Make a Gorgeous Culinary Herb Wreath
This year when you are harvesting your lush herb garden, why not reserve some for making an herb wreath. Not only are they beautiful, but they are functional too! Hang an herb wreath in your kitchen and harvest sprigs here and there to add to your cooking. The herbs will dry on the wreath form, looking beautiful and preserving the flavor, while releasing fragrance throughout the space.
Herb gardening has become one of my favorite hobbies and this year I’m growing over 25 different types of herbs! There’s nothing better than a backyard garden full of fragrant edible plants. Now that it’s harvest season I’ve been researching ways to use them. I mainly use fresh herbs in cooking. Last year I made up a batch of yummy oregano pesto. I plan to make my own herbal vinegar and infused olive oils this year, and of course I made a gorgeous culinary herb wreath.
Herbs to Choose
You can use a wide variety of herb stems, flowers and leaves to make your wreath. I found it’s best to use woody-stemmed herbs (like rosemary, sage and lavender) because they tend to hold their shape once dry. But feel free to experiment with soft-stemmed herbs like mint and lemon balm too. I found some beautiful basil wreaths on Pinterest! And don’t forget to add a touch of color by adding herbal flowers such as chive or fennel blossoms!
Choose Herbs Based on a Theme
Culinary Wreath: Create a snip-as-you-cook wreath to hang in your kitchen. Culinary herbs to include are rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram, parsley, and chives.
Tea Wreath: If you’re a tea lover you can create a wreath with all your favorite brews like chamomile, lavender, lemongrass, mint, and lemon verbena.
Spa Wreath: Make a wreath of herbs that can be added to a warm bath (along with some soothing bath salts). Choose herbs like mint (try orange, lemon or grapefruit mints), lemon verbena, lemon balm, lavender, and rosemary.
MAKE AN HERB WREATH
Gather your supplies and choose an herb to become the base of your wreath. I chose rosemary. Using twist ties and/or floral wire begin covering your wreath base. Be patient with this process. It seemed to take me longer to do this than I had originally anticipated.
Once you have an herb base covering your frame you can begin building off of it. There are a few different techniques I tried. I selected 2-3 different herbs and created small bunches using rubber bands. Then I added each bunch to the wreath, using floral wire to secure it. They other method I tried was simple poking individual sprigs into the wreath and securing them again with floral wire.
Work slowly and experiment with different placements and herb combinations. Continue to add herbs until you’ve completely covered the wreath frame.
And that’s it! Now find a place to hang your wreath and enjoy.
About the Author
Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker living in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days working at Molly Muriel Apothecary and blogging at Adventures In Making. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, gardening, and crafting.