I love this time of year. We are in Nashville already (we decided to make the 9 hour trip worth our while and stay for a week) and we are enjoying some good family and friend time. Don't you think for a second that means that i'm slackin on the blog front- oh no my friends i have lots of fun posts for you this week so make sure to check back. :) I'm totally in Christmas mode, are you guys? I'm making all my holiday shopping,craft & wish lists and checkin them twice, i'm planning out my december menu and i'm already singing carols in my mind! So today i have a fun little craft that is also functional, a fresh sage wreath.
This fresh sage wreath is pretty simple to make and if you are like me and grew your own herb garden last summer you might have a massive bush of sage that is only going to go to waste if you don't use it somehow. So i decided to make a kitchen wreath out of it. The cool thing is that after you make the wreath the sage will dry and you can use it just like the crushed dried sage in your cabinet and it will last for a long long time, just pull a leaf or two when you need them and crush them up. Cute and functional! Here are the instructions...
DIY Fresh Sage Wreath
Styrofoam wreath form (small)
Floral pins (they are metal and in a U shape)
Lots of sage
A few things to remember- first the sage will shrink as it dries so use a lot, make it very full. A major change that i would make if i did this project again- i had all the leaves going in the same direction clockwise around the base, i would change it so that the leaves started at the top going separate directions and then meet at the bottom with all the leaves going in a downward direction. I would change this because my wreath kind of looked funny after a few days because the side of the wreath that was working against gravity (with the leaves going upward) ended up falling backward and looking not so great.
So that being said its a pretty simple project, the first step is to pick your sage leaves off the branches they are on. Then take groups of leaves, probably 5-6 large, and using the floral pins that are U shaped tack them down to the wreath base. Now just keep pinning until you've filled up your base. I bought a small bag of floral pins and had plenty. To finish it off I just used a thick roll of grosgrain ribbon to hang it with. It smells great, will be useful and looks pretty on my pantry door. Enjoy!