Functional Fresh Herb Wreath

Functional Fresh Herb Wreath

Use fresh, fragrant herbs to make a wreath that will help you in a pinch.


Use fresh herbs from your garden, the grocer or nursery to make a wreath both beautiful and helpful in a pinch — or give it as a special, unique gift to inspire the cook in your life.

What You’ll Need
Fresh herbs
Green floral wire
Wire wreath frame*
Wire cutters

Tip: Wire wreath frames can be purchased at your local craft store in various sizes from 8 to 24 inches.

Instructions
1. Spread newspaper over your workspace
2. Gather fresh herbs and begin making individual 5-inch bunches
3. Secure the ends with green floral wire

Tip: Depending on the fullness and type of herbs you are using, you’ll need about 15 bunches for an 8-inch wreath and about 25 bunches for a 12-inch wreath.

4. Begin at the 3 o’clock position, and attach the bundles of herbs to the wreath, securing with floral wire as you go around in a clockwise direction
5. Overlap bunches to cover the bundled stems
6. Once you’ve covered the frame, keep the wreath plain, or decorate it with a ribbon (You can also attach a hook of floral wire on the back for hanging.)

Tip: To lengthen the life of the herbs, pack dampened sphagnum peat moss throughout the frame and attach the bundled ends within the moss as you go around. Occasionally spritz the wreath with water to keep the moss moist.

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Ideas for Your Wreath
Make a wreath of rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley, and give it to a friend. These are the perfect herbs to complement a dinner of roasted turkey with stuffing, and your thoughtfulness can help with someone’s pre-holiday cooking!

Use marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and sage to make a mini Italian herb wreath. It’s the perfect size to drop into a pot of spaghetti sauce, soup or stew. The longer it simmers with the sauce, the more flavorful it will become — plus, it’s easy to pull out with a pair of tongs.

Tip: For this option, instead of using the wire frame in the instructions above, form the strands of herbs into a mini circle and fasten with sections of kitchen twine as you go.

Quick Ideas

  • Make a wreath with herbs from your favorite meal and attach a recipe card with some colorful ribbon for a beautiful hostess gift.
  • Add buds from a lavender wreath to butters or sugars, and use them to bake or top deliciously infused treats like sugar cookies, beignets, crepes or scones.
  • Plan a pasta buffet and use herb wreaths as decoration on your tables. If a guest wants to add a touch more flavor to their dish, encourage plucking from the useful decorations!
  • Did you grow a salsa garden this season? Use the produce to make a gift basket! Include a colorful wreath made of cilantro and chili peppers, a mason jar of cherry tomatoes and an onion. Attach a recipe for homemade salsa. All your friend will need to do is blend, pour it into the jar and store it in the fridge.
  • Hang a wreath in your kitchen, and snip from it when needed. If it dries out, that’s OK too! Just adjust the amount based on the herbs’ dryness.

How would you use a functional fresh herb wreath? Let us know in the commenting section below.

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