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.
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. 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.