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Weekend Project: Holiday Wreaths

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With Christmas quickly approaching, use this weekend to finish up your holiday decorating. The perfect decoration to greet your guest is an elegant wreath hung on your front door or in your foyer. These handy wreath How-To's will give you inspiration to create and hang a festive wreath:

Golden-Cedar Wreath

Star-Shaped Wreath

Oval Holly Wreath

Silver Fir and Holly Wreath

Jingle Bell Wreaths

Mistletoe Wreath

Holiday Carnation Wreath

Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath

I love the Grandin Road Martha Stewart Three Wreaths On Red Ribbon -- these festive wreaths are connected with a beautiful velveteen ribbon and they are perfect to hang on your front door. If you wish to add light to your wreath and you want to make your decorating project quick and easy, start with a pre-light wreath from The Home Depot. With the lights pre-installed into the wreath, all you need to do is add the finishing touches -- take a look at some of my favorite Martha Stewart Living wreaths that have been featured in the magazine over the years.

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Curious little hands can't reach the snowy shelves of a cupboard, where a flocked cedar wreath hangs against a creamware plate.

1 Curious little hands can't reach the snowy shelves of a cupboard, where a flocked cedar wreath hangs against a creamware plate.

This shimmering wreath of faux gold leaves and branches makes a festive door display.

2 This shimmering wreath of faux gold leaves and branches makes a festive door display.

Go for the gold and enrich a simple cedar wreath with tiny bells, sprigs of golden cedar, and a matching satin bow.

3 Go for the gold and enrich a simple cedar wreath with tiny bells, sprigs of golden cedar, and a matching satin bow.

Use a soft-touch ring to make a quick and beautiful Christmas wreath.

4 Use a soft-touch ring to make a quick and beautiful Christmas wreath.

Add pepperberries to a vine wreath form for a decorative accent that spreads holiday cheer in or outdoors.

5 Add pepperberries to a vine wreath form for a decorative accent that spreads holiday cheer in or outdoors.

Made from sweet-smelling sprigs of golden cedar, this star-shaped wreath uses the same technique as the round form.

6 Made from sweet-smelling sprigs of golden cedar, this star-shaped wreath uses the same technique as the round form.

Use holly leaves and berries to provide a brilliant splash of red and green against an otherwise whitewashed winter backdrop.

7 Use holly leaves and berries to provide a brilliant splash of red and green against an otherwise whitewashed winter backdrop.

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.

8 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.

Enjoy the wonderfully familiar sounds of the holidays while keeping warm indoors. Hang this wreath where it will be heard (on a door, for instance), and bring the ring of sleigh bells to all the rooms in the house.

9 Enjoy the wonderfully familiar sounds of the holidays while keeping warm indoors. Hang this wreath where it will be heard (on a door, for instance), and bring the ring of sleigh bells to all the rooms in the house.

Hang a festive ring of mistletoe and inspire passion as well as good cheer.

10 Hang a festive ring of mistletoe and inspire passion as well as good cheer.

The shiny green foliage of a boxwood wreath embellished with a quartet of slim satin bows captures the classic Christmas pairing of red and green. This window wreath could just as easily adorn a door or wall to make a festive statement.

11 The shiny green foliage of a boxwood wreath embellished with a quartet of slim satin bows captures the classic Christmas pairing of red and green. This window wreath could just as easily adorn a door or wall to make a festive statement.

An inviting wreath composed of cushion moss will thrive all year. Use some or all of the following natural materials to craft a beautiful wreath for your home.

12 An inviting wreath composed of cushion moss will thrive all year. Use some or all of the following natural materials to craft a beautiful wreath for your home.

Step aside, holly and mistletoe -- or at least make room for something new. The carnation is a surprisingly elegant and easygoing choice for holiday displays.

13 Step aside, holly and mistletoe -- or at least make room for something new. The carnation is a surprisingly elegant and easygoing choice for holiday displays.

This woodsy design is equally comfortable on an outside door or above a fireplace.

14 This woodsy design is equally comfortable on an outside door or above a fireplace.

At this time of year, everything seems to gleam. Echo this holiday luster at home with decorations like this wreath bedecked with tinsel and glitter.

