<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>
time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : blood loss via floral wire
would i do it again? : yes!
my simple boxwood wreaths were inspired by these lovelies that i happened across at home depot:
i loved the wreath, but not so much the price. i think they were selling for somewhere around $20. eeps.
as much as i tried to banish them from my mind, i couldn't stop envisioning simple boxwood wreaths hanging from the exterior lights flanking our garage:
ignore the foliage: the mums have deflowered and been planted...and the rest of that brush in the beds have withered and died.
luckily, we have boxwoods -- which i love -- so instead of spending $40ish at home depot, i figured i'd try to make my own wreaths.they're a little out-of-control since we never bother to trim them. :)
i didn't need much more than the branches...
22-gauge wire worked perfectly for me, but use whatever you have on hand.
i snipped the wire into approximately 2.5 - 3" sections:
i twisted the wire around each cutting and onto the wreath frame:
i kept building in that manner.
notice all of my branches face the same direction.
traditionally, the bow hangs at the top of a wreath as so:
...but i placed the bow at the bottom:
...so that i could hang the wreath from our light fixture:
after i made a matching wreath for the other fixture:
i love how festive it is!
since i didn't preserve my boxwood branches (waaay too many steps in the tutorial for a lazy gal like me), this is obviously a seasonal wreath only...but easy enough to replicate year after year.
without additional care, they should last approximately two weeks. i plan to spritz with water every day or two to keep them green and fresh-looking until christmas.
here, the boxwood wreaths compared to the fall mums:
you could make these simple wreaths on the cheap with many different kinds of foliage -- putter around in your yard and see what you can find!
like this post? you may also be interested in these: