Looking for a personalized gift to make for your favorite friend or relative? Why not try an herbal wreath! They’re easy and inexpensive, and can be tailored to fit any décor.
- Straw wreath form (available from craft stores)
- Π Pins (available from craft stores)
- Perennial herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, bay, lavender, etc.). If you’re short of supplies from your garden, most grocery stores now carry bunches of herbs and filler like eucalyptus and baby’s breath.
- Optional: dried flowers, dried red peppers, ribbons or other little ornaments
- Start by pinning herb branches to the wreath, overlapping them as you go and making certain they all go in the same general direction. Depending on the size of the branch, you may need to use several pins per branch or combine several branches together.
- Cover up pins by overlapping the herbs as you go.
- Remember that the herbs will shrink as they dry, so don’t be afraid to load them onto the wreath.
- Don’t forget to fill the inside and outside edges, remembering that those areas can also be seen when the wreath is hanging.
- After you’ve filled the wreath with herbs, add any finishing touches like dried red peppers and garlic for a more “culinary” look or dried flowers for a “floral” effect. I added dried rose blossoms from my Flower Carpet Scarlet for a bit of bright red, and Tansy for a soft gold accent. Ribbons can also be used to fill any empty spots, or for an added touch of color.
If you don’t have easy access to a craft store, you can also make your own wreath form by winding wild grape vine into a circle/wreath. Instead of using Π pins to attach the herbs, you can use green florist wire.
Use your imagination and have fun!