I'm not so big on the rustic thing, but in general this concept could be a really great, durable alternative to a wreath.
cute Christmas wreath
Christmas Paper Wreath
Do some for inside. DIY Letters for Christmas Door Decor.
easy Christmas wreath
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Snowman Wreath Made From Grapevine Wreaths
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Cute wreath alternative...so cute
Olde Tyme Marketplace: Holiday Window