How to Choose a Farmhouse Wreath for Your Front Door

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What better way to display your farmhouse style than with a wreath on your front door? Once you start your search for the perfect wreath, you will find that there are many design elements that define farmhouse style. There will be many decisions to consider when you choose a farmhouse wreath for your front door. After all, you want to find one that not only says “farmhouse” but also speaks to your personal sense of style and decor.

With a mix of rustic and industrial, a little bit of country, and the sophistication of neutrals, it’s no wonder so many people are drawn to the farmhouse look.

Today’s farmhouse style has been around for several years. Everywhere you look, be it in the suburbs, city, or rural area – farmhouse style is still going strong. It’s unlikely that will change anytime soon.

But what defines farmhouse style when it comes to a front door wreath?

Common Design Elements of Farmhouse Wreaths

There are several design elements that are very prominent. A few of these include burlap, buffalo checks, cotton bolls, and message signs.

Some wreaths will concentrate on just one of these elements, and some combine two, three, or more. It’s a matter of personal style, but any of these elements, in any combination, will clue your visitors in on the fact that you are a fan of the farmhouse look.

Let’s take a closer look at these design elements, and how they work in front door wreaths.

Wreath Frames

The basic structure of a wreath is a frame. It may be made from wire, woven branches, straw, or other materials. Round wreaths are by far the most common, followed by squares, ovals, hearts, and other shapes.

On occasion, you’ll find a wreath made from upcycled materials such as wagon wheels, embroidery hoops, and farm and garden equipment. This creativity really makes for stand-out farmhouse style.

What’s more representative of farm life than a wooden wagon wheel? Whether it’s a real wheel, or a replica purchased in a craft store, a wagon wheel makes a fun and creative base to build a wreath on.

Lately, it seems so many farmhouse wreaths have embroidery hoops as a base. This look is particularly effective when the florals or greenery only cover a section of the hoop, leaving some of it exposed.

Greenery for Farmhouse Wreaths

If you look carefully at a variety of farmhouse wreaths, you will no doubt find greenery that is common to gardens and farms across the country. Try to echo some of the plants that are common in your area for an authentic feel. Although you will most likely use artificial greenery so that the wreath can last for months or years, it will appear that much more lifelike if the greenery is common to your area.

Any greenery can be used, but the following are very popular:

  • Magnolia leaves, branches, and blooms
  • Twisted grapevine branches
  • Lavender sprigs
  • Boxwood cuttings
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns
  • Garden herbs

This greenery may cover part or all of the wreath frame. Flowers may be added, particularly soft white dogwood blossoms or magnolia blooms.

Fabrics Used in Farmhouse Wreaths

Next, we have fabric. You will find fabric used most often for bows, but some wreaths gather and bunch the fabric around the entire frame of the wreath. Rag wreaths use small strips of fabric tied to a wire frame to make a full, fluffy wreath.

While any fabric could be used, the most common fabrics in farmhouse style are burlap and black and white buffalo checks.

Burlap is a loosely woven material made from the skins of plants. It is versatile and strong, making it popular for both home and garden. Traditionally its been used to make rope, rugs, garden netting, and sacks for coffee, beans, and potatoes. Because it’s so often found in a farm setting, it’s become possibly the most common element in farmhouse wreaths and decor. Although it can be died almost any color, the neutral beige shade is generally used for farmhouse wreaths.

Officially, Buffalo Plaid or check is ” plaid with large blocks formed by the intersection of two different color yarns, typically red and black.” Originally familiar as the tartan of Rob Roy, the Scottish outlaw, this weave became a mainstay of frontiersmen in the young Americas. It was often traded with Native tribes, and perhaps that is where it acquired the name buffalo plaid.

You may see the red and black combination in farmhouse wreaths, but more often you’ll find the alternate back and white check instead. This plays more to modern farmhouse style’s affinity for neutral colors (more on that in a bit).

