entertaining at home :: A Very Valley Holiday! Dressing Your Wreaths

December at the Valley Home means it’s garland time! We get our fresh trees each weekend after Thanksgiving from a charming family-owned tree farm (since 1948!) and it’s our favorite holiday tradition – I also go full Griswold and get our usual 3 large wreaths and 75′ of garland. Nick (what a guy!) knows that means stringing them all up with lights – we have our method as a family for working together to put them up. The result is always a very Northwest feeling with cedar and evergreen boughs topped with glittering lights, copper bells, and big tartan plaid wreaths.

Enter our first post of our Very Valley Holiday series, where we’ll be sharing 25 of our biggest holiday entertaining and home hits from us and ideas from Ava and Bennett. The first: Aleah and Ava’s Favorite Way to Adorn Holiday Wreaths!

Our favorite way to dress up our Christmastime wreaths: adding plaid and velvet ribbon and copper bells from Ravenna Gardens we use each year. They get more and more worn as the winter passes, which we love!

Here is what you need to mimic our Northwest Wreath Adornment:

Wreath of any size | 3 yards of velvet ribbon | 3 yards of plaid ribbon (you can choose one with a wire but we do not so they blow in the breeze) | copper bells | sharp scissors


Lay out your wreaths and ribbon – trim the velvet ribbon and plaid ribbon to the exact same size (don’t worry about the ends – we’ll snip when all is said and done). We cut to 3 yards each so we have long ends and room to tie the bells.

Next you’ll make a loop with the ribbon, putting the plaid ribbon facing out (the back of it closest to your finger), and laying the velvet ribbon on top. 

Take the top of the loop and pull through the wire hanger on your wreath. Pull the four loose ends through the loop and tighten them.

Tie the bell with the two velvet ends, and then trim the ends! Tada! 

How do you decorate your porch or wreaths for the holidays? See you tomorrow for more of our holiday ideas!

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