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Wreaths dress up your home and can be useful as well. Check out how to make an herb wreath for your kitchen. Find out more about how to start an herb garden here.
A culinary wreath is such a great idea. I made this one and used it fresh and as it dried, I have continued to use it. It was a great way to use up some summer herbs before winter set it and have herbs ready to use in my kitchen.
Each time I wanted to season a dish, I just grabbed a pinch of stems and rubbed them between my hands over the dish until there were just the stems left and all the leaves had fallen into the pot.
It was great all winter, and now that it’s spring, it still looks decent. But I’m going to rub the rest into jars since it will be time to use fresh from the garden again soon.
Herbs are great for culinary uses, but they are also extremely healthy to eat. They are full of antioxidants and vitamins. They also have many medicinal uses as well. They are easy to grow in the garden, so learning to use them has been a goal of mine over the past 10 years.
My favorite herbs to eat are thyme and dill. I love sage on poultry. I love to make seasoning blends with them to share with my friends and family. I grow so many herbs, and many people don’t know how to cook with them, so if I make a seasoning blend, they can cook with it more easily.
An herb wreath is not only useful, it’s very beautiful. It’s simple to make, and it makes your house smell wonderful. Herbs are gorgeous so they make wonderful material to work with.
Living herb wreath
If you just want to use your herbs fresh, you could make a living herb wreath. You can take herb plants, particularly thyme and oregano would work great for this. Remove the small seedlings from the pots and place on a wreath wrapped in sphagnum moss.
Lay it over to the side and wrap a piece of wire carefully around the base of the plant where the soil line is. Not too tight. Then lay another sheet of moss over the top. Repeat this until you have placed 12 or more seedlings on the wreath, secured them, and covered them in moss.
Then spray the wreath generously with a mist of water. You’ll have to keep it sprayed daily to keep the moss moist and the roots of the plants from drying out, but your wreath will fill in as it grows.
If you have any spindly places that are too long, clip them off and eat them.
If you make a dried wreath with your herbs, you can create it when they are fresh and let them dry. You can keep using them at every stage and enjoy herbs the entire time.
Dried herb wreath
To make the dried herb wreath, cut a few baskets full of the herb of your choice. For my wreath, I gathered bunches of sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, marjoram, fennel, and dill. I think it is gorgeous with all of that mixed together.
I bundled hand fulls of each herb and wrapped the base of the bundle with wire, leaving a few inches of wire hanging off the end. When I had each bundle secure, I used a wire wreath base to make the wreath.
You could easily do this on a straw wreath, a styrofoam wreath and just stick the bundle stems right into the foam, a grapevine wreath would be pretty, whatever you have access too.
I had wire wreath forms from a project for mom’s night making burlap wreaths, so I used that. It worked great. I also had some floral wire that was in 16-inch lengths and that worked perfectly for each bundle.
I made quite a few bundles. Once I had them all made, I laid one on the wreath form and used the rest of the wire I left sticking out to wrap around the stem and weave it onto the wire form. I laid another one on top of that, rotating which type of herb I used.
I continued to do that until I had most of the wreath filled. Then at the end, I used all of the long thin bundles of herbs such as lavender and fennel. This way, the longer pieces stuck out all on one side of the wreath and created a bow like structure.
I could have added a bow of any kind, but this is more my style. I like simplicity. I LOVE how it turned out. It’s my favorite wreath of any I’ve ever made and it still smells great months later. I also love having something there I can use.
Sage dried the prettiest of all the herbs I used on the wreath. It would look gorgeous to make the entire wreath of sage, but it would take a lot. I only grow a couple of sage plants so I’ll have sage for my thanksgiving turkey.
I use sage occasionally on a whole roasted chicken or in a soup or pot pie, but it’s not one I use a lot of. So I wouldn’t have enough to do a whole wreath. It would be gorgeous if you do. Make your bundles and wire them on in the same way. Check out how to grow sage here.
Lemongrass would make a gorgeous wreath. You’d make it in a similar way, gathering bundles and wiring them on to a form. Most any herb or plant that dries pretty would work. If you use lemongrass, you could cut long gorgeous pieces and make a really big flowy wreath.
Or you could cut bundles of stems and trim the end leaves off and it would look more stubly like a straw wreath. Then you’d have the stems for tea or culinary purposes. Either way, lemongrass would make quite the statement on a wreath.
Dried oregano wreath
I grow wheelbarrows full of oregano in my preschool garden. It grows back every year and overtakes everything. It’s in the mint family and all the mints do this. Ooo, a mint wreath would smell awesome and look so pretty.
Anyway, the oregano was my least favorite look when dried of any of the herbs. But it is still gorgeous and still delicious. So I would try my hand at making an all oregano one. It would smell amazing!
Rosemary would make such a strong structural wreath. It would smell so good, and it would hold the shape you started with well. The stems are so woody and easy to work with, it would be a simpler wreath to make.
Maybe a little pokier to work with and it has a little bit of a sticky residue, but you’d smell great all day!
Any herb would be fun to try in a dried herb wreath. To me, herbs are gorgeous and I’d love to try to make different kinds. I hope you will try to make one, even a little tiny one would be so fun to make and taste great too! There are so many wonderful uses for herbs you grow in your garden.
For more herb gardening basics, check this out.