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Hello Friends! Boy am I excited to be finally sharing this post with you! Today I am going to teach you how to make a faux boxwood wreath that lights up in time and ready for Christmas. I wanted to get started on this project ages ago but of course I just don’t have time to do everything so today when I finally finished this project I couldn’t wait to photograph, edit and write up the post ready to share with you all.
For about ten million years I’ve wanted a boxwood wreath to hang in my home somewhere and look gorgeous. I love the boxwood look and have fallen madly in love with boxwood wreaths even more thanks to my trusty friend Pinterest. I have been wanting to either buy one or make one in forever but hadn’t come across the right materials for it and it wasn’t at the top of my “To-Do” list until I came across some faux boxwood garlands that where to be very honest with you, hideous.
It’s not something I would personally display in my home as I’m not into that sort of look and certainly not fake but I saw the potential and what it would become so I purchased a couple of really long vines of faux boxwood and silently felt very pleased with my find. Best thing about it, super cheap. The two cost me about $5.00. All up this wreath cost me about $30 to make and I’m pretty happy with that!
Be warned this is a photo heavy post but hey, too many pretty photos I want to share!
Unfortunately like I said, time didn’t permit so the vines/garlands sat there waiting for me for about two months before I finally got my act together and made what you see in these photos.
I finally decided to make the darn wreath because my house is looking a little bare when it comes to Christmas decorations. We have upgraded from small apartment living to a large 5 bedroom home so it’s actually hard filling up all the space. I mean it’s full of kids toys but that’s not exactly home decor. So to try and not kill my husband of a heart attack from all my thoughtless spending I have been making items here and there for our house but not the way I would like to. Someone please give me a few thousand dollars to splurge on Christmas and home stuff… thanks *wink*. haha.
To make my Faux Boxwood Wreath more interesting, festive and feel like a Christmas wreath I decided I wanted it to light up.
I photographed my wreath on my front door because to be honest the lighting inside my house was terrible at the time so it had to be done outdoors but I love how it hangs in my kitchen.
How To Make A Faux Boxwood Wreath That Lights Up
Here’s what you’ll need:
Plastic Boxwood Plant or Vines (I used 2 x 2 metre vines)
14 inch round hay wreath
Thick Ribbon (of your choice)
Fairy lights (battery operated and 1-2 metres long)
I chose to go with a very simple “NOEL” ribbon that I think is perfect for Christmas and adds just the right amount of red into the wreath without over doing it. I also voice that the ribbon is a type of calico fabric which I love to give it a natural, earth, rustic feel.
Begin by attaching the fairy lights to your wreath. I weaved the fairy lights between the string wrapped around the hay wreath but found my fairy lights didn’t want to cooperate so I used a little hot glue as well to hold it all down the way I wanted to. I only added it in certain places where the lights would not sit flat. I was lucky that my lights did not get ruined but it was a risk I was willing to take. You could finish you wreath by adding the fairly lights on top of it but I wanted the light coming from behind. You decide what look you prefer.
Once you have attached the fairy lights to the front of the wreath, turn it upside down and hot glue the battery box t the back of your wreath in a way you can easily open and access your batteries when you need to change them over.
Take apart your faux boxwood bush or vine and begin by hot glueing a small amount of the boxwood onto your wreath. From here work backwards so you can not see the stems and your wreath becomes full and lush.
As you start building on your wreath you can add larger bunches of boxwood to fill it up and save you time. Make sure to add all through the wreath, on the inside of the wreath as well as the outside and top to make it look full and lush. I didn’t do the back as I didn’t feel it needed it and it’s a waste of materials.
Once your wreath is completely filled and you’re happy with how it looks place you ribbon on to the top wreath ready for hanging. I chose to keep it simple. I tied ribbon to the top of the wreath. I made it long so I can hang it on my front door out around the house. I also decided to make a pretty bow and glue it to the bottom. I love how it turned out. Makes it feel so Christmasy.
That’s it. I did find it time consuming because you have to stick so much on the wreath but I feel it’s well worth it. This beautiful wreath now hangs in my kitchen on a wall that was empty and lonely looking until now. I love at night how I can turn it on and admire it while having a cup of tea.
If you want to make a boxwood wreath I highly encourage it. It’s a great project to make. You don’t have to glue the bow on so you can use it all year round also!
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Are you in love with Boxwood wreaths also or is it just me? Have you made one before or have you made a Christmas wreath this year? Feel free to leave a link to your wreath creations in comments!