Letters, Words, and Message Signs

Individual letters, single words, and phrases may all decorate these wreaths.

Very often a large script initial be a feature of a wreath. It will signal the last name of the family that lives in the home. Other handwritten or block fonts are also familiar, and these letters may be painted, stained, or left in their natural state.

Single words such as “blessed” and “welcome” are also commonly carved and placed on the wreaths.

Message signs may hold an entire phrase, such as “welcome to our farmhouse” or “bless our country home”. They may also offer seasonal greetings for various holidays.

Whether as a single initial, word, or complete message, you will find lettering on wreaths made from wood, metal, chalkboard, or other materials. It’s a fun way to add an extra dose of personality to the decoration.

Cotton Bolls

Cotton, of course, is a plant. After the cotton plant blooms and self-pollinates, the cotton boll forms to push the bloom off of the plant. The young boll has a hard exterior, with soft, fluffy interior fibers that protect the seeds. As it grows, the bracts crack open, revealing the white cotton boll inside – looking just like the cotton balls you may have in your bathroom.

This is the point at which cotton is normally harvested in the fields. And now, it’s easy to find branches of fluffy white cotton bolls on wreaths. Because cotton is an agricultural crop, the bolls have become very popular as a design detail in farmhouse wreaths. Check out these cotton boll front door wreaths with great farmhouse style.

You may see a simple wreath of twisted cotton branches covered in bolls, or the bolls may be accents on a wreath with additional design details.

Extra Details

Additional decor common to farmhouse wreaths include replicas of red pickup trucks, windmills, watering cans, and farm animals.

Particularly for fall and winter wreaths, deer antlers are popular.

Ways to Enlarge a Farmhouse Wreath

Have you fallen in love with a particular wreath, but it’s too small for your door? Farmhouse style has you covered! Before hanging your wreath on your door, mount it on a basket or window frame. It will enlarge the space the decor takes up, allowing you to use a wreath of any size.

When choosing a basket, look for a shallow, flat-bottomed version so that it will hang flush against the door. Make sure the wreath sits comfortably inside, and doesn’t appear crowded or stuffed into it. Tobacco baskets are ideal for this purpose.

Mounting a wreath on an old window frame will also fill a greater space, and is a great upcycling project. Try to choose a window frame that looks rustic and a bit aged. Chipped paint, scratches, and nail holes add character in this instance.

Color for Farmhouse Wreaths

Farmhouse style tends toward the neutrals of white, black, and grey. If there is color, it tends to be soft and natural, and used in small amount as an accent. It follows that farmhouse wreaths tend toward natural, neutral colors as well. When selecting a wreath, avoid bold, bright colors. Stick to the tones that nature offers, along with black and white, for the best representation of this style.

Because of their neutral colors, farmhouse wreaths often can be used throughout the year, as you can see from these 13 farmhouse wreaths featuring neutral colors.

Where to Buy Farmhouse Wreaths

Farmhouse wreaths are available in every big box and craft store. However, you’ll want to find one that is as unique and individual as you are. You should look for quality, handmade construction.

Therefore, we recommend you seek out local farmers markets, festivals, and craft fairs for the best farmhouse wreaths. You are sure to come across just the right wreath for your home.

Don’t have easy access to a market or craft fair? Your next best option is to go online! Try Etsy Marketplace, or search for individual crafters, to provide just the wreath you desire. You’ll note that all of the wreaths featured in this post are from Etsy shops – you can click on the captions to learn more details.

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Key Takeaways from How to Choose a Farmhouse Wreath for Your Front Door

Now that you know the most common design elements for farmhouse wreaths, it’s time to decide which ones you like the best. Perhaps you prefer the simplicity of an unadorned wreath of magnolia leaves. Maybe you like the idea of incorporating your initials, or a special message. Perhaps you like maximalist style, pulling together several of these design elements.

No matter what your preference, chances are there is the perfect farmhouse wreath just waiting to be lovingly hung on your door for all of your visitors to admire.

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