Web Wise: Wrap Up a Wreath

By Troy Corley

Nothing says "Welcome!" to guests at Christmastime like a wreath on the door. It sets the festive mood and offers a hint to the holiday spirit inside. Like trees, wreaths can be decorated in numerous ways, but they're also more versatile.

A homemade wreath has an extra special quality. Wreaths can be made from a variety of items, including fresh greens snipped from a new Christmas tree, dried vines, pinecones, fabric, even plastic bags and other recyclable materials. shows you how to create a wreath from greenery.'s "Wreath 101" offers similar instructions, with links to tips on making your own wreath hanger and tying a wreath bow. For tips on how to decorate with all types of greenery and how to keep them fresh, visit Clemson University's online extension:

If you'd rather buy a fresh wreath, consider making some crafty wreaths with your kids. offers an easy way to make a Christmas countdown wreath using cookie cutter traced shapes. A cute way for kids to participate is to make tracings of their little hands for one-of-a-kind wreaths. shows you how.

Web Wise ArchivesLooking for a way to display this year's Christmas cards or recycle last year's? Make a Christmas card wreath. Both and have instructions. For more recycling, create a charm wreath using old ornaments or parts of ornaments you don't know what to do with. Find out how at

If anyone tells you Christmas is for the birds, tell them they're right and offer the birds their own edible wreath. Another craft from

Happy wreathing!

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