Simple and Easy DIY Boxwood and Dried Rose Wreath

Updated on August 2, 2018
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Alyssa loves holidays and enjoys making fun crafts. She is a wife, a mom, and drinks a lot of coffee!

Beautiful dried rose and boxwood wreath.
Beautiful dried rose and boxwood wreath.

I've never been much of a fresh-cut flower type of girl. If given a choice, I would rather my husband surprise me with an actual potted plant that I can add to my little family. Fresh-cut flowers die so quickly. Whereas a potted plant, if given love and proper care, will last a lifetime.

However, there's something so sweet about receiving a bouquet of beautiful flowers. Knowing that your significant other is thinking about you, wanting to surprise you, and took the time to pick out and purchase a special set brings a smile to your face and touches the heart. It's a thoughtful and loving gesture.

My husband recently surprised me with a half-bouquet of crimson roses. They were a gorgeous deep red, and I instantly fell in love with them. I placed them in my matching vase and proudly displayed them on our cut-out counter. They lasted about two weeks before they started to decay. In that time, I got a lot of use out them: from using them as props for my various yoga photos to just enjoying their scent while sipping my coffee each morning.

I really loved these roses and I wanted to find a way to preserve them. In the past, I've pressed the flowers that my husband had purchased for me, and I actually still have them. A few are displayed as a collage in a picture frame in our front hall. The remaining flowers continue to rest in a large Webster's dictionary on our bookshelf. I wanted to do something different this time around, keeping the flowers intact and displaying them somewhere in our home.

Dried roses are beautiful and add a vintage aesthetic to any room. In addition, they serve as a wonderful memento and unique keepsake. I knew I didn't want a vase of dead roses hanging out on a shelf, so I thought it would be fun to create a wreath. I needed to update the yellow boxwood leaf wreath greeting people as they walked into the door. A yellowed leafy wreath just doesn't have the welcoming vibe that I'm going for, so this craft was absolutely perfect. It was simple and easy to make. Once the roses were completely dried out, it only took about an hour and a half to gather the leaves and assemble the wreath.

This is a great craft to get the kids involved. They will have fun gathering the leaves and helping arrange them around the base. It would look great hanging in a hallway or on the front door. Combined with the leafy green boxwood clippings, this dried rose wreath will add a unique and beautiful touch to your home.

These are the materials you'll need.
These are the materials you'll need.

Materials Needed:

  • Wire hanger
  • Dried roses
  • Boxwood leaves
  • Plastic coat hanger
  • Floss
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Unscented hairspray

Step 1: Dry Out Your Roses

Begin by fully drying out the roses. To do this, you will need to hang them upside down by the stem in a cool, dry place. Tie a piece of floss around each stem and tie the other end around the plastic coat hanger. Let them hang for two to three weeks to be sure that they are fully dried.

Hang roses upside down by the stem and allow them to dry out.
Hang roses upside down by the stem and allow them to dry out.

Step 2: Assemble Your Wreath

Start by molding your wire hanger into a circle. I like to wrap packing tape around the ends to mark the top of the wreath.

Take your boxwood leaves and start arranging them around your wire circle. Attach them to the wire circle with floral wire.

Arrange boxwood leaves around wire circle.
Arrange boxwood leaves around wire circle.
Attach boxwood leaves to the wire circle using floral wire.
Attach boxwood leaves to the wire circle using floral wire.
Your wreath will start to look something like this.
Your wreath will start to look something like this.

Once you have a circle of boxwood leaves that you like, it is time to attach your dried roses.

Ready to attach roses.
Ready to attach roses.

Step 3: Prepare Your Roses

Cut your roses, leaving a little bit of stem. You will want enough of a stem to wrap floral wire around so that they will stay put on your wreath.

Leave a little bit of the stem on each rose to attach to the wire circle.
Leave a little bit of the stem on each rose to attach to the wire circle.

Step 4: Attach Your Roses

Decide where you will place your roses and attach them to your wreath using your floral wire.

Ready to spray.
Ready to spray.

Step 5: Spray Your Roses With Hairspray

Once all of your roses are attached, generously spray your wreath with unscented hairspray. This will preserve the boxwood leaves and dried roses.

Spray your wreath generously with unscented hairspray.
Spray your wreath generously with unscented hairspray.

Step 6: Let Your Wreath Dry

Allow your wreath time to dry.

Give your wreath plenty of time to dry.
Give your wreath plenty of time to dry.

Step 7: Hang Your Finished Wreath

Hang your wreath where everyone can enjoy it!

Hang your wreath up for everyone to enjoy.
Hang your wreath up for everyone to enjoy.

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        2 weeks ago from Ohio

        Thank you so much!

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        You are a talented lady, Alyssa! Very nice DIY project I will pass along.

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