Do you grow herbs in your garden? Even if you don’t have an herb garden and grow your own, perhaps you have a friend or neighbor that would love to share some with you, so I want to show you how to create a simple wreath with fresh herbs.
This project only takes a few supplies and is so easy to make.
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I’ve been growing herbs for such a long time, and in addition to cooking with them, this is one of my favorite ways to use them.
This wreath will be a great addition to your spring and summer decor and will dry beautifully and take you right into the fall months.
You can make this wreath any size you choose and use it anywhere in your home or even your front door.
A living herb wreath is such a beautiful way to bring nature inside, so let’s get started making this unique wreath from natural elements right from your garden.
supplies to make a fresh herb wreath
For this project you will need:
- wire wreath form, any shape or size you choose. I used an 8″ diameter round frame for this particular wreath.
- floral wire
- wire cutters
- fresh garden herbs
what herbs are good to use for wreath making
For the best results, my favorite herbs to use are rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender and oregano for wreath making.
One of the reasons I chose these is because I grow all of these in my garden and these herb plants need to be cut back and harvested often.
They are very hardy and grow easily. During the growing season, the more they are cut the more they produce.
Another reason for using these herbs is they dry really well.
Other herbs, such as basil, lemon balm and mints have a high moisture content and don’t dry well for using in a wreath.
This type of herb will become droopy and wilt so they don’t hold up well for filling in on a wreath form.
how to create a simple wreath with fresh herbs
You will want to cut about 6-10 stems for each bundle of herbs you want to make.
For this 8″ diameter wreath, I made 2 bundles of each herb to cover the frame.
Since the thyme isn’t quite as full as some of the other herbs I used, I had to cut more stems of it to create a bundle that was full enough.
After you have gathered enough herbs, you will want to cut pieces of wire for each of the small bundles of herbs.
Cut about 8 inches of wire for each of the herb bunches.
Then, gather the 6-10 pieces (depending on which herb you are using) together and tie them together with floral wire.
Wrap all of the stems together with the wire about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the bundle.
I like to go ahead and gather and tie all of my bundles before I begin assembling the wreath.
Next, using the excess wire on the herb bundle, tie the bundle to the wire wreath frame.
Then, place the next bundle right below the previous one overlapping just a little.
This will hide the stems and wire from the previous bundle.
Continue in this manner all the way around the wreath frame until it is completely covered.
Hold your wreath up and make sure you are happy with the placement and coverage of the herb bundles.
If there are bare spots, you can always create another herb bundle and place in the bare spot to fill in.
You can see in the photo below, that part of the wire frame was showing on my wreath, so I added another bundle to cover the frame.
how long will a fresh herb wreath last
Your fresh herb wreath will look fresh for several days, then begin to dry out.
It will last several months after it has dried.
As the herbs begin to dry, they will shrink some.
If you want to keep your wreath looking full you can always go back in, after the wreath has dried, and add a few more bundles of fresh herbs.
This way, your wreath will continue to have a nice fullness even after it is a dried herb wreath.
ways to decorate with your herb wreath
A fresh herb wreath is a great addition to your kitchen decor or any other area of your home that you would enjoy having a wreath hanging.
I hang mine on my arched pantry door sometimes and I also like to decorate the antique hall tree by my back door.
I have even made a pair of them and hung them on the closet doors in my bathroom.
We have 2 narrow closet doors, and the herb wreaths make beautiful and unique door decor.
more ideas for an herb wreath
Tie a ribbon on your wreath to add a little more decoration.
Use the herbs I mentioned above and alternate them on the wreath, or you can choose just one of the herbs and make an entire wreath with only 1 herb variety.
This is a great option if you only grow 1 or 2 of these herbs.
If you prefer, you can use a grapevine wreath form instead of a wire form. You can even leave some of the grapevine showing if you want a more rustic look.
Also, an herbal wreath would be a wonderful gift for someone. Tie a cute ribbon and tag on the wreath and it doesn’t even need wrapping.
It would be such a thoughtful handmade gift right from your garden harvest.
holiday decorating with an herb wreath
During the holiday season, it’s a wonderful idea to create a wreath using fresh rosemary and mixing in fresh greenery.
Since a rosemary plant is evergreen, cutting some during the winter months is an easy way to harvest some and decorate your home at the same time.
Fresh cedar, spruce and pine are all great options to mix with the rosemary and will make a beautiful wreath.
The scent is amazing and it will make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor. And it’s a great way to add wonderful scents to your home during the holidays.
And how about making mini wreaths for your holiday table?
You can use small wire rings or small grapevine wreaths from the craft store and fresh rosemary to create small wreaths to use at each place setting.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial for how to create a simple wreath with fresh herbs.
I would love to hear if you try one of your own!!
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