Confession Time: I have grown holly in my yard for over thirteen years and it never occurred to me to decorate with it. It wasn’t until a dear friend mentioned it, that the wheels in my head started to turn.
I mean…holly is perfect for Christmas time! It’s red and grows in cold weather. Plus it gives you more of an excuse to use the phrase “holly jolly.”
And then there is rosemary…the hearty, fragrant herb that grows in abundance. I have two medium size rosemary bushes, and decided to put them to work this year.
Variations: You could make this wreath in the spring using just rosemary or just lavender. Both would work really well.
Things you will need:
- An 18 inch wire wreath frame
- Floral wire cutters
- Floral wire
- Clear ponytail bands
- Scissors for cutting herbs
- Approx 200 6-8 inch stems of rosemary (fresh cut is best)
- Approx 20 stems of holly (fresh cut is best)
- Wreath hanger
Don’t have that much rosemary? Buy a smaller wire wreath and it will cut the amount down significantly.
Take 3-4 sprigs of rosemary and use a clear band to tie them together at the base of their stems. For every fourth group you band together, add in a stem of holly. Repeat this step until all of the rosemary and holly are in groups of 3-4 sprigs.
Now it’s time to assemble your wreath! (Doesn’t it smell good??)
Tie your wire around one area of your wreath, then wrap it a couple of times around the frame. Add in one bunch of rosemary. Wrap your wire tightly around the base. Add on another bunch of rosemary and point it slightly to the right. Wrap wire around it to secure it. Add on another bunch and point it slightly left. Wrap wire around it. (Layering right then left will give you a fuller looking wreath) Then add a bunch with holly in it. You will continue this pattern until the wreath is complete.
Rosemary bunch pointed left. Rosemary bunch pointed right. Holly bunch pointed left. Rosemary bunch pointed right. Rosemary bunch pointed left. Holly bunch pointed right. And so on and so on.
This pattern doesn’t have to be perfect. Throw in holly bunches where you feel it is needed. This is what I love about fresh wreaths; perfection isn’t required. The “wilder” looking, the better. To finish, wrap an inch or so of the remaining wire around the frame to secure it in place.
Now, find a lovely spot to hang it and enjoy the look and smell of it all season long.
Side note: I spray mine with a few squirts of water every week or so to keep it from drying out to quickly. And when the wreath is done. I take the rosemary, dry it, and use it for cooking.