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5 Thanksgiving Wreath Ideas

A Thanksgiving Wreath is one of the nicest decorations you can display in November. Thanksgiving Wreaths are a wonderful decoration which can be displayed both inside and outside your home.

Depending on what type of Thanksgiving or Fall Decorations you want to hang up, there are a number of different Thanksgiving Wreath styles to choose from. Whether it be rustic or modern, a wreath is the crown jewel of your thanksgiving decorations.

Here are some examples to help get you inspired for decorating your home.

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5 Thanksgiving Wreaths You'll Love

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1. The Modern Look

The modern look is really all in how you display your wreath. You could have the most down trodden wreath ever, but if you display it like the one pictured here, it will look classy and proper for your space.

To make a modern look work for you, remember that your space already has to be decorated in that sense overall. Don't try and force one look upon another. However you have decorated your space prior is how you're going to want to keep going for your wreath. So if you've got simplistic displays and your living room looks more like the inside of a Pier 1 store, then the modern look is likely to work for you. Remember, continuity is key when adding seasonal decorations.

BONUS TIP: You don't have to display just one Thanksgiving Wreath! If you've got a modern look in one room, but a rustic appearance outside, then pick up a couple wreaths.

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2. Gourds a Poppin'!

Gourds are a festive fall decoration that are quite versatile. Whether you display them sitting in a bowl, just in a pile, or all in a row, they always look nice and compliment a wide variety of styles and decor.

When it comes to Thanksgiving Wreaths, gourd themed ones are a delight. As you can see with our example, Gourds play just an intergal part in the overall look. It's important to remember that gourds have some modest weight to them, so you can only hang so many, unless you dry them and discreetly empty them of their seeds and internal flesh.

Best of all, even if you buy a wreath which doesn't have gourds but would look great with a couple, they are easily attached with small amounts of picture wire.

BONUS TIP: If you find yourself with a gourd wreath that weighs too much to hang, just use it as a centerpiece. Drop a pillar candle in the middle and it will look great on your coffee table.

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3. Wildflowers for the Win

There's a lot more nature to feature on your Thanksgiving wreath than just gourds. Wildflowers have exceptional colors at this time of year. A wreath featuring this vibrant fall colors will look great hanging on your front door.

Flowers make up the bulk of this look, but there is always room for extra attention to detail. Having twigs and stems creating a spiral affect helps to draw the eyes in to the center of the wreath and the inclusion of corn cobs and a pine cone or two gives a hint of variety and makes good use of some natural fall items you don't always see.

Again, this is likely best displayed outside. There's a lot of nature going on here and unless you have an interior to match, this wreath may stick out amongst your furniture and design scheme.

BONUS TIP: Play off the items found in your wreath by displaying bundled corn cobs and husks on your porch or railings and by filling planters with wild grasses and mums.

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4. Simply Childish

If you've got little ones at home, then you probably already have a relatively steady influx of arts and crafts coming from them. When Thanksgiving comes along, pick up some construction paper for your home and have each member of your family make a couple hand tracings on different colored sheets and then just use some glue or tape to stick them together.

This may not be the most elegant or stylish option, but it's sure to be one that you will love and one which will likely start more conversations with guests than the highest priced store bought wreath.

You can always give your wreath a touch of your own personal style too. Use the picture as an example to build off of. The simple things are always the best, so ideas like attaching colorful cut out feathers or leaves will compliment your base idea nicely.

BONUS TIP: Since making your own wreath with your kids can be such a fun fall activity, consider making a new one each year. The cost of new materials is modest and the joy you'll get from spending quality time your family is priceless.

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5. Crafty Clothes Pins

Another great option for people looking to have a hand in their Thanksgiving Wreaths' creation is this fun design made of clothes pins and given a splash of fall color. This will require a small amount of effort, but is certainly worth it. What you need before you start are about 36-48 clothes pins, depending on how big you want your wreath to be. Next, you need some metal rings of various diameters to attach them to. Technically, just two rings will do, but the more you have, the more stable your wreath will be. You could go out and pick up some wire from a hardware store, but I find that pipe cleaners are strong enough and more easily shaped since they can bend.

Start by crafting an inner ring for your clothes pins to attach to. This one needs to be long enough for you to attach all of the clothes pins you want to use, so lay it out straight and start clipping the pins on. However long your clothes pins cover is the length you need. You can either cut and then tie the end of your wire together or wrap them with a strong tape.

You need to give your clothes pins some support on their non-attached ends so make a circle with your next piece of wire which will be big enough to reach out to about 1/2 and inch from the end of the clothes pins. To attach it, you can use glue, tape, tacks or even staples. Just be sure not to damage your clothes pins while you attach the wire.

Now you need to add 4 braces. These will go on in a sort of square patter along your outer circle attached to your clothes pins. This will give needed stability so your wreath isn't always bending at the whim of gravity. You can use popsicle sticks or anything which won't bend. Just attach a few in key places on opposite sides of your wire circle and your wreath should be properly reinforced.

When painting your wreath, you can either alternate colors or go for a more abstract look like the one pictured.

BONUS TIP: This is another activity which can be enjoyable for your whole family, so feel free to involve others in this fun project!

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