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I can hear Spring knocking on our door!
We had three days, in a row, of sunshine and warmer temps. When the weather is like that, I always have the urge to get outside and plant something. But, it’s still a bit cold for that right now, so I decided to make some greenery for my house instead.
A few weeks ago, while walking through Target, I saw this boxwood wreath. It was gorgeous, but I just couldn’t’ see myself spending $30 on a wreath. Not with all the other projects we have going on right now. Plus, I like to make some things myself…floral arrangements being one of them.
So, I went home, grabbed my pruning shears, and got to work. The boxwood wreath took me about 30 minutes to make and cost me ZERO dollars!
I had an old grapevine wreath I used for this project. If you don’t have an old wreath laying around, check your local Goodwill or Thrift Store. That’s where I found this one…and it was under $5!
Here’s What You’ll Need To Get Started:
A Boxwood Shrub (preferably alive…but faux foliage will work too!)
Do-It-Yourself Boxwood Wreath Tutorial
The first thing you’ll need to do is to cut yourself some boxwood stems. We decided to remove all the overgrown shrubs around our house, so I had plenty of boxwoods to choose from. If you don’t have any in your yard, ask a friend or neighbor if you can have a few stems from theirs. You can prune them from the back of the shrub, and no one would ever know!
You’ll want to cut your stems about 12 inches long. These longer pieces will go on your wreath first. You’ll also cut these into smaller pieces later but just keep them long for now. Once you have a decent pile of boxwood cuttings, it’s time to start assembling your wreath.
Find a flat, large area to work in. I chose to sit in my driveway…less mess in the house. Just make sure you pick a spot that you can spread out in. Choose a starting point on your wreath and stick a large stem in it. Make sure the stem is snug between the vines and doesn’t fall out. If you find your pieces aren’t staying in place, you can use some floral wire or a sandwich tie to hold them in place. I just shove mine down in the wreath, and they hold on just fine.
Now, pick another long stem and place it on your wreath a couple inches away from where you put the first one. Continue to place larger pieces around the wreath until you’re back where you started.
So, you won’t need larger stems for the next part. This is when you can cut your stems down to small sprigs. You’ll use these to fill in the gaps and holes left in the wreath. Work your way around the wreath, filling in any bare spots. Make sure your pieces are all going in the same direction as you place them.
Once you’ve filled it out to your liking, that’s it! You’ve successfully made your own boxwood wreath. And for a fraction of the cost of those fake ones you can buy in the store. You can use a ribbon, hook, or string to hang the wreath.
Sometimes those metal wreath hooks leave scratches and scuff marks on my door. I’ve started using a big ol’ suction cup hook (like this one) to hang my wreaths. They stay in place forever. I actually have a hard time taking them down sometimes. I use the same hooks to hold baskets in my kid’s bathtub. Even when they get wet, they still stay in place.
Moving on….The only downside to making your own boxwood wreath is that it won’t last forever. So far, mine is still looking good. It’s only a couple weeks old at this point, so I’ll update you with the progress in a few months. Live wreaths typically hold up better when kept outdoors or, in cooler temps. Keep this in mind when choosing a spot to hang it.
I love using what I have to make something new for our home. If you make your own boxwood wreath, stick a picture in the comments section. I’d love to see how they look and where you decided to use them in your home!