The temperature outside is dipping, the leaves are falling off the trees and certain items have begun to appear in the shops, which can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming. Whether you like to decorate as soon as the Halloween decorations have gone down or you prefer to wait until deep December before you get into the festive spirit, it pays to make sure you're prepared for the holiday season.
One easy way to make your home look instantly more Christmassy is by hanging a wreath on your front door or window. You, and everyone who passes by, will get a sprinkling of that festive feeling. Whether you'd like a real, artificial or even a lit, battery-operated wreath, this guide will introduce you to ten beautiful options on Amazon, eBay and John Lewis.
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Everyone has their own family traditions and rituals when it comes to getting ready for Christmas. For your wreath, you could choose traditional colours and styles, or you could do something different and experiment with alternative materials and designs. Here are some tips to help you decide.
Pine branches were originally used to represent everlasting life and artificial versions of this core wreath component have stuck around thanks to symbolic, practical and aesthetic reasons.
Whilst more traditional wreaths might focus in on these components, that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be spiced up (sometimes quite literally with cinnamon and orange) to be something special.
On the other hand, new additions or modifications to the original wreath have been woven into plenty of options to offer something fresh. Bright baubles and fun spray effects come together to breathe new life into this traditional decoration. The choice is yours!
You will typically find that Christmas wreaths are circular. The circular shape has its origin in Christianity with a circle's lack of beginning or end symbolising God. The round shape also serves a practical purpose as it makes wreaths easy to hang and allows things to be interwoven in a uniform way.
These days, Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of different people, and some might want to move away from the traditional round design to something more unique. Popular alternative shapes to consider include stars and hearts.
You don't want your wreath to look out of proportion on your door, or in any other location of your choosing, so make sure it's not too big or too small.
Smaller wreaths usually measure in at about 30 cm in diameter, whereas larger ones can be up to 60 cm. It is up to you how prominent you want your wreath to be, but you don't want it to get in the way of any knockers, handles or letterboxes, so bear that in mind before you go for the biggest option.
The minute you think of Christmas, there are certain colours that spring to mind: red, green and gold. Wreaths that are made from evergreen branches and berries tend to have these colours running through them naturally and will never fail to look pretty and festive.
However, you are not bound to the traditional reds and greens of yore. You can express your own unique festive style by including different shades of the rainbow. We've made sure to include some simple gold wreaths as well as a bold and colourful option on our list!
Most wreaths in churches or those that still have strong religious associations are adorned with candles. These candles are lit at different stages of advent to celebrate the coming of Christmas.
For obvious reasons, it is impractical – and even dangerous – for everyone's wreaths to have candles on that need to be lit and kept alight throughout the festive build-up.
To try and recreate a similar sentiment, and also just to add another impressive element, look for wreaths with fairy lights woven into them which you can turn on and off. This will make any wreath stand out, particularly when it gets dark.
It's completely up to you where you'd like to display your wreath. Some people might put them on their front doors, whilst others might feel that inside works better. Whichever you prefer, make sure that your wreath is suitable to be used inside or out.
Wreaths that aren't waterproof, perhaps because they have lights or other electrics, might not survive living outside for the duration of the festive period, so check before you buy.
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Renaissance Pearl Glitter Wreath
An Elegant Wreath That Elevates the Humble Pine Cone
Mistletoe Christmas Wreath
Get Romantic With Mistletoe on Your Door
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Pop Art Rainbow Bauble Wreath
Inject Some Fun Into Your Christmas Decorations
Pre-Lit Decorated Wreath
A Traditional Wreath With a Bright New Glow
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Real Christmas Wreath
This Real Wreath Brings Nature to Your Door
Large Baubles Christmas Hanging Wreath
If You Don't Want the Natural Look, Try This Wreath
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Impressionism Pre-Lit Star Wreath
A Christmas Star That Will Shine at Night
A Light-Up Wreath to Fit Any Door or Space
Inspired by Renaissance artwork, this wreath's ornate design blends Christmas staples with different textures and materials. A little bit of glitter works wonders to give the pine cones a magic makeover, alongside realistic-looking pine sprigs and eucalyptus leaves.
The subtle inclusion of gold ribbon works perfectly with the more obvious gold baubles, and the pine branches still keep the essence of a traditional wreath alive. It might not have lights, but with it's shining gold hue, this beautiful option from John Lewis doesn't need them.
Like pine and other evergreens, mistletoe is a plant with a strong connection to winter, which makes it the perfect addition to a Christmas wreath. This dainty wreath is cheap but still looks elegant, meaning everyone can enjoy a stylish door decoration.
At 30 x 30 cm, it is small but perfectly-formed and will fit on the front of most doors, but it is soft enough that it would also look great as an indoor decoration.
This wreath rips up the Christmas rule book with its bright colours and bauble design. If you have tired of the standard red, green and gold.
It combines sparkle and shine to perfectly incapsulate the festive spirit whilst straying away from old-fashioned ideas surrounding it. Suitable for hanging both outdoors and in, this wreath is sure to put a smile on the faces of any yuletide visitors you might have.
People will be familiar with this wreath's look. The green, the red and glitter-tipped pine cones combine to give the Christmas look we know and love. It is tightly packed but not so dense that it will look heavy on your door, and the fairy lights will help to brighten your house on even the darkest of winter nights.
The only potential downside is that the lights that come included are ice white in tone – some people might not mind this, but others might find them lacking in that warm glow you want at Christmas.
Made up of real fir, holly, berried twigs and pine cones, this wreath is the ultimate choice if you want to go traditional. It is a complete sensory experience with the smells of orange and cinnamon wafting past your nose every time you go through your door.
There's no doubt that you pay for this experience as this is the most expensive wreath on this list – and unfortunately, it won't last year after year – but this is as good as it gets if you want the real deal.
This wreath, like a few others, takes something that is traditionally Christmassy – but not traditionally used for wreaths – and uses it to make a brand new festive decoration. In this case, baubles are the chosen item, and they come in red, green and gold, so there is no confusion about which season you're celebrating.
This product's updated take on the wreath isn't going to be for everyone and might lack some of the warmth and charm of a more natural-looking option. It also isn't of the highest quality, and if any baubles were to fall off, the effect would be ruined.
Stars already have a pretty significant role to play when it comes to Christmas, but rarely are they the chosen shape for a Christmas wreath. This wreath has changed that, though, making the star a very attractive alternative shape.
Whilst it does have lights that will make this wreath's unique shape stand out, particularly in the dark, this sparsely decorated wreath might look out of place on a large door. It intentionally has a cold look to give the feel of winter, but this might not be the perfect way of inviting people in.
What makes this wreath stand out is its different size options, which means you can pick the perfect size for the space you're working with. It is adorned with artificial poinsettia flowers to bring some traditional floral magic, as well as battery-operated lights.
It may be cheaper than other artificial wreaths, which is a plus,
but some more expensive options on this list do manage to disguise or embrace their artificial nature a little better. This one, in contrast, can look a bit too plastic and fake close-up.
With your new wreath chosen and this year's festive period well and truly on its way, it's probably time to start thinking about your indoor decorations too. From traditional toppers to quirky decorations for modern trees, our recommendations will help you evoke the festive spirit in your home no matter your taste.
Wreaths are a great way of letting everyone know that the festivities have begun in your household, as well as getting everyone excited for the season. Christmas can be celebrated in so many ways, and putting a wreath up that shows your style is a good a place as any to start!
Author: Emma Cramp
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