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If you think that craft night exists solely to ensure I make things that I pin on Pinterest, you would be correct.
This month, we tackled boxwood wreaths. And it may be my favorite craft night project to date. That’s a lie, I love them all.
But I really love boxwood wreaths and have wanted one (or ten) in my house for ages. But the prices keep me away. I mean, $94.95? ON SALE? I love you, you pretty little thing, but I don’t bathe in gold coins.
So, when I spotted this tutorial to make your own boxwood wreath from Liz Marie Blog on Pinterest, I immediately shared it with our craft night group. And I shamelessly asked if anyone had a boxwood shrub we could brutalize.
Luckily, Nici did. And lucky for us, Nici invited us all over that same week to get our wreath on.
This boxwood wreath is so stinkin’ easy that I plan to make fifteen more for Christmas decorating. (I dream big, people.)
It all starts with a simple grapevine wreath. I didn’t want to spend $10 on one at the craft store, so I ended up picking up this stunner at Goodwill on half-price day. I consider it an act of charity to beautify this little wreath. I ended up paying just shy of $2 for her.
Luckily for all of us, we were sent a bunch of pairs of X-ACTO® Multi-Material Scissors from X-ACTO - they are long-lasting scissors made with stainless steel blades. And they do not mess around. We were able to cut all the boxwood we needed with these puppies. New favorite scissors.
And the new scissors led to my favorite photo of the evening. I’m sure X-ACTO will be asking to use this in its advertising campaign. Disclosure: No ponytails were harmed in the making of this boxwood wreath.
Moving on. To make the wreath, just begin sticking the boxwood leaves into your grapevine wreath, working your way around and filling the front. The tutorial called for hot glue, but we didn’t need it. Which is awesome because it will make it really easy to refresh or change it up, if needed.
After working our way around the wreaths, we cut off the long branches and filled in the holes with smaller clippings. Then, we added a simple burlap bow (I bought the burlap wired ribbon from Save-On-Crafts. It’s really awesome stuff.) I also made bows for everyone else, because I’m awesome like that.
And here’s the final product on my door.
I really have no idea how long this will last. I have been told that it could last years. And that I could mist it to keep it longer. Regardless, it took about 10 minutes to make, so I figure it’s a win regardless.
That’s the scoop on my $2 boxwood wreath DIY.
Long live the craft night!
If you like this, check out Shannon’s DIY boxwood wreaths from year’s Dare to DIY party.
Other craft night projects – Valentine’s Day wreaths, DIY necklaces, Doily clay tray and Canvas artwork. We’ve also done pottery on a wheel and embroidered tea towels, but I haven’t blogged those for some reason.