Wreaths and garlands make a home feel instantly more festive. Whether it’s the smell of a natural pine wreath or the glow of a Christmas garland with lights for a fireplace, these seasonal decorations create an inviting ambience for guests and family. Read on for tips on buying and hanging your own wreath or garland at Christmas.
Why do we put a wreath on the door and what is its symbolism?
Wreaths have widespread roots in multiple cultures, and so today their meaning can nowadays seem rather mysterious or ambiguous. Some say they represent victory, as in Roman times, and others believe their circular form manifests eternal life. The most common interpretation of Christmas wreaths is that they represent the crown of thorns, and therefore Christ. They were originally hung on front doors in public remembrance and reference to the Bible story, but they also can serve a purely decorative purpose.
Wreaths are not only hung on front doors. There are also a variety of Christmas garlands for stairs or fireplaces, and also table wreaths that are used as centrepieces with candle holders.
What is a garland made out of?
Similarly to harvest wreaths and garlands, pine wreaths and berry garlands are adorned with motifs of the season. Traditionally, large Christmas wreaths for outdoors are made from real fir tree branches, pinecones and red and white berries. Natural pinecone garlands and wreaths look stunning, but many prefer the durability of artificial Christmas wreaths which can be used again and again every year, saving on money.
Luxury Christmas garlands are coloured in gold or silver, and lavish front door wreaths are intertwined with ribbon, tinsel and LED lights. If your Christmas decorations
have a particular colour scheme, match it with the wreath on your front door to create a stylishly cohesive look.
How do you hang garlands and Christmas wreaths?
When hanging up a front door wreath, Christmas lights
or garland, it can be a shame or impossible to put nails in your door. Here are a few tips on how to put up your Christmas decorations without damaging wooden doors or fireplaces:
- Wreath hangers: These are over-the-door hooks that come in a variety of designs, from simple metal door hooks to festive designs with Santa Claus or Christmas trees. However, some over door hooks prevent the door from closing properly.
- Ribbon: For a decorative solution, hang the wreath from a piece of ribbon and secure to the top of the door with flat-headed pins.
- Magnetic hooks: If you have a metal door, you can use a strong magnet hook to hand your wreath.
- Adhesive hooks: These simple and cheap hooks are a quick solution to hanging garlands and wreaths. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before applying.
- Suction cup hooks: If your door, wall or mantelpiece has a smooth surface or glass pane, suction hooks are another easy option and won’t leave behind any marks.
- With any hooks, double-check weight restrictions to make sure the hardware can hold your wreath.
Where to buy Christmas garlands and wreaths?
As Advent approaches, fulfil all of your home design goals on Houzz UK. Whether you are looking for tree decorations, berry wreaths, garlands with lights to traditional and modern Christmas trees
, there is a variety of seasonal decorations
to suit every style.