Checking this project off the ol' Craft Bucket List! Sourcing the boxwood cuttings were always the challenge and I guess I never looked hard enough for them, so when a friend in town- who happens to be a landscape gardener and designer- offered me her spare cuttings, I jumped at the chance to get my craft on! It was a super easy project and so rewarding to see the fresh greens liven up the front door this holiday season. Ready to learn how it's done? Let's go!
An empty wood frame
Boxwood cuttings trimmed to approx. 5" stems
2 paddles of 22 gauge floral wire
Real or artificial berries on stems
2.5" wired burlap ribbon
LET'S MAKE IT!
Using wire paddle #1, pre-cut 15-20 pieces of wire & keep in a pile nearby.
Grab three stems of the trimmed boxwood & stack one on top of the other-
tallest in the back, shortest in the front.
Prep 10-12 bunches and set aside until ready to add to frame.
NOTES: Adding more stems to each bunch will make a thicker wreath.
Either wire berry stems at this point or after wreath is assembled as I did.
I used non-wired burlap ribbon because that's what I had on-hand. If you want a more structured looking bow, use wired ribbon.
Wire paddle #2 will NOT be cut until the last stem is attached to frame.
Beginning approximately in the middle of the bunch, wrap wire around both the frame & boxwood a few times ending approximately 1" from the bottom of the stem.
Repeat process until the frame is completely covered, tucking last bunch underneath first bunch & wire them together. Any bald spots that allow the frame to be seen can be covered easily by tucking boxwood stems into the existing bunches.
Tie ribbon loosely around frame. Wire a loop around top of ribbon for hanging.