How to Create the Perfect Holiday Wreath

Written on November 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm , by

Looking for creative ways to decorate your home for the holidays? Both fragrant and functional, a pretty herb wreath is easy to assemble and perfect for gifting or to hang on your kitchen wall.

Take a look at how easy the steps are!

 


 

A few pointers to get you started:

  • Select hearty bright-green bunches.
  • Give yourself plenty of counter space to spread out—expect to have some loose leaves.
  • If making as a gift and not hanging immediately, let wreath dry on a flat surface so leaves don’t droop, exposing the form and wires.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies

4 bunches fresh rosemary

2 pkg fresh bay leaves

2  to 3 bunches fresh sage leaves

3  large bunches fresh thyme

3 large bunches fresh oregano

2 bunches fresh marjoram

1  8- to 10-inch grapevine wreath

Food-safe floral wire

Wire cutters and scissors

1 24-inch length of ribbon

Directions

• Spread newspaper or craft paper on a table. Divide herbs into 8 piles.

• Starting with one pile, stack rosemary, bay leaves, sage, thyme, oregano and marjoram with all stems pointing in the same direction (overstuff piles, as herbs will shrink upon drying). Secure with floral wire, leaving a 6-inch length of wire to attach herbs to wreath form. Repeat with 6 of the remaining 7 piles of herbs.

• Use floral wire to secure one bunch of herbs to the wreath form at the 11 o’clock position. Attach a second bunch of herbs, overlapping the stem end of the previous bunch. Continue around wreath form.

• Arrange the last pile of herbs with stems crisscrossing. Secure in the middle with floral wire, leaving a 6-inch length of wire to attach herbs to wreath form. Affix final bunch to wreath form at the 12 o’clock position (the ribbon will loop over the center of this bunch, hiding the stems).

• Tie ribbon around wreath and hang from a hook or cabinet handle.

 This fragrant wreath is featured in our December issue on newsstands now.