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Home Decor on a Dime: How To Make a Gorgeous Fresh Rosemary Wreath

These two DIY projects are more tasteful than tasty.


Growing herbs for their flavor and fragrance is a no-brainer. But these delicious garden additions can be a boon for home decor, too. A number of herbs make for beautiful accompaniments to flower arrangements and decorative wreaths. (Because what’s nicer than the scent of rosemary or lavender as you open your front door or walk past the dining table?) If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of herbs, there are plenty of ways to enjoy them that don’t include consuming them. If you have lavender, bee balm or other pretty herbs, you can even display them all on their own.

When it comes to creating arrangements, some herbs will last longer than others, so choose accordingly. Avoid basil, for example, because it will droop and discolor within hours of picking. The best herbs for a wreath are hardy evergreens such as bay stems, sage, rosemary, lavender, and even some flowering thyme stems that will add a splash of color.

Herbs make a wonderfully rustic display when you dry them, too. Harvest on a sunny day when they are dry and tie them in bunches. You can start the process on a washing line before moving them inside. Make sure you hang them in a warm, dry place and wrap them in muslin to keep the dust away. Leave them alone for around 10 days before storing for use in your cooking.

Combining the lovely colors and textures of the many different herbs available can make a beautifully scented rustic arrangement in an old enamel bucket, for example, placed on your outdoor dining table.

Try making a romantic gesture with a heart-shaped wreath. Using a single herb for this project packs a big punch. Delicious rosemary works great as a fragrant and beautiful decoration both inside and out. (Click through to learn how to grow rosemary from cuttings.) You can use florist wire, or buy willow that you can shape and then attach your herbs to.

You could also try decorating your table with candles embellished with delicately flowered and scented marjoram stems. After all, there’s nothing more romantic than dinner by candlelight. Try crafting a centerpiece of tea-light candles set in a slightly larger glass ramekin or a clean jam jar packed with an array of fragrant florals and foliage.

Rosemary Wreath

Heart shaped wreath made from rosemary hanging on a wooden wall

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Rosemary stems
  • Florist wire
  • Garden clippers
  • Twine

How To Do It:

  1. Microwave rosemary stems for up to 90 seconds or hang upside down in a sunny spot for up to two weeks.
  2. Create heart by bending florist wire into shape or purchasing a ready-made grapevine version at a craft store. Snip branches of rosemary into 4-inch-long pieces.
  3. Attach rosemary to wreath with florist wire wrapped at the base of the stems.
  4. Hang with twine.


Floral candles on table
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Supplies You Will Need:

  • Mason jar or large glass container
  • Small glass votive
  • Candle
  • Pebbles
  • Water
  • Fresh herbs

How To Do It:

  1. Place votive and candle inside larger glass vessel. Add pebbles between the two containers.
  2. Add ½ to 1 inch of water.
  3. Arrange a mix of foliage and flowers between the two vessels.
  4. Light candle. Make sure no part of the plant is near the flame.

A version of this article appeared in our partner magazine, Grow Your Own Herbs.

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