When we were visiting my in-laws in Arkansas last month, my mother-in-law, Lisa, took me to the cutest boutique. In the front window, they had this gorgeous boxwood wreath.
So classy. Lisa had been debating about buying the wreath for months I agreed it was beautiful, until I saw the price tag: $130!! Way more that I would spend! So I inspected it a bit and told her we could totally make it for like a fraction of that price.
And off to Hobby Lobby we went!
Unfortunately, they didn't have "boxwood," so we improvised with a really pretty, perfectly green (you know what I'm talking about, not all fake greenery is created equal) swaggy thing. We picked up a qrapevine wreath to give it structure, headed home and whipped it up.
It turned out lovely. (I finished it after she had gone to bed, and hung it on the pantry door to surprise her.)
And for WAYYYY less than $130!! When we got home from vacation, I thought about her wreath every time I opened my front door. I admit, I coveted it. So today, I finally made my own!
So here's how to whip one up for yourself!
floral wire (or if you don't have any on hand, use baggie twisty-ties like me. Classy!)
Its $15, conditional on Hobby Lobby's sales. The swaggy thing is $24.99, but it was on sale for 50% off, and the grapevine wreath is $4.99, but it was also 50% off. Even if those things aren't currently on sale, you could use their 40% off coupon, and still make it for a really good price. Just google "Hobby Lobby coupon" on your phone, click through, and then hand your phone to the cashier. Viola! As for the ribbon, you could use what you have on hand, or get something similar to this chevron burlap (which I think was from Hobby Lobby too). My mother-in-law was so nice and mailed me the rest of her burlap ribbon (thanks, mom!).
So stretch out the swag, and smooth/straighten it so that all of the branches are going the same direction. Lay it on the wreath and wire it to a branch of the wreath.
And proceed around the wreath, wiring it on every 6 inches or so. It will be sparse in a few places, but don't worry, we'll fix it.
When you get back to the beginning, snip of the excess piece.
It doesn't look so pretty yet.
You'll want to wire in any branches that are hanging out. And use the excess piece to fill in the sparse parts. I cut my extra piece into 3 pieces. And I left one spot sparse, bc I knew that's where I was going to put the bow. And trim up the wires. I used a green Sharpie to color them to make them less noticeable.
For the bow
(easiest bow evah!)
I had to trim my ribbon down to a proportionate width. About 5 inches?
Then cross the ribbon like so...
and find the middle of the loop...
and then bring the middle of the loop to where the ribbon crosses...
then squish it up
and tie it up with a piece of wire (who am I fooling, its a twisty-tie.)
then cut a piece of ribbon (or fold it) to cover the wire
tie it, and then trim the ends so they don't show
oh, and slip a twisty tie under that
then pick a spot on your wreath and wire it on securely.
I'll be honest, it might take you longer than 15 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, and whether your kids are asleep or whether they're "helping." But its still super easy and super fast. And super good looking.
I would love to see your finished wreath!
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