How to Make Your Own Boxwood Wreath
A wreath can give your home a warm and festive feel in the Summer. Often times we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas for wreaths, but during the hotter months, fresh green on a wreath can brighten up your home both inside and when hanging on your outside door. I'm going to go over how to make a wreath out of Boxwood. It is very easy and the reward is enjoying how it looks.
Supplies You'll Need:
- Grapevine wreath
- Plastic greenery
- Hot glue gun
How to Make a Boxwood Wreath
Making a boxwood wreath can be a fun project. And it requires only three materials: a grapevine wreath, plastic greenery, and a hot glue gun. The greenery is suppose to be similar looking to boxwood, which is a shrub. Here is how to make a boxwood wreath:
- Begin by removing the greenery pieces from the stem. To do this, simply tug on the plant until it comes off the stem.
- Next, begin gluing the pieces onto the grapevine wreath. Make sure you glue them on their side, so that they are not sticking out. Also make sure all the pieces are facing the same direction. Once you have made your way around the wreath, use any extra plastic greenery to make the wreath fuller looking.
- Allow the glue to dry.
- Once the glue has dried, you can either leave the wreath as it is, or add a bow to it. Hang your wreath, and enjoy!
Estimated Cost & Time to Make It
If you price boxwood wreaths for sale, you would find that they are around $30 to $60. DIY boxwood wreaths are much cheaper. Another nice feature about a homemade boxwood wreath is that it only requires three materials. Because it only requires three materials, this is an inexpensive boxwood wreath. Here is the estimated cost of each material:
- Grapevine wreath - The price will depend where you bought it from, but online the prices range from $2 to $20. The price will be really cheap if you decide to make a small boxwood wreath, such as an 8 inch boxwood wreath.
- Plastic greenery- The faux boxwood greenery will be around $5 to $7, depending on where you bought it.
- Glue gun - The hot glue gun price will range from $1 to $20. Some glue guns may be more expensive. But if you already have one, there is no need to buy one.
Now it is time to find out how much time this craft takes to make. It will depend on how much time you spend on it at a time, and if you count the time it takes for the glue to dry. Overall, it should take less than an hour to make. Some people have been able to make it in 15 minutes. After all, all you have to do is glue the greenery onto the grapevine wreath. It shouldn't take more than an hour, unless you will be making lots of wreaths.
Different Styles to Make
There are many unique boxwood wreath styles that can be made. I'll go over some of these styles here:
With Summer being here, it is hard to think of decorating for Christmas. But soon enough Christmas will be here, and a boxwood wreath will make a perfect Christmas wreath. Add some red bows to it, and maybe a string of Christmas lights. Some pine cones and red berries can be a nice addition to it.
Instead of making the traditional circle wreath, try making your boxwood wreath in a square. This will add a creative look to your house.
Boxwood Wreath With Flowers
Add some flowers into your boxwood wreath by either sticking them into the grapevine wreath or gluing them onto it. You can use either faux flowers or live flowers. If you use live cut flowers, you will have to add new ones often as the others wilt.
Fourth of July Wreath
A boxwood wreath can make a nice Fourth of July decoration. Add a red, white, and blue bow to it, and a star.
Fun Places to Hang Your Wreath
There are so many fun places to hang a boxwood wreath. Some of these ideas that I've included below could be used with other wreaths. Remember to use your imagination when hanging your boxwood wreath. As long as it looks nice, it doesn't really matter where you hang it.
Hanging a wreath on the front door is probably the most traditional place to hang a wreath. After all, you should show off your homemade wreath to everyone who drives by. Not only will it make your house look pretty, but it may also inspire somebody else to make their own artificial boxwood wreath.
If you want to skip the traditional "hang the wreath on the door" (or if you have extra wreaths), why not hang it on a cabinet. This is especially a good place to hang it if you have a mini boxwood wreath.
Your shed is a great place to hang a wreath. You could hang it on the door, under the windows, or even hang it inside for indoor decorating.
Instead of hanging your boxwood wreath, try laying it down on its side onto your table. This will make a great table centerpiece. You could even put some candles in the center of the wreath, or perhaps put a jar of candy or cookies in the center.
The deck is a great place to hang your boxwood wreaths. Simply line the wreaths up along the deck railing.
Dress up your home by hanging a boxwood wreath on a mirror that you don't use. This can add a unique look to your house. If possible, try to use a vintage mirror, or one that is older. This will add to the creativity.
Cake Pedestal Wreaths
Make some boxwood wreaths to put around a cake pedestal. This will make a unique centerpiece for your table.
How to Preserve Your Boxwood Wreath
If you decide to use live boxwood shrub cuttings, the leaves can quickly lose their green look. Soon they will wilt, and you will have to make another boxwood wreath. There are a few tips to preserving your boxwood wreath. Here is how to keep your boxwood wreath green for seasons to come:
Lay a piece of cardboard box outside on the ground. This will help protect the surface of which you will be spraying around. Lay the boxwood wreath face down on the cardboard.
Hold a can of foliage sealer about eight inches away from the wreath. Begin spraying the wreath. Once the entire wreath has been sprayed, leave it to dry.
Turn the boxwood wreath over, and spray it with the foliage sealer. Do it just like you did before, making sure the entire wreath gets sprayed. Leave the wreath to dry.
Either return the wreath to where you had it hanging, or lay it in a flat lidded box until you want to use your boxwood wreath again.
How to Preserve Boxwood Shrub Cuttings
Did you cut some boxwood shrubs that you'd like to save for future wreaths? If so, you will need to preserve them until you make your next wreath, or whatever craft you will be making. Here are is how you can preserve your boxwood cuttings:
Pull the leaves off the end of the stem, which would be the stem that you cut. Pull enough leaves off so that you have 2 inches of stem. Lightly tap the end of the stem with a hammer.
Weigh how many boxwood cuttings you have. This is an important step, because it will help you know how much of the preservation liquid you should use.
Measure 1 ounce of glycerin for every ounce of shrubs, and place it into a separate glass bowl. Mix 1 teaspoon of green dye into 1/2 cup of hot water and set it aside. Add 1 cup of glycerin to the glass bowl and pour the dye and water mixture into the container with the glycerin. Stir the mixture until the glycerin fully dissolves. Add the remaining glycerin from the first glass bowl to the dye mixture.
Let the mixture thoroughly cool before you add the shrub cuttings to it. Allow the stems to sit in the mixture for two weeks, or until they soak up all the mixture. Once they have, remove them and store them in a place where they will not be disturbed for the following five weeks.
I've gone over all that you need to know to make a wreath out of Boxwood. From estimated cost and time, styles to make, places to hang your wreath, to how to preserve your wreath, it's all been covered. Now is the fun part. Go get yourself some Boxwood and try to make a Boxwood wreath of your own. Once you master how to make one for your own house, you may want to give some as gifts. Wreaths especially make great gifts for the hard to buy for person in you life.
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