15 At this time of year, everything seems to gleam. Echo this holiday luster at home with decorations like this wreath bedecked with tinsel and glitter.

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.

16 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.

A fresh cranberry wreath will last just one Christmas, but this beaded version can be used year after year.

17 A fresh cranberry wreath will last just one Christmas, but this beaded version can be used year after year.

Ring in the winter holidays with an impressive yet easy-to-make decoration for the front door that packs a beribboned triple punch.

18 Ring in the winter holidays with an impressive yet easy-to-make decoration for the front door that packs a beribboned triple punch.

Create this glittering decoration by trimming a noble fir wreath with silvery ornaments and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus.

19 Create this glittering decoration by trimming a noble fir wreath with silvery ornaments and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus.

Make the entrance to your home inviting to holiday visitors -- including Santa -- with bright, merry lights; their sparkle highlights the shimmering globes and greenery of this double wreath.

20 Make the entrance to your home inviting to holiday visitors -- including Santa -- with bright, merry lights; their sparkle highlights the shimmering globes and greenery of this double wreath.

A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy.

21 A delicate-looking wreath that creates the magical effect of candles flickering in the snow is easy to make and surprisingly sturdy.

This Scandinavian-style greenery

22 This Scandinavian-style greenery "chandelier" is an eye-catching way to draw guests to a holiday cocktail or buffet table.

Our wreath is made of Eastern juniper; cedar would work well too. Avoid evergreens that shed their needles as they dry. When spraying adhesive and painting, work in a well ventilated area.

23 Our wreath is made of Eastern juniper; cedar would work well too. Avoid evergreens that shed their needles as they dry. When spraying adhesive and painting, work in a well ventilated area.

Ring in the season with a simple-to-make take on the classic evergreen wreath. A few blue spruce boughs are tied with twine and adorned with dozens of little bells for a pretty sound on otherwise silent nights.

24 Ring in the season with a simple-to-make take on the classic evergreen wreath. A few blue spruce boughs are tied with twine and adorned with dozens of little bells for a pretty sound on otherwise silent nights.

A ring of cedar is festooned with amaryllis flowers and a red velveteen ribbon to create a stunning wreath perfect for your mantle or door.

25 A ring of cedar is festooned with amaryllis flowers and a red velveteen ribbon to create a stunning wreath perfect for your mantle or door.

Festive red bells mimic the season's holly berries in this evergreen door wreath.

26 Festive red bells mimic the season's holly berries in this evergreen door wreath.

I love the book "The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Great American Wreaths." There are so many beautiful ideas that can help create you create a holiday seasonal wreath. Here is a selection of my favorite wreaths throughout the book.

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There are many beautiful wreath decorating ideas in this Martha Stewart Living Great American Wreaths book.

1 There are many beautiful wreath decorating ideas in this Martha Stewart Living Great American Wreaths book.

Mississippi Magnolias Wreath: I love the green and brown colors used.

2 Mississippi Magnolias Wreath: I love the green and brown colors used.

North Carolina Fraser Fir Wreath: Every other year, the National Christmas Tree Association holds a contest to choose the White House christmas tree. More often than not, a Fraser fir from North Carolina wins!

3 North Carolina Fraser Fir Wreath: Every other year, the National Christmas Tree Association holds a contest to choose the White House christmas tree. More often than not, a Fraser fir from North Carolina wins!

New Hampshire Pussy Willow Wreath: You can make this wreath almost any size you want.

4 New Hampshire Pussy Willow Wreath: You can make this wreath almost any size you want.

Montana Ponderosa Pincones Wreath: Pinus ponderosa, the state tree of Montana, is a classic of the American West.

5 Montana Ponderosa Pincones Wreath: Pinus ponderosa, the state tree of Montana, is a classic of the American West.

Florida Citrus Fruits Wreath: While Florida and orange juice seem inseperable, a natural duo like bacon and eggs, citrus fruits ar enot natives of the state.

6 Florida Citrus Fruits Wreath: While Florida and orange juice seem inseperable, a natural duo like bacon and eggs, citrus fruits ar enot natives of the state.

