Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

This boxwood Christmas wreath makes a nice change from the traditional fir wreath often seen this time of the year. it’s easy to make and you can use items from your own yard.

This DIY boxwood Christmas wreath is a nice change from a traditional fir type of wreath. See how to make it on thegardeningcook.com

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. 

I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have them.   This year, I decided to make my own Boxwood Christmas Wreath.

We have some large boxwood bushes outside our front door that my husband loves, but they were very overgrown, so we trimmed them and I used the trimmed branches to use in this Boxwood Christmas Wreath.

Boxwood branches

It’s time to make your Own Boxwood Christmas Wreath.

(This post contains affiliate links for your crafting experience.)  To make the Boxwood Christmas Wreath –you will need the following supplies:Supplies to decorate the boxwood wreath


The first step in making the Boxwood Christmas Wreath is to start with a metal wreath form.  You can buy one or make it yourself if you have wire and a soldering iron.  The shape should look something like this:

wreath formCut lots of lengths of boxwood branches and insert them into the opening on the loops on the back of the wreath, then close the openings with pliers.

back of the wreath form

Overlap the branches as you go around the form to make sure the the wreath is nice and full.

Front of the boxwood wreathWhen you are done you will have a nice plump boxwood wreath that is all ready to decorate. 

Finished boxwood wreath
Now comes the fun part!  I love to add the finishing touches. Four floral picks, a couple of poinsettia faux flowers, a pretty big holiday bow and a hanging bell are all that is needed.  

First I took the bell and added some red poly cord to it. I just looped the bell over the top of the wreath and slipped it through a loop in the top of the cord.

Add a large jingle bell to the center of the top of the boxwood wreathThis allowed the bell to sit in the middle of the wreath and make a pretty should when the door is opened.  

Bell in middle of the wreathNext step was to tie the wire rimmed bow to the top of the wreath.  See how to make a wire rimmed bow here.

Add a large bow made with wire edged ribbonNext I started at the top of the wreath and added the two poinsettia flowers at about 2 and 10 o’clock.

Poinsettia flowersThen I added two of the holiday floral picks and 3 and 9 o’clock.

two floral picksTwo more floral picks at 5 and 7 o’clock finished the decor!

two more picksThe final step was to fluff up the bow for some volume.

Plump up the bow for volume
My front door is decorated with the boxwood wreath.  My husband’s favorite bush in our yard are the boxwood outside the front door, so it is wonderful for him to see this each night when he comes home from work.

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

Have you ever made your own Christmas wreath? How did your project turn out?

For more holiday inspiration, please visit my It’s Christmas Time Board on Pinterest.

Pin this DIY boxwood wreath project for later.

Would you like a reminder of the instructions for this boxwood Christmas wreath?  Just pin this image to one of your holiday boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.This holiday boxwood Christmas wreath makes a nice change from the traditional fir wreaths.

Admin note: this post first appeared on the blog in December of 2013. I have updated the post to add new photos, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 1 door wreath

Boxwood Christmas Wreath - DIY Holiday Project

Boxwood Christmas Wreath - DIY Holiday Project

Make a boxwood Christmas wreath this year with materials from your own yard. It makes a nice change from a traditional fir wreath.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost $20

Materials

  • 12 inch metal wreath form
  • 1 large gold jingle bell
  • 12″ of red poly cord
  • 1 roll Christmas Wire edged ribbon 2 1/2" wide
  • 4 floral picks
  • 2 silk poinsettia flowers
  • lots of boxwood branches

Tools

  • pliers

Instructions

    1. Lay your wreath form on a table.
    2. Cut lots of lengths of boxwood branches and insert them into the opening on the loops on the back of the wreath form.
    3. You can close the opening with pliers.
    4. Keep adding the branches, overlapping them as you go around the form.
    5. When the wreath form is covered with the branches and nice and full, add the bow.
    6. Add some red poly cord the the bell and loop it around the top of the wreath.
    7. Use the wire edged ribbon to make a floral bow. (see a tutorial here.)
    8. Insert the floral picks on the middle and lower sections of the wreath and use the pieces of metal wreath form to keep them in place ( or tie them with floral wire.)
    9. Attach the poinsettia flowers with some floral wire at about points 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock.
    10. Plump up the bowl for some volume and cut the ends of the ribbon to match.
    11. Display with pride.

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