 🙂

Merry Christmas in July to you

(come back tomorrow where I’ll show you simple ideas for Christmas decorating using what you already have)

These affordable wreath options (if you don’t want to DIY)

  1. this mistletoe wreath
  2. this magnolia wreath
  3. red berry wreath
  4. this star shaped wreath
  5. flocked glitter wreath
  6. pine branch wreath with wood leaves
  7. eucalyptus berry wreath
  8. this boxwood wreath
  9. holly berry wreath
  10. this rustic wreath

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  1. Image for Monique-Marie Monique-Marie

    Oh you darling Girl I love all the wreaths you are showing today. They are just lovely and inventive. Especially the first two. White wreaths ... nice!

  2. Image for Lori H Lori H

    I had an old pine cone wreath that was my aunts and somehow lost it in some moves. It was so full of small to medium pine cones and was heavy. I saved yours KariAnne for making a couple for this fall and winter. I thought I had to wire them on but your glue idea seems much easier. Nothing like a good wreath. I struggle with certain wreaths for our wood front door vs our painted back door. Love to see ideas for both kind of doors. Love your story too:0)

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