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How To Make An Herb Wreath

Updated on August 28, 2012


It's not too late to plant herbs this summer but aside from the bounty of your garden for you and your family, you can also get a jump start on some green (literally) Christmas gifts.

I recently picked up a book that I just love. It's called I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas by Anna Getty with photographs by Ron Hamad. It is a beautiful book with wonderful recipes and projects for eco-friendly gift giving and holiday baking.

But you don't have to wait until Christmas to make a wreath from your own herb garden. This project can be made any time you can harvest fresh herbs from the garden or buy them fresh. It can even be an ongoing project as you add more and more to the wreath.

A homemade gift is something to treasure, whether it's a gift to yourself or to someone you love. I made one of the herb wreaths for myself but plan on making others for my favorite cooks as I harvest more herbs throughout the summer and fall.




  • Wreath frame (wood, metal or other non-toxic composition)
  • Green florist wire (24-gauge)
  • Wire cutters
  • Ribbon if desired
  • Varied herbs (see list below)


  1. Most herbs can be used fresh and do not have to be pre-dried. You can purchase dried herbs such as bay leaves at any grocery store. I used all fresh herbs that I cut from my garden, set in groups in my basket as I cut them. You can also buy fresh herbs at the local farmer's market and achieve the same effect.
  2. I didn't wash or dry my herbs because they came straight out of my container gardens. I did spin them in the salad spinner gently just to brush off any dust and dirt.
  3. Prepare your herbs in bundles. Cut parsley for instance so that you have a compact little group of it (about 3 inches in diameter at the head and maybe 5 inches long). Secure the stems of your herbs together with florist wire as if you were tying them, leaving 2 ends of the wire with several inches of extra wire to attach to the wreath. (I precut 8 inch or so lengths of floral wire so I'd have them ready to use on the bundles as I prepared them)
  4. Begin attaching the bundles. Start wherever you like on the wreath frame and attach 1 bundle securely. Continue adding bundles, tucking the stems of the previous one you've attached beneath the fresh bundle you apply. You can go counterclockwise or clockwise. It really doesn't matter as long as the stems are covered.
  5. Continue adding bundles until you achieve the desired fullness. All parts of the frame itself should be covered when you look at it from the front.
  6. Attach a floral wire hanger on the back of the wreath where you want it to hang if particular about which end is up.
  7. Attach a bow or raffia ribbon for a fancier wreath.
  8. Hang or place in a box for wrapping - leave open to air until dried if not shipping right away.


--Make sure you alternate herbs according to texture and color - it makes for a more attractive end result

--For a 7 or 8-inch wreath frame, you could use 10-20 herb bundles although it depends on the herbs you use

--You can continue adding to the wreath after you've finished if it begins to shrink

--You can use all dried herbs - the effect is much different but just as lovely


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I read this book several weeks ago and knew that my herbs would probably be just about ready to harvest so decided to try out this "recipe."

I found it was quite easy to make the wreath and all in all, including the time to harvest the herbs and prepare them, it took me under an hour.

The wreath frames themselves were very inexpensive. I bought the wooden one at the Dollar Tree. I also found the green wreath frames at Michael's craft store. Small ones run about 99 cents.

You can make little herb wreaths or make larger ones depending on how many herbs you want to add.

For the herb portion of my wreath, I used the following herbs I had in my garden:

  • Peppermint and spearmint
  • Sage (different kinds)
  • Oregano (different kinds)
  • Thyme (different kinds)
  • Parsley and flat-leaf parsley
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Marjoram



In short, after reading Ms. Getty's book chock full of green Christmas ideas, I've decided to put many of her suggestions to great use.

The herb wreath is just one of her many excellent ideas in the book. She has some great recipes for the holiday (like Sweet Potato Enchiladas) and projects (like newspaper Christmas stockings). You just might discover some recipes or traditions you'll want to treasure forever.

The craft ideas are things that the whole family can become involved in as are some of the recipes. Much more importantly, her ideas are based on concepts that teach us to use what we have and thereby create a greener world.


The herb wreath will dry out within about a week. It will last for about 6 weeks in the open air. After that, you can pinch off the herbs and place them in bags or bottles for use as dried herbs. During the drying, it's a great way to have your herbs readily accessible. I hung mine on a hook in my kitchen so that I could pinch off fresh herbs and then subsequently dried.

You can purchase a set of herb and spice bottles to go along with your homemade herb wreath. When it comes time to pinch off and store the dried herbs, you'll have your bottles ready. A set of bottles also makes a great gift item to go along with your herb wreath.

When you assemble your herb wreath, tie on little pieces of ribbon with the name of the herb noted to identify the herbs or take a photo and add the names of your herbs.

