Hello and happy 20-days-til-Christmas! Ack! I've been a crafting machine, and this weekend I raided my backyard for supplies. If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know I'm smitten by Boxwood window wreaths, and tiny wreaths in bookcases. I could have picked up this one from Wisteria for a whopping $119. Or I could get busy making my own for about $3 each!
Fortunately, I have a few Boxwoods in my backyard. Unfortunately, they aren't big and are slow growers. So I didn't want to completely butcher them for my project. To keep the amount of clipping to a minimum, I used a basic $3 Christmas wreath as my form so any gaps would be green.
Simply make a little bouquet, wrap with a piece of floral wire, then attach to the form. Continue all the way around the wreath, keeping the leaves in the same direction. I used smaller bunches to cover any obvious holes, but since the wreath form is green, I didn't have to be too diligent about it. And the damage to my bush was minimal. (ohmygosh, best twss ever!) Each wreath required only 10-12 small bunches.
Is this room made for a trio of window wreaths, or what?! I hung them from clear Command hooks stuck to the wall just above the window.
Then it was back outside to clip some of the Rosemary that's taken over the yard. I used the same method, but attached the bunches to mini-grapevine forms. Hard to beat 1 dolla!
I added them to the bookcases (read about their makeover here), along with some other Christmas decor.
Last year's Glittered NOEL letters didn't fare too well in the off-season, but they're still a festive touch.
I have several nativity scenes, but this one sits perfectly atop a stack of books.
So $11 later, I have five fabulous, natural and fresh wreaths! Mother Nature creates the best shades of green for Christmas, doesn't she? Are you using natural elements in your decorating this season? Don't forget, the Christmas Cheer Link Party continues tomorrow, with Mantels at Michelle's.
** Linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Tip Junkie, Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, The Shabby Nest, The DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello and Thrifty Decor Chick**