How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath
Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.
- 10" grapevine wreath form
- 8-10 preserved boxwood branches
- florist wire
- wire cutters
- ribbon for hanging and any desired embellishments
Use wire cutters to clip sprigs approximately 2-4 inches long from preserved boxwood branches (Image 1). A full 12- to 14-inch wreath (Image 2) will require approximately 8-10 branches. Tip: Trim branches one at a time to avoid trimming pieces that might not be needed.
Make Sprig Bunches
Cut an 8-inch length of florist wire using a wire cutter. Gather 4-5 cut sprigs into a bunch and wrap the bottom three times with the florist wire. Twist the wire ends together three times to secure. Do not trim the excess wire because it will be used to secure bunches to the wreath. Repeat with all trimmed sprig pieces.
Tie Bunches to Wreath Form
Secure bunches to wreath form with excess wire (Image 1). Pieces can either be wrapped around entire form or woven through the grapevine branches. Tie one bunch on the inside, one in the center and one on the outside (Image 2). Repeat with the next row, allowing bunches to overlap by a couple of inches (Image 3). Repeat this process until the entire front side of the wreath is covered. Tip: The final bunches can be wedged into the grapevine sticks instead of secured with wire.
Fill Out and Trim Wreath
Survey entire wreath and fill any holes or even out the shape with individual sprigs or bunches, if necessary (Image 1). Trim the wreath with wire cutters to desired shape or leave wreath bushy for a more casual, natural look. Hang with a ribbon or make a small loop with wire on the wreath's back side. Tip: Keep out of direct sunlight and spray with water every couple of weeks to keep the wreath fresh and green for several years (Image 2).