The holiday season is right around the corner, and everyone is busy either shopping for decorations or pulling them out of their attic.
But if you're the crafty type, you can add cozy and festive vibes to your house without putting in too much effort. DIYing a wreath is not much of a hassle if you invest in the right types of wreath forms, also known as wreath bases or wreath frames.
It can take time to choose the right one for your project. The wreath base is crucial as it holds the leaves, embellishments, and other items in place.
In this article, you'll find out everything you need to know about different wreath frames, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each type. Dive right in!
Find Out Which Type of Wreath Form is Best for You!
We'll list some of the most common wreath types to make things easier. Let's start:
1. Straw Wreath Form
A straw wreath base is great if you want to add a boho touch to your house. It gives a farmhouse style to your home, making it cozy and inviting.
These come in a variety of sizes and patterns. One of the distinct qualities of straw wreath bases is that they are softer than the other types. They work best as a door wreath and give your entryway a delicate look.
You will need to add extra glue to the leaves and floral pins to keep everything together. Straw wreaths have a plastic coating around them, which you can remove or keep depending on the design you have in mind.
2. Wire Wreath Form
A wire wreath frame is one of the sturdiest and can easily hold heavier embellishments. It's mostly lightweight and can endure extreme weather conditions.
If you want to keep the wreath mostly outdoors, investing in a wire wreath base is a good idea.
Using it can be slightly tricky and requires good-quality embellishments. You can use cloth or burlap over the wire wreath base to make it easier to work with. A ribbon or deco mesh also works great to hide the wire.
3. Foam Wreath Form
A foam wreath base is one of the easiest (and cheapest) wreath frames to work with.
It's easy to cover it with decorative ribbons and insert the embellishments into the foam. You don't need glue to keep the artificial flowers in place with other adhesives.
4. Grapevine Wreath Form
A grapevine wreath base is one of the prettiest frames. It works best if you want a rustic touch in your house or have a minimalist décor style.
You don't have to add flowers, ribbons, or vines to hide the base. It's, essentially, a wreath in itself. Even if the grapevine shows under all your embellishments, it still looks delightful.
A grapevine wreath works best on a door, providing a warm and inviting welcome to visitors. You can completely cover the wreath base or leave it exposed.
If you want one, check out our collection of grapevine wreaths.
5. Boxwood Wreath Form
A boxwood wreath form is one of the best ones, as you don't have to do much to decorate it. The leafy green base is maintenance-free as it can remain green for ages.
After using it for one season, you can easily wrap it in paper and store it.
You don't need tons of embellishments to make it look nice. A colorful bow can make it look quite attractive.
One of the best things about the boxwood wreath base is its versatility. You can use it for Christmas, homecoming, and as an all-year-round decoration.
6. Work Wreath Form
The work wreath form is a metal wreath frame with branches to help guide beginners. It's amazing for beginners and comes in various shapes.
You can find it in a Christmas tree shape, a round shape, a triangle shape, etc.
It's also available in various sizes, which helps you make a wreath that perfectly fits your door or area.
To decorate the work wreath, you need tulle, burlap, or a ribbon. You can add multiple sparkly embellishments on top to make it look stunning.
7. Branch Wreath Form
The branch wreath form (AKA a wicker wreath form) looks the most stunning in its natural appearance, instantly lifting any area you put it in. The idea behind it is that you don't need to do much to decorate it.
It looks best with earthy tones, such as green and brown flowers. You can wrap a few flowers around the wreath to improve its appearance.
You can also wrap a twig or a brown vine around the grapevine wreath form to turn it into a branch wreath form. However, it is not the sturdiest; hence, it can easily fly off in windy weather - make sure to keep it inside.
Check out Heftyberry's wicker wreath, pre-made and ready to be crafted into a finished wreath.
8. Hoop Wreath Form
A hoop wreath form is one of the trickiest to deal with because decorating it demands creativity. You must be careful with the design as it is a single round wire.
It comes in different sizes, and you can mix and match them to make a unique design.
A hoop wreath frame will work best if you have a minimalist taste. It also works best with assymetrical designs. It looks great as a centerpiece in the hallway.
9. Garland Wreath Form
A garland wreath form is similar to the wire wreath form, but has its own distinct personality. It has a wire base with small garlands dangling from it.
You don't need to do much to decorate the garland wreath. They are very lightweight; hence, they can easily be hung on the door with command hooks.
10. Rail and Table Wreath Form
Rail and table wreath forms are the best if you want to make table decorations. It looks like a long runner with small strings attached to it.
You can use strings as a guide to add your embellishments. It usually has a wire base, but you can also get one made of wooden material.
People also use a rail and table wreaths to decorate their doors. If you don't want a circular wreath for the door, you can use this base.
It would be best to use thicker ribbons and burlap to hide the wire or the wooden base. However, you have full liberty to decorate it however you like.
A Guide to Finding the Best Wreath Form for Yourself!
Sometimes, even knowing about all the wreath forms, you can still make the wrong choice. Here are the things you should consider before investing in one:
One of the main things you must consider before buying is the weather. If you live in a sunny and windy area, a straw wreath form may not work. A wire wreath base will work great for all weather conditions and all year round.
- Wreath Size
A wreath comes in various sizes and shapes, leaving people needing clarification. The best way to select the size is to measure the area in which you want to put it. If you want to hang the wreath on the main door, a 20 or 25 inch one works well. However, you will need a bigger one for the entryway or larger walls.
You need to see if the wreath base can be disassembled and is easy to store. A metal base has a longer lifespan than a foam base. You can choose according to the wreath base's longevity and quality.
- Wreath Weight
The wreath's base weight also plays a pivotal role in ensuring whether it will be a good fit for you or not. A wreath frame should be lightweight yet hold the weight of embellishments on top.
On the other hand, you should be able to hang the wreath without drilling holes; command hooks should be enough to hold the weight. All of them are lightweight, except, maybe, the hoop base.
If you are DIY-ing a wreath for the first time, you should choose the right wreath form according to your house's décor and taste. It plays a pivotal role in how the wreath turns out.
You can choose any of them, however, durability matters the most, especially in a city with unpredictable weather.
If you'd like an easier solution, check out our collection of pre-made spring wreaths.