Design & Decor - Crafts

A merry, minimalist holiday door

Beckie Fox
Photography by
Roger Yip

Birch and other white branches add vibrant, contemporary contrast to a modern home

minimalist-door-inset1.gifThe curved door handle on this contemporary home was the inspiration for a square wreath with a curved birch branch in the centre. Bold birch branches in a matte black container and white bark on the wreath provide a dramatic theme of contrasting colours and textures.


  • Birch branches and bark
  • Twig ornaments
  • Reindeer moss
  • Lichen
  • Pine cones
  • Barker bush (Persoonia longifolia)
  • Chinese tallow branches (Triadica sebifera syn. Sapium sebiferum)
  • White, artificial seed pods

How to assemble the planter and the wreath
Large birch branches are held upright in the empty container while dry sand is poured in to anchor them. The round, twiggy ornaments, lightly sprayed white and nestled at the base, provide another layer of texture.

minimalist-door-inset2.gifThe pre-made floral foam wreath form (shown at left) is fastened into a 45-centimetre plastic frame. After soaking the foam, Bellis attached pieces of bark with hot glue and filled in the spaces between with lichen, moss, pine cones, tallow branches, barker bush and seed pods, attaching them with U-shaped pins and more hot glue.

Arrangements designed by Hilary Bellis, It Can Be Arranged, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 

* See Hilary's Victorian-style entrance

* See Hilary's warm and natural entryway


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