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Martha Stewart with handmade wreath
Credit: Matthew Williams

A wreath is a lovely way to welcome guests into your home—and not just for one or two marquee holidays.  "People are making, selling, and buying wreaths all year round now for every season and occasion," says Sara Jennings, owner of The Wreath Shop. "Christmas is definitely the biggest season for wreaths, but every season is pretty big now. Wreaths are sold for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, all the patriotic seasons like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day—everything really," Jennings remarks.

Unfortunately, for as festive as wreaths are, figuring out how to hang them can quickly dampen the holiday spirit. To avoid leaving holes in your handsome door, consider these expert-recommended do-it-yourself solutions.

Choosing How to Hang Your Wreath

First, three considerations: the weight of the wreath, the type of door, and the right product to use in hanging your wreath. To determine the weight of your wreath, here's one trick that Jennings offers: weigh an empty box, then place your wreath in the box, and calculate the difference. "Most wreaths weigh under five pounds," Jennings says, "they're pretty lightweight." This is particularly helpful if you have taken the time to craft a wreath by hand and don't know the weight of your masterpiece.

Proper installment is key, says Anwarii Musa, the former Sotheby's art handler and founder of ArtMatic, which has installed fine art for A-list clients (namely, the Obamas, and Emily Blunt and John Krasinski). "Whatever art you want to hang, from a Picasso [painting] to a wreath, must hang the right way so you don't ever have to worry about it falling off the wall or getting damaged," he emphasizes.

Musa recommends not hanging anything that weighs over 15 pounds. Most products are created to work on drywall, glass, metal, wall tiles, and finished wood, Musa explains, so be sure to assess the surface material before purchasing a hanging mechanism. His most highly recommended choice is the 3M Double-Sided Command Strips. "This product has a pulling mechanism that you can use to take the item off the wall without damaging the wall," he explains. "They even have a waterproof one that you can hang in the shower or on bathroom walls, that won't fall off if it gets wet."

Use a Self-Adhesive Hook

Pavol Olsavsky of Olart Design, a fine art service provider that specializes in art installation, agrees that self-adhesive hooks like Command Strips can be a great tool for mounting a decorative wreath. But first, give your door a thorough wipe-down. "It's important to first clean the door wherever the adhesive strips are going to be placed so that it adheres properly," Olsavsky advises. He says that basic cleaning wipes or Windex and a paper towel will do the trick. Once the area is clean and dry, it's ready for you to apply the strips and secure the hook. Cleaning the area beforehand will also make removal of the hook and strips easy without damaging the door's surface. 

Olsavsky says that the trick to hanging a wreath using Velcro is to attach small pieces of cardboard to the back of the wreath, where the strips would be taped. To attach the pieces of cardboard to the wreath, he suggests carefully puncturing two holes into each piece of cardboard and securing the layered pieces to the wreath with thin wire or string (simply thread the wire or string through the holes in the cardboard, loop, and tie to the wreath). This easy step will allow you to adhere the velcro strips to the cardboard and the same number of strips to the door so that they all align perfectly.

Use a Wreath Hanger

Ideally, you want to avoid making a permanent hole in your door. Over-the-door wreath hangers are the obvious choice, and they can be a great option. If you do decide to go with a hanger, buy an adjustable one (such as the Haute Decor Adjustable Length Wreath Hanger) so that you can perfect the placement of your wreath. It should be said, however, wreath hangers prevent some doors from closing properly, and the extra hardware could clutter your look.

Hang with Ribbon

Sometimes, it's what you don't see that really counts. Suspend your holiday wreath from the top of the door frame and avoid making unsightly holes. Cut a 3-inch-wide satin or grosgrain ribbon long enough, when doubled, to hang your wreath at the desired height. Loop ribbon around the back of the wreath form. Join the ends, and fold them over 1/2 inch. Then, secure it to the top of door with thumbtacks. This technique is great for mirrors too: Hang a wreath in front of the glass, and tack the hanger behind the frame.

Use a Magnetic Hook

If you have a metal door, thumbtacks won't do the trick. However, you can still use the ribbon method with a slight modification. On the back of your door, near the top, place an upside-down magnetic hook such as one of the Bullseye Magnetic Wreath Hooks. (Just be sure to check the weight restrictions.) There are plenty of removable hook options, but if can't find one that matches the color of your door, then simply paint it. Measure your ribbon from this point to the spot on the front of the door where you'd like your wreath to hang. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and tie it. Then, loop the tied end of your ribbon under your upside-down hook; drop the wreath over the top of the door so that it hangs down in front.

Use a Clear Hook

On a glass door, it's more difficult to hide wreath hangers and tricks. If yours has elaborate glass cutouts or detailing, even a pretty ribbon may be too distracting. Therefore, consider hanging your wreath directly on a clear plastic adhesive hook or a suction cup wreath hook such as the Simple Living Innovations Suction Cup Wreath Hook. If you select one small enough and strategically arrange the branches or the décor around it, it shouldn't be noticeable.

With the changing of seasons, you may want to preserve your decorative wreaths to store away until next year. (That is, if it's made from dried greenery or an unconventional material.) To ensure the longevity of your wreaths, Jennings suggests storing them in a large box. This will prevent your wreaths from getting dusty or fading from the exposure to sunlight. Choose one of these techniques, and you're ready to display your wreath front and center for neighbors and guests to admire and adore.

"If you drive down a street, you’ll see lots of doors and maybe they all look the same," Jennings says. "By adding a wreath you can add your own personality to the front of your house. When people are driving by, that's what they'll see. It's part of the curb appeal."

Comments (2)

Martha Stewart Member
December 1, 2021
I do a double wreath with ribbon. One inside and one outside balanced with the ribbon holding them together.
Martha Stewart Member
December 1, 2021
I do a double wreath with ribbon. One inside and one outside balanced with the ribbon holding them together.