Step-by-step guide to making a dragon wreath

Whether you choose to adorn your front door, grace your kitchen wall, or even serve as a unique table centerpiece, crafting your own rosemary wreath is a rewarding endeavor that promises to uplift both your surroundings and your crafting confidence.

Winter Workshops 2023

Join us this winter for a series of festive workshops, to put you in the Christmas spirit! From Wreath Making with The Plant Room to weaving your own Willow Reindeer, we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Sun 29 Oct | £75–80
In this workshop you will learn how to produce a range of professional quality beauty/spa products tailored to the season using variety of botanical material inspired by the Woodlands & Gardens at Harewood. You’ll take home 7–10 items perfect for gifting this festive season.

Deer Park Safari
Thu 2 Nov | £20–10
Our Deer have spent the summer growing some impressive antlers, caring for their fawn and preparing to take part in one of nature’s best spectacles: Rutting Season. Spend a couple of hours with the British Deer Society as you amble around the Harewood Estate, learning all about this incredible time and more with an extremely knowledgeable guide.

Origami Winter Garlands
Sat 4 Nov | £10
Learn how to create beautiful winter garlands using traditional Japanese origami techniques. Modular origami is the practice of fitting together a number of simple folded units to create intricate sculptural pieces. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, so don’t worry if you’re new to origami – there will be demonstrations and step-by-step guidance.

Lino Print a Vintage Travel Poster with Ellie Way
Sat 11 Nov | £65–75
After two sell out sessions, we’ve added a new date for our popular Lino Print a Vintage Travel Poster workshop. Join us at Harewood for this lino printing workshop with Yorkshire designer and printmaker Ellie Way. Taking cues from Ellie’s beautiful collection of Leeds travel posters; participants will design, cut and carve Lino plates.

Arm Knitting Workshop
Sat 25 Nov + Sat 2 Dec | £75-80
Our popular arm knitting workshop is back! Come and join Snuggle and Squish for a super satisfying arm knitting workshop and take home your own chunky, cosy blanket.

Jesmonite Coaster Making
Sat 25 Nov | £50-55
Create your very own 2 piece coaster set using eco-friendly Jesmonite. You’ll be shown how to mix the material and cast into silicone moulds – but each coaster set will be individual to you as you can experiment with lots of colours and designs.

Winter Botanical Watercolours
Sat 2 Dec + Sat 16 Dec | £45-50
In this three hour beginners’ workshop, you will explore watercolour techniques to create beautiful botanical paintings that celebrate the arrival of Christmas.

Winter Wreath Making
Thu 7 – Sat 9 Dec | £75–80
Join us for a seasonal creative making session inspired by forest walks, winter’s fragrant scents, and warm Christmas festivities, a true treat for all your senses.

Knitted Wreath Workshop
Fri 8 Dec | £50-55
Join Adrienne who teaches our popular Arm Knitting Workshops, to create some wonderfully festive knitted wreaths.

Chunky Knitted Christmas Pudding Workshop
Fri 9 Dec | £60-65
Welcome Christmas into your home with Snuggle & Squish with a super satisfying finger knitting workshop and take home a stunning chunky knit Christmas Pudding!

Half-Light at Harewood
Thu 14 + Thu 21 Dec | £40–45
An exclusive invitation to Harewood’s beautifully decorated State Floor this December. Explore Harewood’s Great Time Travelling Christmas on the State Floor, all while sipping on bubbly and immersing yourself in the charm of Christmases past, present, and future.

Reindeer Willow Weaving
12 + 13 + 14 + 15 Dec | £90-95
Join Leilah Vyner from Dragon Willow to learn how to create a charming Reindeer out of willow. This workshop sells out fast so book tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Winter Woodland Soap Making
Mon 18 Dec | £75–80
In this workshop you will learn how to produce traditional, natural cold process soap using a variety of botanical material inspired by Winter & Woodlands. We will focus on autumn harvest, autumn fruits, woodlands (charcoals, tars, saps & bark) & opulent soaps for Winter Celebrations. Head home with 20 different 50g soaps to gift to your friends or keep for yourself.

Festive Origami Decorations
Wed 20 Dec | £15-25
Learn to make beautiful hanging decorations and garlands using traditional Japanese paper folding techniques.

How long will a fresh rosemary wreath last?

The longevity of a fresh rosemary wreath is a testament to the resilience and hardiness of this fragrant herb. When cared for properly, a well-crafted rosemary wreath will adorn your door or kitchen for an impressive length of time. Most often it will last for several weeks to several months.

