December 16, 2009 12:00 PM

Natural Wreath

HOW TO: Personalize a store-bought wreath by adding leaves, flowers, berries and pinecones from your own yard, securing them in place with florist wire.

TIP: Stick with one color palette. Nature’s colors will vary by region. Reds, like the crab apples and bittersweet vines used in this wreath, are abundant in the Northeast, while blues, like hydrangeas, are more easily found in the South.

Ornament Wreath

HOW TO: Use a hot-glue gun to attach ornaments of various sizes and materials to a standard wire wreath frame. Hold each one in place for 30 seconds before moving on to the next ornament.

TIP: Work with the wreath on a flat surface to insure the back stays flat and can hang on a wall.

Christmas Card Wreath

HOW TO: Glue wooden clothespins to a 10-inch wooden embroidery hoop and use the pins to attach holiday cards.

TIP: Vintage cards are fun, but using friends’ and family’s cards from the current year will make guests feel special at holiday gatherings.

Ring of Light Wreath

HOW TO: Just wrap one or two 25-foot strings of lights around a wire wreath frame and–voila !

TIP: Use all white lights for elegance, blue lights for a modern look or, to be festive, choose multicolored lights.

“Like New” Wreath

HOW TO: Give a new life to an old magnolia-leaf wreath by spray-painting it a glossy red, white or turquoise. Work in a well-ventilated area and be sure to paint from all angles to get in every nook and cranny.

TIP: Because there are no other decorative elements to this wreath, hanging it by an attention-grabbing ribbon will really make it special.