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DIY Winter Bay & Rosemary Wreath

Author Eva Kosmas Flores

Ingredients

  • 1 18-inch wreath frame
  • 1 florist's bunch of bay cuttings
  • 1 florists bunch or rosemary cuttings
  • clear hair ties
  • .58 mm/24 gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • needle nose pliers
  • fishing wire or twine

Instructions

  1. First, begin making the smaller bunches that you will be attaching to the wreath frame. Using the clear hair ties, band together 2-3 cuttings of the rosemary along with 3-4 cuttings of the bay leaf, trimming the cuttings so that they're about 8-10 inches long. Continue making bunches until you've used up all of your bay and/or rosemary.
  2. Use the wire cutters to snip off a roughly 5-inch long piece of wire (you probably won't use the whole length and will need to trim the ends, but it's best to give yourself some leeway just in case). Use the needle nose pliers to bend the wire around the interior edge of the wreath frame. Twist the wire around the stem area of one of the bunches, and then twist the remaining wire around the exterior edge of the wreath frame to secure it in place. Trim off any excess wire poking out around the edges.
  3. Move about 4-5 inches down the wreath frame and repeat the process to attach another bunch. Continue to move along the wreath frame, attaching the bunches, until the wreath is full. If you have any sparse spots fill them in with extra cuttings. Hold the wreath up as if you were going to hang it. If there's any especially heavy, long or unwieldy bunches, secure them again a bit further down on the stem by tying them to the wreath frame with the fishing wire or twine from the back of the wreath. Once everything looks and feel secure, hang it up and admire your handiwork.