23 Thanksgiving and Holiday Wreaths to DIY Now
Now that it’s the holiday season, you can *finally* start unboxing those festive decorations without judgement. That’s right — it’s time to turn up the holiday spirit, deck the halls and adorn those front doors. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our favorite budget-friendly DIY Thanksgiving and holiday wreaths that are downright easy to make — which means you can use that much-needed extra time for your Thanksgiving prep. Whatever decor look you’re going for this holiday season, check out these wreath DIYs to spruce up your home in style.
1. DIY Ombre Paper Loop Wreath: You don’t need to spend much to make something awesome. Just look at this cheap ‘n’ chic ombre paper loop wreath that only requires strips of colored paper. (via Design Improvised)
3. DIY Fall Rosette Wreath: Give your front door a romantic touch with this wreath made of felt rosettes. The best part is, it’s so versatile you can switch up the colors and use it for any time of the year (i.e. green for Christmas and pink for Valentine’s Day). (via My Baking Addiction)
4. DIY Cranberry Wreath: Grab your hot glue gun to make this holiday stunner. It may take awhile to glue all those cranberries on, but it’ll be *so* worth it. Pro tip: Make your wreath 1-3 days before Thanksgiving to keep it looking fresh. (via A Beautiful Mess)
6. DIY Simple Eucalyptus Wreath: Eucalyptus is an autumn decor staple. This versatile green is great for sprucing up a lacking fall tablescape or forming the *perfect* casual-organic Thanksgiving wreath. (via A Bubbly Life)
7. DIY Pretty Pinecone Wreath: Bring an earthy feel to your front door with this festive sprucer-upper. Forage some pinecones and twigs from your local park and spray paint them white to create a uniform look. Add bright fall leaves and a yellow ribbon for the finishing touch. (via A Pretty Fix)
8. DIY Pumpkin Wreath: Mini pumpkins and botanicals may seem like a strange combination, but they make for a pretty natural palette. Go with a dark wreath base, like shown above, to make the bright organic elements really pop. (via Threads & Blooms)
10. DIY Pantone Green Fall Feather Wreath: If you’re one for making a statement, this DIY fall wreath is the one you need in your home. Pair an emerald green base with gold sequins, and you’ve got a match made in crafting heaven.(via Nest of Posies)
Holiday Wreath DIYs
12. DIY Glamorous, Over-the-Top Christmas Wreath: It’s all about “go big or go home,” for some. If that sounds like you, then this Christmas wreath complete with disco balls, feathers and more deserves a place in your holiday decor. (via Dream Green DIY)
13. DIY Wreath-Inspired Christmas Star: Minimal and organic, this DIY star wreath is the one to make for your modern Hanukkah celebration. Though this particular wooden star was bought, you can definitely create your own by foraging twigs in your yard and binding them together with twine. (via Avenue)
14. DIY Dreidel Wreath: Turn the classic Hanukkah toy into an impressive decorative display. To get there, you’ll need a wreath form, ribbon, glue gun and a bunch of small dreidels. (via Felt So Cute)
15. DIY Pom Pom and Posie Wreath: With winter at your doorstep, it’s likely you’ve got knitting yarn to spare. Use it to create these colorful pom-poms, which you can combine with rosettes made of fabric scraps. (via Nest of Posies)
16. DIY Upcycled Modern Christmas Wreath: Upcycle cardboard and newspaper to create this bright and playful Christmas wreath. Talk about an earth-friendly way to decorate for the holidays. (via Unleash Creative)
17. DIY Disco Ball Wreath: You’ll have everyone in the mood to party with this glam and glitzy disco ball wreath. Though balls of varying sizes were used here, you can go with a uniform size for a more refined look, if you prefer. (via A Bubbly Life)
18. DIY Sparkly Pom Pom Holiday Wreath: Put whoever comes knocking at your door in the holiday spirit with this delightfully sparkly pom-pom holiday wreath. If bright colors and sparkly decor are your jam, make this guy now! (via Hello, Wonderful)
19. DIY Mid-Century-Inspired Wreath: Mid-century decor has been all the rage since last year. If you’re digging the retro trend, take on this DIY with silver tinsel, bottlebrush trees and colorful ornaments. (via Craft and Tell)
21. DIY Christmas Wreath: For a more natural look, opt for this Christmas wreath made of flowers, foliage and berries. Finish it off with a pretty bow, and you’ve got a solid winner. (via Fellow Fellow)
22. DIY Found Object Wreath: Elevate even the most mundane items with a can of gold spray paint. Just gather any unwanted trinkets you have laying around your apartment, spray them down, then stand back and admire your impressive handiwork. (via Brit + Co)
23. DIY Gift Box Christmas Wreath: The holiday season isn’t always about gifts, but you’ve got to admit this gift box Christmas wreath is enough to put you in the holiday spirit. Deck out a metal wreath form in foil gift boxes and you’ve got the best DIY gift your front door could ask for. (via Crafts Unleashed from Consumer Crafts)
24. DIY Silver and Gold Glitter Holiday Wreath: Can’t decide between a silver or gold wreath? No problem: Compromise with this elegant silver and gold glitter wreath that brings out the best of both metallics. (via A Sweet Afternoon)
25. DIY Paint Chip Wreath: Choose paint chips in a similar color palette for this ombre DIY. Cut out a leaf shape and transition from light to dark shades for a lovely gradient effect. (via Style at Home)
26. DIY Retro Wreath: Deck out a furry yarn-covered wreath with mini ornaments for a Christmas tree-inspired DIY. If you want to go the extra sparkly route, swap out the fur yarn for green tinsel. (via Live Laugh Rowe)
32. DIY Pinecone Wreath: Add a colorful textural element to the classic pinecone wreath by using mini pom-poms. It’s fun, festive and budget-friendly — everything you could ask for! (via Make & Do Crew)
33. DIY Retro Holiday Llama Wreath: If you have a thing for llamas and retro holiday decor, you’re gonna *love* this DIY. Once you’re finished making it, you can bet your wreath will be the cutest and quirkiest on the block. (via A Charming Project)
34. DIY Disco-Themed Galvanized Bubble Wreath Advent Calendar: Get down with this disco-inspired wreath that doubles as an advent calendar. Add plenty of metallic silver goodies, including mirror tiles, to complement your reflective and sparkly disco balls. (via Brite & Bubbly)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com