Monday, April 18, 2016

DIY Rosemary Wreaths and Mini-Wreaths

This post is a guest share in collaboration with our partner blog, Green in Real Life
Rosemary has long been associated with memory and remembrance, and is a fitting ANZAC Day symbol since it grows freely on the Gallipoli Peninsula and also thrives in most parts of Australia and New Zealand.  To make a rosemary wreath, you will need (of course) rosemary and a few basic supplies: wire, cutters, and a wreath base.  Y
ou can make the base or buy a ready-made wreath-form or ring (see our post on DIY floral crowns and flower wreaths for base ideas).  For my rosemary wreath, I made a cardboard base and wrapped it in hemp cord (shown below), just to be a little prettier and more finished than plain cardboard.  

  • Gather your rosemary, and ensure it is clean and dry.
  • Trim into sprigs (scale to suit your wreath)
  • Secure with wire into small bundles. If you are making a large wreath, you might prefer to bundle your rosemary sprigs with elastic bands or floral tape instead of just using wire. 
  • Attach the sprigs to your base using wire, overlapping and twisting at the back of your form.  I prefer to then bending the ends back to the front of my wreath and tucking under before trimming so that the back of the wreath is tidy and does have any scratchy wire ends, but that's completely optional.
  • Repeat, overlapping your sprigs slightly each time, until the wreath is fully covered. Take extra care in positioning the final few sprigs so that it is a neatly covered circlet.
  • Trim any errant stems if/as may be needed.

To make a mini wreath, the process is the same as above but working with single stem sprigs and simply wiring them together without a additional base, using the wire to hold shape.

Rosemary can be a bit messy, so you may want to work on a surface that can be easily cleaned after you are finished. Compost any loose ends and extra springs (or eat them, or experiment with growing the rosemary cuttings if you wish).  The same methods can be used for any gathered greenery wreath. You can use fresh as a decorative wreath, table decoration, around the base of a candle (careful not to get too close to the flame), or even dry your herbs this way.  Enjoy!

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