Holiday wreaths can be expensive especially if you want fresh greenery. Make your own by combining faux materials with real greenery like boxwoods, laurels or magnolia leaves. They are fast, easy and can be much less expensive.
Step 1: Purchase an artificial pine wreath.
These are inexpensive and easy to store. I love that I can reuse them every holiday season.
Step 2: Add fresh greenery.
For some, this is as simple as walking outside and trimming a few branches off of your bushes and trees. I've used stems from my boxwood and laurel bushes. If you're lucky to live in area with magnolia trees, magnolia leaves work great. (I may have stuffed an entire black garbage bag full of leaves last December when I had a chance to travel back to Georgia for a friend's wedding. Thanks Laura and Rhonda!)
This year I was lucky to have a sister-in-law pick me up a few boxwood wreaths from Trader Joes. At $10, you can't go wrong. However, I have 6 windows that I like to make wreaths for, and I didn't really want to buy six. This method let me fill all six of my artificial wreaths with about 1 1/2 Trader Joe wreaths.
Step 3: Add any additional elements
I have a variety of faux red berries in my holiday decor stash. This year I decided to add them into the wreaths. Some years, I keep it simple and all green.
Step 4: Hang and enjoy!
My favorite way to hang these wreaths is with command hooks. They easily attach to the window sill and peel off at the end of the season without any damage. I put two hooks so I can attach the wreath in the middle.