We all love to feel welcomed when we arrive at someone’s doorstep.  Our own home is no exception, for our guest as well as for ourselves.  I think the key to making a rental feel like home is to start with the first impression spot, the front door.  This spot should make your guest feel welcomed while offering them a sense of your decorating style and personality.  A personalized wreath is the perfect project for you to welcome your guest.

Take into consideration your interior decor when creating your wreath. You can showcase this when choosing the supplies for the wreath project.  For example, the scrapbook paper for the initial letter can be fun, bright, preppy, or bold.  Other embellishments like the ribbon and floral can also showcase your personality.  Let your style guide you.

Supplies for this project:

Grapevine wreath (perfect for changing with the seasons)

Gold Spray paint

Initial Letter from craft store

1 sheet Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Floral (check craft stores as well as fabric stores for other embellishments)


Fishing line or ribbon (for securing the the letter on to the wreath)

Start by painting your wreath gold and let it dry. Most spray paint dries in about 15 minutes now so this can be an easy one day update.  You can certainly choose any color for your spray paint and when you do you will want to take the door color into consideration.  For instance, if the door is black use a lighter and brighter color as I did here with the gold. On the other hand, if you have a white door go natural or choose a fun color.

To create the initial letter, lay your letter face down to trace out your paper shape. Then follow the instructions on the Mod Podge to glue it down.  Layer an additional coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper to seal it from weather. Then you can have fun with the ribbons and the floral to play up your wreath as much as you would like.

Whether preppy and girly is your style or natural and organic, showcase it.  Welcome your guest in to your home with your style. Don’t let the idea that you are only a renter keep you from making your rental Home! Starting with the first impression spot will make you and your guest feel happy.



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My name is Sonya Barker and I write a blog called At Home with The Barkers. I share inspiration and tutorials for all things home from painting furniture, home décor, and crafting. I enjoy doing it all while staying on a budget.



  1. Serena @ Thrift Diving says:

    I will admit that my front door is LESS than inspiring! I like this cute, easy project. I think you’ve just convinced me to pay some attention to the outside of my house 🙂 Thanks, Sonya!

    Thrift Diving

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I love your wreath and especially love that it can be customized for any season. Nothing says “Welcome!” like a wreath on the front door.

  3. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says:

    I love the idea of greeting guests with a personal, decorative item on the front door. The initial with ModPodge is such a great way to give it a creative, custom look too. Thanks Sonya!

  4. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    Love the wreath Sonya! I agree, it is very welcoming 🙂
    Thanks for sharing how you made it!


  5. Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms says:

    What a great project! It really looks great and is the perfect way to welcome family and friends into your home during the holidays (and any other time too)! I love how you made it a few different ways! I’m also a fan of the gold wreath – and oh anything gold.

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