Factors to take into consideration

  • 1. The environment it is placed in.
  • 2. How it is cared for.
  • 3. Place it in a cool and well-ventilated area away from moisture and direct sunlight.
  • 4. Mist the wreath regularly with water.
  • 5. Gently handling the rosemary sprigs to help maintain the freshness

While the exact duration may vary, the one thing that is certain is your DIY rosemary wreath will grace your home with its beauty and fragrance for an impressive length of time.

fresh rosemary sprigs with postcard from snow and tar succulents thanking me for ordering

Can you make a wreath out of rosemary?

In short, the answer is yes, absolutely. Crafting a wreath out of rosemary is not only doable but also a delightful way to infuse your living space with the charm of rosemary stems. With its flexible and sturdy stems, rosemary lends itself beautifully to wreath-making.

Whether you’re aiming for a simple and rustic design or a more intricate and elaborate arrangement, rosemary’s slender, needle-like leaves create a visually appealing texture and a great way to add a touch of natural elegance to your home.

As a rule of thumb, many other dried herbs are the perfect source for wreath making as well.

unboxing fresh rosemary bunches that are wrapped in plastic

I ordered fresh rosemary from a company on Etsy called Snow and Tar Succulents. They provide organic succulent cuttings, live succulent plants, dragon fruit cuttings and plants, and more! I highly recommend Snow and Tar and thought the rosemary I received was very high quality.

The two bunches of rosemary arrived in excellent condition. The bunches were wrapped with wet paper towels and sealed well in a plastic wrap ensuring their freshness.

What you will need:

  • Rosemary stems
  • Wreath form or wreath base
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • (optional) additional ornaments or decoration

When I headed to the craft store, I decided I wanted to use a small grapevine wreath rather than a wired form.

For reference, I ordered a second bundle to completely cover my wreath and make it full.

wire cutters clipping rosemary stems for rosemary wreath

Step by Step Instructions

How to make diy rosemary wreath

  • Using wire cutters, cut the stems of rosemary in three to four-inch lengths.
  • Using a piece of floral wire (about twelve inches long) wrap two to three fresh rosemary sprigs at a time to the wreath form.

cutting the stems of the rosemary that are too long

  • The next step is to continue adding sprigs around the wreath facing the same direction. Each time tieing the sprigs with florist wire.

three sprigs of rosemary to be added to grapevine wreath

  • Layer the rosemary, filling in any gaps or spaces. The rosemary natural will follow the shape of a circle.

wrapping wire around the back of the grapevine wreath attaching the rosemary sprigs

  • I twisted the wire around the back of the wreath.

rosemary sprigs half way around the grapevine wreath

using wire cutters, clipping the ends of the rosemary sprigs that are too long

  • After that, I then clipped off any excess wire. As an option twist ties may be used. I used green floral wire and you can hardly see it.
  • The last thing is to add a beautiful ribbon for wall hanging or your wreath may be laid on a table as a centerpiece.

finished rosemary wreath hanging on black sideboard in kitchen

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Why do we put rosemary in wreaths?

Here are the top three reasons to put rosemary in wreaths.

Aromatic Ambiance

1. Aromatic Ambiance: One of the primary reasons for incorporating rosemary into wreaths is its captivating and invigorating scent. The distinct aroma of Rosemary has been celebrated for its calming and mood-lifting properties for centuries. When you place a rosemary wreath in your living space it not only adds fragrance that is pleasant but also creates an atmosphere of well-being and tranquility.

Symbolism and Tradition

2. Symbolism and Tradition: Deep-rooted symbolism in various cultures, rosemary is often associated with fidelity and remembrance. Rosemary has also been used in celebrations, ceremonies, and rituals for generations. This use can be a nod to cultural and special significance, which makes the wreath not only decorative but also a meaningful representation of timeless values.

Decorative Charm

3. Decorative Charm: Rosemary’s slender, needle-like leaves and rich green color make it a visually appealing botanical element. When woven into a wreath, rosemary adds a touch of natural elegance that effortlessly complements a variety of interior and exterior design themes. Its versatility allows it to be used in diverse wreath styles, from rustic to modern, and its subtle beauty can enhance the aesthetic of any small space, be it a front door, mantel, or table centerpiece.

diy rosemary wreath hanging from ribbon on black sideboard in kitchen

Not a crafty girl? No worries.

I’ve rounded up these neutral fall door wreaths if you’d rather have one delivered to your door.

Colin Wynn
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