I completely fell in love with boxwood wreaths thanks to Pinterest and a home decorating Facebook group I’m part of. They’re just so classic and beautiful, especially when used inside the home! I wanted to find the perfect one for us and I finally did… for $80 after shipping on Etsy. I’m all for supporting small businesses and craft shops but that was just a bit excessive considering we’re still just starting out and I figured that I could make it for at least half the cost, if not less.
I’d say I was pretty successful! I’m so in love with our new wreath. Before I get started on the steps, here are all the supplies you’ll need and where I got mine from:
- Paper mache letter (Hobby Lobby)
- Florist foam (Hobby Lobby)
- Greenery (Hobby Lobby)
- Burlap ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
- Burlap wreath bow (Michaels)
- Craft knife
- Glue gun
- Black paint
The first thing you’re going to do is cut the front off of the paper mache letter using a craft knife/Xacto knife. I cut mine as necessary until I could just pull the pieces off. At least with my letter, it was super easy to cut/pull only the front of the letter off.
Next, I painted all the sides of the letter black. You can really do whatever you want to the sides of the letter, even leave it plain, but I decided to go with black paint to give it a more finished, Pottery Barn-esqe look.
You don’t need to worry about the interior as you will be filling it with florist foam… which is the next step! Cut florist foam to fit in the letter as best as you can! Once it’s all cut, use a glue gun to glue each piece down to the letter so it won’t come out.
Now for the really fun part… filling the letter with artificial boxwood! Hobby Lobby didn’t have anything that was really boxwood, but the leafy green I chose is super similar and gives a beautiful look. Trim the pieces nice and short and then secure them with a dab of hot glue once they’re stuck into the foam. This part is super time consuming… I spent 3+ hours sticking and gluing boxwood into my letter. It was a great way to pass time while my husband was working late though!
I was too excited about how the B looked after this step to take any pictures until it was all hung up on our pantry door. Once the greenery is all placed and the hot glue has fully dried, flip the letter over and attach burlap ribbon to the back of the letter, forming a loop for your wreath to hang from. Once I had the wreath hanging on the door, I used the wreath bow to form a nice little loop at the top. My bow came with a twist tie on the back so it was super easy to attach and adjust.
In the end, this project cost me around $20 and one evening to complete! I got lucky because Hobby Lobby was having a 50% off sale on all their artificial flowers, so making this wreath for less than half the cost of the Etsy shop was super easy!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY! I always forget how much I enjoy writing them… I’ll need to do more in the future 🙂