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Friday, December 14, 2012

Mini Boxwood Wreaths

 My first trip to Williamsburg, VA. at Christmas more than 20 years ago  was inspired by the natural decorations that were everywhere. I came home determined to have my own yard filled with the natural boxwood and holly that I saw in nearly every display.  My favorite of course was the beautiful magnolia leaves they used but living in Michigan this was definitely not in the cards. That spring I planted several boxwood and holly bushes and they have thrived.  Along with many evergreens I have an abundance of greenery to use at Christmas.

This year I decided to make several mini boxwood wreaths to hang on the backs of chairs in my kitchen eating area.  This was so easy and I had six of them made in less than a hour.

I started with mini twig/grapevine wreaths from the Dollar Store.

I cut the boxwood into pieces that were about three inches long.

I used a glue pot to dip the individual pieces in and then attach them to the wreath base.  My first pass was in the middle of the wreath and then I filled in the front and back as needed until I was satisfied that each wreath was full enough. 

The great thing about boxwood is that it will last for months so if you want to keep a few decorations around the house for the winter months a boxwood decoration will last.

I'm working on a woodland tablescape for a brunch and felt the boxwood wreaths would add just the right touch to the chairs.  They are simply tied to the backs of the chairs with a little burlap ribbon.

Happy Holidays to all.

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Dawn said...

You have me wanting to plant boxwood in the spring. How long do they take to get going? Will I have to wait years for a decent amount of cuttings? Love yours by the way, and that's exactly how I would use them.

NanaDiana said...

Miss Char- Those are just darling. I love boxwood and have been threatening to go cut some of ours here to use inside. So pretty!!! xo Diana

On Crooked Creek said...

Miss Char,
Those are so~o~o adorable!!!
They look exactly like the "High Dollar" ones in featured catalogs!!! You did an amazing job and I love the burlap ribbon!!!
I must tell you how much I adore the SNOW covered bicycle on your header photo!!!

Paula@SweetPea said...

These look great attached to your chairs.

What I love most about Boxwood for wreath making is when it dries, it still looks great. One year we stayed in an inn in Vermont in July and in the old, elegant dining area they still had the boxwood garlands on the mantel from Christmas and they still looked great.

LV said...

Wonderful holiday post. I really like your header.

Debbie said...

I must copy this at some point. I love it!

jp said...

Thanks for reminding me that our boxwood is overgrown and needs a clipping...will be making wreaths for the Christmas table, this week!

Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely idea. I have a couple of boxwood in the garden and maybe when it stops pouring of rain I'll go and get some to add to a plain grapevine wreath I have.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

They are beautiful, I must ask my husband if we have a boxwood on all this property we own:) I know what he'll say "What's a boxwood"? lol!

Maria said...

Oh your wreaths look beautiful! I just love the green, especially at Christmas time! Beautiful! And I love how you have them hanging on the chairs, so pretty and elegant looking! Merry Christmas!

Dawn said...

Char, thanks for linking up. I will certainly put this on my Spring planting list.