An outdoor wreath can be fun to create. True, it takes a bit of time, but the end results are so worth it.
I was visiting my in-laws over the holidays when I noticed an overgrowth on her boxwood shrubs. Immediately my mind starting spinning. How do I ask to trim her shrubs without embarrassing her? But, that wasn’t the case. She was all too happy to have them trimmed. Do you know how hard it is to find overgrown anything in my neighborhood? Seriously, I have to keep up with them.
How To Make An Outdoor Wreath
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Here are the supplies that you will need.
- boxwood clippings
- 1/2 inch round green foam ring (I found mine at Walmart)
- Mini hot glue gun
- Pruning shears
- Suction cup hooks (for hanging your wreath from a glass door)
- Foliage Sealer
Trimming The Boxwoods For Your Outdoor Wreath
I cut the tops of the boxwoods about 4-5 inches in length. This was a timely task so I just trimmed a few as I went. Looking back, I was glad that I had been selective with each piece, It’s totally up to you.
Making Holes In The Foam Ring
Don’t laugh, it’s all that I could find. I keep this antique ice pick in my studio. It belonged to my Grandfather. As a little girl, I was taught how to break up ice blocks. The summers I spent with my Grandparents, we made lots of homemade ice cream. Yep, adding ice to the old hand-cranked ice cream maker was my job. Best ice cream in the world! So, I used the ice pick to make holes for the stems of the boxwood trimmings. If you want a full tight wreath, be sure to make your holes close together.
Securing The Boxwood Trimmings To The Ring
Someday, I’ll buy a grown-up hot glue gun. It still works, so no need to spend extra money. I added a small amount of hot glue at the top of each hole of your outdoor wreath.
Attaching The Stems To The Wreath
Then I carefully placed each cutting in the hole. This goes fairly quickly once you get the hang of it. After I completed my outdoor wreath, I went back with my pruning shears and trimmed any long stems that were sticking out. This created a well-trimmed and manicured look on my wreath.
I mist my outdoor wreath every few days with water to keep it from drying out. These wreaths don’t do well inside the home due to the air conditioning and heating. The atmosphere is too dry.
I have heard of soaking the stem in a liquid glycerine as a preservative, but I was unable to find glycerin at my local pharmacy. I did find a spray preservative foliage sealer that I have not tried, but it may be well worth it. You can find it HERE.
Here’s a quick video with all the details!
I love the results. It’s fresh, green and makes a beautiful accent of your front door. Want to see another wreath project? Check this DIY deer head wreath out!
Until the next project…