Hello again! It feels like it’s been forever (because it has, oops!) since I’ve really sat down to write. But what better time than with the holidays coming up. I’ve been inspired to get crafty again, something I haven’t really allowed time for in a while, and boy did it feel great! This past weekend we took a family trip to New Hampshire (more on that to come) and I was inspired to get all DIY for the holidays.
While searching for the perfect Christmas tree (at least 10 feet, not too wide… strict requirements are tradition) I came across a whole bunch of fresh boxwood at the farm. I was surprised at how inexpensive the bunches were (something like $5.00 a pound) given that buying a boxwood wreath will cost you a small fortune! All in, I’d say that the wreath itself was under $15, but what I made up for in savings, I definitely spent in time. This is not a craft for the impatient and you’ll see why! But oh so worth it when the finish product comes out.
Let me know if you try this project! I’ve tried to link some helpful hints along the way (like which base is best for the wreath and how to tie different bow styles). The wreath I made was 8 inches, so adjust the amount of materials for larger wreaths. Enjoy!
8 inch wreath frame
4-5 fresh boxwood branches
|1| Cut branches.
I used about 4 fresh boxwood branches in total. You can also purchase preserved branches if you’re looking for your wreath to last longer. Cut sprigs about 3-4 inches long from the branches. I used most parts of the branches, so when in doubt buy more than you need.
|2| Create bunches.
Gather 3-4 of the sprigs together. It worked best to arrange them longest in the back, shortest in the front of the little bunch. Using about 5-6 inches of floral wire, wrap the bunches at the base, twist and leave about 1-2 inches of wire at each end. This will be used to attach it to the frame.
|3| Build wreath.
Attach the bunches to the frame individually. I started on the inner ring and moved toward the outer ring (I only used 3 of the rings on my frame, so the last ring was empty). Stagger each bunch about 1/2 an inch apart in a clockwise direction (so you’ll work down and around the frame towards the left). This helped with keeping the previous row in place when a new row was attached below it.
|4| Fill in empty spots.
My wreath turned out to be pretty full, so I didn’t need to do much filling. The only “trouble spot” on mine was where the beginning and end of my circle met up. Here, gravity pulled down some of the bunches, so I needed to use extra wire to secure them again to the frame.
|5| Top off with a bow.
I decided to do a traditional bow on my wreath using buffalo check ribbon. For this bow it was helpful to have wire ribbon. After I tied the bow (which was so not as easy as it looks. I used this tutorial) I found the least full part of my wreath and attempted to hide the emptiness with the bow. I used some wire to attach the bow directly to the frame.
You can also use the ribbon to hang the wreath (seen here) or tie a different type of bow (this is simple and adorable). The ribbon adds a nice personal touch and it’s easily switched out after the holidays to something more neutral like stripes or burlap.
P.S. Even Fenway’s getting into the holiday spirit!