wrestling over wreaths: fresh, DIY or etsy?

We haven’t even consumed all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, and I’m already feeling like we’re behind in our holiday decorating. I think the first order of business is to find a wreath for our front door (which happens to be pale blue, fyi). I’m torn between buying a fresh one — there are a ton at Home Depot — or going a more crafty route. Someday, I’ll make my own wreath — I’ve seen a ton of great how-tos online — but this year I’m short on time. Etsy is calling my name.

Here are some that have caught my eye.
Maine wreath, $60. Covered in moss with a tiny moose. Reminds me of our summer vacation.

This is the one our nearly-4-year old wants. Quelle surprise. It’s made of peppermint sticks and lollipops. $70

Modern Felt Mistletoe, $80, is elegant.

Fresh Eucalyptus and noble, would look great on door. Would it smell nice? For $90, I’d hope so.

Do you have a wreath on your door? Any advice when buying a fresh one? Or hanging a crafty number? — Angela M.

From our partners

I really like all of these! But FYI the moss one is very easy to make… i would DIY that one instead of paying for it. Thanks for sharing!


I like modern felt mistletoe.

I want to put a wreath up above the second story (at attic level) of my house, there is a wreath hanger thing up there already, but I’ve never braved ladders that long. Can I get one of those hooks people use to get clothes from the second level? extension grabby things? how do i do this?

The fab gals at Good Bones Great Pieces posted a jingle bell wreath from Williams-Sonoma: http://goodbonesgreatpieces.com/blog/2011/11/jingle-bell-wreath/

I love it. It’s the wreath, updated for modern times (and my clean, minimalist, modern apartment), yet it still feels traditional – who doesn’t love the sound of softly jingling bells?!


The peppermint candy wreath reminds me of an old picture I saw of your daughter eating a lolly pop….and would look cute with your (vintage?) light up snowmen.


I’m doing a candy wreath, remaking one my mom made when I was a kid. I bought a pine wreath with a couple of pine cones and some assorted decorative (real) berries on it, and I’m going to wire on a bunch of colorful, old-fashioned candies. I got one of those big swirly lollipops, some pretty but small lollipops, and I’ll get some other decorative ones. Maybe candy sticks tied up with ribbon, for one thing.

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