A Year of Door Decor

A Year of DIY Wreaths / Door Decor {How to make a wreath for any season}

Just like I love decorating my mantel for every season, I’m also obsessed with decorating my front door!  One of the reasons I like coming up with mantel decorating ideas and DIY wreath ideas so much is because it allows me to indulge in decorating without taking on a big project like a room makeover.  Also, I’m just one of those people who likes to celebrate different seasons and holidays – and I like getting my kids excited about them too!

Seasonal Door Decor Wreaths

I love the creative challenge of figuring out how to make a wreath. When I create a new one for my door, sometimes I edit something old one that’s been banging around for years (like my  Fall Burlap Wreath, my Traditional Christmas Wreath) and other times, I start from scratch (like with my Sisal & Starfish Wreath).  Some of my wreaths are complete DIY disasters (gahhh!), and don’t turn out at all like I had imagined.  But sometimes, they turn out better. Regardless, I love the creative process.

Here’s a look back at some of my DIY wreaths over the past year!

DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

In early February, I made a new Valentine’s Day wreath from an (unusual) combination of burlap and pink tulle.  I also used different pink grosgrain ribbons.  You can find the tutorial on how to make a pink ribbon and burlap Valentine’s Day wreath here.

how to make a Valentines Day Wreath

DIY Wreath Valentine's day

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

I created this Irish-inspired DIY wreath for St. Patrick’s Day using mostly dollar store materials, like sparkly green tulle, a big die cut shamrock, and shamrock garland.

DIY St. Patricks Day Wreath

DIY Easter Wreath

This DIY, shabby chic-style Easter wreath was a new creation, but I used mostly materials that I had on hand.  It was made from a pool noodle that I shaped into an oval, and then covered with painter’s drop cloth and ripped up dish towels!  I also used Easter eggs that I pulled off an old wreath.  This was one of my DIY wreaths that I considered a disaster at first.  It turned out nothing like I imagined! But, eventually I embraced it’s shabbiness, and I hung it anyway!  You can see how to make this Easter wreath here.

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

how to make a wreath for Easter

Spring Door Decor:

Hanging Tulip Basket

And…when Easter was over, I hung no-fuss basket of (artificial) tulips for the rest of Spring.

DIY Spring Door Decor - tulips

Starfish Wreath

For early summer, I created a DIY starfish wreath which I made from a foam wreath form, sisal roping and dried starfish.  I really liked how this one turned out.  You can see how to make this starfish wreath by clicking over to the post: DIY Sisal & Starfish Summer Wreath – A Tutorial (Summer Decorating/Summer Door Decor).

DIY Starfish Wreath

Summer Door Decor:

Hanging Floral Basket

When our summer gardening season started, I hung this basket of real flowers on our door. I’m proud to say that I kept it growing most of the summer. (Well, to be honest, I think it was actually my husband who kept it watered, lol).

   Summer Door Decor Ideas

Fall Door Decor:

Hanging Floral Basket

 When Fall came, I first hung this basket of Fall florals.

DIY Fall Door Decorating Ideas

DIY Fall Burlap Wreath

Then I switched it out for this oldie-but-goodie DIY Fall burlap wreath that I’ve been updating for years!  (To see how to make a burlap wreath, check out my post: My Fall Wreath (2011)

Fall Burlap Wreath

Halloween Door Decor: Boo Letters

In October, I decided not to hang the DIY googly-eyed bat wreath that I made in 2011, mainly because I fell hard and fast for these giant, glittery BOO letters at Hallmark.  They were meant for a mantel or shelf, but I tied them together with ribbon, and then put strong magnets on the back of each letter so that they would stay put on my steel door even in windy conditions! It worked!

Boo letters Halloween door decor

DIY Traditional Christmas Wreath

In December, I transformed an old artificial wreath that was in our basement to one that had the look of real greenery.  You can find out how to make a Christmas wreath like this one here: DIY Traditional Christmas Wreath Makeover {The look of real greenery}

how to make a Christmas Wreath

And, that’s what’s on our door right now!

I know that some people don’t like to hang wreaths on their door because they fear they’ll will chip the paint.  And, I’m not gonna lie,  they definitely do, especially if you live in a windy, wet climate like ours!  But those little scratches and scuffs are easily fixed, and for me, are a small sacrifice for a pretty door!  (Check out: How I painted my front door in under an hour: “The Harried Mom’s Guide to Painting a Front Door”!)

I’m signing off now until we ring in 2013, so my very best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

Until then,

I’m linking up with Beth:
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