Thanksgiving with my side of the family was absolutely magical. The weather was perfect, the food divine and the company was that specific brand of warm and cozy that only family can be. Aside from our first unsuccessful mistletoe hunt in five years ( we traipse around the woods at my parents farm armed with hot cider and axes looking for unsuspecting mistletoe clinging to the tops of trees) it was a week of utter perfection and the best kick off the the holidays!
We spent Black Friday out at my parent’s farm shooting skeet, scavenging in the woods for wreath supplies and eating delicious leftovers. My parents have six massive boxwood bushes and my sweet father let one go wild so I would have plenty to trim off for wreath making.
There is something irresistible about a fresh boxwood wreath, especially this time of year! If you have a boxwood bush and about 1.5 hours available to you, here is a step by step guide to making a wreath. If you would prefer to just preserve one you purchase, run to the Trader Joe’s near you to snag one for $10 and then skip ahead to step four where we will talk about preserving!
Before you get started make sure you stop by your local craft store to gather all your supplies.
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You want to trim your boxwood stems anywhere from six to 12 inches. The shorter the stems the tighter and more polished your wreath will look. The longer the stems or if you vary the lengths you will get a more unkempt and wild look. Once you have have trimmed way more than you think you will need off of your bush come inside to your work area and start gathering the stems in bunches of four. Using about two inch pieces of floral wire wrap the stems together as shown above.
When you have made enough bunches of four you can begin wrapping your wreath form. Place your first bunch towards the outside of your wreath form and wrap a long piece of your floral wire all the way around the form. Place the second bunch next to the first (in the middle of the wreath form) but about half an inch lower and repeat the wrapping of the floral wire around the entire form.
Continue building on your wreath form with your pre-made bunches in a stair-step pattern, layering your boxwood bunches as you move down and around the form until you have made it all the way around. Eventually you will need to pull back those first boxwood stems to be able to add your last few. Just gently left them up so you don’t accidentally wrap them flat while attaching your last few pieces.
Finally, take your completed wreath outside and spray it down with your foliage sealer. The best stuff out there is foliage sealer by Design Masters but it can be tricky to get your hands on. Last year I used Design Masters super surface sealer that I picked up at Michael’s and my wreaths lasted from early November well into the New Year!
I ended up making four boxwood wreaths this year. One of which is 30″ and took way longer than I care to admit but it looks great over our fireplace in the dining room. I can’t believe that Christmas is in less than two weeks! Hope you all are having a warm and bright Holiday season!