Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Easy Christmas Wreaths

I love the little Boxwood wreaths you see everywhere. They are classic and look great and are perfect for Christmas.  I could definitely use several around the house, but the problem is they are expensive.
As luck laziness low energy would have it, I never got around to trimming our Japanese Holly shrubs in early Fall as I usually do. Every time I'd go outside, I'd beat myself up for not getting it done...
...that is until a few days ago...
...when it dawned on me that those lovely little shoots could be used to make some wreaths since Japanese Holly looks like Boxwood.


I also had a box full of plain little wreaths  up in my office/craft room and didn't have to go out and buy anything.
No trip to Hobby Lobby needed!




If you need a little wreath, look at the evergreen shrubs and trees outside in your yard to see what you can bring inside. I went out and clipped off some shoots and just stuck them into the wreath.
No glue or wire needed.
So simple.
I just clipped them to the length I thought would look good and stuck them in the wreath. If the stems were too long, I just cut them shorter.
I kept putting more stems until I liked the way it looked.
So far I've made 3 little wreaths and this one ended up on my mantel. I plan on making 3 more for various vignettes around the house.
Guess I won't be trimming back the shrubs until after Christmas next year, as well.
Still waiting on a large wreath I ordered for the mantel. I'll show you the whole Christmas mantel when it arrives...oh, and after I make one more burlap and lace stocking...
There's always something more that needs to be done...
Is your Christmas "to do" list getting shorter or are you like me and feeling overwhelmed?

13 comments:

  1. This is an AWESOME idea!!! I go wreath crazy every year and never thought to run outside and grab some supplies...go figure! Can I post this on my blog? Would be a great addition to my post on the many kinds of wreaths out there. You can check it out if you like: www.doniellemichele.blogspot.com

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  2. I LOVE IT Pam, great job!! Can't wait for the full reveal!

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  3. Pam, what a clever idea! I noticed some stray shoots on some evergreens outside this morning. Hmmm, I wonder what I can create with those? Your wreath is beautiful!

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  4. There is nothing like natural materials for Christmas decorating! Beautiful!

    Andie

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  5. Pam those are so beautiful! I love a low cost or no cost project. Nice job!

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  6. Nice job Pam! I love boxwood wreaths too. I will have to remember this early next year. My boxwood have already turned wintery colored and are no longer beautiful green and shiny. I'm glad yours are.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  7. These are so pretty and love how you had everything on hand to make them!! They are gorgeous! Can't wait to see your whole mantel!

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  8. Thanks for the great idea :)I will have to make this next year, my hubs has already trimmed them no shoots :(

    Pam you are so creative! Stop by and see my latest wreath.

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  9. These wreathes look great I have small boxwood wreathes in my dining room check out www.clochesandlavender.com I would love for your to stop by.

    Cynthia

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  10. Excellent! Great job and they look so cute!

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  11. Oh wow, how perfect is this. I wish I had some greens, the desert really doesn't have much in that vein. Love this idea and so pretty in the urn. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Just lovely Pam. I think I have that same shrub too.

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