How to Repurpose Your Holiday Decor into a Fall Wreath and Garland
In this post: A great way to make use of your holiday decor is to rework it into a fall wreath and garland to add seasonal flavor to an autumn celebration.⇒
Are you one of those people who takes out the holiday decor the day after Thanksgiving?
Have you ever packed away the fall wreath just in time to take out one for Christmas?
Did you ever wonder why you don’t just use the same one?
While there are lots of beautiful fall wreaths out there, if you’re short on storage space or prefer to buy only one, you can use a relatively simple holiday wreath without lots of baubles, and dress it up for the season at hand.
If it has lights just keep them off. Pinecones can stay but keep everything else pretty simple. Now you can add what you like! Do the same with garlands and you can start styling your rooms.
Fall Wreath and Garland
For my family room, I decided to set a seasonal table on the coffee table by the fireplace, to fully appreciate the beauty of the wreath set up on the mantel.
I chose colors that adhered to what has become my signature fall style, warm fall tones that are lightened for subtlety and infused with a bit of blush and rose for a feminine touch.
I set a garland on the bar counter between the kitchen and den, and tucked in bits of fall greenery, including leaves and berries in the same muted fall hues.
The pine cones come as part of my garland and for the holiday season I’ll also use the lights that are laced into the branches.
The cozy table setting in our family room is perfect for fall Sundays when friends or family come by.
But of course my favorite part of such an autumn challenge is decorating the beautiful wreath.
I chose a 32” fir wreath and went to work adding flowers and ribbon that embodied my fall color story. The floral bunches are simply tucked in, even though I planned to have to wire them on. The wreath is so lush and full, that it was easy enough to just slip them in.
I love mixing patterns in my table settings and the rich colors in the wreath were strong enough to sit comfortably with the plates that I chose, a botanical pumpkin salad plate set against a cheetah print dinner plate.
The mantel is peppered with velvet pumpkins in similar colors, but the adorned wreath really takes center stage.
Pine cones and golden branches came as part of my wreath and work so well with the fall bits I added.
I kept the table centerpiece really simple, to avoid clashing with the florals in the wreath, so I went with simple dried wheat stalks, which bring out the lovely glow of the gilded goblets.
The warmth of this room feels like the perfect reflection of the warm feeling that the autumn season brings.
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Lory, the elements that you added to the wreath are gorgeous! Loved seeing how you gave the wreath and garland touches of Fall!
Thanks so much, Cindy! This was a fun one to work on, wasn’t it? 🙂 I thought your use of the wreath was genius!!
LOVE the mix of plates – would never have thought about that!!!
Thanks, Ann! Funny, because I didn’t initially think of it either. But as I was nosing around my cabinet looking for something to go with the salad plates, I knew I found just the thing when I saw the animal print. I often use animal print like a neutral… 😉
Beautiful as always!
You are great Love your inspirations the wreath is beautiful
Thanks so much, Norma! It’s actually a really pretty wreath, even without the flowers. Check back at Christmas because I’m sure I’ll do something else with it then… 😉
I’ve really been enjoying seeing conifer greens mixed in with fall florals, even by wedding designers, and these look great. One trick I learned from a professional floral designer when using any wreaths made of faux winter greens is to just tie or twist two pieces of the existing greens around the stem of a pick to keep it in place if the wreath is going to be in a high traffic area such as a door. Quick and easy and no extra wire or glue needed so the picks can be removed when it’s time to refresh the wreath. Always enjoy your color combinations.
Thanks Teddee! Thats a great idea… 🙂
Both the animal print dinner plate and pumpkin salad plate are just giving me a fit over here!!!!!!! Gorgeous! And I love how you paired them up! I think many people are afraid of mixing patterns like that, but I’m a HUGE fan!!! Wonderful tips on doubling down with those decorations. Smart idea, especially for people without a lot of time, energy, patience, storage space, etc.!!! Happy weekend!!!
Thanks, Alycia! I think we always tend to see things the same way… 😉 I think of animal print as a neutral… lol!! Have a great weekend!
Lory, you are always so original and classy. I love those salad plates but I get an error message when I try the link. Where are they from ?
Oh no, thanks for letting me know! These links change from time to time and I appreciate when someone lets me know. Here is the correct link: http://rstyle.me/n/cs95mwb63g7
As always what a beautiful way to decorate I love your ideas
Love what you did with the wreath, Lory! The mix ‘n match plates are divine. I love mixing it up and animal prints are always a winner–so elegant!