DIY Fresh Rosemary Wreaths and Mini-Wreaths

DIY rosemary wreath and craft supplies

Simple, green, and gorgeous! These DIY rosemary wreaths were made for our ANZAC Day commemorations, but simple wreaths like these are a fun craft project any time that you have access to fresh rosemary (or other favourite sturdy greenery). They look and smell great. Want a bigger DIY wreath with more greener or with flowers? We’ve got that covered, too! 

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Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary has long been associated with memory and remembrance, from ancient times through to present. It’s a particularly special ANZAC Day symbol in our part of the world. It grows freely on the Gallipoli Peninsula and thrives in most parts of Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC Day is commemorated on the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, 25 April 1915. 

Story has it that rosemary carried home from Gallipoli by a wounded ANZAC soldier was planted at the hospital where he was cared for, and used as the source for cuttings that parented memorial plantings of rosemary through the home countries.

Here in New Zealand, poppies are out of season on ANZAC Day, but it’s great for planting poppy seeds in your garden. If weather cooperates, poppies planted for ANZAC Day will come into bloom around Armistice Day. That’s a very special remembrance project indeed. Lest we forget.

Bowl of freshly cut rosemary for making a wreath

Making Rosemary Wreaths

Supplies and Materials

To make a fresh rosemary wreath, you will need (of course) rosemary cuttings/sprigs and a few basic supplies: wire, cutters, and a wreath base. You can make the base or buy a ready-made wreath-form or ring (see our post on DIY floral crowns and flower wreaths for base ideas). For my rosemary wreath, I made a cardboard base and wrapped it in hemp cord. It’s a little prettier and more finished than plain cardboard.

  • Wreath base
  • Floral wire
  • Suitable wire trimmers or snips
  • Fresh rosemary cuttings
  • Suitable scissors or snips for trimming stems, if needed.

The same methods can be used for any gathered greenery wreath. You can use the wreath fresh as a decorative wreath, table decoration, around the base of a candle (careful not to get too close to the flame), or hang it to dry your herbs. 

Making a Rosemary Wreath

Rosemary can be a bit messy, so you may want to work on a surface that can be easily cleaned after you are finished. Compost any loose ends, trimmings, or extra sprigs. You can also eat the extras if you’re using a culinary rosemary, or experiment with growing the cuttings, if you wish. See additional ideas below.

  • Gather your rosemary, and ensure it is clean and dry.
  • Trim into sprigs (scale to suit your wreath).
  • Bundle your rosemary into small bunches and wrap the ends with discrete wire to secure the bundles. If you’re making a large wreath and aren’t used to working with wire, it might be easier to bundle your rosemary sprigs with elastic bands or floral tape instead of wire. The larger the wreath, the more breathing room you have on concealing the attachments.
  • Attach the bundled sprigs to your base using wire. Twist to secure to the frame as you go.  
  • Optional: After securing, I prefer bending the wire ends back to the front, then tucking them under before trimming of any excess. That way, the back of the wreath is tidy and doesn’t have any ouchy scratchy wire ends to accidently hook or damage surfaces. 
  • Repeat, overlapping your sprigs slightly each time, until the wreath is fully covered. Take extra care in positioning the final few sprigs so that it is a neatly covered circlet.
  • Trim any errant stems if/as needed.

Making a Rosemary Mini Wreath

To make a mini wreath, the process is the same as above, except that you are working with single stem sprigs instead of bunches. For mini wreaths, you can skip the base and simply wire the bundles together, using the wire to hold the circlet shape.

Homemade miniature rosemary wreath

Additional Rosemary DIY Ideas

Want to have some more creative fun? If you have extra rosemary sprigs to use up, here are some more creative DIY projects using rosemary:

Rosemary DIYs

Rosemary Recipes

You can use any type of fresh rosemary for making the wreaths, but not necessarily for other crafts or cooking projects where essential oils and/or taste are important. Common rosemary varieties are edible, but not all have the same culinary properties, oils, or flavouring power. 

DIY Fresh Rosemary Wreaths and Mini-Wreaths

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