We have now entered that awkward little stage when the Christmas decor is safely tucked away in the red & green plastic tubs and yet we’re too far away from Valentine’s Day to break out the cupids & hearts. Personally, I can live with my plain holiday-less decor for a few weeks inside my house, but my issue is with the front door. You see, my philosophy on a front door is quite different from my philosophy on furniture & curtains. Let the rooms be empty for months & let the world see what they will through the naked windows, but I cannot tolerate a wreath-less front door. That is where I draw the line. I think, in my mind, a front door with no wreath is like going out in public with no lipstick. It’s just one of those things that you should never be caught without.

A wreath is a little sign of hospitality on a front door. It says “welcome” without having to spell it right out. It gives a little hint of the personality of the people who live there. Does it mean that because I have a wreath on my door that I’ll buy whatever you’re selling? No, but it says I’ll smile as I say, “No, thank you.”

So, with that being established, the question is what kind of wreath to hang at this time of year. This is the time of year you need a “Go-To Wreath”–one that doesn’t announce the next holiday or tell everyone that you can’t get past the last one. My favorite Go-To Wreath is green. I made one of these a few years ago for my previous house, & always loved it, so I decided to do it again for my new house. It’s one of the simplest wreaths you can make & with the money you’ll save from making one yourself, you can take a friend to Starbucks.

Here are the simple steps:

1. Start with a large grapevine wreath (these are around $5 at Hobby Lobby) & 3 or 4 “bushes” of greenery (these are on sale this week at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!). And yes, I wish I had a dollar for every time I mention Hobby Lobby.

I chose this little blueberry bush greenery because it just spoke to me, but you choose whatever speaks to you.

2. Take some handy wire cutters & cut each stem at the base of the bush to give you several long pieces of greenery.

3. Next, just start sticking the stems in your wreath in a counter-clockwise direction, overlapping the stems to cover the wreath. Make sure the stems go in far enough so that they won’t fall out, but not so far that they stick out the back.

4. When you’ve stuck them all in, stand back & see if you need to rearrange any of the stems to make the wreath fairly uniform all the way around.

That’s it, y’all. The beauty of this is that you can remove all your stems & re-decorate your grapevine wreath a thousand other ways later!

This project won’t take you long to finish & before you know it, you’ll have a new wreath on the door & enough girl scout cookies to feed an army if you’re not careful. Now go out there & get your wreaths!