The Youtube video below shares the thoughts behind Anna Getty's book. You'll get a preview of some of the recipes and suggestions on how you can make simple homemade Christmas gifts and foods. While primarily a Christmas book, I find that many of the ideas like this great herb wreath are useful year round.



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      toomuchmint 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea! Herb wreaths aren't just good for the holiday season, they're a decorative way to keep herbs on hand in the kitchen. I have a plain old drying rack, but shaping the herbs into a wreath would be so much nicer.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Prism for stopping by!

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      prism3x 6 years ago

      What a great idea!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Hanna~

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      An interesting and very detailed hub. Thank you.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Anglnwu - I agree - and it was so easy to make~ The smells were fantastic too as I was working with them all!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Totally neat idea--herb wreaths not just to please the eyes but the smell can be heavenly. And when it's all done, you can even use the dried form--how brilliant.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks chspublish for stopping by - and it was a great way to use my first "wave" of herbs~

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Love anything to do with herbs. The wreath is a great idea, especially as a way to dry the herbs.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, Peggy - and I know what you mean - many ways to give gifts with herbs! Thanks for making me think about (again) the others!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I've never made an herb wreath but have dried herbs and given them as gifts and have also made herbed vinegars and given them as gifts. I think that people always enjoy homemade gifts and ones given from the heart. Thanks for the idea!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Indeed pinkchic18 - especially the rosemary and the peppermint...and the lavender....and the oregano~

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I bet this smelled so good!! Great idea

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      Metal Wall Art 6 years ago

      There are many different varieties of herbs available and you can grow them all your own garden with a little bit of knowledge about planting herbs. Annual herbs are easy to start and inexpensive. Harvest to the plant's full flavor. Limit pesticides to a minimum. I like to mix liquid soap and water and spray my plants for pests.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by BR~

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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Nice read. The wreath looks cute.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Kstyle - I actually do a mixture - I do all containers thanks to my big-footed sweetheart dogs~~ I put in a slight layer of stones/gravel, then some potting soil for veggies mixed with compost, then some time release fertilizer sprinkles, then some more potting soil with compost. I have another hub on here for planting in containers - just make sure whatever you do that the space or container is BIG ENOUGH to allow the plant to have loads of room (though herbs tend to do well even when cramped) - and lots of drainage!

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      KStyle 6 years ago

      AK, botanicals,florals,herbs and plants in general are great reading and your hub comes in handy as I am preparing to plant an herb garden. I wonder if you would know if sandy soil works well or not. thanks much

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Daisyf1305 - that sounds delicious~ I can smell it from here!!

      Pamela - Thanks so much for the read.

      Om - Indeed - it was a lot of fun and so easy to make.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Lovely ideas. I've never made a wreath before. It should be a fun craft project. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a great idea. Using herbs that can be used sounds wonderful.

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      Daisy Fabelo 6 years ago from miami beach

      wow very pretty I made one of rosemary

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Angoliver - Glad to be of help in your quest for projects~ Sounds like me!!

      Chspublish - Thanks for the read!

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Love the little herb wreaths. Great idea.

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      angoliver 6 years ago

      What a great idea. I'm always looking for crafts to make and give as Christmas gifts, and this one is definitely beautiful! Thanks for sharing, voted up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, Nell - it is a lot of fun creating things I find~

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, great idea Audrey, sometimes when we make our own stuff like this, not only is it cheaper its much nicer, and fun to make, rated up! cheers nell

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Prasetio - appreciate the read and the vote~

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and nice information. I believe this hub useful for us. Homemade gifts with herbs is a new idea. Thanks for share with us. Well done, Audrey. Vote it up!


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      RT - I completely agree~ I think we've almost forgotten about homemade so thinking it's time to make a reappearance in these troubled financial times especially~

      Rochelle - oh how fabulous it would be to have a Bay tree! Rosemary is my all time favorite herb though - good luck with your herb garden wreath if you happen to try it.

      Jenny - yum on the basil - my next favorite herb~ We have a harder time growing it here although (knocking on wood) I think mine is finally taking off with the heat!

      BethanRose - thanks so much for the read and for the vote up!

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      What an interesting hub. This is something I've never even thought of. Thanks for the tips. Voted up!

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      Jenny Rose 6 years ago from Northeast USA

      oh, I love this idea. I have a lavender wreath in my little powder room, but I bought it, didn't make it. Thanks so much for the instructions. Our garden is in full bloom right now flowers, herbs (lots of basil) and this is a great idea for Christmas gifts.

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Fabulous! I used to have Bay (leaf) tree at our former home, which had long stems of fragrant leaves. Tying a bunch of them with a red ribbon made a nice decoration and hostess gift. They would have been perfect for wreaths.

      Right now I have rosemary and lavender, but I'm going to think about planting other things that might work for wreaths as well.

      Great idea!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      What neat ideas--there's nothing more beautiful than natural decorations for holidays!