I’ve long admired boxwood wreaths in home decor, and have been on the lookout for them for quite some time. I specifically wanted 2 small faux boxwood wreaths for the doors of my entryway closet.
As I’ve been searching for half of forever, it seems, I’ve discovered 2 things.
- Boxwood wreaths can be VERY expensive if found at all, and,
- I couldn’t find any of the small variety at all!
My search eventually led to a “make it yourself” situation. It ended up being such a quick and fun little project.
How to Make a Simple and Affordable Small Faux Boxwood Wreath
- Faux boxwood leaves
- Foam Wreath Form (I found mine at Dollar Tree.)
- Glue Gun
- Wire Cutters
- A long metal “stick” – like a knitting needle or chopstick (to prevent burning your fingers on the hot glue)
Step 1: Prepare the faux boxwood leaves by washing them and cutting them into small, individual branches.
After searching high and low for affordable faux boxwood greenery, I finally found it on a large ready-made wreath on a huge after Christmas clearance sale! (It was only $6!.) To use it for my purposes, I ripped out each bundle of boxwood and rinsed it off in a sink full of water with a little dish soap and vinegar.
Then, using wire cutters, I snipped apart each boxwood branch into individual pieces. I found I could hand place them better individually than trying to tame a larger floral pick.
Step 2: Glue the boxwood leaves onto the foam wreath form so that all the leaves are pointing in the same direction.
I’m not experienced at working with florals, so I was unsure how difficult this would be. I found it to be quite simple and very enjoyable! Starting on the outer edge of the wreath form, I would lay a piece of greenery on the edge until it looked like it fit right. Then, I ran a bead of hot glue onto the form, placed the greenery down, and pressed it firmly with the end of a long knitting needle. (That helps prevent burning your fingertips on the hot glue.)
Many boxwood wreaths are done using grapevine wreath forms, which are really pretty, too. However, I couldn’t easily find them in my town, so foam forms at the Dollar Tree were my answer. I was worried that the glue would melt the foam a bit. However, it didn’t.
Step 3: Keep gluing all the way around until the front and sides of the wreath form are completely covered.
I found it helpful to hold the wreath up from time to time to make sure the leaves were symmetrical around the form. If it looked sparse in one area, I would just add more glue and greenery. Keep filling it until it is the desired full look you’d like.
Step 5: Hang them up!
Once the wreaths are completed, the final step is just to hang them up and enjoy! Since these were made out of foam, I simply hammered a nail into the closet door and pressed the wreath into it at the desired height. The nail punctures the foam and holds tightly to it. Easy peasy!
These wreaths would also work well for a front door. A big burlap or linen ribbon could loop over it and be hung from a hook. It would look great!