It’s finally that time of the year when we can start decorating for Christmas, and one of the first elements to get out of storage – if you aren’t making or buying it fresh – is the door wreath.
While you can hang a wreath anywhere, inside or out, external doors are the most traditional spot for hanging and make a great impression on any visitors to your home.
Undoubtedly the simplest way to hang a wreath on a wooden door is with a nail, which can be left in for continued use or removed at the end of the season. However, if you aren’t keen on mutilating your beautiful front door, there are other ways.
An over-the-door hanger can be a fantastic way to reuse wreath hangers again and again. Either buy your own metal version, which will often require a 2mm gap at the top of your door to work, or make a simple facsimile from ribbon pinned to the top of the door. Remember that any temporary ugliness can be covered by bows and ribbons, although holes will remain.
To hang your wreath over a glass portion of your door, try using magnetic wreath hangers – one magnet is attached to one side of the glass, while the wreath hangs on a magnet on the other side.
While there’s technically nothing stopping you from hammering a nail into your GRP door, we strongly suggest that you don’t! Try using an upside down stick-on plastic hook on the inside or outside of your door, connecting to the wreath by a long ribbon, fishing thread or garden wire. If you’re concerned about leaving a sticky residue, you could also try suction cup hooks, although they may not work as well with heavier wreaths.
For an even bolder look, you could wrap your door like a present, using long lengths of thick ribbon to form a cross and then tie into a bow in the middle. This gives you the perfect anchor from which to hang your wreath.
If you have any other ironmongery near your door, such as a house number or hanging basket you could try to use these as a hanging point. While door knockers do work for this purpose, they’re then rendered unusable, which may be an issue.
At the end of the day, it’s your door, your wreath and your rules! As long as you aren’t causing lasting damage to your door, feel free to express your home’s Christmas sentiment however you wish.