Saturday, December 7, 2013

Homemade Christmas - DIY Boxwood Wreath

Welcome to Creating a Handmade Christmas! If this is your first time here at Top This Top That, welcome. If not, welcome back. 

I am so excited to be a part of a tour that's all about creating something that is handmade. I  have such an appreciation for the care, time and skill that people put into their crafts, as I am sure you agree.   Each day five different bloggers will share a handmade project with you.   It may be something for your home or to give as a gift but something that you can make. 

Today I am going to share a few simple steps on how to make a Boxwood Wreath.

Since my goal this year was to incorporate as many natural elements into my holiday decor, that you can see here, using my boxwood clippings from my yard were first on my list. 

Supplies needed
Boxwood clippings in various lengths
Wire frame wreath form
Floral Wire in a dark color
Garden shears or scissors

Now, I realize not everyone has boxwood shrubs in the yard. If you don't, my advice to you..... go ask your neighbor. I am pretty sure they won't mind if you can clip away at their bush.  And if they are anything like me, we actually trim our boxwoods a few times a year so clippings are abundant.

Step 1

Make sure you boxwood clippings are clean and pest free by shaking or rinsing off. Boxwood is patient once they are cut.The boxwood that I am using for this wreath, were cut 6 weeks ago. Notice the stems are still firm and have retained their green glossy leaves.

Step 2

Group varying lengths together in small bunches and begin to secure to the wreath form with the floral wire. The size of your bunch really depends on your wreath size. This wreath took about 6-7 bunches to fill.

Step 3

Secure the boxwood by wrapping the wire on the spool around the boxwood tightly a few times and then cut. Twist any wire end pieces together.

Step 4

Continue working around the wreath form in one direction. You should layer and place the tips of the boxwood on the wire portion of the previous bunch. This will conceal some of the wires. When you have secured all of  your bunches, take any small clippings and fill any gaps or holes by just tucking them in. If necessary, secure with wire.

Step 5

Trim away any excess stems with your shears or scissors. The amount you trim back, really depends on what kind of look you want. I prefer my boxwood wreath to be neat and tidy, so my wreath has a consistent shape.

I have boxwood wreaths in a few different locations around my home this holiday season. This particular wreath is hanging on my armoire in my bedroom. I softened it by adding a cream color ribbon.

I hope my boxwood and I have inspired you in some way today, perhaps even to make your own Boxwood Wreath. To see more of my holiday inspiration you can visit me here.
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Keeping It Cozy said...

Beautiful, Laura! I love boxwood and will have to try this!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I didn't realize they would stay fresh that long. Now you just need to preserve them.

Christy Our Southern Home said...

Laura, these are beautiful! We have lots of boxwood in our yard and I love decorating with it! I need to try a wreath!!! Love your home. Your holiday profile pic is beautiful!! ~Christy

Kelly said...

I love this project! Unfortunately, we don't have any boxwood bushes though. I may need my husband to plant some though just so I can have my own stash! Thanks for the tutorial. I love how it turned out. They can be quite expensive if you buy these already made too.

Mary said...

Your boxwood wreath is beautiful, Laura. Thanks for the tutorial.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is beautiful Laura! How did you keep your boxwood fresh for six weeks? Did you have the stems in water? I am amazed at how green it is. Really lovely!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love it! And it looks like something that would be easy to do, too. I am eyeing my boxwoods right now! lol Thanks so much for sharing with us! Hugs...Debbie

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I love boxwood, but I've never seen it growing in So. Cal. I'll have to see if it goes well here. Thanks for a great tutorial. I've always LOVE boxwood wreaths.

Monica said...

Just pinned this beautiful project you did. I know one thing for my 2014 things to do list: PLANT boxwood and tons of it.

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Wow, I am sorry our boxwoods aren't big enough to trim yet. I LOVE your boxwood wreath. I would love to make one. Great job and gorgeous photos Laura!!

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

I'm suddenly feeling the need to give my boxwood a trim! The wreath is beautiful, Laura!

Atta Girl Amy said...

I love boxwood. I went a little crazy trimming an overgrown boxwood bush at my inlaw's mountain house to make some wreaths of my own. I like your method, though. I hadn't thought of using a wire form. I'll try that next time around.

Have you ever preserved boxwood? That's on my to-do list for next year! So many projects, so little time.

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

This is fantastic!! I recently bought a preserved boxwood wreath and my husband wants me to get more but they are so excited, now I'm off to scour my neighborhood for someone with boxwood so I can make my own!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your wreath is beautiful, Laura. I didn't know boxwood lasts that long, will have to see if I can find a friendly neighbor to "borrow" some. :)

Botanic Bleu said...

Your boxwood wreath is beautiful, and your directions are excellent. No boxwoods in my yard or my neighbor's yards, but my sister has two large boxwoods in the shape of balls on either side of the door to her greenhouse. Maybe she will share. :)

Pinned onto my Christmas Greenery board.


Dria S said...

This is so gorgeous, boxwood wreaths are my absolute favorite and one of these years I will make one, you did a beautiful job!

Linda said...

Simple and stunning. :-)
And, it could possibly be used all year if you mist it regularly...
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Anne said...

Love your boxwood wreath! So easy to make,and it's beautiful!

Heather SettingforFour said...

Gorgeous! I adore boxwood and have a couple of shrubs in our yard...buried in snow - lol!! Thanks for sharing all the steps and for linking up to the Christmas Extravaganza Linky Party! Pinned! ~ Heather

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