When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, a Christmas wreath is perhaps the most versatile of all Christmas decor. Artificial Christmas wreaths in particular can last season after season and come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Before you buy a Christmas wreath, you first need to think about how you want to use it and where you plan to hang it. That will help determine what size and style of wreath is right for your needs.
Artificial wreath size options vary anywhere from less than 19 inches to larger than 72 inches in diameter. Use a measuring tape to gauge how large of an area you need your wreath to occupy. The bigger the area, the bigger the wreath – and don’t be afraid to get creative! Once you know where you want your new wreath to go, you’ll instantly be able to narrow your search by focusing on your preferred size.
If you are looking for a wreath to hang on your front door, we recommend a wreath between 24 and 30 inches for a standard 36 inch wide door.
Pre-Lit vs. Unlit Wreaths
If you do want lights on your wreath, you can’t beat the convenience and look of a pre-lit wreath. The lights on pre-lit wreaths are expertly applied and woven so well into the wreath’s foliage that wires are often undetectable. Pre-lit artificial wreaths are also often installed with hand-strung lights which help prevent the entire wreath from being affected if a single bulb burns out. If you do decide to go the pre-lit wreath route, there are a few lighting options you should be aware of:
LED light bulbs are extremely energy efficient, using about 90% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. You can expect to pay a higher price for an artificial wreath with LED lights, but over time you will see a better return on your investment as the string lights will last much longer.
Incandescent Christmas lights are electric lights containing wire filaments that are heated to such a high temperature that they glow, or incandesce. As you can imagine, wreaths with incandescent lights can be hot to the touch so be mindful of this with children and pets. Incandescent Christmas lights are usually more inexpensive upfront than LED Christmas lights but won’t last as long.
Battery-operated wreaths are a little more expensive, but worth it since you don’t have to go through the trouble of making sure you hang your wreath near an outlet or hiding unsightly cords and wires.
You may opt for a more natural, minimal look this holiday season and you can attain that look with an unlit artificial Christmas wreath. After all, the beauty and charm of unlit and unadorned Christmas wreaths is their simple yet classic look. Wreaths with no lights or additional decor can also appear more realistic. Unlit wreaths also offer you the freedom to decorate it yourself with the decorations and lights of your choosing.
Styles of Wreaths
Choosing the right wreath is all about your individual needs and style. There are a wide range of foliage types, colors, ribbons, and carefully nestled decorative accents to choose from. You can go for a natural look or you can choose something unrealistic and equally enchanting with metallic needles, multicolored pine cones, and flashing LED lights if that’s what you desire. When shopping artificial wreaths, look for a high tip count if you desire a full look. Heavy-gauge, flexible wiring allows you to easily shape the branches the way you want.
Unadorned Christmas wreaths closely resemble real evergreen wreaths. They can be pre-lit or unlit but feature no additional decorative accessories on the wreath. You may choose to keep these wreaths plain or add your own decorative touches like bows, pine cones, ornaments, and more.
Flocking is the process of adorning a wreath or tree with artificial snow. Lighter flocking gives your wreath a frost-covered appearance whereas heavier flocking will give your wreath a snow-covered appearance. A flocked wreath lit up with white Christmas lights especially exudes warmth and beauty during the winter season.
A pine cone wreath maybe made entirely from faux pine cones or be an evergreen wreath that’s adorned with pine cones. Pine cones are a winter staple and wreaths featuring these added decorations can be displayed throughout the winter season.
A berry wreath can be an evergreen wreath that’s adorned with berries or be a wreath that’s made entirely from red or white berries. Red berries on evergreen wreaths offer a nice punch of color that’s perfect for the Christmas season.
An ornament wreath maybe made entirely from ornaments or be an evergreen wreath that’s adorned with ornaments. Watch for wreaths that feature decorative balls in assorted colors for a whimsical, modern vibe. You an also find ornament wreaths in solid colors like red, silver, gold, and more.
Most artificial wreaths are meant to mimic live evergreen wreaths, but that’s not the case with tinsel wreaths. Tinsel wreaths are made from PVC and coated with a metallic finish making them available in an endless amount of fun and festive colors.
A floral wreath is adorned with faux flowers. Popular floral accents for the holidays are poinsettias, amaryllis, holly, and mistletoe. Floral wreaths are often times only suited for indoor use so be sure to check the wreath’s specifications before placing outdoors.
Caring for and Storing an Artificial Wreath
Artificial wreaths require minimal care and maintenance. Simply dust the wreath off and prepare it for storage. We recommend checking the lights of pre-lit wreaths before storing and replacing any burnt out bulbs. If your wreath features fragile ornaments, go the extra mile and wrap them carefully in paper or bubble wrap.
When the season has passed and it’s time to put away your wreath, you’ll need some storage. To protect your wreath from dirt, moisture, and pests while in storage, place it in a specifically designed wreath storage bag. We recommend hanging your wreath while in storage if you can to prevent it from being crushed or damaged. If you need to lay it flat, make sure no other items will be placed on top of it.