Almost a year ago a friend shared a beautiful wreath made from herbs. I was in awe and wanted to make one last fall and then before I knew it summer was here again. Do you have inspired project ideas that you put off?
Her blog is Hearth and Vine; Patti is very talented. We have similar likes and I always have the best time checking in to see what she’s made, visit her blog here
I’m happy to say I didn’t let this herb wreath idea fade any longer and I finally decided to make my own.
Easy Herb Wreath
Before we dive right in I wanted to say, this is a messy craft so it might be a good idea to make outdoors. If working indoors is your best option lay down some paper, this will make clean up a breeze.
Start with a Bed of Herbs
To make this wreath gather at least 4 or five different herb varieties. I’m blessed to have an abundance in the garden and they definitely needed a good trim; I eat herbs every day but I just can’t keep up with them.
Many are beginning to flower so this was a nice bonus when it came time to put everything together. If you’re thinking about an herb garden about now check out this post, here.
I used a combination of the following and harvested them during an overcast afternoon. It might be better to make this an early morning or late evening project.
- Lemon Balm
- Chocolate Mint
Supplies to Create Herb Wreath
Supplies can be purchased at any craft store and make sure to use paddle wire, I’ll tell you why later… Wreath size is completely up to you, three small ones connected with ribbon would look really nice. Just get creative and have fun with it.
- Fresh Herbs + Clippers
- Any size wire wreath base
- Wire cutters
- 26 Gauge paddle wire
Cutting and Prepping the Herbs
We’re going to make small bundles with these herbs and I put together about 8 of each herb because they will dry on the base and shrink.
- After the herbs are cut separate by type
- Cut each stem into small lengths and remove the greens from the bottom
- Bundle about 4 stems and wire them together
Attach Herb Bundles to the Wreath Base
Once the bundles are wired then we connect each one to the wreath base. I couldn’t find paddle wire so I ended up purchasing wire on a roll and what a mess. You’ll notice through my pictures the entire roll unraveled because I couldn’t find the end.
Paddle wire is much easier to use because you can hold it while you work and add strength to connect everything to the base.
My first herb placement was a pretty bunch of trailing lemon balm and that set the stage for the everything else.
Around the Wreath we go
One herb bunch was added after the next until we covered the entire base. Make sure everything is really thick and full because these herbs will begin the drying process within 24 hours.
There was a point when I had to go back and fill in some areas with additional herbs; this was really easy because I just tucked them in and secured with wire.
The smell is heavenly through the entire creating process and once finished my hands couldn’t escape the scent of fresh herbs.
I really liked how the chocolate mint added a little bit of purple in the mix, it just started blooming about a week ago and what an amazing sight.
After the wreath was finished I brought this fun project indoors and enjoyed it in our little space of wonderful. Stay tuned because later this week I’ll be sharing the wonderful that encourages living with less in a small space.