Even though there are tons of stunning wreaths to make for Christmas, do you still love a fresh, green wreath for your front door? Or somewhere in your home? Today, let’s share how to make a beautiful boxwood wreath for very little money!
I love boxwood…just in general, though especially at Christmas. I love the rich green color, the smell, how beautifully it dries and still looks amazing – I do not, however, love the high price tag of a boxwood wreath. To get the size and fullness I wanted a number of years ago, I was looking at $60.00 plus!
I decided to go in a different direction. After an initial investment of…oh, we’ll go on the high side and say $30.00…I now make this great wreath for (are you ready?) $5.00! Here’s how and it’s super simple!
My initial investment started with an artificial wreath I got for 50% off. I wanted just a little something on the “base” wreath and splurged on two silk stems and really nice ribbon – but I snagged them after Christmas one year for 70% off. This wreath is reused every year. It looks nice, but it’s not real or boxwood!
At a local nursery where we buy our Christmas tree (a funny story to share later this week) I get these beautiful bunches of fresh boxwood for $1.00 per bunch. Five bunches – $5.00!
Now for the fun, fast creation! With the wreath hanging on the door, break off small bunches of boxwood from the main bundle, leaving about 2″ of stem. You can adjust that stem length longer or shorter, depending on your base wreath. I just stuff the bundle in the wreath. And stuff. And stuff. and stuff some more! You just keep stuffing the live greens into the artificial wreath until you are pleased with the shape and size. Suddenly, you don’t even know there is an artificial wreath in there! A note of caution…it’s SO easy to get carried away with the stuffing part. One year, I stuffed it so much we couldn’t close the door! (Yes, it’s easy to de-stuff)
To borrow some words from Taylor Swift, I have never, ever wired the boxwood in to the artificial wreath. It just all stays in there. Yes, there has been a time or two when someone has closed the door a bit too hard and some boxwood has fallen out. But you know what? I just stuffed it back in and it still looked great!
Your friends will think you paid a fortune for your incredible wreath! Totally up to you if you want to share…it can definitely be our secret!
Oh and you can use all the little extra bits of boxwood around the house. I “leaf” no green behind! Tuck it into vases, bowls or line a shelf, like I did here in my kitchen hallway. Yes, I know this mirror is not the best shade of pink and totally does not match the kitchen. My stepfather made it for me, though, and painted it pink because he knows that is my favorite color. so he pinked Pepto Bismol pink…How can I change that? Besides, I like my quirky, mismatched stuff and really, we should never change anything about who we are and what we love! Right?