Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Easy Boxwood Heart Wreath

I must admit, I am in love..... with my husband, children, family, friends, life, donkeys, dogs, teachers, you and a boxwood wreath!




Typically Valentines Day is not some blown out hyped-up holiday in our house. We try to celebrate and teach our children that love, affection and happy hearts should happen everyday.
But in the spirit of creating something special that I could admire and look at all month, I created this heart boxwood wreath. 



You may remember, I made this wreath last month ( which still hangs in my bedroom) and every since then, couldn't help venturing out to the backyard and picking up a handful of boxwood clippings for another one. 




Other supplies you will need:
Wire heart shaped wreath form  (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Floral Wire
Ribbon






At the risk of sounding redundant, you can follow my full tutorial for making a boxwood wreath here.



I found that keeping the boxwood wreaths in a colder environment and misting it with water every so often, helps it from not drying out so quickly. If anyone knows the secret to preserving boxwood please let me know.


I hope you will enjoy a surplus of love, affection and happy heart today and everyday!

If you like burlap, you may like one of my heart burlap wreaths here.




Grateful for~

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27 comments:

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Very nice! Love the green of the boxwood!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Perfectly lovely for Valentine's Day!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

super cute, laura!

Nicole Orrell said...

To preserve boxwood, you soak the stems in Glycerin. Here is a post that I found for preserving boxwood. I have not tried it yet.
http://craftingrebellion.blogspot.com/2012/08/preserving-boxwood.html

Kelly said...

I need a boxwood bush so I can make cute crafts like you! That is so cute.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is really pretty and I love the ribbon choice. Your photos are superb!! Is that with the new lens?

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I love it -- or more like I'm in love with it! I'm seriously going to plant boxwoods in my garden this summer just so I can use their clippings for wreaths!!! Next year will be the year of the boxwoods!

:) Linda

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the wreath Laura!…My hubby is getting ready to take out some of our boxwoods that are not looking so great, so I shall salvage some branches to make one of your gorgeous wreaths…thanks for the tutorial!
Happy Snow Day!

Cynthia said...

Laura, I am loving this wreath. Love boxwood, one of my favorites!!!

Cynthia

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

Gorgeous! I love boxwood wreaths but have yet to make one. I'd like to know how they can be preserved too! Sharing on my FB page today ;)
Hugs,
Jamie

Marty Walden said...

This is great, Laura! I might even be able to do this, purple thumb and all! Thanks for joining us on our tour!

Jeanie Hevener said...

I am a new fan of boxwood wreaths and the heart-shaped wreath is beautiful!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Great project! Now, if only I had a heart shaped wreath form, my snow day tomorrow would be perfectly occupied. but -- have to pin it for later. :)
xo Heidi

Anne said...

Love your beautiful boxwood wreath!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very pretty Laura...I love boxwood wreaths! Love that pretty cabinet you have it hanging on too!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Cute! I'm a huge fan of boxwood anything!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Maybe I should run outside and wipe the snow off of my boxwoods?
Kelly

The Tablescaper said...

I was JUST at a florist that wanted $50 for the exact same wreath!! No kidding. Good for you! It looks great.

Wonderful to be co-hosting with you.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Atta Girl Amy said...

Laura, I found a tutorial online for preserving boxwood. I'll try to Google it again and send it to you. It involves lots of glycerin, floral dye and several weeks time.

As abundant as boxwood is, though, the easiest choice may be to make a new wreath every few months! Love your heart shaped one.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Laura, I really love the simplicity of your heart-shaped wreath and that gorgeous ribbon that you used. Thinking of trying to preserve some boxwood too since it's so expensive!!!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

I'm a sucker for anything boxwood and your wreath is just adorable! Love the pink and white ribbon that you used to hang it with.

Jennifer Carroll said...

Oh Laura! This wreath is fabulous!! I'm constantly snipping boxwood from my parent's yard for just such projects... I just can't seem to get enough of it. I saw back around Christmas that Miss Mustard Seed shared a link to a boxwood preserving tutorial - I haven't attempted that yet but I am planning to try it. I think it would definitely pay off in the long run! Thank you for this fun project inspiration!!

Christy Our Southern Home said...

So pretty! I need to look for that wire form! Love using boxwood as well. It lasts so long!!! ~Christy

Cathy McInnes said...

I absolutely love this idea! Its creative,fun, and inexpensive! Love, love this and I will out in my back yard clipping branches in thew snow :-) Checking this out from whipperberry link party! I pinned this!
Cathy
www.threekidsandafish.com

J Shrewsbury-ThreeDogFarmhouse said...

I'm always a sucker for anything boxwood,
this is right up my alley...very simple yet very beautiful!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a pretty wreath Laura. The best thing about it is that it is green... a welcomed sight in winter. Oh, and another thing... it looks so easy to make! I have boxwood in the front of StoneGable, and would love to try this, as soon as the snow melts. I'm also so inspired when I visit! xo

Anonymous said...

love the boxwood wreaths
how to preserve boxwood:
http://www.gardenguides.com/124914-preserve-boxwood-wreath.html

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