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11 Pop Culture Christmas Wreaths

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Even the standard evergreen wreath can be a blank slate you can decorate to show off your personality, your interests, or even your geeky obsession. Here are a few that show the neighborhood your favorite movie, TV show, or literary world.

1. Doctor Who Wreath

PandoricaCraftsBox sells several Doctor Who items, including a Weeping Angel tree topper. The artist, Michelle, also has this Doctor Who wreath decorated with small TARDISes, miniature figures of the fifth, ninth, and eleventh Doctors, a couple of daleks, and blue lights to illuminate it all. It's especially appropriate if your house is bigger on the inside!

2. Zombie Wreath

You’ve probably seen wreaths with skulls and zombies over Halloween, but this one is red and green for Christmas! The Zombie Christmas Wreath from Etsy seller CREEPYSTUFF has skulls, eyeballs, bones, and body parts in festive shades to welcome guests at your door. It can be a reference to The Walking Dead, or just a macabre interest in the undead.

3. Cthulhumas Wreath Creature

Maika Keuben, who started making a Cthulhumas wreath when we published the Cthulhu Christmas post, just finished her festive Cthulhumas Wreath Creature. It’s got tentacles, LEGO octopuses, Christmas balls, and lights. The details are in this imgur album. Don’t miss the captions- they are delicious! It’s one of several Cthulhu holiday projects Keuben is working on.

4. Superhero Wreath

Sheila G pinned this image of a superhero wreath to Pinterest. Recreating it would be as simple as adding DC action figures to an existing (but plain) wreath.

5. Game of Thrones Wreath

Redditor horsegal301 made a wreath for her door with lots of symbolism from the HBO series Game of Thrones. She planned to use dragon eggs, but they were too heavy, so there’s a raven in the middle instead. The Iron Throne is symbolized by the swords piercing the top, and the banners below contains the sigils of the various houses in contention for it. They are appropriately blood-spattered.

6. Frozen Wreath

Many crafty folks will incorporate Disney characters into their Christmas decorations, but the blockbuster movie Frozen has the added touch of a snow and ice theme. The Etsy store PrettyHomeCreations has this Frozen wreath for sale, made of white, blue, and turquoise mesh, accented with blue poinsettias and snowflakes and the movie’s snowman Olaf sitting among them.

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

The man-eating wreath in the film A Nightmare Before Christmas is a fun one to recreate. You can focus on the teeth, like jimenez2010, who made the wreath shown above (with arms, too!), or you can go a step further.

DeviantART member SteveRGR went all out to illustrate the danger of his wreath. That thing is hungry!

8. Star Wars Wreath

In a post entitled “Why I blog,” Good Girl Gone Grad explains that one of the reasons is “I come from a family full of nutjobs.” Suz is one of them.

Suz has so many ornaments that she can devote entire Christmas trees and entire Christmas wreaths to certain, very specific themes. This one is obviously the Star Wars wreath. In the words of Yoda....Think it's awesome, I do.

Think it’s awesome, I do, too.

9. Harry Potter Wreath

Among many homemade Harry Potter-themed Christmas wreaths, I found this one that was made by Alyssa Hardy of the Sidney Library in Sidney, New York, for a fundraiser last year. You can see it contains little handmade figures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione (all with striped scarves), Dumbledore, the owl, and several tiny books, appropriate for a library project. The highest bidder got a great literary Christmas decoration and also helped out the Tri-Town Boys & Girls Club.

10. Sons of Anarchy Wreath

Although the series says a final goodbye tonight, there is still plenty of Sons of Anarchy-related merchandise on Etsy. You can get the SOA wreath to show your SAMCRO pride -although you may scare off the carolers. The red and black mesh wreath is decorated with a festive skull wearing a Santa hat, a motorcycle, a grim reaper, and painted wooden letters spelling SOA.

11. Star Trek Wreath

Honestly, as long as Hallmark has been selling Star Trek Christmas ornaments, it should be easy to decorate a wreath with them and show your neighbors what a fan you are. However, if you search for “Star Trek wreath,” you will find many variations of this pun. It’s the Wreath of Khan. This particular wreath was made by cosplayer Victoria Fox, who put it together in an hour or so last year. The blog post about it also has a Walking Dead wreath made of zombie ears, to recall the necklace of such souvenirs that the character Daryl Dixon used to wear.

My wreath is a standard evergreen bough wreath with no extra decoration outside of a red bow. There was really no use in making anything more of it, since it pales behind the massive display of Christmas lights on my front porch, anyway. Maybe next year I'll get creative and do something geeky with it.

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