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.
Ehow.com shows you how to create a wreath from greenery. MarthaStewart.com'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: hgic.clemson.edu/.
If you'd rather buy a fresh wreath, consider making some crafty wreaths with your kids. HGTV.com 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. Kidsdomain.com shows you how.
Looking for a way to display this year's Christmas cards or recycle last year's? Make a Christmas card wreath. Both HGTV.com and eHow.com 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 http://Save-on-crafts.com.
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 http://eHow.com.