Herbs for Wreath Making
If your herb garden is anything like mine, you have herbs for days. However, there’s a limit to what you can do with your excess herbs. Sure, I cook with them, dry them for use in the off-season, and gift them to friends. But, I still have plenty of cuttings after I prune them throughout the growing season. One way I use up my herbs are in arrangements and wreaths. Herbs are a wonderful addition to home decor. They add wonderful texture and scent to any arrangement.
Woody stem herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage work best for this type of wreath. Basil and mint will eventually get woody as they grow, but the base of the stems where the woody part of the plant is usually doesn’t have pretty foliage. Stick with the hardier herbs for best results. For my wreath, I use a mix of lemon thyme and oregano.
Make the Herb Bundles
Cut a six-inch length of floral paddle wire.
Cut a few sprigs of herbs and form them into a bundle. Use the six-inch piece of paddle wire to secure the bundle of herbs.
Trim the ends so that they are even.
Make the Wreath
Cut another six-inch piece of paddle wire. Use the wire to secure the herb bundle onto the wire frame.
Make and wire another herb bundle. Lay the bundle just below the previous bundle, slightly overlapping each other. Repeat with another bundle, making sure you are slightly overlapping and alternating sides of the previous bundle.
Once the frame is filled with herb bundles, trim off any wayward sprigs.
Hang the Herb Wreath
Your garden fresh herb wreath is ready to hang. The special thing about this wreath is that the herbs will dry on the frame and can be used later on in your favorite dishes. Fresh herb wreaths make great hostess gifts.
Like this project? Check out my How to Make an Herb Garland Centerpiece on DIYNetwork.