Transitional Wreath – Christmas Through Winter

Yesterday, we discussed How NOT to pay $100 For Garland.  Spending very little on greenery allows us to have money for seasonal items to use as embellishments for wreaths (and ladders!).

You know how I love versatility, right?  When making our front door Christmas wreath this year, I purposely chose things that are wintry in general.

As a matter of fact, from a distance, the wreath doesn’t look necessarily Christmas-y.

Mesh-Wrapped Columns

The ice skates are from Kohl’s, and what I like best is that large plaid (plus the sale price plus discount)!  They came connected with twine, so I hung them over the wreath hook rather than attaching them to the wreath.

Buffalo Print Ice Skates

It’ll be easy to change later if needed.

In October, I ordered a couple of yards of red and black buffalo check from JoAnn’s on-line.  I was so excited!  But, boo-hoo…the flannel was back-ordered, and later, JoAnn’s deemed it impossible to fill my order.  Drats!  I love buffalo check and tartan plaids!

For the wreath itself, I picked up a varied selection of branches while making the door arrangement for Spunky Daughter and Fun Son’s apartment.  Remember I mentioned the bow-making class I attended? (Visions of Sugar Plums Tablescape.)

Christmas Door Spray

As it turned out, the teacher/employee and I were “it” that day for the class.  She showed me her way of making a bow, and I showed her my decorative bow technique.  She’s left-handed, so we decided to individually stick with what works for us.

The benefits of the class involved more than making bows.  I’m not all that great at arranging, so I picked up a few tips on layering:  large, flat items go in back (like the hand-writing print leaf branch), then slightly protruding items over that (like those boing-y things to the right).

Christmas Wreath Close-Up

The boing-y thingies stood out slightly, giving depth to the wreath.  But, the wire inside each one broke at the joint, so I wired the prongs to the wreath.  It looked cuter before having to wire them!  Oh well…as they say, them’s the breaks.

It’s helpful to decide bow placement before attaching the branches.  The bow helps hide the area where the branch stems cover the vine wreath.

Christmas Winter Wreath

There’s no rule about bow placement.  You are free to put it wherever YOU like it!  🙂

You may recognize a couple of repeated items from last year’s Winter Sled Wreath, such as the striped ribbon and the snow-covered twig balls on the lower branch.

Christmas Wreath Details

The ice-covered white branch overlays ice-laden red berries.

Iced Branches and Berries

Brrr.   I’m feeling a chill in the air.  Are you?

For the bow, I made my usual Decorative Bow in a new ribbon and overlaid it with a smaller, two-loop bow in last year’s ribbon.

Decorative Christmas Bow

Do you like combining coordinating prints as much as I do?  Are you crazy for textiles?  (Or, is it just me?)

I’d like to remind you about the current sale at Craftsy.  They’re having so many great sales these days!  Click the image to check out their classes on sale.





  1. says

    Kim, your wreath will look fabulous all winter long. Love the plaid skates, so cute!! I should have made a new wreath this year, just never got around to it! Your door and porch iare all decks and festive! Love it!
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    • says

      Thanks, Pam. That’s what I’m aiming for. 🙂 I have more to do on the porch, but I got a late start after Thanksgiving. I’m not stressing about it, though. I can always say, “Oh, never mind!” Let’s enjoy this wonderful season, shall we? 🙂