Poker fans will get a kick out of repurposing a deck of cards as a cheery holiday wreath. To give the cards extra dimension, build multiple layers and use thick mounting tape between each layer. This gives greater dimension to the wreath, keeping the intended effect from falling flat. For added color, attach red and green poker chips in one corner to resemble a sprig of holly.
The signature red-and-white swirl of peppermints makes them the most iconic of Christmas candies. Reinterpret these popular Yuletide yummies by creating a nostalgic, one-of-a-kind wreath. To assemble, take the candies out of their wrappers, add hot glue to the back and attach them to a foam wreath form, entirely covering the front and sides.
Little boys and dads alike will love the idea of repurposing toy figurines into a masculine, playful wreath — especially when it involves a little destruction. This can be done two different ways. For a clean look, glue plastic army men figures directly to a wire wreath. For a look that's a bit more sculptural and edgy, toy figurines can be melted together in the oven and then pieced together in sections.
Raid your gift-wrap stash or hit the local craft store to pick up coordinating spools of ribbon with different widths and patterns. Overlap ribbon to completely cover a foam wreath form in a solid base color then top it with ribbon in a coordinating pattern. Layering textures ensures great contrast, resulting in a clean, graphic look.
It seems home improvement projects always leave a stack of leftover paint chips in their wake. Put them to good use by transforming them into blooming flowers and attaching them to a foam wreath form. To create the flowers: Cut the end of the chip at a 45-degree angle with scissors. Next, twist around until a conical form takes shape. To keep it from unraveling, add a generous bead of hot glue to the back where the two edges of the paint chips meet. Make several flowers in assorted colors and attach them to a foam wreath using hot glue, tightly placing them side by side until the wreath is completely covered.
While stockings and legwarmers may not spring to mind as readily as pine boughs and ribbon, the craftiest among us can create a holiday wreath that's as fun and unexpected as the materials that served as inspiration. To get the look, cut the legwarmers and socks apart along the seam then wrap them around a foam wreath form, bunching and scrunching until you're happy with the shape. Finally, secure the fabric to the wreath with floral pins.
Embrace the kitsch factor that pom-poms bring to everything they touch. An excellent idea for a girl's room is to cover a wreath form with various colors and styles of pom-poms. It warms up the space with color and a nice, fuzzy texture.
Twine is one of those things you usually have on hand and always comes in handy. For a textural approach, simply wrap twine, in assorted colors and thicknesses, around a foam wreath form. Use hot glue to attach the end of the twine to the back of the wreath. Embellish with felt holly leaves and berries attached with hot glue to the wreath's bottom corner.
Crushed beer can and bottle top wreaths don't fit every situation, but they're right at home in a bachelor pad or man cave. While this look may not be a fit for the fancier types, it's a great way to outfit a fun, casual space with holiday decor that doesn't take itself too seriously. To create, crush the cans into interesting shapes then use pliers or metal-cutting shears to create a hole in the back of each can. Poke picture wire through the holes, then fasten the cans tightly to a grapevine wreath form. To give bottle caps a dangling effect, attach twine or fishing wire to the back of each with a dab of hot glue and tie the other end to the grapevine wreath.