Alaska Sitka Spruce Wreath: You'd expect Alask'as state tree to be as strong and as indomitable as a Siberian husky, and you would be right. The sitka spruce is one of the world's most imposing trees, growing to a height of two hundred feet and living as long as six hundred years.

7 Alaska Sitka Spruce Wreath: You'd expect Alask'as state tree to be as strong and as indomitable as a Siberian husky, and you would be right. The sitka spruce is one of the world's most imposing trees, growing to a height of two hundred feet and living as long as six hundred years.

Arkansas Rice Wreath: In Arkansas, the country's major producer of rice (160 million bushels a year), the grain is an ingredient in just about anything.

8 Arkansas Rice Wreath: In Arkansas, the country's major producer of rice (160 million bushels a year), the grain is an ingredient in just about anything.

Alabama Cotton Wreath: Although the boll weevil did much to diminish Alabama's claim to be the Cotton State, the weevil is now nearly eradicated, and cotton, once again, is an important crop in the South.

9 Alabama Cotton Wreath: Although the boll weevil did much to diminish Alabama's claim to be the Cotton State, the weevil is now nearly eradicated, and cotton, once again, is an important crop in the South.

Connecticut Mountain Laurel Wreath: Many Connecticut residents make a pilgrimage to the town of Union just to walk or drive through the Laurel Sanctuary at Nipmuck State Forest. This half-mile-long cuts through a dense thicket of mountain laurel, Connecticut's state flower.

10 Connecticut Mountain Laurel Wreath: Many Connecticut residents make a pilgrimage to the town of Union just to walk or drive through the Laurel Sanctuary at Nipmuck State Forest. This half-mile-long cuts through a dense thicket of mountain laurel, Connecticut's state flower.

Rhode Island Guahaug Shells Wreath: Just about anyone who grew up in Rhode Island spent summers at the beach digging up buckets of hard-shell clams, or quahaugs. Almost 200,000 recreational clammers go looking for quahaugs every year on the tidal flats of Narragansett Bay.

11 Rhode Island Guahaug Shells Wreath: Just about anyone who grew up in Rhode Island spent summers at the beach digging up buckets of hard-shell clams, or quahaugs. Almost 200,000 recreational clammers go looking for quahaugs every year on the tidal flats of Narragansett Bay.

South Dakota Hay Wreath: If the wind is blowing in the right direction on the Great Plains, the sweet smell of new-mown hay will waft for miles across this state.

12 South Dakota Hay Wreath: If the wind is blowing in the right direction on the Great Plains, the sweet smell of new-mown hay will waft for miles across this state.

Arizona Cactus Wreath: Cactuses have been growin gin the southwestern United States for millions of years, and the cactus is such an icon here that one of the state's novelty license plates is emblazoned with an image of the saguaro, one of the biggest cactuses of all.

13 Arizona Cactus Wreath: Cactuses have been growin gin the southwestern United States for millions of years, and the cactus is such an icon here that one of the state's novelty license plates is emblazoned with an image of the saguaro, one of the biggest cactuses of all.

New York Rose Hips Wreath: In New York, where the rose is the official state flower, rose hips appear on wild rose bushes after the flowers have fallen off.

14 New York Rose Hips Wreath: In New York, where the rose is the official state flower, rose hips appear on wild rose bushes after the flowers have fallen off.

Delaware American Holly Wreath: If American holly, Delaware's state tree, is synonymous with Yuletide wreaths, it is partly thanks to such Delaware entrepreneurs as Charlie Jones, the

15 Delaware American Holly Wreath: If American holly, Delaware's state tree, is synonymous with Yuletide wreaths, it is partly thanks to such Delaware entrepreneurs as Charlie Jones, the "holly wreath man" of Milton. In 1906, Jones began selling wreaths made of the branches of Delaware's beautiful and plentiful native trees, American holly, with its serrated leaves and red berries.

Massachusetts Cranberries Wreath: The tart red fruit that grows wild on Cape Cod and in southeastern Massachusetts was a favorite of the colonists from the moment they tasted it that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth.

16 Massachusetts Cranberries Wreath: The tart red fruit that grows wild on Cape Cod and in southeastern Massachusetts was a favorite of the colonists from the moment they tasted it that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth.