A handmade herb wreath is a very special homemade gift idea!
...There is a wholesomeness to creating gifts out of the natural materials available, that makes these handmade wreaths a joy to make... and to give.
My favorite time to make a wreath using homegrown herbs is late spring, when the herbs in your garden have had a growth spurt, and you're not sure what to do with the extra abundance.
Herb wreaths make fragrant and unique hostess gifts! Try bringing one the next time you visit someone's house for a summer party.
They can also be decorated with ribbon to honor 4th of July and other spring or summer holidays.
If you have an herb garden, you know that each year your herb plants get bigger and bigger, and you end up with way more fresh and dried herbs than you can possibly ever use! This is where herb wreaths come in handy.
...Learn how to make a wreath with herbs and you'll turn those excess herbs into lovely fragrant gifts for your home and the homes of friends and family. Such a joy!
Plus, if you use your own homegrown herbs, one of these cute homemade gifts cost a little over a dollar to make (another fun thrifty homemade gift idea!).
Need Herbs? If you don't have an herb garden, I recommend you start one as soon as possible. Herbs even grow great in containers so no excuses... in fact, here's a few tips for growing herbs in containers if you'd like to start.
...and in the mean time, to get your hands on some fresh herbs right now, you can purchase them at the grocery store or farmers market... or even better, try to find a friend with extras in their own garden. They may be happy to prune for good use.
Herbs make awesome wreaths, with their wholesome beauty and pleasing fragrances (they will scent a room or even a small house) or they can also be functional: hang your herb wreath in a cool dark place in the house and you can pick herbs for cooking once they dry.
Best Herbs for Making Herb Wreaths: Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Bay Leaf, Marjoram, Chive Flowers... especially anything thick and/or woody will be your best options because they dry well.
Basil in particular and some other delicate herbs actually wilt and turn brown very quickly in a not-so-attractive way... those can still be used decoratively in herb bouquets that will be kept in a vase of water (always out of direct sunlight) plus the fresh lasting leaves can be picked for a few days as needed.
Note About Base I Used: I use an attractive wood wrapped wreath base here because I like the look of it and I get them at my local dollar store for...you guessed it...$1. You can use any small base for this project. If the base needs to be fully covered, you can either pump up the volume of the herbs you use (really layer it up, keeping in mind that the herbs will shrink a little when they dry out) or use a bit of dried green moss (such as sphagnum moss) to cover it first, then proceed with the herbs.
If you like herb and lavender flower crafts:
If you have lots of fresh lavender, make lavender bottles. Lavender bottles are a traditional lavender flower craft dating back to Victorian times and they're easier to make than they look!