For those of you who followed me through the first lockdown in the UK you will have seen me renovate the front of my Edwardian house from the windows and fascia, to the flag and flag pole and finally paint this fabulous green door in a bespoke colour that I had mixed to feel suitably striking for the 3rd House of Mendes.
I have to say this stunning door with its circular window and covered porch has really come into its own this Christmas, when I was asked to create some crafting concepts for a fun festive collaboration with Dunelm. I had no idea back in the summer time that I would be working with the UK’s largest home furnishings brand when I painted it, so imagine their surprise and delight (along with mine) when we both found out about each others’ front doors. A match made in ‘ihavethisthingaboutgreen’ heaven!
I really love my door. It’s one of the strikingly handsome things about our beautiful old house. I imagine the round window was designed to match the porthole window to the right in the hall, another nod to its Grimsby heritage, paying homage to the mariner’s flag on the front on the house.
When it came to crafting a festive wreath, the green exterior paint lent itself to my woodland theme and I festooned the pair of weatherproof ivy wreaths with all manner of found and foraged festive plunder. I’ve gone for dried oranges and limes, whole and slices, chestnuts and cinnamon sticks, as well as lotus seed heads, game bird feathers and faux berries.
You can find the full how-to ‘Make your Christmas wreath amazing‘ over on Dunelm’s YouTube channel as part of their Festival of Christmas along with my other Christmas craft tutorials like How to make an Alternative Advent Calendar and How to recyclable wrapping paper.
I absolutely love the look of a wreath on the door and the real joy of these everlasting ivy wreaths is you can rework your trimmings to suit all seasons. I’m really looking forward to showing you how easy it is to shape this up for spring too.
What are your favourite embellishments for a wreath? Please let me know below: