How to Make a Wreath From Rosemary

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Wreaths made from fresh rosemary are both lovely and fragrant. While they make a stylish statement as a front door decoration, they are also perfect as functional kitchen décor. Because the wreath dries beautifully, you can use the rosemary for cooking in your favorite recipes. It's a wreath you will definitely want to have all year round.

Things You'll Need

  • 18-inch grapevine wreath form
  • Rosemary
  • 24-gauge paddle wire
  • Bow
  • Garden shears
  • Wire cutter
Rosemary wreaths provide year-round appeal.
Rosemary wreaths provide year-round appeal. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 1

Select your wreath form. There are many types of wreath forms available at your local craft store – Styrofoam, straw, wire or grapevine. We've used a grapevine form for the wreath because the twisting vines look beautiful underneath the rosemary. The one in this example is 18 inches in diameter.

Grapevine wreaths can be round, square or even a heart shaped.
Grapevine wreaths can be round, square or even a heart shaped. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 2

Cut the fresh rosemary into 8-inch sprigs with garden shears. If you do not have rosemary in your garden, you can purchase bunches of rosemary at the farmer's market or even buy a rosemary plant at the nursery. You will need about 40 to 50 springs of rosemary to complete this wreath.

Cut the rosemary into 8-inch sprigs.
Cut the rosemary into 8-inch sprigs. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 3

Tie one end of the 24-gauge paddle wire to the grapevine wreath form. Paddle wire, which is florist wire on a paddle, is available at craft stores.

Tie paddle wire to the wreath form.
Tie paddle wire to the wreath form. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 4

Place four to five sprigs of rosemary on the grapevine form, and wrap the paddle wire twice around the bottom end of the sprigs. Be sure the rosemary covers the sides of the grapevine form in addition to the top. Don't cut the wire yet. You will be winding the wire around the entire wreath, which is why the paddle is so useful.

Wrap the wire around the rosemary sprigs.
Wrap the wire around the rosemary sprigs. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 5

Position another four to five sprigs of rosemary on top of the first sprigs, overlapping them so that the top of these sprigs cover the wire on the first bunch. Wrap the wire around this bunch as you did the first.

Overlap the next rosemary bunch on top of the first.
Overlap the next rosemary bunch on top of the first. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 6

Keep going around the wreath form, adding layers of rosemary. When you have gone completely around, tuck the ends of the last bunch underneath the tips of the first bunch so no wires are seen. Cut the wire and secure it to the back of the grapevine form.

Tuck the last rosemary bunch underneath the first.
Tuck the last rosemary bunch underneath the first. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 7

Decide which part of the wreath will be the top. On the other side, make a loop with some additional wire for hanging.

Make a loop for hanging the wreath.
Make a loop for hanging the wreath. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

Step 8

For a decorative finish, run a piece of wire through a bow and tie the bow to the wreath.

Wire a bow to the wreath.
Wire a bow to the wreath. (Image: Jonathan Fong)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap the wire tightly around the wreath as you go so the rosemary does not fall off.
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