How to Make a Boxwood Wreath

Overview

When your boxwood hedges need to be trimmed, use the sprigs to make a decorative wreath instead of tossing them into the trash. The wreath frames come in sizes from 6 inches to 18 inches, so there is a size for those with just a few bushes to trim as well as those with a large hedge. You will need about 1 to 1-1/2 bushels of sprigs for the largest wreath.

Step 1

Place the sprigs in a bucket of clean water as you cut them off the bush. Use more than one bucket if necessary to prevent breakage. Bring them inside and cut a 2-inch slit in the stems. Scrape off the lower bark and pound the stems to enable them to soak up more water. Submerge in warm water with a floral preservative and leave overnight. Cut the pieces to the 5-inch length, making sure the stems are cut at an angle. Put them in clean water until ready to use.

Step 2

Wrap the end of the wire around the outside frame wire. Leave the wire attached to the spool; do not cut.

Step 3

Make a bunch of 3 to 6 sprigs, depending on how full they are. Lay the bunch on the frame sideways so that it follows the curve and wrap the loose ends of the sprigs with the wire. Wrap the wire around both the frame and the sprigs several times so the bunch is held tight to the frame.

Step 4

Place the next bunch close to the first one and wrap the ends. Insert it under the first one so that the foliage from the first one hides the woody ends of the second, and tie it to the frame.

Step 5

Continue placing bunches of sprigs all the way around the frame. Cut the wire and wrap the end around the frame.

Step 6

Repeat the process on the back of the wreath if you want to have one that is double-faced.

Step 7

Make a hanger out of the pipe cleaner and attach it to the back of the wreath.

Step 8

Wire artificial fruit or other decorations around the wreath close to the center. Seasonal decorations can be used to make a holiday wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or clippers
  • Boxwood sprigs
  • Bucket
  • Floral preservative
  • Flat 2-wire wreath frame
  • 22-gauge spool wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chenille wire or pipe cleaner

References

  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: How to Make a Wreath
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