I love preserved boxwood wreaths and I have a few around the house that I have purchased at HomeGoods. I give them a spritz of water every so often and they still look great. Recently, I purchased a small one at Target, but the $20 price tag felt high to me, especially since I would like to use them in many places in my home for the holidays. So, logically, my next step was to do a quick search on Pinterest (how did I ever get anything done before Pinterest?!) and found that many people have made their own boxwood wreaths in a variety of ways.
There wasn't much mention of specifically how long they will last. So I decided to experiment with some of my own. Really, I had nothing to lose. Our boxwoods needed a haircut and I had some grapevine wreaths in the basement leftover from other projects. I posted this picture on Instagram before I started, and many had the same question, how long will they last?
I clipped a variety of sizes of clippings because I wasn't sure what would work best. Here are the boxwoods before I started. If nothing else, our boxwoods look a whole lot neater now:)
I had two different sized wreaths and I used longer clippings for the larger, and shorter for the smaller.
I simply placed the stems into the grapevine using no glue, moving around the wreath clockwise with all stems pointing in the same direction. They stay in place very easily. I didn't want to use glue because this way I can just replace any branches that dry or turn brown. And also I can re-use the wreaths. If I find they last a few weeks, I will probably make them a bit fuller next time around.
I placed the smaller wreaths on a couple of shelves and I love the touch of green they add.
I placed one of the medium sized wreaths on the window in our family room.
And one on the french door in the family room. I should make 2 more since there are 2 doors and 2 windows :)
Just for comparison, the wreath in the picture below is the preserved boxwood I purchased at Target.
I will keep you posted about how they hold up! Fingers crossed, they make it until Christmas. Have you ever made a boxwood wreath? I would love to hear about how long yours lasted :)