Christmas Boxwood Wreaths in the Kitchen

The past few weeks I’ve been a bit frustrated. I haven’t been able to find the Christmas decor I want when shopping at local stores. First and foremost on my list are boxwood wreaths. Nobody’s got ’em. And I don’t want big, honkin’ ones either. They need to be sweet and petite to fit my built-in kitchen hutch. This weekend was the monthly flea market and although I didn’t find boxwood wreaths, I did find some boxwood … a bunch for six bucks.

Β So I made my own wreaths with the boxwood branches.
I was inspired by the simple boxwood wreath I saw over at Just So Lovely.
I used green craft wire to shape 2 small wreath frames.
Then I snipped off long stems from the branches and weaved them around the frames.
As needed, I used thin floral wire to secure the boxwood clipping to the frame.
I didn’t want the greenery to be too heavy. I just wanted simple wreaths.
Three wreaths for 3 doors. I used creamy grosgrain ribbon to hang them.
The ribbon is secured on the back of each cabinet door with a small finishing nail.
I added a little pine tree to this corner of the kitchen,
along with an ironstone pitcher stuffed with leftover boxwood.
The pine tree came wrapped in typical grocery store red foil.
I replaced it with some old flour sack material and red grosgrain ribbon.
A couple of red toile hat boxes add a little more Christmas red.
I found the hat boxes on sale for half price. The smaller one was $6.
But the true stars of this vignette are the boxwood wreaths.
1. Β Because I made them myself.
2. Because I only paid $6 for three wreaths.
2. Because I almost had to do without them!
And this is how I’m keeping my vow to simplify Christmas this year.
Using stuff I already have on hand, along with some fresh greens.

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57 Comments

  1. You are truly the smartest one! I love your sweet little wreaths and they look wonderful on your cabinet. The little added Christmas greenery looks so beautiful.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  2. The boxwood in my gardens turns bronze color in the cold months so I cannot use it for Christmas…which was why I really planted it in the first place!
    May I ask where you found the boxwood stems?
    I have heard that Trader Joe’s has boxwood wreaths for $9.99! Such a deal!

    xo

    Andie

  3. your wreaths turned out great, I’ve been looking everywhere for these and a bigger one. Lowe’s says they have them, but they really don’t. bummer…yes, frustration. love them on your cupboard doors!! great job!

  4. Jennifer I absolutely LOVE this! Love the simplicity and the look! And a great deal to boot too! Love that pitcher propped on top of those hat boxes!
    xx
    Anne

  5. Hi Jennifer,
    Those little wreaths are just perfect! I purchased a boxwood wreath from Trader Joes, but is large and it’s getting dried out quickly with this warm weather! Have a wonderful holiday season.
    xoxo

  6. Very nice! I love what you created and they look perfect against your white cabinet. I picked up some from The Country Door catalog a few years ago. I keep storing them and they look fine each year. I used a pair on my Santo’s Cage Doll this year. Looks like you accomplished just what you wanted and that’s a good thing!

  7. Oh Jennifer, you made me laugh when you said you didn’t want big “honkin'” wreaths! I know exactly what you mean ~ why is it so hard to find small wreaths? I love how yours turned out and how you hung them with the pretty ribbon. We have some boxwood in our front yard and last year I made one small wreath so now I feel inspired to make some more. Love your little tree and hat boxes too!

  8. These are so sweet. I would love to add something like this to my kitchen – might have to raid the boxwood in my yard… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Wow!!! I just love your blogs, I visit often but because my back does not appreciate my sitting at the computer for very long, I cannot take time to comment. Thanks for the lovely blogs.
    Bernice

  10. You have the most beautiful home and I love the way it’s decorated! I have a special request. Can you send me a photo of the inside of the doors to your cupboard?? I have leftover beadboard and want to make cupboard doors with it if I can. Your doors are PERFECT!

    Thanks Jennifer! Merry Christmas!!!