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7 Wreath Alternatives to the Traditional Evergreen

Save the pine needles for the backyard and go with one of these new takes on holiday wreaths.

Dec 13, 2019

Love hanging a wreath, but don’t love the cleanup? Whether you’re tired of your front door shedding like a Bernese Mountain Dog, or you’re just feeling crafty, try going all-in on faux wreaths this year. Modern, colorful options play off all types of decorating schemes, and will get your home feeling festive immediately without looking kitschy. DIY your own or order in some of our favorite finds, and you’re well on your way to a contemporary Christmas that won’t leave you cleaning up straggler pine needles in February. Did we mention you can use them year after year? We’re sold.

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Pom-Pom Wreath

Infuse any room in your house with this playful and plush wreath type. DIY one yourself on-the-cheap with a foam base and assorted pom-poms hot glued to the frame, or shop for a ready-made option you can also use year-round—no buyer’s remorse necessary. Neutral and colorful options like these fit with any decorating style, and can be a great jumping off point for a unique Christmas color palette.

Cookie Cutter Wreath

Spice up your kitchen with an on-theme wreath perfect for avid bakers. The stainless steel gives this type an industrial look, while a mix of festive shapes like candy canes and snowflakes adds whimsy to the design. Create your own by hot gluing old and thrifted cookie cutters into a circle (use a large pan or other circular item as a guide for laying out pieces,) or shop this giant cookie cutter plaque. Use it to bake a few batches, then rinse off, tie a ribbon to the top, and hang over your range as decor.

Faux Antler Wreath

No reindeer were harmed in the making of this wreath—rest assured! Ideal for a farmhouse or cabin, a white faux antler wreath goes great above a mantel or is durable enough for a front door. Wind some string lights around it to really make its sculptural shape pop. 

Modern Metal Wreath

A minimal, geometric design is perfect for the type who wants their Christmas decor to be a light layer at home. This gently glittered wreath gives just a hint of sparkle. Pair with your favorite scented candle to really set the holiday mood. 

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Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Create an asymmetrical design by tying faux sprigs and flowers around a wooden embroidery hoop. It’s a refined twist on the classic holiday wreath that still brings greenery into the house, but can be used year after year and looks extra modern. We love this Etsy artist’s stunning combinations of succulents, leaves, and flowers that capture the pale-green of the season.

Felt Wreath

This super-inexpensive Felt Greenery wreath from Target adds simple, nubby texture to a door or tabletop. Try using a bunch as chargers underneath dinner plates for a creative table setting.

Fruit Wreath

Winter is citrus season, meaning zesty alternatives featuring oranges, grapefruits, and more will feel right at home amongst all the sugar cookies and hot cocoa. Purchase a faux citrus wreath (we love this lemon wreath from Etsy), or DIY your own by drying slices of your favorite citrus fruit in the oven and layering them over a foam base. 

Written by Mallory Abreu

Mallory is a writer currently based in Des Moines, Iowa, where she works as a home design editor for Better Homes & Gardens. This New England native began her career at the Boston Globe covering music and arts beats, and has since had her work featured in Boston Magazine, Magnolia Journal, BH&G, and other national publications. Catch her playing piano and ogling old homes in her free time. View her portfolio at and follow her on IG at @mal.abreu.

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