Add Christmas cheer with wreaths and garlands

Welcoming, festive and jolly, every door should have a Christmas wreath. A finishing flourish to your home’s festive decorations, they’re also a generous gesture for friends, family and passers-by to enjoy. We have a range of wreaths to suit all styles and budgets, from traditional spruce branches to glamorous bauble wreaths.

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Although it’s traditional to hang them on the front door, they make pretty additions to interior and cupboard doors and even in the back garden, where they can be hung on the shed or a wall. Laid horizontally, they look fantastic with plants or candles inside as a table-top decoration (LED candles work well as there’s no fire risk with these).

If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own wreath from foraged greenery or use a wreath making kit.

Homemade wreaths are simple to make and with our easy-to-use kits, can be customised to fit in with your Christmas theme. They’re also a great reason to put on your winter woollies and head off outdoors to forage for natural trimmings from the countryside, woods or even your own back garden.

Gather seasonal foliage and greenery to form the base of your wreath – if you’ve pruned your Christmas tree into shape, you can use the unwanted clippings. Embellish with berries, flowers, fruit and nuts as well as Christmas trinkets and decorations to add extra sparkle.

To help keep a wreath looking fresh, soak it in a bucket of water, or the sink, for half an hour every week or so. As long as the weather’s cool, it should last for up to a month outdoors.

Go for garlands

You can be just as creative with festive garlands. From simple designs that feature lush strands of greenery or a string of natural decorations like pine cones, to a glamorous combination of ribbons and baubles, they’re easy to make ­– or we have a range of beautifully ready-made ones to choose from in-store and online

If you’re making your own, a simple idea is to use lengths of ivy and other evergreen foliage twisted together to form a natural rope. Alternatively, take a length of rope and cover with pieces of evergreen foliage, attaching with florist wire. As with the wreath, use flowers, berries, decorations and ribbon to tie in with your overall theme and add a little Christmas magic.

As well as adding a festive touch to fireplaces and stair bannisters, why not drape a garland around a favourite picture or painting on the wall or use one as a pretty runner for the holiday table, adding lights for extra sparkle?