In the colder regions of the country Rosemary does beautifully growing outside in the spring, summer and into the late fall. Once winter sets in, most Rosemary will die and the gardener will have to start all over again next year. It’s painful to watch their demise, so why not cut them down and make wreaths or swags and give them as gifts to family and friends.
How to Make a Rosemary Wreath
Gather fresh cut Rosemary into small 4-5 inches long bunches. Wrap them tightly with 24-gauge green floral wire. For a 12-inch wire wreath frame you will need about 26 bunches. Once you have your bunches together start placing them on your wreath base. Place two bunches next to each other to make a full wreath. Keep adding below the previous bunch, and keep wrapping wire around the base of each bunch until the end. Hang it up to dry naturally. Dry in a well ventilated room. A fan on low speed going 24/7 works great, or drying in an air conditioned room is even better. You can leave the wreath plain, or for added color attach dried flowers, berries, ribbons, bows, or whatever your heart desires.
More Herbs Used for Making Wreaths
Thyme, Sage, Santolina, Artemisia, Mint, Lavender, Germander, and Hyssop are all hardy herbs that hold up well for wreath making. Combine all of them to make a beautiful herbal display.
If you have herbs that tend to droop when hung you will need to lay the wreath on a flat surface, and then hang when dried. If the herbs you are using don’t have strong stems wrap them in green florist tape first to prevent the wire from cutting the stems.
Making Herb Wreaths for Gifts or for Selling
Herb wreaths make excellent items for Fundraising, Christmas Bazaars, or selling at a Farmers Market. Many people who don’t have the need for plants will appreciate herb crafts. They look lovely hanging in the kitchen, and they’re practical, because they can be used in a favorite recipe. Making herb wreaths is very easy, and will look as if you spent hours crafting them. A beginner should be able to make a perfectly crafted wreath the first time. This is a good craft for children ages eight and older, because they will need a little strength in their hands to pull the wire snug, but not tight enough to cut through the stems.
Once you make wreaths for gifts be prepared to make this an annual event, or your family and friends will be disappointed if they don’t get their herbal treat, or better yet have a wreath making party to save the ware and tare of your hands.