Using Boxwood for wreath making is a popular choice because they keep their colour and shape relatively well when dried. They may dry a slighty darker green colour and shrink a little so you need a bunch of sprigs to make a full wreath, or you may want to use it as edging, like I did in some of the wreaths that I have made.
I decided to clip some of my Boxwood plants from my garden to make a wreath for my front door. I clipped them into globes because they are small. You can buy your own boxwood to make your own topiary plant to put in a plant container pot or plant it directly in the garden, and then you can use the clippings for wreath making and botanical arrangements. My Boxwood plants are pretty bald now so I have to let them grow back for a while before I make any more wreaths.
For making the boxwood wreath I used a straw form as a base, that I bought for a dollar.
I wrapped red satin ribbon around it so that some of the straw form alternated with the ribbon. I used a hot glue gun on the boxwood stem ends and wedged them into the cracks of the straw form and underneath parts of the ribbon. A toothpick or skewer can help you place things so that you can avoid getting burned with hot glue.
Be careful when using a hot glue gun! Have a bowl of cold water ready to dip your hand in if you come into contact with the hot glue. Use lavender essential oil directly on any burns that occur along with aloe vera gel for effective treatment.
I secured some of the boxwood sprigs with floral pins. I put the wreath on a round ‘Lazy Susan’ flat on the table so that I could easily spin it around while I worked on it. Hang the wreath on the wall to finish it, it gives you a better angle on where to fill in the holes. I tied a big red satin ribbon around the bottom of the straw form half way through making it, so that it wrapped around some boxwood sprigs which helps to hold them into place and then some still filled out around it. I tied the double bow when I finished making the wreath. The double bow is easy if you do rabbit ears for the second loops. At first I added red jingle bells with twisted paper clips, but I found that the floral pins worked better and I fastened them through the straw. It took me about an hour to make.
I hung it on the front door and the last step was to add essential oil to make it into an Aromatherapy wreath. I added Balsam fir essential oil to the straw sides to give it a fresh evergreen forest smell that greets visitors when they enter. Balsam fir is a popular choice for Christmas trees and for me the smell is synonymous with the holidays, but I don’t cut down trees so this works out even better because it is really all about the aroma! You can add your own choice of essential oils like citrus oils such as orange or other tree oils like Spruce. Use your favourites.
I taped a battery-powered tea light candle to peak out in between the ribbon near the bottom just like an old-fashioned traditional wreath but without the fire hazard of burning a candle.
Here is the finished version. It still smells wonderful and it has dried well. I added another bow and some large jingle bells to accompany the red jingle bells in the wreath.
Cheers! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Holiday!