We’ve hit a warm patch in KC and it’s been so nice getting outside and doing more of the decorating on the exterior of our house. I still have a few things left to do inside (our main tree, staircase, table settings), but you can’t miss out on warm temperatures in the Midwest!
There are absolutely stunning wreath options online, and I’m a HUGE fan of creating your own wreaths for half the cost of what you can get in the store. Just this year, I’ve created a massive fall wreath and a spring wreath for $20 each and 30 minutes of your time. But come Christmastime, I purchase a real wreath from my local Lowe’s and dress it up for a classic holiday look that not only looks beautiful, but welcomes you into our home with the smell of pure Christmastime.
An entryway is supposed to be a welcoming environment for your friends and family. A place that draws you into your home and makes you feel instantly comfortable, right? I don’t know what is more welcoming and inviting than smelling fresh pine as you walk into a home! I recreate this year after year and I had to share my very favorite way to welcome guests into your home this Christmas, too!
I snag this beautiful fresh cedar and pine wreath every year from my local Lowe’s. Without fail, I walk straight to the outdoor garden section around Thanksgiving and grab one of these immediately. It smells absolutely incredible, has limited shedding, AND it lasts well into February for me! I just take the bow and bells off after the holidays and it’s a winter wreath all winter season!
Some years I spray it every few days to keep it fresh and other years I’m so busy and forgetful that I’ve actually NEVER sprayed it with water. Ya know the funny thing is that this wreath lasts regardless of the work and care I put into it. It always seems to pull through all the way through the season for me.
Now come February, you will have a terrible time taking it off and disposing of it because the needles will fall off instantly when you take it off, but for the color, the smell, and the beauty, I lay down that sacrifice!
To finish off the wreath, I just add a simple red velvet bow I found at JoAnn Fabrics and have used for several years now. It comes with a piece of long floral wire around the bow and I just tie it around the top of the wreath to keep it in place. These Amazon bells are from a few years ago. They were silver and I used Rub n Buff Gold Leaf last year to turn them to gold. It’s faded slightly this year but I think I love it even more that way! I may go over them if it wears off more, but I love how the gold bells have a tinge of wear to them.
If you’re looking for a set of gold bells, I absolutely LOVE THESE ones that I used on my mantle or THESE that I’m using on my stairway next week.
A great part of buying a fresh wreath online is that it is packaged so well and is shipped QUICKLY! I’ve ordered fresh garland and a wreath from Sam’s Club in past years and it was on my doorstep 2 days later in perfect condition. Be sure to read the reviews from others but I’ve consistently seen great reports about the care and condition these wreaths arrive.
Convinced you yet? I’ve rounded up some of my very favorites online for you below. Enjoy these beautiful winter wreaths and welcome in your guests with the most beautiful colors and smells on your front door this year, too!
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