One of my favorite weekend projects is making wreaths from fresh rosemary. I love the fragrance and the simple, timeless statement they make on my front door. They are also perfect for kitchen decor. This particular wreath dries beautifully, you can use the rosemary for cooking in your some favorite recipes. It’s a wreath you will definitely want recreate all year round.
- 18-inch grapevine wreath form
- Rosemary (you may need to order ahead of time from your local Florist)
- 24-gauge paddle wire
- Garden shears
- Wire cutter
Select your wreath form. There are many types of wreath forms available at your local craft store or florist. I enjoy using a grapevine form for the wreath because of the rustic appeal under the rosemary. The one in this example is 18 inches in diameter, but they come in various sizes.
Cut the fresh rosemary into 8-inch sprigs with garden shears. If you don’t have garden shears, culinary scissors will work great as well. You can purchase bunches of rosemary at your local florist or farmer’s market or even buy a rosemary plant at your local nursery. You will need about 50 springs of rosemary to complete an 18″ wreath.
Tie one end of the 24-gauge paddle wire to the grapevine wreath form. Paddle wire, which is florist wire on a paddle, is available at craft stores, hardware stores, and even some local grocery stores.
Place about five sprigs of rosemary on the grapevine form, and wrap the paddle wire twice around the bottom end of the sprigs. Be sure the rosemary covers the sides of the grapevine form in addition to the top. You will be winding the wire around the entire wreath, which is why the paddle is so useful. You will not be cutting the wire until the very end.
Position another five sprigs of rosemary on top of the first sprigs, overlapping them so that the top of these sprigs cover the wire on the first bunch. Wrap the wire around this bunch as you did the first.
Keep going around the wreath form, adding layers of rosemary. When you have gone completely around, tuck the ends of the last bunch underneath the tips of the first bunch so no wires are seen. Cut the wire and secure it to the back of the grapevine form.
Decide which part of the wreath will be the top. On the other side, make a loop with some additional wire for hanging.
For a decorative finish, run a piece of wire through a simple, shoe-string bow and tie it to the wreath.