Friday, December 7, 2012

Herb Wreath and Square Wreath from the Greenhouse

     continued from Wreaths So Merry as part of the 12 Days of Christmas here on Two Succulent Sisters...

These are 2 Wreaths that Laura, my daughter (who has a greenhouse) made. This is her post... She's going to show how to make 2 different wreaths, an herb wreath and a square wreath.

HERB WREATH

I was looking at my overgrown herbs growing in my greenhouse and trying to think of ways to use them other than cooking.  I thought maybe I should dry them, so I started looking for ways to dry them and I came upon Herb Wreaths...
 

My Greenhouse


Here is my greenhouse. It's also the back door. We have to walk through the greenhouse to get to the back door. It's great. It's a mudroom at its best!

Online you can buy herb wreaths for $50.  I made mine for a lot less than that.  The basics for a wreath are: a frame, florist wire, cutters and greens.  I used a $3 dollar floral foam arranger from Walmart for my base.  Everything else I already had on hand. 

Here are the herbs I used for the wreath:


Italian Oregano

Saffron
Rosemary
 I wrapped oregano cuttings around the frame and secured with florist wire.  I tucked sage around the outer edge of the wreath and a few sprigs of rosemary in the inner edge.  




It looked like it was missing something, but I didn't have anything other than green colored.  Next year, I'll have to grow red chili peppers and garlic for a spicier look.  Or maybe a couple cinnamon sticks tucked in with berries for a sweeter look.  

For now, my mom tucked in a little round candle.  I like it.  Very simple and clean looking.  


     I hung my wreath on my kitchen door, perfect for easy access for when Justin is cooking.  I know...  Justin cooks more than I do.  Which is fine by me.  More time for crafting!   :)  




SQUARE CHRISTMAS WREATH

      My mom (Linda) hands me a picture frame covered in fabric from an old project and said, "Can you do something with this?"  Being on a wreath making kick, I said, "of course...  Let's make a square wreath."


Materials Needed
  • 8x10 frame - given to me, but can be found at the Dollar Store or Christmas Tree Shop or collecting dust in a closet
  • floral wire & cutters -which I had
  • live greens - cut from my yard or $20 bucks at Home Depot or Lowes
  • decorations - I bought mine from Michaels on sale with a coupon

Total cost of the project came from the decorations which I spent less than $10 for.

The Supplies
Wiring on the greens

Needs more greens
Fixing a few things
Silver bird
I first cut my greens down to size to fit around the wreath.  I secured the longer pieces first with the wire, while making sure the corners were evenly fastened.  Then I layered smaller pieces in order to give it fullness and to hide the fabric underneath.  



After using a lot of wire, it was ready for the decorations.  I used easy to tuck in decorations and placed on my door.  Not bad for a quick and easy project that is different.  My Mom suggested putting letters such as JOY or the 1st letter of your last name on the wreath.  Isn't that a great idea?  Unfortunately, I have more things to make before Christmas so I'll leave that idea for someone else to try.  :)

Enjoy!


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6 comments:

  1. Beautiful! We have three rosemary bushes in our yard. A rosemary wreath might be a fun idea. I'm currently working on a square wreath as a Christmas gift. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  2. Lovely wreaths. I bet they smell nice too.

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  3. Such great tips and ideas! I was wondering with this wreath, would the herbs dry up quickly and start shedding on the counter?

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  4. Linda,
    These are beautiful, but I especially love the herb wreath. What a great idea. You could even use the herbs off of it if you kept it in the kitchen. I think the candle adds a pretty touch.
    Debi

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  5. I like the herb wreath, but for something different, I'd like to try the frame wreath sometime, it's pretty and clever, too. ♥

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