Boxwood Wreath

Boxwood WreathThis wreath is an attractive way to bring the garden indoors and have fun with shapes and forms.

Materials:

  • 12" square wooden frame
  • (1) 3" x 4" x 9" floral foam brick
  • 24-gauge floral wire
  • 6-inch long pieces of boxwood stem
  • clippers
  • sharp, long bladed knife
  • scissors

Directions:
To make this wreath you will need a 12 inch wooden frame. Allen used a canvas frame that he purchased at an art and crafts store. Artists use these to build their own canvases. You can find them in the section of the store where they sell loose canvas.

The first step is to cut your floral foam to fit the frame. Using a sharp, long bladed knife slice the brick of foam lengthwise from top to bottom into (4) 3/4-inch thick pieces. Next cut the pieces in half so that they are 2-inches wide. At this point you will have (8) 2-inch wide and 3/4-inch thick floral foam pieces to fit to your frame.

To attach the floral foam to the frame Allen used 24-gauge floral wire. Simply wrap the floral wire around the frame and foam taking care to wrap it snuggly, but not so tight that the wire cuts through the foam.

Next strip the bottom 2-inches of leaves away on your boxwood sprigs. This will make it easier to push them into the floral foam.

Now you are ready to start inserting the boxwood sprigs. Work your way around the frame, inserting each row of sprigs so that they point in the same direction overlapping the previous row in a fish scale fashion. For the best results really use a lot of boxwood and really pack it in.

Once you have completed the wreath you can further secure the pieces in place with more floral wire. As you wrap, hide the wire under the boxwood.

To complete the project sheer the wreath with scissors and hang it with a nail or a wide ribbon.

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