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Holiday Wreaths

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Nothing says welcome to guests more than a decorative wreath hung on your front door for the holidays. I love making new wreaths every year for my apartment. This year, I bought beautiful garland from Jamali Garden and I made it into a large wreath for inside my home.

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I also went back through the archives of Martha Stewart Living to share with you some of my favorite holiday wreaths. Hopefully they will inspire you to carry on this tradition in your own home.

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This wreath smells just as much as it is beautiful. Made from bay laurel (or rosemary) it gives off a wonderful fragrance.

1 This wreath smells just as much as it is beautiful. Made from bay laurel (or rosemary) it gives off a wonderful fragrance.

This is one of the easiest wreaths we've ever made. No fussing over symmetry or bending of boughs -- just some spray paint, a hot-glue gun, and floral wire.

2 This is one of the easiest wreaths we've ever made. No fussing over symmetry or bending of boughs -- just some spray paint, a hot-glue gun, and floral wire.

This overhead centerpiece looks grand and complicated, but it only takes two wreaths and beautiful satin ribbon to make this wreath

3 This overhead centerpiece looks grand and complicated, but it only takes two wreaths and beautiful satin ribbon to make this wreath "chandelier."

This sweet wreath looks delicious and it's an adorable addition to your home during the holidays.

4 This sweet wreath looks delicious and it's an adorable addition to your home during the holidays.

Here we coated plastic berry branches with craft glue and powder glitter to give it a shine against the greenery that makes up the wreath. We finished it with a beautiful pink bow.

5 Here we coated plastic berry branches with craft glue and powder glitter to give it a shine against the greenery that makes up the wreath. We finished it with a beautiful pink bow.

This wreath has an unexpected color and shimmer and the golden beads become jewel-like.

6 This wreath has an unexpected color and shimmer and the golden beads become jewel-like.

You'll have a hard time keeping little hands off of this yummy wreath made from gumdrops.

7 You'll have a hard time keeping little hands off of this yummy wreath made from gumdrops.

Traditional mistletoe is used in a new way by molding it into a wreath.

8 Traditional mistletoe is used in a new way by molding it into a wreath.

This wreath can be made with any color of glass ornaments, but the unexpected color combination of pink and gold makes this really special.

9 This wreath can be made with any color of glass ornaments, but the unexpected color combination of pink and gold makes this really special.

Padding a wire wreath with straw or hay creates a full, rounded base that can support a variety of materials. This one is made with laurel, although a straw wreath is so beautiful, you may want to hang it on its own.

10 Padding a wire wreath with straw or hay creates a full, rounded base that can support a variety of materials. This one is made with laurel, although a straw wreath is so beautiful, you may want to hang it on its own.

This wreath made with boxwood and embellished with a quartet of slim satin bows captures the classic Christmas pairing of red and green.

11 This wreath made with boxwood and embellished with a quartet of slim satin bows captures the classic Christmas pairing of red and green.

Enjoy the wonderfully familiar sounds of the holidays when you hang this jingle bell wreath where it will be heard (on a door, for instance).

12 Enjoy the wonderfully familiar sounds of the holidays when you hang this jingle bell wreath where it will be heard (on a door, for instance).

Gather or purchase pinecones to create this rustic wreath that is perfect for the outdoors. I love how the snow adds to it as the weather changes.

13 Gather or purchase pinecones to create this rustic wreath that is perfect for the outdoors. I love how the snow adds to it as the weather changes.

This is a great way to display your holiday cards while also creating a decoration for your wall or a door.

14 This is a great way to display your holiday cards while also creating a decoration for your wall or a door.

Wrap small boxes to create this festive wreath. Change the colors of the wrapping and ribbon to go with your own home's decor.

15 Wrap small boxes to create this festive wreath. Change the colors of the wrapping and ribbon to go with your own home's decor.

This lush and beautiful wreath

16 This lush and beautiful wreath "chandelier" is created with a tangle of lichen branches and seeded eucalyptus, which are simply tucked into noble fir wreaths. It's all topped off with silver ornaments.

You can create this glittering decoration by using the same technique for the wreath

17 You can create this glittering decoration by using the same technique for the wreath "chandelier."

Carnations can be used in a number of ways including a festive holiday wreath like this one which is accented with red glass ornaments.

18 Carnations can be used in a number of ways including a festive holiday wreath like this one which is accented with red glass ornaments.

This wreath made from faux gold leaves and branches is a modern take on the traditional wreath.

19 This wreath made from faux gold leaves and branches is a modern take on the traditional wreath.

These wreaths made of juniper and pepperberry add a splash of color to this otherwise traditional banister.

20 These wreaths made of juniper and pepperberry add a splash of color to this otherwise traditional banister.

This wreath is completely made out of doilies and Christmas lights.

21 This wreath is completely made out of doilies and Christmas lights.

To carry on the cheerful tradition of holly-bedecked halls, add berry accents to a circle of silver fir. Because holly dries out quickly, it's best to display this wreath outside.

22 To carry on the cheerful tradition of holly-bedecked halls, add berry accents to a circle of silver fir. Because holly dries out quickly, it's best to display this wreath outside.

Instead of just one wreath adorning your door, tie three wreaths together with thick ribbon.

23 Instead of just one wreath adorning your door, tie three wreaths together with thick ribbon.

The unexpected shape of this wreath is what makes this so special, and I love how it is hung with two separate ribbons.

24 The unexpected shape of this wreath is what makes this so special, and I love how it is hung with two separate ribbons.

You can make this wreath with real cranberries, which will only last one season, or you can make it with red beads that mimic cranberries so it will last for many years.

25 You can make this wreath with real cranberries, which will only last one season, or you can make it with red beads that mimic cranberries so it will last for many years.

This wreath made with cushion moss will thrive all year long.

26 This wreath made with cushion moss will thrive all year long.

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