Unique and festive holiday wreaths
This year give your friends some door decor made up of gifts that will come in handy long after the season is over.
FOR THE GARDENER
Wrap a flat garden hose around a foam wreath (we used a 25-foot hose on a 16-inch wreath). Knot the ends together at the back. Attach seed packets along the sides with adhesive dots. Tie colorful gloves and garden tools to the bottom, in place of a bow.
FOR THE DOG LOVER
Those plastic bags used to pick up you-know-what come in all sorts of fun colors these days—and they're super useful to dog owners. (You always need more.) Wrap the still-connected bags around a foam wreath and secure the ends to the back with tape. Attach treats, balls and other toys with colorful elastic cords, then tie a snazzy leash or two into a bow and pin to the bottom.
FOR THE MIXOLOGIST
Cover a foam wreath with cloth cocktail napkins and secure with straight pins. Tie a knot in the center of a patterned napkin to replicate a bow and pin it to the bottom of the wreath. Using baker's twine and adhesive dots, add handy accessories (corkscrew, bottle stopper, straws, etc.), fresh limes and mini bottles of booze. For the final touch, tie baker's twine around shot glasses and hang them below the bow to look like bells.
FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELFER
Use cotton shop towels to cover a foam wreath and secure with straight pins. Tie a bow out of brightly colored rope (sometimes you can find rope already tied like this in stores), then thread a small bungee cord through the back and use it to attach the bow. Use more bungee cords to secure a bunch of tools (pliers, a tape measure, pencils, a hammer) to the wreath. And don't forget a first-aid kit!