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November 29, 2011

DIY Boxwood Aromatherapy Wreath

Boxwood is a popular green garden hedge and topiary plant.

Boxwood from my garden cut into a globe shape

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.

Chili cone wreath with Boxwood

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.

Boxwood close-up

For making the boxwood wreath I used a straw form as a base, that I bought for a dollar.

strawbase wreath form

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.

Boxwood wreath almost finished

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.

Boxwood Wreath

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.

Battery Tealight in Boxwood Wreath

 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.

Boxwood wreath with jingle bells

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!

November 18, 2011

DIY Dried Botancial Aromatherapy Wreath

Dried Aromatherapy Wreath

Our Aunt sent us the most beautiful bouquet of roses just before she died of cancer. I dried the roses and decided to make a wreath out of them. I am going to give the Aromatherapy wreath to her surviving twin sister, who is still having a hard time dealing with the loss of her identical twin. I know she likes lavender too so I put some dried lavender flower heads from my garden and added some boxwood leaves as greenery. I added essential oil of lavender to the dried flowers to make it smell even more wonderful.

I used a round 12’ straw wreath form.

Straw Wreath form 12'

I used a wire ribbon to form the double bow for the front, and a solid green ribbon to wrap around the wreath.

Bow

I added the dried roses first with a low temp. glue gun. Have a bowl of water ready if you burn yourself with hot glue, especially if you use a high temp. glue gun. The low temp glue guns make the glue stringier, but you don’t burn yourself as bad. Have lavender essential oil on hand in case of burns.

 I added clove essential oil to the middle of some flower heads for antifungal, antibacterial action and to make it smell great while I worked on it.  I love the smell of clove and roses together. Add your own favourite essential oils.

I added boxwood leaves around the sides of the roses to fill in and cover the straw form. Boxwood is a good choice because it dries well. The leaves will shrink when dried so it is better to use the straw form than wire, because the wire one may fall apart.

I filled in any imperfections or holes with lavender flower heads and added French Lavender essential oil to make it a true Aromatherapy wreath.

To hang it I used green wire and twisted it around itself to form a hole, and attached the wire to the top of the back of the form.

wire hanger

I hope this gives you some inspirational ideas to work with to make your own Dried Botanical Aromatherapy Wreath.

 

 

 

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